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New director thinks big

By Michelle Osmond

Dr. Antony Card has been acting in the position for nearly a year, but now that he’s officially been named as the new director for the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation (HKR), Dr. Card has some big goals in mind.

Dr. Card’s enthusiasm for the school is obvious. If he has his way, HKR will double its capacity in the next few years.

“Our enrolment has been climbing steadily for the last five years and I want to see that get even bigger,” he explained with pride. “That means more faculty to teach those students, increasing our research capacity, expanding our excellent co-op opportunities, and make more connections with the community. I want to enable our students, faculty and staff to realize their aspirations and I want our graduates to be cutting-edge leaders in their field.

“Yes, you could say I have big dreams for the school.”

Not to mention accreditation, a PhD program and a new building.

Dr. Card’s career includes funded research projects and publications focused on the issues of childhood obesity through promoting physical education, physical activity and comprehensive approaches to school health.

Dr. Card has spent much of his career and his personal time promoting physical activity in schools including co-founding the Eastern Active Schools program three years ago, a non-competitive, simple and fun program that brings physical activity into classrooms.

The program supports teachers and their schools by providing hands-on training, activity manuals, activity equipment bins and other resources to assist them in facilitating children to become more physically active.

Dr. Card received his education in the U.K. and got his start in HKR in 2002 as assistant professor. Since July 2009 he has been acting director for the school.