On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association I would like to thank Nikki Legge and Charlene Edwards, Co-Chairs of the 19th Annual CTRA Conference, and all members of their conference committee, for hosting an excellent conference in May. Those of you who were there will recall an excellent slate of presentations from an international list of presenters. And, of course, who can forget the traditional Newfoundland and Labrador hospitality and the induction of a number of honorary Newfoundlanders!
This year is shaping up to be another exciting year as many provinces take on initiatives to continue to enhance the profession of Therapeutic Recreation across Canada. As you may know, many provinces are engaged in both formal and informal discussions about moving towards Regulation and Licensure. CTRA continues to support an active national committee in this area and has committed to assist the provinces where required. We also continue to move forward with the CTRA Strategic Plan. Another initiative we continue to work on includes fostering a close working relationship with the American Therapeutic Recreation Association addressing issues and trends in Therapeutic Recreation with a goal of leading in a unified manner. We will also maintain a close relationship with the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification to address certification and regulation/licensure in Canada.
The Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association relies heavily on its membership to maintain the advancement of Therapeutic Recreation in Canada. I would encourage each of you to consider becoming more involved with your CTRA by serving on a committee, as many opportunities for involvement exist. It is a great way to become involved and expand your roles beyond the important local and provincial/territorial levels.
As we move into the summer months I would encourage each of our members to look for opportunities to continue to lead healthy, active lives. For those fortunate to get away from work for a few days or more please use those days to learn, to explore, to grow, and of course to get a bit of well deserved rest and relaxation.
I look forward to the upcoming year and am honoured to serve on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association. Throughout the year please do not hesitate to connect with myself or any one of the board members on any issues that you feel are important. We would love to hear from you.
President of CTRA