Interested in being on a BCTRA committee?

Posted November 24th 2015

At our recent AGM, we had sign-up sheets available at the venue and at our remote location host sites. For those who were unable to attend in person, please see the following list for all the details!

BCTRA Education Committee, meets once a month to plan & execute monthly Education sessions as well as promoting the Education grant and maintaining our online TR journal access. Interested in helping out? Please contact Alison Koci, Director of Education at

BCTRA Promotions Committee, meets once per month, to create promotional items and organize opportunities for BCTRA members to promote our profession, at their work site and/or in their community. Contact Hayley Wishlow, Director at Large at

BCTRA Regulations Committee, meets once per month, to discuss Regulation issues and create documents for the membership and community stakeholders to help better understand Regulations in Recreation Therapy. Interested in being a part of the Regulations Task Force, please contact John Varley, Director of Regulations, at

BC will be hosting the 2017 CTRA Conference. The host community is sighted as Kelowna (not confirmed as of yet though!) and we are hoping to create a Planning Committee with members from throughout the province. Planning will begin in December 2015 and continue into 2016. Once established, the group will meet monthly and increase meetings as the conference approaches, as necessary. Please contact Katie Chapman, Director of Communications, at if interested.

Thank you to our members who already sit on our various committees. Your hard-work and dedication to our field does not go unnoticed. We look forward to growing our committees with new members with bright ideas and positive energy to grow our profession. We look forward to working with you.


Presentation Now Available!

Posted November 24th 2015

The BCTRA Education Committee is proud to present their CEU Process Webinar. Now Available in the Members Documents section under Presentations.

Resource Available: Room 217 Music Program

Posted November 15th 2015

Room 217’s new Pathways Singing Program is ready-to-use with potential for hundreds of hours of meaningful activity. Pathways is a music-making experience designed for success within the dementia population. No musical expertise is required to facilitate the program. Pathways is flexible and may be delivered one-on-one or in a group setting. The design of Pathways is research-informed and Pathways itself has undergone both pilot and beta testing with positive results.


Pathways consists of 13 30-minute videos grouped into collections (Journeys, Seasons and Inspirations). Familiar songs are led by an expert singing host. Captivating and colourful images support the background and themes of each song. Each collection has an accompanying activity booklet with 300+ activities that extend the goodness of the singing session with multi-sensory opportunities. Online training is provided to facilitators with 6 short tutorials. A bonus audio CD includes instrumental and vocal tracks of each episode for continued use. Watch the Pathways video sampler.


Results show that Pathways increases music responsiveness, social engagement and mood, reduces isolation and negative behaviours, evokes memories and sparks conversations. Pathways strengthens relationships. See what care partners are saying about Pathways.

The introductory offer for the full Pathways collection is $599 CDN or $219 per collection which includes free shipping. This offer expires Dec. 31, 2015.  Orders can be placed through the Room 217 online store or by phone at 905.852.2499.

Additional information about Pathways can be found on our website.
I hope that you will choose to use Pathways with your residents and enjoy many meaningful moments together.

BCTRA and Social Media

Posted October 27th 2015

We are increasing our Social Media presence! Not only do we have a group on Facebook (can be found under British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association), we have a Twitter account (@BCTRA14) and a Instagram Account (BCTRA).

We are hoping to continue to expand our online presence by creating a YouTube channel, a Pinterest page and a LinkedIn profile–Stay Tuned!

Save the Date: Webinar Mon Nov 16th

Posted October 27th 2015

BCTRA Education committee is pleased to announce that we are providing a new and improved process for collecting CEU’s when attending a webinar. This provides each BCTRA member with an electronic copy for each webinar attended and a self tally for continuing education. Please attend our Webinar CEU tutorial on Monday November 16th 12:30pm-1pm Please register for CEU tutorial on Nov 16, 2015 12:30 PM PST at:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Brought to you by GoToWebinar® Webinars Made Easy®