Presented by: Freya Puszka

Wednesday April 7th, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Pre-approved for 1 hour of continuing education by NCTRC.


What does it mean to be an ally? An ally is to have someone on your side, and as Recreation Therapists, this is second nature in our practice through implementing person-centered and strengths-based approaches. There are many populations that are in need of allies to feel safe accessing resources.

This presentation will focus on the LGBTQIA2s+ community and how Recreation Therapists can become allies to ensure inclusion in their practice. A refresher of LGBTQIA2s+ terminology and language will be included, as well as tips for Recreation Therapists. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss case studies and participate in a Q&A towards the end of the session.

Presenter Bio: 

Freya is a 4th year Therapeutic Recreation Student at Douglas College. She is a passionate ally to the LGBTQIA2s+ community, and has devoted extracurricular activities and areas of study to this topic area. Freya conducted a research project about LGBTQIA2s+ inclusion in Therapeutic Services in their third year, and this presentation is a continuation of her hopes to bring awareness to gaps in education. Freya hopes to encourage others to become allies to individuals experiencing marginalization.

Freya enjoys baking, knitting and walking for her leisure. She is originally from England and has lived in Canada for 15 years.