Seeking Nominations for the Rachel Dobek Student Award

In September 2001, The Professional Development and Education Committee of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) initiated 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. Deadline for nominations is October 16th, 2020.

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


Previous Winners Include: Jennifer ParksAmy Prystupa, Amanda Murphy, Louise Joycey, Karissa Tedford, Jen Gilchirst, Shayna Dolan, Paloma Leon, Sarah Rosenthal, Carlie Graef, Pam Loeppky, Brenda Kalanj, Henry Gehricke, Sheelley McKinnis, Sheri Keller, and Bethany Dueck.

To Nominate a student:

  1. Click on the link.
  2. Scroll down to the Rachel Dobek Student Award Nomination Form.