About

BCTRA is a governing body that represents Recreation Therapists and Practitioners and their practice within the province of British Columbia.

Therapeutic Recreation intervention is provided by trained professionals in clinical and/or community settings. Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes functional interventions, leisure education and recreation participation to enable persons with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society.

We believe that recreation, leisure and play are inherent and significant aspects of the human experience as they promote quality of life and wellness at every stage of development. Further, we believe that individuals of all abilities have the right to benefit from leisure and recreation.

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The Provincial Board consists of ten positions. Individuals for these positions must be nominated and are members in good standing with BCTRA.

Nomination forms are sent to the membership each spring with nominations closing end of July. If there is more than one individual for a position then elections are held by secret ballot at the fall AGM. The individual with the most votes is appointed to the board position.

We are committed to providing BCTRA members and Therapeutic Recreation Practitioners a current, informative, and professional resource.

Visit our website regularly to stay up to date with educational opportunities available for CEU requirements, upcoming news and events, TR Journal articles that support Evidence Based Practice, resources for Practitioners, TR links, job postings, and download our BCTRA promotional documents.

Contact us at info@bctra.org. We look forward to hearing from you and fostering a professional network that continues to move forward.


Board of Director’s Bios:

 

Brenda Kinch
Brenda Kinch

My passion is Therapeutic Recreation (TR). I have a long history with BCTRA having served in various roles since almost the beginning of our association. I graduated from Douglas College with a Certificate in TR in 1980; a diploma in 1985 and completed my degree also at Douglas College in 2012. I became CTRS certified in 2012 as well. In my TR practice I have worked primarily with Older Adults and have been employed as a Recreation Therapist for Fraser Health (FH) in residential care for many years; more recently I began providing practice leadership in TR in the FH Day Programs for Older Adults. I am an active member of the FH TR Practice Council. I am also an Internship Student Mentor for Douglas College.

I am pleased with the movement we have seen in the field of TR in BC – however there is always much more to do. I believe that in order to be fully recognized for our practice we need to continue to advocate, evolve and grow. I look forward to involvement with this positive work. Growth of our membership is a major part of this process – and I look forward to my role as President for 2015-2016.


Geri Paterson
Geri Paterson
Director of Membership, membership@bctra.org

I look forward to working with my fellow BCTRA Board members to advocate for, and advance the field and profession of therapeutic recreation.

I have been a long time faculty member in the Therapeutic Recreation department at Douglas College and over these many years I have enjoyed working with students as they make the journey to become members of the TR profession. My career highlight was taking the lead in the development of the Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation. Since the BTR launched in 2006 I have continued to work to strengthen its foundation, to look for ways to create pathways and partnerships for academic pursuits for current TR practitioners, faculty and students and to ensure we remain on the “cutting edge”.

I’m an ardent advocate for the importance of physical recreation in all people’s lives. It has always played a big role in my life and as I read more and more research extolling its benefits, not only its physiological benefits, but also its benefits for brain health, I’m motivated to continue to have it play a central role in my leisure. Currently travel and exploring family heritage along with my love of reading give me wonderful opportunities to experience “flow.


Lyndsay Boers
Lyndsay Boers
Director of Communications, info@bctra.org

Hello BCTRA members! I am very excited to be the Director of Communications. I have lived most of my life on Vancouver Island, leaving only for a few years to complete my Bachelors Degree in Recreation Therapy at Douglas College. After finishing my Degree I was excited to move back to beautiful Vancouver Island to begin work as a Recreation Therapist in Long-Term Care. Since moving back I have found it extremely important to connect with the other Recreation Therapists.  In this role I am responsible for the BCTRA Facebook Page, Instagram and other Social Media Accounts as well as the BCTRA Newsletter. In my spare time I love relaxing with a cup of tea, a great book, travelling, being outdoors and spending time with my family and friends.

 


Kellie Duckworth
Kellie Duckworth
Director of Education & Recruitment, education@bctra.org

I have been working in the field of Therapeutic Recreation for over 30 years. Initially graduating with a diploma many, many years ago, I went back to obtain my degree in 2006. I am a firm believer in the value of education and have been associated with education events and opportunities within BCTRA/CTRA since 2004. This is my third time on the board, having previously served as the Western Director for CTRA (2004-2006) and the Treasurer for BCTRA (2012-2014). I have worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children for 32 years and work within the Acute Rehab and Neuromotor Programs. Within my work at Sunny Hill I take on the role of our department’s knowledge broker and strive to support the department in bringing evidence into our practice. In addition to working at Sunny Hill I am a contract faculty member at Douglas College mentoring students on practicum and internship. I hold memberships in BCTRA, CTRA and the American ATRA and hold my NCTRC certification. My focus in the first year of my time on the Board this term will be co-chairing the CTRA Conference in Kelowna. I greatly appreciate Sherri Steffen coming on as a Director at Large to offer support to the Education Committee so that in addition to the conference we can continue to strive to offer quality education opportunities throughout the year.


