CTRA New Brunswick Chapter

The purpose of the New Brunswick chapter is to advance the association’s mission at a local level, to increase membership and participation, as well as increase opportunities for CTRA members living within the province.

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Chapter Executives


Mary Bourgeois, CTRS

My education started at University of New Brunswick in Bio Psychology.  While at UNB I started volunteering at the Stan Cassidy Rehab Center and found my passion for Recreation Therapy and saw how recreation and leisure supported wellness.  I transferred to Dalhousie University where I completed my degree in Therapeutic Recreation.   I am proud to be one of the first New Brunswickers to be certified by NCTRC.  My love of learning has never ended.  I am Fit Minds certified and a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).

I am employed as a Recreation Therapist at the Kenneth E Spencer Memorial Home in Moncton, NB working in Long Term Care.  I also oversee the Adult Day Program for adults in our community.

Spending time with my family, travelling and volunteering are some of my leisure interests.  On the weekends you can find me reading a book, cooking or exploring one of the many walking trails in our area.

Jennifer Gilchrist

I received my degree in the Bachelor of Science Therapeutic Recreation program from Dalhousie University in 2007. I then went on to travel abroad for a year to South Korea and Australia.

Upon return in February 2009 I started working for Shannex Parkland at the Lakes in Dartmouth, NS as a Recreation Programmer. In January 2014 I moved to Fredericton, NB and started working for Shannex Parkland Fredericton, where I still am today.

I enjoy spending time with my family, my husband and two sons who are four and two. We enjoy the outdoors together, snowshoeing in winter and the beach in the summer.

Laura Oldford

Nicole Robertson, CTRS

Hi, my name is Nicole Robertson and I am currently the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy at Ridgewood Veterans Wing in Saint John, NB. I graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Therapeutic Recreation in 2002; and became a CTRS in 2004.

I have worked with seniors in Long-Term Care and Forensics Mental Health in Ontario and Rehabilitation Mental Health and Long-Term Care here in NB.

I love a great bargain and have been told “I could find a coupon for anything and everything”. My true love; besides my husband, is travel. I have been very fortunate to travel to Europe twice, across Canada, to many states in the US and our favorite place is the sunny Caribbean in February! Our goal is to visit every Caribbean island to see which one we would like to retire to!

Chelsea Crockford, CTRS

Chelsea Crockford is a passionate Recreation Therapist who completed her Bachelor’s degree in TR at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.  Her love for the profession got ignited from working in Long Term Care with seniors, WWII and Korean War veterans with various types of physical and cognitive disabilities since 2012 where she saw the most impact of meaningful leisure on these individuals lives.

Chelsea got her CTRS in 2019 and has since been working in New Brunswick at a neurological rehabilitation facility with inpatient adults who have attained spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes and other complex neurological disorders. She is currently an active member in the NB chapter and is the founder of “Connect through Leisure” Facebook and Instagram page where she uses this platform to advocate for the field, connect with fellow Recreation Therapists, share the value that Recreation Therapy has to offer and promote the importance of inclusion for all disabilities.

Chelsea values her leisure and loves doing things that make her soul sing such as spending time in nature, running, journaling, practicing yoga and meditation.  She also loves road trips which allows her to visit her family in Quebec!

Student Involvement

If you are a student studying Recreation/Leisure/Recreation Therapy at either Dalhousie University, Memorial University or Université de Moncton and would like to become a student representative on our NB Provincial Chapter, please contact Jannick Thériault at nbchapter@canadian-tr.org

CTRS Certification

If you are interested in getting your certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) please visit this link Paths to Certification | NCTRC

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