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What is BCTRA? 

BCTRA is a professional association that represents and supports recreation therapists, therapeutic recreation practitioners, and the practice of therapeutic recreation within the province of British Columbia.

 

We are committed to providing BCTRA members current information and helpful resources that impact the profession of therapeutic recreation. In addition, we strive to provide a place for therapeutic recreation practitioners to connect with each other.

The “Members-only” section of our website has a variety of resources for members. Please 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 to download BCTRA promotional documents.

 

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

 

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.

 

Contact us at info@bctra.org,  we look forward to hearing from you!


Board of Directors

 

BCTRA is a registered BC Society and is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The Provincial Board consists of ten positions. The Directors are elected for  a two year term at the Annual General meeting. 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.

2017-2018 Board of Directors:


 

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.


Amanda Murphy
Amanda Murphy
Director of Regulations, regulations@bctra.org

I graduated from Douglas College in 2017 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. While completing my degree, I discovered a passion for research and had the opportunity to work as a student research assistant for Douglas College, and as a casual project coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health. Since graduating, I have been working with adults with severe and persistent mental health conditions in a supported housing and residential program.

I am very excited to be joining the Board of Directors as the Director of Regulations. I previously served as the Student Liaison (2014-2016), during which time I developed an enthusiasm for developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives. I look forward to collaborating with fellow board members, committee members, and BCTRA members to advance the profession of therapeutic recreation towards regulation.


Jennifer Gilchrist
Jennifer Gilchrist
Secretary/Treasurer, secretarytreasurer@bctra.org

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.”


Marianne Moeliker
Marianne Moeliker
Director At Large: Regional Ambassador Program, regionalambassadors@bctra.org

This is my first time on the BCTRA Board and I am excited  to have the opportunity to work with the Regional Ambassadors to continue to network and grow with other recreation professionals.

I was born in Nova Scotia and moved to British Columbia to pursue a career in Science at the University of Victoria. While obtaining my degree, I discovered my true passion… playing games with residents on a psychogeriatric ward. Up until that point in my life I had never heard of recreation therapy. I soon discovered Douglas College and haven’t stopped loving my profession since graduating in 2001. When I am not at work I am at home or on some sort of crazy adventure with my husband and two children

Ariel Hegedus
Ariel Hegedus
Director At Large: Promotion, promotion@bctra.org

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!

 

 


South Island Ambassador – Vacant, southislandambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Lower Mainland Ambassador – Vacant, lowermainlandambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Interior BC Ambassador – Vacant, interiorbcambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Central Interior Ambassador – Vacant, centralinteriorambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

Northern BC Ambassador – Vacant, northernbcambassador@bctra.org
This position is currently vacant. Please contact: regionalambassadors@bctra.org if you are interested in this role.

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.