John Varley
John Varley
Director of Regulations, regulations@bctra.org

With increasing numbers of recreation therapists becoming certified through NCTRC, a college that introduces several new CTRS’s into the TR profession every year, and a growing movement by CTRS’s for greater recognition of the services we provide and the qualifications we possess, I believe British Columbia to be a leader in the advancement of our profession both in Canada and internationally.  I am proud to be a member of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association because it is a progressive organization that understands the importance of working collaboratively to advance the CTRS credential, represent those who possess it and protect those who we serve.

As a CTRS for about 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of working the past 15 of those years in BC alongside many amazing TR professionals.  I try to pass along the wisdom I’ve learned from those who are no longer in the field and absorb the energy and ideas of those who are new to it.  I believe strongly in the role we play as leisure advocates for individuals who have difficulty advocating or achieving leisure for themselves.  I am humbled by the dedication and achievements of the teachers, researchers, practitioners and volunteers in our profession.

I am honoured and excited to have been selected as the next Director of Regulations and to be carrying on the efforts of my predecessor. I look forward to working alongside the other members of the Regulation Task Group and collaborating with CTRA, as well working with the other BCTRA board members as we focus on implementing the strategic planning ideas from our AGM and prepare to host another CTRA annual conference.


Meghan Brooks
Meghan Brooks
Secretary/Treasurer, secretarytreasurer@bctra.org

I am excited to be a new member of the BCTRA board and look forward to being a part of a passionate group of therapists! During my time on the board I hope to help with carrying out some of the strategic plans we have created as well as to promote our profession within our province. I found my way to Therapeutic Recreation with a diploma in Recreation and Sport Management from Malaspina University. From there I continued on to Douglas College where I completed the Bachelors Degree and obtained my CTRS certification in 2011. Currently, I am the Manager of TR services at a home to 116 adults living with various complex care needs. I am passionate to be a therapist in residential care and to have a chance to create positive change to ensure all seniors and adults living in care get to experience a full and meaningful life.

I love to be outdoors whenever I can; fishing, beaching, hiking and boating. When it rains, I spend my time on DIY projects and cozying up with a glass of wine!

Thank you for the nomination and I look forward to my term!


Jennifer Parks
Jennifer Parks
Student Liaison, studentliaison@bctra.org

As the BCTRA Student Liaison, I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to be in this role. I look forward to collaborating with other professionals in the field and making a meaningful contribution to BCTRA.

Currently, I am in the process of obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas College on a full time basis. I have previously enjoyed working with older adults, but I would like to gain more experience in the areas of child and youth, physical rehabilitation and mental health.

I truly find value in participating in leisure and recreation, and I strive to make it part of my daily life. A few of my favorite activities are yoga, reading a good book and walking in nature. As my family motto goes: “work hard, play harder.”


Chera Yellen
Chera Yellen
Director At Large: Regional Ambassador Program, regionalambassadors@bctra.org

I am honoured to join the BCTRA board as the Director at Large. I’m excited about the DAL position because I will have the opportunity to both lead and assist other board members on various tasks and projects. I feel this position is a great opportunity to understand more about BCTRA while allowing me to contribute to a profession that I love! I look forward to bringing my dedication, enthusiasm & creativity.

I graduated with a bachelor degree in therapeutic recreation from Douglas College in 2013 and gained CTRS designation shortly after. I completed my practicum working with children in Uganda, Africa & my internship working with older adults at Peace Arch Hospital in Whiterock BC. Since then I have worked in residential care and community mental health settings on a part time basis while raising two young boys. I strongly believe in the healing benefits of leisure and recreation. I am passionate about helping others & feel incredibly proud to be able to do that as a recreation therapist.

My leisure time these days is mostly spent playing with my boys. It has been amazing to experience the power of play with them! I also enjoy yoga, hiking, running, biking, travelling, arts & crafts, camping, listening to music & dancing. Having that said, I love exploring new leisure activities & will rarely turn down the chance to try something new!


Hayley Wishlow
Hayley Wishlow
Director At Large: Promotion, promotion@bctra.org

Hey there! I am excited to be on the Board in one of the Director at Large positions focusing on Promotion and Advocacy and appreciate the opportunity to be working alongside other dedicated TR professionals that make up the BCTRA Board of Directors. I am a graduate of the Douglas College Therapeutic Recreation program and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. I am currently working in Vancouver Coastal Health in community mental health and substance use services with adults and I am a member of the VCH Recreation Therapy Practice Council.

I am passionate about the outdoors and using adventure therapy and leisure education to assist clients in reaching their full capacity and potential in their recovery. I have also worked in a variety of other settings including Acute Rehabilitation, Adolescent Substance Use, and Long term care. I had the amazing opportunity to complete my internship in St. Johns, Newfoundland working with Adolescent and Adult Substance Use. In my down time I can be found hiking, mountain biking, fishing, spending time at the cabin, snowboarding, and crafting. I am looking forward to supporting the board and continuing to work on promotion initiatives, advocacy, strategic planning, and other projects.


