Winter 2021 Programming Update for S.M.I.L.E.

November 27th, 2020

Based on Public Health Guidelines and Acadia University’s policies for a safe campus in relation to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The School of Kinesiology (SOK) and the Centre of Lifestyle Studies (COLS) at Acadia University made the decision to suspend in-person delivery of our SOK and COLS community programs, including Acadia Active Aging, Kinderskills, S.M.I.L.E., Cardiac Rehab, and Active for Life, for the Fall 2020 semester.

Due to the continuing risks of COVID-19, our university procedures, the significant issues with cleaning and sterilizing equipment, social distancing regulations, facility occupancy maximums, etc., the suspension of in-person delivery of our SOK and COLS community programs will continue for the Winter 2021 semester.

For participants in The Acadia S.M.I.L.E. Program, although we are unable to provide in-person sessions this Winter, we will continue to support you by offering programming consisting of:

  • Online virtual sessions
  • Recorded physical activity instructional videos
  • Weekly home activity guides

We hope that the promise of effective vaccines will allow us to resume in-person delivery of our community programs in the Fall of 2021. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide updates concerning it when appropriate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Director of the School of Kinesiology, Dr. Rene Murphy ( or the Administrative Coordinator for COLS, Kim Vaughan (