Award Nominations

Any BCTRA member in good standing is eligible to be nominated. Awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting. Click on the nomination button, complete the form, and your request will automatically be forwarded to education@bctra.org


Ingrid Parsons Professional Recognition Award

In September 1994, the Professional Development and Education Committee of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) initiated the distinguished Professional Award to recognize the contributions of an outstanding BCTRA member. In 1996 the award was renamed the Ingrid Parsons Professional Recognition Award, a fitting tribute to a fine professional woman whose call to the field was filled with energy, drive and commitment. Ingrid’s example to members is one not to be forgotten. This award is intended to acknowledge such contributions as:

  • a significant contribution in the field of therapeutic recreation
  • serving in a key leadership position
  • a contribution for a particular initiative
  • a series of contributions over an extended period

It is intended that the contributions made by the individual have supported therapeutic recreation. The contribution does not have to be in the year previous to the award date.

Nominations should include: a summary of the contributions this individual has made to the field and a letter indicating why this person should be granted the award. It should be noted that the award will be granted on the merit of the contribution(s) rather than as a recognition for long term service.

Ingrid Parsons Professional Recognition Award Nomination Form


Volunteer Recognition Award

In September 1994, The Professional Development and Education Committee of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) initiated the distinguished Volunteer Award to recognize BCTRA members who have actively volunteered in the service of the association or in the field of therapeutic recreation. This award is intended to acknowledge members who are an:

  • elected board member AND/OR
  • elected committee member of a BCTRA chapter AND/OR
  • elected provincial or chapter committee member AND/OR
  • served as a liaison between BCTRA and other professional agencies related to the field of therapeutic recreation.

Any BCTRA member in good standing is eligible to be nominated for the award. It is intended that the contributions made by the individual have supported therapeutic recreation.

Nominations should include: a summary of the contributions this individual has made to the field and a letter indicating why this person should be granted the award.

Volunteer Recognition Award Nomination Form


Agency Citation Award

In September 2001, The Professional Development and Education Committee of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) will initiate the distinguished Agency Award to recognize agencies that have rendered outstanding Therapeutic Recreation services. This award is intended to acknowledge agencies who:

  • formally recognizes affiliation with members of BCTRA
  • actively are involved with university or college studies through practicum, work experience opportunities, presentations, etc.
  • promotes research, which has helped advance the profession of Therapeutic Recreation.
  • recognized for exemplary therapeutic recreation programs by clients,
  • board of directors and or other disciplines.

It is intended that the services contributed by the agency have supported and promoted the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

Nominations should include: a summary of the services contributed by the agency, and a letter indicating why the agency should be granted the award, outlining how the agency has helped advance the profession of therapeutic recreation.

Agency Citation Award Nomination Form


Rachel Dobek Student Award

In September 2001, The Professional Development and Education Committee of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) will initiate the distinguished Student Award to recognize a BCTRA member who has demonstrated academic ability, promise of a contribution to the field of therapeutic recreation and have volunteered or worked in therapeutic recreation. This award is intended to acknowledge members who:

  • Declare a major in Recreation/Therapeutic Recreation or graduate studies related to therapeutic recreation.
  • Current enrollment in university or college, third year standing or above if enrolled in a four year program, second year standing if enrolled in a two year program.
  • Volunteer/work experience in Therapeutic Recreation.
  • Two letters of reference addressing nominee’s potential contributions to therapeutic recreation (prefer one reference from faculty and one from a practitioner in Therapeutic Recreation).

It is intended that the contributions made by the individual have supported Therapeutic Recreation.

Nominations should include: a summary of the contribution/volunteer work this individual has made to the field, reference letters indicating why this person should be granted the award, and a third or fourth year transcript from and educational institution.

The person granted the Rachel Dobek Student Award will be eligible for the Rachel Dobek Scholarship Fund.

Rachel Dobek Student Award Nomination Form


Lifetime Achievement Award

In August of 2004 the BCTRA Board instituted a new Award for retiring British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Members (BCTRA). The Award is intended to recognize individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Association and profession during their career. Members nominated for this award must meet the following criteria:

  • BCTRA member for minimum 12 consecutive years.
  • Made a significant contribution to the Association through volunteering.
  • Promoted the ongoing growth and development of the association through activities such as:
    • advocating for the profession in a particular initiative
    • serving in a key leadership role
    • contributing to the continuing education of BCTRA members by presenting at or planning workshops/seminars/conferences

Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination Form

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New Award (Sept 2016) Lou Gillette Scheffler Mentorship Award

In July 2016, the BCTRA Board of Directors initiated the esteemed Lou Gillette Scheffler Mentorship Award to recognize a BCTRA member who has demonstrated outstanding mentorship as a manager or supervisor in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.  The inception of the award is based upon a letter that was submitted by a BCTRA member requesting that an annual mentorship award be presented in honour of Lou Gillette Scheffler, a supervisor and mentor who had an incredible impact on students, professionals, and in the field of Therapeutic Recreation. This award is intended to acknowledge members who:

  • Guide and empower students and/or professionals to meet and exceed set goals.
  • Nurture students and/or professionals to reach their truest potential.
  • Cultivate a cohesive, supportive, and dynamic team.
  • Are forward thinking both as a manager/supervisor and in the field of Therapeutic Recreation.

Nominations should include: a summary of the contributions this individual has made to the field of Therapeutic Recreation and a letter indicating why this person should be granted this award.

Lou Gillette Scheffler Mentorship Award Nomination Form