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Cornelis Westland Humanitarian Award

The Cornelis Westland Humanitarian Award seeks to perpetuate the efforts of former
World Leisure Secretary General Cor Westland.
Westland served as Secretary General of World Leisure from 1984-1996.
He was a sincere and authentic man – with a huge heart.

A leader for many generations in the leisure movement, Westland influenced millions of individuals through his leadership. The Cornelis Westland Humanitarian Award seeks to recognize an individual or organization that has made significant and sustained contributions to the world wide leisure movement, advancing human concerns.


2014 Recipient of the Cornelis Westland Humanitarian Award

Ian D. Legaree

Director of Sport, Recreation, and Youth,
Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT)

Ian Legaree is the Director of Sport, Recreation and Youth for the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT).  He has worked in northern Canada for nearly 30 years in recreation, sport, community and leadership development.  He has also played roles in a range of national and international projects including the Arctic Winter Games, the Interprovincial Sport and Recreation Council, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (NWT Program) and the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.

His Arctic Winter Games experience includes 14 editions of the biannual celebration of circumpolar sport and culture beginning in 1986 (Whitehorse, Yukon) as a mission staff member, a Host Society board member in 1990 (Yellowknife, NWT) and as Technical Director for the Games since 1993.

He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, Canada) and Confederation College (Thunder Bay, Canada) and is a certified Level 3 coach in swimming.  His volunteer experience includes over twenty years of coaching and officiating in swimming including assignments at the Canada and North American Indigenous Games, Defi Sportif, World Cup (Edmonton) and various national championships.  He also volunteers with the Yellowknife Community Foundation to assist with their charitable works and in 2010 was the Chair of the Board of Inquiry for the NWT/Nunavut Registered Nurses Association. 

Ian and his wife Shawna Lampi-Legaree, artist and business owner, have three adult sons.  When they are not involved in community projects they can be found traveling the north and the world investigating various historical, cultural and social treasurers. 

Criteria for Selection

  • Significant contributions as reflected in serving as an originator or promoter of a significant leisure project with world wide implications;
  • Leadership to the leisure movement on a world wide basis; and
  • Significant policy or legislative acts leading to model programs, funding and/or partnerships that advance leisure with world wide implications or significant scholarly or research contributions which advance and clarify issues, problems, trends, concepts or philosophical perspectives that gain world wide attention. The individual and/or organization should reflect the same qualities as evident in Cor Westland’s leadership and personality reflecting his deep concern for advancing the well being of others through leisure.
Selection Procedures

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Impact of his/her contribution to the leisure movement on a world wide basis;
  • Relevance of their contribution as a way of solving contemporary issues, problems and concerns and as new contributions advancing professionalideas and practice;
  • Impact of their leadership; and
  • Personal leadership qualities as reflected in their consistency with Cor Westland’s legacy.
Application/Award Procedures
  • Name of the individual, title, organizational affiliation and full contact details;
  • A written statement of not more than 1,000 words that addresses the nominees scholarly efforts and/or other professional contributions, referencing the impact that the nominees contributions have made to leisure world wide; and
  • The nominees curriculum vita.
  • Nominations are due on July 1, 2014
  • Please send nominations to secretariat@worldleisure.org or fax them to 319-273-6413.
Recognition/Benefits to the Recipient

Each award winner receives a framed certificate at the biennial World Leisure Congress. 

We Foster Inquiry

Research and scholarship to discover the personal and social potentialities of leisure experiences.

We Engage in Informed Advocacy

By advocating for conditions optimizing leisure experiences: legislation, infastructure, leadership and programming.