Virtual Hall of Fame
Every once in a while someone springs up among us full of happy enthusiasms, knowing where and how he is going. Just as the warriors sprang fully armed from the earth to joining Jason on his search for the Golden Fleece so did Russ Kisby from the rich alluvial plain of central Saskatchewan.
His education took place in and around Saskatoon, including his physical education degree from the University there. In 1968 he earned his M.A. degree at Springfield. The title of his thesis was prophetic “Community Leadership and Development”.
He taught school for one year in the west and then in 1964 moved east to the staff of the Montreal Y.M.C.A. He was soon caught up in the affairs of the CAHPER Greater Montreal Branch. He became a very active member of the organizing committee of the 1967 Canadian Symposium of Recreation, a joint Centennial project of Parks and Recreation Association of Canada (now CPRA) and CAHPER.
Russ was chosen to succeed Wes McVicar on the National Office staff of the Y.M.C.A. just when the Y was about to phase out its traditional physical education program. Russ set about organizing the Y physical educators to do a study to justify the continuation of the program. In less than two years, with the help of many outsiders, Russ and his Y associates produced “Shape Up!” Symposium for the Human Application of Physical Education, in Winnipeg, 1971. physical education continued to be a Y program.
“Column” an internal Y communication innovation caught on quickly. Russ sent it to many people outside the Y to let them know that they were part of the Canadian physical education scene. It is still a wanted information piece.
In 1972 Sports Participation was established by the government. They recruited Russ as someone who knew the people in physical education and recreation all across Canada. We have all seen what a success this has been. Russ has had a major part in acquainting us all through Sports Participaction with the benefits derived from self-directed, regular physical activity in our daily lives. Fitness and with in health can be achieved by the individual.
Few of our members have worked for the Association so long and vigorously. He has served on its Committees, the Board of Directors, as Vice President, Recreation and now carries a special responsibility to determine ways and means of encouraging the affiliations of related organizations to CAHPER.
Cast in the mould of McKenzie, this never still professional has achievements to his credit which usually take a lifetime. And he continues to work to find the way to the development of the ideal human. We recognize with our Honour Award, a warm, joyous human being and an outstanding leader in our profession.
1976 R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
Quebec City, Quebec
- 1982-1983 CAHPERD President
- 1976R. Tait McKenzie Honour Award recipient
- 2000 North American Society Award recipient
Kisby was perfect fit for participaction
Physical activity promoter remembered for leadership efforts
Howard Nixon knew Russ Kisby as a student in his University of Saskatchewan classes and as Canada's most important influence in the ParticipACTION movement
Russ Kisby Appointed to CCES Board of Directors
(Ottawa, Ontario – November 23, 2004) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Russ Kisby to its Board of Directors. Mr. Kisby will join the Board for a two-year term beginning in March 2005.
Participaction honours Russ Kisby
One of my best moments of this Christmas season came when I received an email from my old friend Russ Kisby.
REFLECTIONS ON A PIONEER IN HEALTH PROMOTION
By Russ Kisby, President, ParticipACTION
University of Saskatchewan Honorary degree recipient
Russ Kisby is a University of Saskatchewan graduate who has achieved considerable recognition throughout Canada and abroad. He is best known for his work as one of the founders of ParticipACTION, a non-profit organization that has made a very significant impact on health and health awareness of Canadians for the past 22 years.
University of Sask Archives
Russ Kisby (1940 - 2007)
With the relaunch of ParticipACTION in 2006, Russ became an advisor, continuing to support the cause of healthy lifestyles for Canadians. Russ died on Friday, July 20, mourned by his wife Merle and their family and by countless health and fitness advocates across Canada who worked with Russ and shared his enthusiasm for the cause of ParticipACTION.
TAFISA Pioneer Russ Kisby died
The TAFISA family has lost a great colleague in Russ Kisby, who passed away July 20, 2007 at home surrounded by family after a long battle with cancer. Russ was one of the founding members of TAFISA and served on the board for 12 years, six of them as treasurer.
KISBY, RUSS B.A.P E. M.Ed., LLD (Hon).
H e graduated from the University of Saskatchewan's College of Physical Education in 1963 and later earned a master's degree in community leadership and development in the United States. His professional career began at the Montreal and National YMCA before joining the newly launched ParticipACTION in 1972.
Globe and Mail
U of S names new laboratory after founder of ParticipACTION
Today University of Saskatchewan President, Peter MacKinnon, officially
opened a new laboratory in the College of Kinesiology focused on physical
activity and health promotion and dedicated it to the past president of
ParticipACTION - Russ Kisby.
Russ Kisby and ParticipACTION Blog
It’s time to start pumping our legs again to see if we can catch up to that legendary 60-year-old Swede, who is in so much better shape than we are.
Health & Wellness Pioneer Award recipient
New lab named for Russ Kisby
Statement by the Honourable Helena Guergis, P.C., M.P. Secretary of State (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) (Sport) On the Death of Russ Kisby
It is with sadness that I learned of the death of Russ Kisby, co-creator and past-president of ParticipACTION.
IN MEMORIAM: Russ Kisby, B.A.P.E. M.Ed., LLD (Hon)