Dr. Antony Card has been appointed director of Memorial’s School of Human Kinetics and Recreation, effective June 1, 2010. Memorial’s Board of Regents approved the appointment at its May meeting.
Dr. Card has been acting director at the school since July 2009 when Dr. Mary Bluechardt stepped down. Before that, he served as associate director for over a year and has been teaching at the school since 2002. Dr. Card started in HKR in 2002 as an assistant professor. Since July 2009 he has been acting director for the school.
Dr. Card points to the school’s climbing enrolment during the past five years as an indication of the potential of a career in the field of Human Kinetics and Recreation.
“That means more faculty to teach those students, increasing our research capacity, expanding our excellent co-operative opportunities and making more connections with the community,” he said. “I want to enable 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.”
Dr. Card, who received his education in the United Kingdom, has a doctorate of education from the University of Southampton, as well as a master’s of education with distinction grade from the same university. Dr. Card also completed a bachelor’s of education (honours) in physical education from the University of Bedfordshire, U.K.
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. Recently, he has given keynote speeches and shared his experiences with changing the
culture of schools towards active healthy living with health authorities, school boards and school principals in Ontario and British Columbia. He is on the Board of Directors for Physical and Health Education Canada and is the past chair of the Council of University Professors and Researchers in Physical Education. He also serves on the Physical Education Specialist Interest Council Executive and is a member of the Board of Directors for The Works at Memorial.
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 – a non-competitive, simple and fun program that brings physical activity into classrooms – three years ago. 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. He is currently working on establishing a provincial Youth Health Knowledge Exchange Network as the Newfoundland and Labrador principal investigator on the Youth Excel Coalition Linking Action and Science in cancer Prevention (CLASP) research grant.