It’s no accident that the Roundhouse (RH) offers a unique array of fantastic social and recreational programming. That’s because Recreation Programmer, Kathryn Sweetapple, who has been employed at the RH for seven years, carefully selects the courses that best reflect this community centre’s diverse clientele.
My passion for recreation and being active brought me to want to help others become active through different avenues of recreation.
Sweetapple, a Capilano College graduate with a diploma in Outdoor Recreation—along with a Youth Worker and an Older Adult Worker—assesses the needs of the community, the experience of the instructors, and the uniqueness of each program before adding it to the lineup of exciting course offerings.
In addition to devoting her time to various Vancouver Park Board initiatives like the Day Camp Committee and the city-wide Programmer Steering Committee, Sweetapple says her favourite things to do are to seek out adventures with her pre-school-aged daughter.
JS: When you were a child do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?
KS: A marine biologist.
JS: How does that dream fit with what you are doing today?
KS: My love of the ocean brought me to kayaking; my love of ocean kayaking brought me to want to share it with others, and from that, my passion for recreation and being active brought me to want to help others become active through different avenues of recreation.
JS: Speaking of being active, describe a typical workday for you at the RH.
KS: I’m a jack-of-all-trades at times. A typical day for me varies greatly depending on the time of year, or the needs of the centre. On any given day, I might be developing a new program, or working with one of our many community partners or Park Board committees. I could also be dealing with registrations, supporting co-workers, organizing storage rooms, or setting up gym programs.
JS: Despite being so busy, what do you love most about working at the RH?
KS: There are so many things to love about working here: The sense of community the centre has and all that it offers the community including sports, recreation, and the arts. The scenery, living and playing by the water, and all the great restaurants in the area—Thai and Vietnamese are current faves.
JS: How about your co-workers?
KS: If I had to pick three words to describe them, those would be: Reliable. Fun. Friendship.
JS: Where do you hope to be five years from now?
KS: Hopefully still programming, here at the Roundhouse!
Meet the Roundhouse is a feature blog series published on the first Friday of the month. Jacqueline Steuart interviews staff members so that you can learn a little bit more about the people who help to make the Roundhouse a hive of creative and recreational activity, and the best community centre in Vancouver.
By Jacqueline Steuart, Roundhouse Blog Team. Jacqueline is a graduate of the Print Futures: Professional Writing program at Douglas College, New Westminster. She is pleased to write about the dynamic and diverse culture of the Roundhouse.