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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.

2012 Recipient of the Cornelis Westland Humanitarian Award

Professor Francis Lobo

Edith Cowan University
Perth, Australia

Francis Lobo is the Honorary Professor in the School of Marketing Tourism and Leisure at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He is an Indian, born in Uganda and now a citizen of Australia. He has had a long and distinguished teaching career in leisure and sports management studies. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Western Australia and completed Masters’ degrees in the United States and Australia. With undergraduate studies done in the United Kingdom, India and Uganda, Dr Lobo is uniquely qualified to teach and speak internationally. He has been an invited speaker in several countries that include the United States, the UK, Canada, India, China, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Sweden and The Netherlands. He has conducted study courses, spoken at national and international forums and mentored students from around the globe. He has authored books, written articles in journals and chapters in books. He was a past Director of the World Leisure Organization, having previously served as the inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the World Leisure Journal. In 2000, Dr Lobo was awarded The Frank Stewart Award for outstanding contribution to the Parks and Leisure Industry in Australia over many years. He attained the status of Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Norther
n Iowa in 2006 and was conferred with a Senior Fellowship of the World Leisure Academy in 2010. Presently, Francis is President of the American Leisure Academy. He continues to be a member of Editorial Boards of several leisure and related journals. Francis Lobo’s current research interest is the relationship of leisure, happiness and development. Recently, in August 2012, he presented two papers at the 2nd International Sociological Association Forum of Sociology held in Buenos Aires. As a member of Research Committee 13 which deals with the Sociology of Leisure Dr Lobo presented at the Presidential Session on: Leisure happiness and development: A contemporary Australian perspective. In a joint session with the Research Committee on Ageing, he presented on: Ageing, leisure and happiness: Maintaining wellbeing in later life. He hopes that leisure when properly conceived will be a vital force in enhancing the happiness of humans.

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.