The May 1st Education Grant Deadline is fast approaching.

Posted April 8th 2014

The May 1st Education Grant is coming up soon! There are four professional development grants up to $400.00 available and one student grant of $400.00 available. The May Grant Award will be for courses/workshops/conferences/exams that members have taken in January to April of 2014. The Student Grant will be open to those students who wrote the NCTRC exam in January.

Members and students will need to complete the Education Grant Form and submit receipts in order to complete the application process.  Applications will not be considered complete until both the Education Grant Form AND the receipt is received. The Education Grant Form is located on the BCTRA website in the Members Document Section. Submit applications to  The Education Committee will review the applicants at the May Education Committee Meeting and award the one student grant and the four education grants.  Winners of the grants will be notified via email.

Thank you on behalf of your Education Committee.

BC Psychogeriatric Association Conference

Posted March 26th 2014

The BC Psychogeriatric Association (BCPGA) Conference will be held in Richmond on May 2-3, 2014.  This is a continuing education opportunity that may be of interest for those working with seniors and in mental health with seniors.  The conference details are outlined on their website at

Please find attached a copy of the conference brochure for details.

2014-2015 BCTRA Membership Drive

Posted March 24th 2014

April 1st 2014 is fast approaching which means that your current membership with BCTRA is set to expire. Beginning March 15th and until May 15th you will be able to renew your membership and be in good standing for the 2014-2015 Membership Year (April 1, 2014 thru March 31, 2015).

Renewing is as easy as a click of a mouse:

  1. Login with your username and password
  2. Profile up to date? Take the time to review your profile and make any necessary changes using the edit profile button.
  3. Once your profile is up to date, click on the Membership Renewal Payment link under Members-Only Resources.
  4. Choose the appropriate Membership type and make your payment.



The Membership Drive closes May 15th, 2014.  As of May 16th you will need to reapply as a new member and will need to meet the current criteria for professional membership. It is important that you take the time to renew during the membership drive especially those who have been grandfathered in the professional membership. Do not let your membership lapse!

As of July 1st all memberships that have not have not been renewed will become inactive meaning that you will no longer have access to the member resources and will no longer receive the broadcast emails.

So PLEASE TAKE THE TIME to RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. There are some exciting education opportunities coming up and increased education grants. Don’t miss out.

Also, a reminder that CEU audits are performed randomly, so please be sure to be tracking your CEU’s.

Leisure Fair

Posted March 6th 2014

 Leisure Fair 2014 Flyer[1]

Trout Lake Community Centre (Gym)

3360 Victoria Drive

Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Feb. 20th – Dr. Kloseck LCM Presentation Information

Posted February 15th 2014

Dr. Kloseck’s Presentation


Time:  3 – 4:30 p.m.

Place:  Sunny Hill Health Centre Gymnasium, 3644 Slocan Street in Vancouver 

Title of Presentation:  “Changing Demographics, Changing Health Care Priorities:  A Time of Opportunity for TR”

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Marita Kloseck is a Professor, Director of the School of Health Studies, and Director of the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funded Aging and Community Health Research Lab at the University of Western Ontario.  Her research focuses on aging, community health, and optimizing seniors’ independence.  She has over 30 years of clinical and academic experience, including 20 years in the Therapeutic Recreation field.  Dr. Kloseck is known for her novel work with naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCS) and engaging seniors in the research process.  Her work and innovative research is internationally recognized.  Marita was the founding Chair of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario and was the first Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in Canada!

Learning Objectives:

*Participants will be able to identify changing trends and health care priorities impacting Therapeutic Recreation in Canada.

*Participants will be able to identify strategic opportunities to best position TR for the future.

*Participants will understand the importance of accountability and outcome    measurement in positioning TR for the future.

Registration is required for all members please (whether on-site or not). The form is attached below. There is also information on the BCTRA website about how to register for videoconferencing.  There will be light refreshments available on-site.

Registration Form Feb 20

The presentation PDF has been added to the Member Documents