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Our Mission is to advocate for the Therapeutic Recreation Profession and our Membership.



 CTRA Membership

Joining the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association membership provides access to member only benefits like  Job postings, CTRS database access, profession liability insurance….. 

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 Important Membership Criteria

Please note that membership criteria and fees have changed for the 2015/2016 membership year ….

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 Job Postings

If you wish to post a Therapeutic Recreation job in our members only section (viewed by 700 potentially qualified professionals) contact: websiteadmin@canadian-tr.org

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CTRA 2016/17 BOD

President – Chris Richard
Past President – Crystal Watson
Secretary – Jessica Baker
Treasurer – Heather Baker
Western Director – Jane Crawford
Prairie Director – Rebecca Genoe
Central Director – Jenna Johnstone
Atlantic Director – Carl Ings
Marketing Director – Glenn Skimming
Education Director – Anne-Marie Sullivan

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Executive Director
Tanea Goncalves Forward

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Website Administrator
Sara Stukings


Ageless Gardens – Therapeutic/Healthy Gardening Series

We’re a Victoria-based documentary production company, and we just completed a gardening documentary series called “Ageless Gardens.”  It is a five-part series on gardening, with an emphasis on the therapeutic role that gardens can play in healthy aging. We now have DVDs of the entire first season that we’d like to get into the hands of health care professionals, and we’re wondering if you have a way of passing this information onto your members through social media, or a newsletter.  

The series airs Mondays on VisionTV (6pm PT). You can find the trailer and clips from the series on our website: www.agelessgardens.ca

You can also currently preview the first episode in its entirety on our broadcaster’s website here:
http://www.visiontv.ca/videos/ ageless-gardens-s1e1-healing-p lants/

DVDs of Ageless Gardens, Season One can be purchased for institutions by emailing us at: contact@291filmcompany.ca

Annual in Therapeutic Recreation – Volume 25Call for Manuscripts

Deadline for Volume 25: April 15, 2018

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association is pleased to invite the submission
of manuscripts for the Volume 25 of the Annual in Therapeutic Recreation, the official
research journal of the association. The purpose of the Annual is to further advance the
body of knowledge of the therapeutic recreation profession by creating new knowledge
and understandings in practice and in education.

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What a Difference a Day Makes (WDDM)

Room 217’s latest campaign and program is called What a Difference a Day Makes, which will see the Pathways Singing Program (designed specifically for memory care) delivered to adult day programs across the country. Our donors are supporting this program – that means your centre can receive the program for free if you agree to track the use and outcomes of Pathways over 12 weeks.


What you need to know:

  • Room 217 is a social enterprise and not-for-profit that creates resources and training for people who want to learn to integrate music into their caregiving. Our website is full of information about music in care,
  • The Pathways page contains information about the program, a beta test report, a bibliography, and six free online tutorials.
  • Check out the Strengthening Relationships video

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CTRA 2018 Conference – Halifax Nova Scotia!! June 13-15th (Early Bird Prices end April 11th)

On behalf of the CTRA 2018 Conference Planning Committee, we would like to personally invite you to attend the annual CTRA conference and AGM. We are ecstatic that it will be held in scenic and friendly, Halifax, Nova Scotia! We look forward to sharing our Maritime hospitality with you on June 13-15th.

See you there!

Shelley Smith and Andrea Leahey, CTRA 2018 Conference

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 2nd Annual Conference on Creativity & the Arts in Healing – THURSDAY, APRIL 26 through SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018

Sponsored by UCLArts & Healing in partnership with Expressive Therapies Summit
Learn arts-based tools for facilitating communication, building connection, promoting positive emotions, fostering engagement, enhancing mindfulness, reducing stress, and managing the impact of trauma. 
Choose from 140+ experiential workshops delivered by leading national experts in art, dance/movement, drama, drumming, music, and writing/journaling integrated with mental health practices.  30 CEs Available
Keynote Address: Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, on “The Power of Awareness: The Science and Practice of Presence.”

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CTRA Upcoming Webinars!!

CTRA has a number of upcoming webinars for all members. For more information and registration please go to the following link: Webinars



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