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What is BCTRA? 

BCTRA is a professional association that represents and supports recreation therapists, therapeutic recreation practitioners, and the practice of therapeutic recreation within the province of British Columbia.

 

We are committed to providing BCTRA members current information and helpful resources that impact the profession of therapeutic recreation. In addition, we strive to provide a place for therapeutic recreation practitioners to connect with each other.

The “Members-only” section of our website has a variety of resources for members. Please visit our website regularly to stay up to date with educational opportunities available for CEU requirements, upcoming news and events, TR Journal articles that support evidence based practice, resources for practitioners, TR links, job postings, and to download BCTRA promotional documents.

 

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

 

Therapeutic Recreation intervention is provided by trained professionals in clinical and/or community settings. Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes functional interventions, leisure education and recreation participation to enable persons with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society.

 

Contact us at info@bctra.org,  we look forward to hearing from you!


Board of Directors

 

BCTRA is a registered BC Society and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The Provincial Board consists of ten positions. The Directors are elected for  a two year term at the Annual General meeting. Individuals for these positions must be nominated and are members in good standing with BCTRA.

Nomination forms are sent to the membership each spring with nominations closing end of July. If there is more than one individual for a position then elections are held by secret ballot at the fall AGM. The individual with the most votes is appointed to the board position.

2018-2019 Board of Directors:


 

Geri Paterson
Geri Paterson

I look forward to working with my fellow BCTRA Board members to advocate for, and advance the field and profession of therapeutic recreation.
I have been a long time faculty member in the Therapeutic Recreation department at Douglas College and over these many years I have enjoyed working with students as they make the journey to become members of the TR profession. My career highlight was taking the lead in the development of the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation. Since the BTR launched in 2006 I have continued to work to strengthen its foundation, to look for ways to create pathways and partnerships for academic pursuits for current TR practitioners, faculty and students and to ensure we remain on the “cutting edge”.
I’m an ardent advocate for the importance of physical recreation in all people’s lives. It has always played a big role in my life and as I read more and more research extolling its benefits, not only its physiological benefits, but also its benefits for brain health, I’m motivated to continue to have it play a central role in my leisure. Currently travel and exploring family heritage along with my love of reading give me wonderful opportunities to experience “flow.


Laura Benson
Laura Benson
Director of Membership, membership@bctra.org
Hello Fellow BCTRA Members! My name is Laura Benson and I am so excited to be a part of the BCTRA Board as the Membership Director. I’m looking forward to being in this position as my passion for Recreation Therapy is strong, and I would love to expand my knowledge and learn from everyone else out there!
I completed my Therapeutic Recreation degree at Douglas College in 2018, along with finding a passion for research. I am now working in the field with youth and at-risk youth, and will be planning for Grad School in the near future.
When I’m not at work, you can probably find me at the softball diamond playing fast pitch, taking photos, attempting yoga (a new endeavour for me!), watching When Harry Met Sally or spending time with good friends.
I’m so excited to be a part of this incredible community of incredible people!

Jenn Pook
Jenn Pook
Director of Communications, info@bctra.org

Hello BCTRA members! I am very excited to be the Director of Communications. I completed my Bachelors Degree in Recreation Therapy at Douglas College in 2014. For my second year practicum I was placed at a residential care facility. After my practicum I was offered a position there for the summer, which then turned into casual work during the school year. After 6.5 years I am still working at the same facility. I find it extremely important to stay in contact with the other Recreation Therapists. In this role I am responsible for the BCTRA Facebook Page, Instagram and other Social Media Accounts as well as the BCTRA Newsletter. In my spare time I love camping, playing boardgames, spending time with friends and family and travelling.

 


Kellie Duckworth
Kellie Duckworth
Director of Education & Recruitment, education@bctra.org

I have been working in the field of Therapeutic Recreation for over 30 years. Initially graduating with a diploma many, many years ago, I went back to obtain my degree in 2006. I am a firm believer in the value of education and have been associated with education events and opportunities within BCTRA/CTRA since 2004. This is my third time on the board, having previously served as the Western Director for CTRA (2004-2006) and the Treasurer for BCTRA (2012-2014). I have worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children for 32 years and work within the Acute Rehab and Neuromotor Programs. Within my work at Sunny Hill I take on the role of our department’s knowledge broker and strive to support the department in bringing evidence into our practice. In addition to working at Sunny Hill I am a contract faculty member at Douglas College mentoring students on practicum and internship. I hold memberships in BCTRA, CTRA and the American ATRA and hold my NCTRC certification. My focus in the first year of my time on the Board this term will be co-chairing the CTRA Conference in Kelowna. I greatly appreciate Sherri Steffen coming on as a Director at Large to offer support to the Education Committee so that in addition to the conference we can continue to strive to offer quality education opportunities throughout the year.


Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy
Director of Regulations, regulations@bctra.org

I graduated from Douglas College in 2017 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. While completing my degree, I discovered a passion for research and had the opportunity to work as a student research assistant for Douglas College, and as a casual project coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health. Since graduating, I have been working with adults with severe and persistent mental health conditions in a supported housing and residential program.

I am very excited to be joining the Board of Directors as the Director of Regulations. I previously served as the Student Liaison (2014-2016), during which time I developed an enthusiasm for developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives. I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members, committee members, and BCTRA members to advance the profession of therapeutic recreation towards regulation.


