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Sam Strong

Recreation and Open Spaces Planner

I have worked in the sport and recreation management field for just over 10 years. During this time, I have worked across both the public and not- for-profit sectors working in Canada and New Zealand, creating youth and adult recreation programming opportunities, with a focus on community connection, program development, and event management.  


​Having worked across organisations both nationally and internationally, I have experience in strategic programme development, needs assessments, business cases, feasibility studies, funding, and have been involved in facilitating community-led initiatives and stakeholder collaboration.  


My focus is to provide opportunities for the public to engage in sport and recreation, helping our clients exceed the needs of their communities and connecting people with the environment.  My ability to create positive working relationships with our clients, helping them to see future project potential, and having an innovative, outside-the-box problem solving style, is well respected and a key strength.   


I am continuing to broaden my knowledge within the parks sector as I am currently undertaking my Masters in Parks Management at Lincoln University.  



Diploma Recreation and Leisure Services Programming, Conestoga College 

Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Management, double major Event Management, Lincoln University  

Masters candidate (2025) Master of Parks Management, Lincoln University   

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