CTRA Saskatchewan - Manitoba Chapter

The purpose of the Saskatchewan – Manitoba 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 both provinces.

Contact Information:

sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Chapter Executives

Ashley Dercach


1) Where are you currently working/going to school?
 
I work on an acute, adult, psychiatry unit at Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba
 
2) What is your favourite part of the TR process?
 
My favorite part of the TR process is tied between planning and implementation! Sometimes when I am planning a program, I get into flow and everything seems to work out from the literature review to planning the evaluation and its where my creative energy can flourish. On the other hand, I love implementing the programs as well and seeing how the goals of the program are achieved.
 
3)Why did you decide to sit on the Board?
 
I was first the Manitoba Representative then ran for the chair because I want to be an advocate for Therapeutic Recreation in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and help with the advancement of the profession. I am passionate about Therapeutic Recreation and to be in leadership position to make some change is an honor.
 
4) What would you like to see improved for TR professionals in the province?
 
 I would like TR to be recognized as a professional career and other professionals recognize the benefits of TR for the people they serve.
 
5) What are your leisure interests?
 
 Some of my leisure interests are hiking, traveling, gardening, cooking, badminton and hanging out with my cats.

Vacant Position

If interested please email sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Kristen Freistadt


1) Where are you currently working?
 
I’m currently working as a Recreation Therapist in a new, temporary position at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK. I’m working to set up an Acute Adult Recreation Therapy service at the hospital.
 
2) What is your favourite part of the TR process?
 
I love the assessment part if my job, but my favourite part is taking all that information from the assessment and turning it into a plan! I did my honours thesis on this transition/area of clinical judgement and its still the step in the process that challenges me and brings me the most joy!
 
3)Why did you decide to sit on the Board?
 
Originally, I was shoulder tapped to sit on the board. I decided to get involved and sit a second term because am passionate about Recreation Therapy in the province, and want to help solidify our profession as an integral and well understood piece of the health care puzzle. The board seemed a natural way to get involved at a bigger level.
 
4) What would you like to see improved for TR professionals in the province?
 
I would love to see our profession regulated within the province! I know this will help keep us, and those we serve safe, and allow the public to know they’ll receive a minimum standard or care when they see a Recreation Therapy professional!
 
5) What are your leisure interests?
 
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends every chance I get, listening to audiobooks or podcasts, gardening, cooking and baking, and travelling!

Courtney Lavalley

 

 

Shastidy Sterling

1) I am currently working at Tatagwa View in Weyburn, SK.
 
2) Implementation is my favorite part of the process because I like seeing the joy when people are successful at an activity they thought they couldn’t do anymore. 
 
3) I decided to sit on the board to help advocate for the profession in the province.
 
4) I would like to see consistent job titles/education requirements for TR professionals in this province. 
 
5) I enjoy playing and watching hockey, golfing, working on puzzles, reading, spending time with family and friends, and paddleboarding with my dog.

 

Vacant Position

If interested please email sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Hallie Burke

 
1. I am currently working at the Victoria Hospital as a recreation coordinator on a mental health unit. 
2. I can’t pick just one so my two favourites are assessing patients because I love getting to know people’s passions and interests. My second favourite would be designing new programs to run.
3. I was asked to sit on the board by Ashley and I immediately said yes. I have been wanting to get more involved in the TR world but had been procrastinating, and then it fell into my lap!
4. I would like a lot of things to be improved for TR in manitoba. I would like our titles to be more consistent so instead of being known as recreation coordinators we would be known as recreation therapists, which is what we technically are! I would also like there to be a university program specializing in therapeutic recreation in Manitoba. This will allow for more representation and credibility for TR in the province. 
5. And finally my leisure interests are going to see live music, movies, trying new restaurants, reading, as well as baking when I have the energy! 

Vacant Position

If interested please email sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Vacant Position

If interested please email sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

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