Jennifer Gilchrist
Jennifer Gilchrist
Secretary/Treasurer, secretarytreasurer@bctra.org

I am truly excited and inspired to work with the BCTRA board over the next two years as the secretary treasurer. It is such a great feeling to be connected to my TR colleagues. I am looking forward to learning, discovering and contributing innovative ideas to further our profession and raise the standards of practice. I grew up in Vancouver, BC and have always known I would land a profession in helping people, teaching and making a difference in their lives. All through my life sport and team work have been essential to my happiness which has enabled me to stay healthy and manage teams of all kinds. I entered the field of TR in 2005 and have worked with every population. I graduated from Douglas College with a degree in TR and have supports in physical rehabilitation, mental health and gerontology as well as my National Certification. I have experience with private practice, management and practicum and internship supervision. I currently work at Adanac Park Lodge as the Leisure & Volunteer Coordinator. Adanac houses adults 19-65 who have complex health issues and responsive behaviors. One of my main passions is teaching practicum and internship students. I am full of energy and love to transfer that energy to residents, clients, staff and colleagues. During the month of December, you will see me wearing a different Christmas sweater as I try to get everyone else involved and the spirit of Christmas flowing through out.

 


Mavreen Chaube
Mavreen Chaube
Student Liaison, studentliaison@bctra.org

I am currently a second year student a Douglas College, studying for my Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation. After 15 years of working as a Certified Dental Assistant, I decided it was time for a career change. When I first came across the TR program, I had no idea what it was all about. After some research on the profession, I knew that this was meant for me. I have always enjoyed working with people, but working in TR will give me an opportunity to make a difference.

I am excited about being the new Student Liaison for the BCTRA. I believe that all professions needs a strong support system. I look forward to learning from and collaborating with other professionals.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, baking, going for walks and organizing my cupboards.


Marianne Moeliker
Marianne Moeliker
Director At Large: Regional Ambassador Program, regionalambassadors@bctra.org

This is my first time on the BCTRA Board and I am excited  to have the opportunity to work with the Regional Ambassadors to continue to network and grow with other recreation professionals.

I was born in Nova Scotia and moved to British Columbia to pursue a career in Science at the University of Victoria. While obtaining my degree, I discovered my true passion… playing games with residents on a psychogeriatric ward. Up until that point in my life I had never heard of recreation therapy. I soon discovered Douglas College and haven’t stopped loving my profession since graduating in 2001. When I am not at work I am at home or on some sort of crazy adventure with my husband and two children

Ariel Hegedus
Ariel Hegedus
Director At Large: Promotion, promotion@bctra.org

I graduated from Douglas College in 2014 with my degree and have since worked at a residential care home with older adults and adults with acquired brain injuries. While finding passion in the field throughout my school years, my love for Therapeutic Recreation has evolved and grown immensely over the years. I am very blessed to have had amazing mentors in the field and have found myself right where I am because of their support and guidance.

I was born in the lower mainland but have a heart that yearns for travel and adventure. When I’m not at work, you can find me outside: hiking, snowboarding or exploring or inside: doing aerial silks, yoga, reading, perusing Pinterest or cooking. I’m so excited to be on the board as I get to continue to learn about and continue to advocate for this amazing profession and association. I love therapeutic recreation! How lucky are we to be involved in such an amazing and inspiring career!?

 


Laurel Wright
Laurel Wright
North Vancouver Island Ambassador, northislandambassador@bctra.org

I am a born and raised Island girl, so I am pleased to be the North Vancouver Island Ambassador!  I spent most of my life in Victoria, where I was born, and received my BA in Recreation and Health Education at the University of Victoria.  After learning about Recreation Therapy during my undergrad, I decided to pursue a Post-Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College in Orillia, ON.  I worked as a Recreation Therapist in northern Alberta for a few years before moving back to the Island.  I currently live in Nanaimo and work in Qualicum Beach with seniors.  I love being a part of seniors’ lives and helping them enhance their quality of life and well-being.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I fell in love with trail running once we moved to Nanaimo a few years ago.  Most weekends, you’ll find me out exploring the gorgeous mountains, waterfalls and trails that are so near to us!  I am so happy to be back on the Island, but am grateful for my various experiences over the years.  I look forward to connecting with you!

 

 


South Island Ambassador – Vacant, southislandambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Interior BC Ambassador – Vacant, interiorbcambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Central Interior Ambassador – Vacant, centralinteriorambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Ian Macleod
Ian Macleod
Northern BC Ambassador – Ian Macleod, northernbcambassador@bctra.org

I was born and raised in Nova Scotia, but my academic and professional path in Recreation Therapy has truly taken me coast to coast. I graduated from Brock University in 2013, and I moved to British Columbia in 2014 to pursue my career. Currently, I am working for Northern Health in Mental Health services. I am passionate about partnering with individuals on their recovery journey, and using Recreation Therapy as a tool to promote well-being.

 

I am new to the role of BCTRA Ambassador. I look forward to networking with recreation professionals to advocate for and promote Recreation Therapy services across the North.

 

 

 

 


Angelina Passarelli
Angelina Passarelli
Director at Large: Education, education2@bctra.org
Hello BCTRA Members! I am excited and honored to serve the Board and its Members this term.  For me, it was in 2005 that the proverbial “light switch” flicked on as I saw the benefit of Therapeutic Recreation firsthand. Interventions that proved to be so meaningful, leaving such lasting impressions.  I too wanted an opportunity to enhance the quality of life for many, and afford a voice to those that may not otherwise be heard.   I graduated from Douglas College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and received my CTRS designation in 2010.      I have worked with Older Adults in various Independent , Assisted Living and Residential Care communities. Relocating to the Island from the mainland last year, I am embracing all the island has to offer and enjoying every moment.