Reach out and connect with friends during ‘June is Recreation Month’

June 1st, 2021 - Defence Stories

With physical distancing guidelines still in effect and COVID-19 fatigue being very much present in our day-to-day, participating in recreational activities can be challenging, yet beneficial. Even though we may be physically apart, by socializing with other members of the community virtually, we can still connect and thrive from the benefits of recreation.

According to Statistics Canada, almost 38 per cent of Canadians reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they experienced feelings of loneliness or isolation. We reached out to a few Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members to ask them what activities they are participating in (or looking forward to getting back into) and what advice they have for fellow CAF members to build connections.

“I participate in the Indoor Rock Climbing Club of Petawawa,” says Master Corporal Vivian Cho. “It’s a great way to socialize with like-minded individuals passionate about the sport and meet military and non-military folk.”

Rock climbing is a great recreational activity that challenges your body and mind. Climbing is on an individual level and the feeling of accomplishment is a great reason to come out and give it a try. Climbing is also an excellent group activity that encourages teamwork.

If a fellow CAF member is feeling isolated, she suggests “scheduling video calls with distant friends and family, hosting online game nights, and having a socially distanced backyard or park visit. Or if you live alone, building a safe social circle with one other household you trust.”

For Sub-Lieutenant Liam Cole, the Auto Hobby Club at CFB Esquimalt has been a nice pastime. “The club provides excellent service, with the ability to do both maintenance and upgrades on my vehicle at a reduced cost.”

The Auto Club Workshop is also a great place to hang out, where you’ll meet new people and learn about your car and others’ while regaling in stories of automotive adventures and mechanical mishaps. 

Join us on PSP’s National Facebook page (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) throughout the month of June while we feature other ways to get connected.

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services’ PSP (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) develops and delivers leading edge occupational fitness, sports, recreation and wellness programs and services. PSP offers a wide variety of virtual recreation services so that you can stay safe and find fun ways to get out, get active, learn something new, stay connected and live better.  As restrictions start to lighten, PSP will begin to once again offer in person programs and services. Be sure to adhere to your province’s COVID-19 guidelines and stay safe!

Visit the ‘June is Recreation Month’ web page (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) for all upcoming activities, including the 30 Days of Connection Contest, Top 10 Free Virtual Games according to our Rec Experts and PSP’s Virtual Services schedule. 

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