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Volume 14 Issue 1

Spring 2011


Your source for Therapeutic Recreation information

Therapeutic Recreation...Promoting Wellness

Through Leisure

Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week celebrations were in full swing from February 6It was a time for Recreation Therapists across the province to celebrate and showcase

what we do best. On the next few pages, you will find submissions from TRO members

who shared their highlights from the week.

Interprofessional /

Our Vision:

Collaborative Practice We will be the leader in unifying and directing the advancement of the therapeutic recreation Edition profession in Ontario. IPC in Outpatient Care 14 Our Mission: Collaborative Yoga 15 Therapeutic Recreation Ontario is dedicated to guiding, supporting, educating and advocating Interprofessional Snoezelen 16 for its members by providing direction and Neurology Day Program 16 advancing the profession. We enable the T.R.

TRS/OT - Geriatric Rehab. 17 practitioner to deliver quality professional services and protect the rights of individuals Inter-Disciplinary Baking 18 across diverse deli

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This year we decided to do a one-day blitz for TR week. Instead of spending an hour in the cafeteria each day with a booth, we set up interactive stations in our main reception area and got people involved in things that we may use in our TR interventions, like Kinect (for X-Box....like the Wii), Leisure Paper People making (which had a lot of involvement much to our surprise!) and cognitive games.

Of course we had prizes to win and enthusiastic team members to encourage everyone to at least stop and take notice. It was quite successful and a great use of our staff resources.

@ Centre for Addiction and Mental Health The CAMH Therapeutic Recreation week committee utilized our CAMH internal public broadcast, known as “INSITE” to publish an article to share with CAMH staff on the role and philosophies of Recreation Therapists at CAMH. In the article, we highlighted three CAMH Recreation Therapists (Sula Larochelle, Sharon Pearce and Nicole Chudzinski) who described their responsibilities, expressed what recreation therapy has to offer to clients, and explained how clients are impacted by recreation therapy. This was definitely a great reflection exercise for those who were featured in the article.

Many Recreation Therapists at CAMH offer Nintendo Wii programs on their units; therefore the CAMH Therapeutic Recreation Week Committee was thrilled to organize a Nintendo Wii Bowling tournament. This was a unique opportunity to bring clients from various programs to play together. We created a virtual bowling alley with three projector screens where clients and staff could compete against each other for tournament prizes and bragging rights. The only part that was missing was the musty smell of old bowling shoes!

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 4 Page 3 The Recreation Therapy staff proudly wore their CAMH Recreation Therapy t-shirts throughout the week to promote and celebrate TR. The t-shirts were designed by Sula Larochelle, and include the CAMH RT discipline’s tag line “Recreation through Recovery”. The t-shirts remind us of the endless growth and possibility that is naturally accessible through recreation and leisure.

As an opportunity to get the community involved in TR week, the Recreation Therapy discipline hosted a corporate volunteer group to come and play a friendly game of basketball with CAMH clients and staff. This acted as a great means to educate the larger community about mental illness and to challenge the stigma associated with people with a mental illness in a fun and interactive way.

At CAMH, the week also included our first annual Therapeutic Recreation Awards of Excellence where we recognized the work done by our discipline. These awards were presented to front line Recreation Therapists who had all demonstrated through their practice the exceptional ability to improve the lives of others affected by addiction and mental health issues through best practices. The recipients exemplified CAMH values and continue in the tradition of providing recovery oriented health care. Our awards were: Excellence in Clinical Practice (Melissa Pearce), Excellence in Therapeutic Recreation Education (Natasha Golding) and Excellence in Leadership (Bill Markakis). As a discipline we felt it necessary to also recognize those who support us in our role as Recreation Therapists so we created an award entitled Excellence in Interprofessional of Therapeutic Recreation Services (Theresa Conforti).

In addition, we held our monthly TR team meeting during the week. We took this opportunity to connect with one another and celebrate us as Recreation Therapists at CAMH. Our organization supported a discipline breakfast and we had a FUN team building activity as well. We collected baby pictures of the RT’s at CAMH and did an activity about guessing who was who; it was a fun filled bonding exercise that saw the room erupt with laughter several times. RoseAnna DellaPenna was the RT who planned this activity.

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 4 Page 4 @ Georgian College During the week of February 7-11, Georgian College was home to Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Week. Students were served a plate of professional promotion with a side of recreation participation; the halls were adorned with orange signage full of TR facts and information (such as sporting adaptations like seated volleyball). Orange was the colour of the week, and students were even given clementines decorated with TR facts and leisure suggestions midway through the week.

Monday’s goal was to draw as much attention to TR as possible, so the entire TR class of ’11 formed a train and locoMOTIONed through the college drawing many curious glances. Students in other programs at the college had the opportunity to “confess” their TR knowledge at the confessional booth. On Tuesday, students and passersby had the opportunity to engage their emotional well-being by stopping into the make-and-take a Valentine station. Social connections were encouraged on Wednesday with a free movie showing of “GROWNUPS” emphasizing the importance of spending time with family and friends and fostering meaningful social relationships. Thursday challenged students’ and faculty’s physical abilities with Wii bowling and free yoga sessions. The week came to an end with some cognitive stimulation on Friday. Students worked on brain teasers and giant word searches. Many people stopped by the information booth that was set up each day with interest and questions about TR.

Participants in each activity had the opportunity to fill out ballots for daily prizes and for the grand prize of two tubing passes donated by Horseshoe Resort. Thanks to dedication from the students of the TR Program and helpful staff and faculty, TR Week was a success and the Georgian College student body is aware!