Laurel Wright
Laurel Wright
North Vancouver Island Ambassador, northislandambassador@bctra.org

I am a born and raised Island girl, so I am pleased to be the North Vancouver Island Ambassador!  I spent most of my life in Victoria, where I was born, and received my BA in Recreation and Health Education at the University of Victoria.  After learning about Recreation Therapy during my undergrad, I decided to pursue a Post-Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College in Orillia, ON.  I worked as a Recreation Therapist in northern Alberta for a few years before moving back to the Island.  I currently live in Nanaimo and work in Qualicum Beach with seniors.  I love being a part of seniors’ lives and helping them enhance their quality of life and well-being.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends, and I fell in love with trail running once we moved to Nanaimo a few years ago.  Most weekends, you’ll find me out exploring the gorgeous mountains, waterfalls and trails that are so near to us!  I am so happy to be back on the Island, but am grateful for my various experiences over the years.  I look forward to connecting with you!

 

 


James Benson
James Benson
South Island Ambassador, southislandambassador@bctra.org

I was born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba, Attended the University Of Manitoba, spent a year in the high arctic before moving to Victoria BC in 1986.
Currently residing in Langford, British Columbia with his beautiful wife for over 30 years. I love the outdoors; a trait that has been passed down onto my two adult sons. I enjoy helping others. I have worked with youth in the past but I always loved the seniors. Recreation Therapy was an opportunity to help a generation who had given so much to me and our country. I saw something special in the smiles, the laughter, and yes the tears that went into working with seniors. I have worked in Extended Care facilities as a Recreation therapist throughout the Victoria area since 1986.I have had the opportunity to meet many great individuals from variety of backgrounds. I enjoy volunteering with the Parks department, BCTRA, coaching soccer, biking and being with my family.
I have been a member of The Health Science Association Union since 1986 and represented the membership as a Chief Steward from 1989-1995, Assistant Steward 2007-2011 as well as Occupational Health and Safety Steward.
I currently working half time as a Recreation Therapist at The Priory Hospital and half time as an Enhanced Disability Management Representative for Health Science Association helping injured or sick staff at work with supports and services.
I follow the Leisure ability Model of practice in which I teach and promote the benefits of recreation and leisure to individuals. Optimizing employee health is paramount to a healthy work environment.
I am a proponent for continuing education and I have continue to attend courses and classes to enrich my knowledge.


Katie Parghi Miller
Katie Parghi Miller
Lower Mainland Ambassador, lowermainlandambassador@bctra.org

I am very excited to be stepping into the role of Lower Mainland Ambassador for BCTRA. I have been a member of the professional association for many years and worked in collaboration with BCTRA  when I sat on the 2011 Planning Committee for the CTRA National Conference held in Whistler BC. I graduated from Douglas College with my Diploma in 2005 and then continued on to complete my Bachelor in Therapeutic Recreation in 2009. I work in long-term care and have a huge passion for therapeutic recreation and the numerous benefits it can provide older adults living in complex/residential care. In my leisure time I enjoy spending time with my husband and our daughter Fiona, gardening, baking, crafting, and enjoying the sun at our cabin at Christina Lake. I look forward to supporting and connecting with lower mainland BCTRA members as well as members throughout the province!


Jolene Steeves Eschyschyn
Jolene Steeves Eschyschyn
Interior BC Ambassador, interiorbcambassador@bctra.org

I have been working in the field of Recreation for almost 20 years, and am blessed to be doing what I love every day! This is an exciting time for members, and I look forward to being a part of BCTRA and representing the BC Interior…


Kim Fowler
Kim Fowler
Central Interior Ambassador, centralinteriorambassador@bctra.org

I look forward to representing the BCTRA  as central interior regional ambassador. I have been involved in many aspects of recreation for over 20 years and for the past 5 years in therapeutic recreation – geriatrics.
In my leisure time I enjoy most things that are outdoors, get togethers with my family and being on tennis court with friends.
I look forward to supporting the BCTRA and the TR profession.


Linda Oke
Linda Oke
Northern BC Ambassador, northernbcambassador@bctra.org

Bio coming soon!


Sheri Steffen
Sheri Steffen
Director at Large: Education, education2@bctra.org

I am excited to be a Director at Large. I have been in a variety of roles with BCTRA for many years and look forward to being involved once again. Professional Development, Education and Research are passions and I look forward to working alongside the Director of Education in offering BCTRA members a variety and innovative education opportunities.

I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Master of Rehabilitation Sciences in 2015 was certified in 2010 and did my undergraduate studies in Therapeutic Recreation. I have been practicing Therapeutic Recreation for 23 years with experience in rehabilitation, geriatrics, adults with developmental disabilities and the last 15 years I have been employed with Fraser Health working with youth and young adults in mental health and substance use services.

I enjoy golfing, spending time with family and scrapbooking.