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.

Contact Information:

nbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Chapter Executives

   Jannick Thériault, CTRS

I completed my bachelor’s degree in Recreation from Université de Moncton in 2003 and obtained my certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) in 2017. This certification allowed me to work with a wide spectrum of client populations using leisure, recreation and play as modalities to assist individuals in gaining quality of life and the ability to engage in meaningful leisure activities.

In the past, I have been an Adult Day Program Supervisor and Recreation Coordinator. These roles have given me the abilities to; design and implement programs based on client needs and interests and identify and reduce/remove barriers to participation in healthy leisure and community integration. I am currently working in the community as a Stroke Navigator with Heart & Stroke NB.

During my leisure time I like reading, knitting/crocheting, photography, taking care of my house plants, spending time with family and time outdoors in the woods.

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.

Brigitte Cormier, CTRS

I work as a Recreation Therapist at the Oromocto Public Hospital and provide services to alternate level of care and geriatric rehab patients. I Graduated with a Bachelor of Science with major coursework in Therapeutic Recreation from Dalhousie University in 2016 and began working with Horizon Health Network following graduation.

My favorite part of being a recreation therapist is the unique relationship I get to build with my patients. I love having the opportunity to learn about each persons’ history, the things they’ve gone through and what has defined who they are today. Then, using those life experiences and personal interests to tailor service to each specific person. I have learnt and continue to learn so much from the patients I’ve worked with, such as gardening (self-proclaimed ‘brown thumb’), how to knit, beading, among many other skills, and those are things I value incredibly. 

My leisure interests include yoga, hiking, crocheting, video games, and curling up with a good book.

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!

Justine LaPorte, CTRS

My name is Justine Laporte and I have been working as a Recreation Therapist for seven wonderful years. I graduated from Dalhousie University in 2014 and have been lucky enough to work in many settings since then. I have worked at the Nova Scotia Hospital in Mental Health and Addictions in both long term mental health care and in short term rehabilitation, at The Stan Cassidy center where I worked with individuals across the life span with complex neurological conditions, and for the past five years I have worked in Mental Health, Dementia care and services for people with complex behavioural needs at Centracare in Saint John, NB.

This profession allows me to always work from a strengths based perspective and provide a holistic approach. I have learned many amazing life lessons from the patients I service.

During my leisure time I enjoy thrift shopping, reading off my never ending list of “to be read” books, seaglass hunting, moon gazing, and sunset chasing.

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!

Olivia Baxendale, CTRS

I have worked in the LTC sector for the past 10 years. I am very passionate about working with this population and being a CTRS! Currently I have started a new role working as Memory Care Director.

I graduated from Dalhousie University in 2016 with a Bsc. In Therapeutic Recreation and a certificate in Disability Management.

My leisure interests include spending time with loved ones, outdoors with my dogs, yoga, painting, crafting, reading and working on DIY projects in my home!

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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