Overview of PowerHockey Canada: the possibilities of adaptive sports
Friday, January 21st  at 12:00pm PST

Join PowerHockey Canada’s Paul Desaulniers and Meghan Hines for an engaging webinar on the exciting and inclusive parasport of power wheelchair hockey. During this webinar participants will learn about wheelchair hockey, the benefits of being involved both as players and volunteers, as well as the inclusivity of who can play. In this webinar, participants will gain a better understanding of the equipment used and kinds of adaptations needed to support successful participation. Come learn, and be inspired by what is possible for sport opportunities for individuals who use a power wheelchair!

Learning Objectives
After the session you will be able to:
1. Be able to describe the role of PowerHockey and identify at least two ways players and volunteers can be involved

2. Identify at least 4 benefits of being involved in adaptive sports

3. Identify at least 2 adaptations that can used to support successful engagement in sports for those using a power wheelchair

About the Speakers:

Paul Desaulniers (President) and Meghan Hines (Vice President) are two of the co-founders of PowerHockey Canada, established in 2018. Paul is a former player having played for 19 seasons, retiring in 2017, transitioned to a coach. Meghan is a current player and has been doing so since 1999. With a combined experience of 40+ years they offer a wealth of knowledge that is based on their lived experience as players, management, and life with a disability.


Sweet Re-Leaf!

Garden & Nature Programming for Mental Wellness
Monday, May 17 at 12:00pm PST
Exclusive to BCTRA members

This session has been pre-approved for 1 hour of continuing education by NCTRC.

Encourage your program participants (and your colleagues!) to lose themselves in enjoyable experiences of nearby nature for relief (from distress, frustration & rumination) and for improvements in mood, thinking & behaviour.

Learning Objectives
After the session you will be able to:
1. Describe 3 evidence-based mental wellness benefits of engaging with nearby nature for your participant group
2. Offer 4 types of nature-based programming to improve participants’ mood and state of mind
3. Adapt program delivery methods to suit required precautionary measures

About Your Facilitator
Shelagh is a horticultural therapist and educator. For 23 years, she offered garden and nature programming for long-term care residents and for people with mental health issues.

Her playful online program, A Daily Nature Practice, inspires healthcare professionals and caregivers to engage with nearby nature for deeply restorative self-care.

You can find her online program, Garden Activity Signs and educational blog posts at www.ThriveWithNature.com.

Tuesday April 13th, 2021

7:00pm – 8:00pm

*This webinar can be used as continuing education credit when renewing your BCTRA membership*

Our presenters ask that participants bring their favourite sensory items (a cozy blanket, wear PJs, essential oil/perfume to smell, a pet for companionship). Essentially, they would like you to feel comfortable and relaxed during their presentation. Participants are free to show off their dog/cat/hamster on camera and enjoy their drink of choice for the evening (tea or hot chocolate etc.).



It is essential for a TR practitioner to regulate their emotions during the work day to effectively perform daily tasks, be able to respond to clients in a professional, courteous, and helpful manner, and to reduce the risk of burn-out. Self-care practices rooted in compassion and self-acceptance such as positive affirmations can boost one’s morale in the workplace environment. Furthermore, monitoring one’s thoughts can reduce negative emotions, and specialized breathing techniques can further alleviate one’s bodily and psychological stress caused by internal and external factors. The participants will learn more about on-site self-care practices as well as what one can do at home to practice self-care.

After the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe common signs of emotional exhaustion in themselves or among their staff members
  2. Describe healthy work habits to prevent burnout/emotional exhaustion
  3. Define the parameters that entail proper self-care

Documents: Professional Quality of Life Scale_CF Self Assessment Self Care Plan Worksheet

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.