VOLUME 13 ISSUE 4 Page 5 @ Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care New Initiative - Therapeutic Recreation T-shirts The TR team at Baycrest could be spotted anywhere throughout the centre thanks to the bright red tshirts worn by all. The shirts advertised “Therapeutic Recreation” across the front to increase TR visibility across the centre, as well as to promote our profession and the benefits that come along with it.

TR Booth Our TR booth was set up and staffed during the lunch hour all week long, with plenty of information and brochures from all the different areas of TR across the centre, which were available for visitors to browse.

Visitors to the booth were able to participate in a “What’s Your Recreation?” activity where they shared their favourite leisure activity, with post-its for all passer-bys to see. Visitors were also invited to complete a “TR” word search for a chance to win one of 3 baskets containing many items that were generously donated. At our TR booth, visitors were also able to see staff and residents in action via a photo slide show put together by dedicated committee members.

Bake Sale Wednesday afternoon, our staff and residents hard work was again up for display at the annual Resident Bake Sale. From snickerdoodles to brownies to banana chocolate chip muffins, there was a huge assortment of goodies all hand made with the help of residents, patients, and TR staff across the centre.

Drum Circle Workshop and TR Social Mid week the TR staff gathered for a team building exercise and social. Our team gathered for an introduction to implementing a Drum Circle in our different areas, followed by a jam session which was led by one of our Music Therapists, and fun was had by all! Afterwards, TR staff was treated to a social provided by our PPL/Manager which included lots of treats and TR awards presented by Baycrest’s CEO.

Flower and Card Sale To end the week, on Friday afternoon we held our annual Flower and Card sale. Flowers are arranged on a weekly basis by patients in the hospital area. The patients donated their work so that we could sell them with greeting cards made by clients in the day centre. All proceeds from the sales were put towards TR initiatives and resources.

Thank you to all our TR staff for making the week such a success and for celebrating the wonderful profession we work in.

Thanks to the following TRO members for

taking the time to write the above article:

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President’s Report Finally, spring has arrived and hopefully the warm weather won’t be too far behind. I hope everyone is finding the time to enjoy the longer days and brighter nights.

I am looking forward to the TRO in Toronto Conference “Bright Lights, Big Future”, June 1, 2, 3 at the Marriott. The conference brochure is out and can be viewed on our website. There is a dynamite line up of speakers and I would like to thank the conference committee and its volunteers for the excellent work they have done so far. Don’t forget to register early to ensure your spot in the sessions of your choice. As well, the TRO Board will be making a presentation on Wednesday morning to update our members on what has been happening the past year, what we continue to work on and, of course, where we are at in terms of our application for regulation.

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday afternoon and is combined with a wine & cheese social, generously sponsored by Oatley, Vigmond, Personal Injury Lawyers. We thank them again for all their support. This year we have 6 outgoing board members and therefore are looking for nominations to the board. If required, we will hold an election during our AGM. Further information about nominating members can be found on our website and page 7 of this newsletter.

Regulation continues to be in the forefront for TRO. Our Regulation Steering Committee and Regulation Education Steering Committee have been diligently working away, with their focus on the 9 criterion for regulation. For all those interested, they will have a session at the conference to outline exactly what they have been doing and where they are headed. It is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 10:15 am. As we move towards regulation, the R/TRO application package will reflect the changes coming, as well as professional contributions for those members designated R/TRO. A plan is in place for initiating an R/TRO maintenance process starting in July 2011. Please look to our website for further information.

I would like to personally thank the TRO Board Members for all of their hard work and dedication this past year. The amount of work that they do, in conjunction with their committee members, is incredible and much appreciated. I hope other TRO members will consider putting their name forward to be a TRO Board Member – it is not only a fulfilling responsibility but it is also an incredible journey I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the conference in Toronto. Please feel free to approach me to say hi, ask a question or share information on what is happening in your TR world.

Sue Verrilli TRO President

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Nominations for TRO Board of Directors - 2011-2013 Were you successful in accomplishing your New Year’s resolutions this year? Do you feel challenged professionally? With spring here, now is the time to reflect on your resolutions and goals and perhaps set new ones that will take you through to 2012! If this is something that you or someone you know needs to consider, the opportunity below is a great start.

We are currently looking for people who are interested in running for TRO board positions. There are 6 positions for members-at-large and President-elect. President-elect is a 3 year commitment and it is helpful if the president-elect has previous board experience. A member-at-large position is a two year commitment.

Members-at-large are assigned to committees based on interest and experience. If you would like more information on the committees and what they do, the board position descriptions can be found on the TRO website under the About TRO tab.

Having been a board member a few times, I can tell you that it is a worthwhile, rewarding experience.

Not only do you get to know other colleagues working in the field, the work is gratifying and it truly is empowering to know that you are making a difference in the direction of TR in Ontario. The people who volunteer to take on these board positions are passionate about TR and I know I have gained so much personally and professionally from my relationships with all of the past board members.

The call for nominations went out March 16th, 2011, via website and email communication. If you are interested in running for one of the board positions, you must have your nominations to the TRO office by Wednesday April 20th, 2011. The nominations form can be found on the TRO website. If you have any questions, please contact me at cheryl.ramburn@niagarahealth.on.ca. I look forward to seeing you at the 2011 AGM in Toronto.

Cheryl Ramburn Chair of Nominations Committee

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Introduction Lynn has recently reached the twenty-five year mark in her career as a Recreation Therapist. Lynn has spent the past 25 years working in various TR positions in the Owen Sound area. Currently, Lynn is the Recreation Therapist on the Community Stroke Rehabilitation Team in Owen Sound. This position is geared to improving independence and helping clients return to meaningful activities in their homes and communities.

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