My name is Hannah Hurtubise and I am a third-year student in the Recreation and Leisure program at Brock University with an interest in community recreation. Upon the completion of my Bachelors, I will be working toward my Masters of Teacher Education as I have always had a strong passion for teaching and working with children. As part of my degree, I was enrolled in Dr. Corliss Bean’s ‘Recreation and Leisure Services Field Experience’ course where I completed my fieldwork placement with District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) Academy in St. Catharines. DSBN Academy is a grade 6-12 school that encourages academic excellence through their C.O.R.E values: commitment, optimism, respect, and excellence. Throughout my placement, I worked within a grade seven classroom and led several after-school global sports encore program sessions. These encore programs are a mandatory part of the curriculum and take place during school hours. I created a program that fostered team building and inclusivity through equitable leadership and communication. Throughout the eight weeks of my encore program, students participate in a different sport or schoolyard game from around the world to give them the opportunity to see sport and recreation through a different lens. Students that attend DSBN Academy intend to be the first in their family to attend a post-secondary institution.
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Understanding your competencies and transferable skill set is pivotal when assessing job opportunities and organizational roles. The Brock University core competencies give individuals a better understanding of the strengths they possess while outlining what could be improved upon. Within my placement, I feel I developed my communication skills the most. Below I outline how I fostered verbal and nonverbal communication, listening, and empathizing skills-- all essential to communication.