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.

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Chapter Executives

Taylor Owens

I currently work as a Recreation Therapist in inpatient Physical Rehab at Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. I work with patients with spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neuromuscular disorders. I love implementation! It’s so exciting and fulfilling to see my clients engage in leisure activities they never thought possible/didn’t know existed.
I was originally part of the Chapter Committee, which worked incredibly hard to get the Chapter established. After the Chapter came to be, it felt like a natural next step to help represent Manitoba on the Board. I’m passionate about improving professional quality of life for all our members in both provinces! Personally, I would love to see increased networking opportunities and increased access to good quality continuing education. I want to ensure our TR Professionals are recognized for their hard work and numerous contributions to the health care system by getting a seat at the table. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to see an improved understanding about what TR really is, and its importance in the health care system!
My leisure interests are reading, yoga, walking, hosting dinner parties, trying new craft beers, travelling, and video games!

Sara Stukings

I work as a Regional Recreation Therapist with the Saskatchewan Health Authority (former Cypress Health Region) working in Long Term Care.

My favourite part of the TR Process would have to be the assessment process, this is the time where I have the opportunity to really get to know my clients and what makes them, them. I get the opportunity to find out what their passions are, where they came from, and create programming that is focused on their needs, passions, and history.

I decided to sit on the board of the Chapter as I am very passionate about the field of Therapeutic Recreation, and believe that increasing the advocacy for the profession within Saskatchewan is important in moving forward and increasing services for our clientele across the province.

Jenna Wallis

Information coming soon

Kathy Park

I work as a Recreation Therapist for the Adult Rehabilitation Program at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (WRC). I provide Recreation Therapy (RT) services to outpatient clients with neurological and/or orthopaedic conditions. The RT services that I provide focus on leisure lifestyle education and community re-integration.

My favourite part of the TR process is different for each client I am treating. Some clients are excited to explore what RT has to offer and the process begins quickly. Other clients are like an onion and you need to peel one layer at time to truly determine their strengths, needs and interests (often because they have never been asked to examine their leisure lifestyle until now).

I decided to sit on the board because I was nicely asked by Dr. Rebecca Genoe and I feel it is important to be involved – it is as simple as that!

I would like to see the support for certification increase in our province. When I began the journey of pursuing certification it seemed so unattainable with work and family. However, as difficult as it was retaking classes with all the perks of writing papers and studying for exams – so glad I did! I would like to see more consistency with hiring CTRS’s who can provide the full spectrum of TR services.

Leisure activities that I enjoy doing with my family are playing board games, watching movies, visiting places of interest. I also enjoy reading, walking, gardening, watching my son curl or play ball and hanging out with my daughter talking about art.

Open Position!

If interested please contact us at sk-mbchapter@canadian-tr.org

Dani Rathgeber

I am currently in Year 2 of the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Program.

Working in Dietary and Recreation the past 5 years under Sask Health Authority, introduced me to Therapeutic Recreation Profession and I knew right away this was the career I wanted to pursue. I love that I am able to provide therapy through leisure and recreation and increase quality of life while doing it.

Post-grad I would like to continue working with older adults whom live with a diagnosis of dementia or independent older adults in a independent living facility setting.

I really enjoy working, so when I’m not doing that back in my hometown, I enjoy cooking, baking, organizing, reading, and finding fun leisure activities with family and friends.

Jeanette Orpe

As a transfer student from the Engineering Faculty at the U of R, I decided to pursue a career in TR because I love recreation and working with people. I was instantly drawn to TR because of the holistic approach to enhancing the quality of people’s lives.

Post-Grad I would like to work with people that are incarcerated and indigenous/non-indigenous youth in the justice system.

When I’m not busy being a student or working two jobs I enjoy playing sports, going to sporting events, thrifting new books, cooking and refurbishing furniture.

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