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.

2022 Call for Nominations – Click Here

Contact Information:

nbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Chapter Executives

Chelsea Crockford

Chelsea is a CTRS who grew up in Quebec, completing her degree at Concordia University and moved to Fredericton in March 2019 to begin her career. She joined the Chapter as a Fredericton representative in 2020 and was CTRA’s Marketing Director from 2020-2022. Chelsea loves advocating for the field, which is what brought her into this position and part of this Chapter. She also created her own advocacy social media page @connect.through.leisure where she shares her knowledge and personal, professional experience with Rec Therapy.

She expresses her gratitude for this opportunity and looks forward to doing great things with a great Chapter!

Justine Laporte

Justine Laporte works in Saint John at Centracare. She works with individuals who are experiencing mental illness, individuals with autism and seniors. She has worked as a Recreation Therapist for ten years with a focus on mental wellness. In 2022 her baby brother suddenly passed away, and her entire life as she knew it has changed. Everything she thought she understood about the world was gone. She is sharing this because this traumatic event that happened , caused her to see things differently on every single level of her life, including professionally.  She had to practice what she preached, and that was a difficult task, even for herself who truly believes in the power of Recreation Therapy. That is why she wants to be a part of this board, because she knows how important Recreation Therapy is, but she also knows that taking care of yourself is not always that simple and everyone could use a little help up when they are at their lowest. She hopes we can continue to advance the profession in New Brunswick and we can continue to provide effective therapies that enhance someone’s day and their overall quality of life for their precious time here on earth. She is looking forward to working with everyone and continuing to make people laugh, as her brother would say, it truly is the best medicine.

 

Mary Bourgeois

Mary Bourgeois works in long term care at KE Spencer Memorial Home in Moncton, NB. She manages both the Therapeutic Recreation department and their Adult Day program. When she’s not working you can find her volunteering, out with friends or reading a good book. Being on the Board is important to her to advocate for the field of Therapeutic Recreation in NB. She loves working with clients as they transition to long term care learning their story and how she can support them through recreation and leisure to live their days to the fullest.

 

Laura Oldford

Laura Oldford is from Moncton NB.  She is working at the Stan Cassidy Rehab Centre in Fredericton NB.

Fun fact: She used to compete in jump rope!

She is excited and looking forward to working with a passionate group to keep growing the field.

Laura is also trained as an aquatic therapist and loves working in the water! 

Nicole Robertson, CTRS

Nicole Robertson is currently working as the Supervisor of Recreation Therapy at Ridgewood Veterans Wing in Saint John, NB. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Therapeutic Recreation in 2002; and became a CTRS in 2004. She has worked with seniors in Long-Term Care and Forensics Mental Health in Ontario and Rehabilitation Mental Health and Long-Term Care here in NB.  

She is very happy to be able to participate and be a board member for the NB Chapter of CTRA. In NB we have an unbelievable opportunity for growth in our profession. The board allows her the opportunity to connect with other professionals in our field, who share her common gaols for our profession. We are strong but mighty! There is much work to be done, and we can use all the hands we can get to help in building Therapeutic Recreation in New Brunswick.  

She loves a great bargain and has been told “She could find a coupon for anything and everything”. Her true love: besides my husband, is travel. She has been very fortunate to travel to Europe twice, across Canada, to many states in the US and their favorite place is the sunny Caribbean in February! Their goal is to visit every Caribbean Island to see which one they would like to retire to! 

 

Mary-Jane Brothers

Mary-Jane lives in her lovely small town of Souris, Prince Edward Island with her husband and golden retriever.  She loves playing hockey in the winter and spending summers at her families cottage.

MJ works in Recreation in Long Term Care through Health PEI and is one of few CTRSs on Prince Edward Island.

She is excited to be a part of the board as she’s a new graduate and CTRS and is ready to dive in! She was lucky enough to join a few NB Chapter meetings in the Fall of 2022, as she was a student intern at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. This is where she was able to learn the skills needed to become a CTRS from some of our very own board members. It means a lot to her to do her part in advocating for Recreation Therapy for Prince Edward Island and is thankful the NB Chapter welcomed her to the team. It’s important for us small provinces to stick together!

Her favourite intervention would have to be Community Outings. Supporting residents in LTC entering back into the community typically provides a sense of independence and belonging. Seeing the joy and benefits it brings reminds her of what Recreation Therapy is all about!

Fun fact: She is starting her first vegetable garden this summer and is already enjoying it so much. If you have any tips, send them her way!

Mackenzie Lefebvre

I am from Halifax, Nova Scotia and currently planning a move to Fredericton, New Brunswick! I have been working as a Recreation Therapy Programmer in long-term care over the last 1.5 years.

I am excited to be on the board because it is an entirely new experience for me. Being able to move to another province and continue to learn and meet new people is sounds so exciting! I hope to be a part of the continued growth of Recreation Therapy in New Brunswick! 

My favourite interventions are outings! Being able to connect residents back to community, support autonomy and choice and freedom from illness! It’s so fun and creates some amazing moments!

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 Chelsea Crockford 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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