Awards Grants

CALS Awards and Grants

We love to celebrate and acknowledge the outstanding scholarship and service of our members.

Preamble on Awards and Equity*

CALS recognises that awards and recognitions inherently privilege individuals who have less difficulty adhering to conventions of productivity, which often translate to markers of “success” (e.g., publications, grants, previous awards). To better recognise the diversity of research and scholarly impact and representation that is possible in our community, we strive to reflect values of openness, collegiality, restitution/reparation, and anti-oppression through the awards recognition process. To this end, we aim to revise CALS award and grant criteria to:

  1. recognise collective efforts/submissions/nominations;

  2. reserve a portion of graduate student grants for students from equity deserving groups (including, but not limited to 2SLGBTQIA+, disabled, Indigenous peoples, Black people, and people of colour);

  3. embed the importance of recognizing individuals who work toward equity by prioritizing justice-focused work in all CALS awards and grants; and

  4. acknowledge collaborative, justice-focused work that attempts to develop and sustain community relations.

* Please note: We consider this preamble to be a work in progress and will continue to update and revise the language we use in order to ensure it aligns with EDI principles as much as possible.

Award Nomination Forms Available!

Marion Miller Award

The Marion Miller Award was created to honour Marion Miller, who was a promising graduate student working with Dr. Jack Ellis at York University during the 1970s. Ms. Miller was very much involved in the Ontario Research Council on Leisure (ORCOL) at that time, and was one of the key organisers of the Second Canadian Congress on Leisure Research, held in Toronto in 1978. Tragically, she died just prior to the Congress. This award for the most outstanding paper authored by students has been created to honour her.

Bryan Smale Award for Outstanding

Contributions to CALS

In recognition for his many years of service and dedication to CALS, the Bryan Smale Award for Outstanding Contributions to CALS recognises contributions to CALS that go beyond usual service expectations. Nominations may highlight contributions such as a nominee’s long and notable record of service, duties carried out in relation to CALS that exceed expectations, and high quality service.  

CALS Leisure Scholar Award

The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies/Association canadienne d’études en loisir (CALS) Leisure Scholar Award recognises the significant and unique contributions to the field of leisure studies by a Canadian leisure researcher. The Award recipient will have made a notable impact on the scholarly community and/or community at large. The individual has generated and/or influenced new concepts and ideas, provided new insights, advanced innovative perspectives and approaches to research, and ultimately, had a significant impact on the way in which leisure is understood and plays out in the lives of Canadians.

CALS Emerging Leisure Scholar Award

The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies/Association canadienne d’études en loisir (CALS) Emerging Leisure Scholar Award recognises the significant early and potential contributions to the field of leisure studies by a Canadian leisure researcher who is untenured at the point of nomination. The Award recipient is already making a meaningful impact on the scholarly community and/or community at large. The individual has generated and/or influenced new concepts and ideas, provided new insights, advanced innovative perspectives and approaches to research, and ultimately, had a significant impact on the way in which leisure is understood and plays out in the lives of Canadians.

CALS Connection Grant

The Canadian Association for Leisure Studies/Association canadienne d’études en loisir (CALS) Connection Grant is intended to support the organization of gatherings relevant to the field of leisure studies by Canadian leisure researchers. The Grant is intended to support scholarly exchange and knowledge mobilization/translation within the scholarly community and/or community at large.

One grant will be awarded, normally per fiscal year (May 1st-April 30th) in non-CCLR years valued at $1500. The grant may be used to support gatherings organized as part of a larger event (e.g., a CALS meeting at Congress, a leisure-themed event in collaboration with another scholarly association) or a standalone event or activity (e.g., symposium, colloquium, workshop, etc.).

Legacy Fund Initiatives

Supporting our future membership, in 2020, the CALS board invested in a legacy fund. The following awards and grants are funded through the CALS legacy fund to promote and support opportunities for connection and collaboration. The awards and grants are aligned with CALS sponsored events.

Celebrating our Research Scholarship

Every year CALS celebrates the high quality scholarship of our members. The following awards are given to one recipient on an annual basis.

Bryan Smale Award for Outstanding Contributions to CALS

As a volunteer organization, in 2022, CALS announced a new award to recognize the important service of its members to our organization. This award was named the “Bryan Smale Award for Outstanding Contributions to CALS” in honour of his long commitment and dedication to the organization.

More information about the Bryan Smale Award.