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Therapeutic Recreation instructor recognized for contributions to her field

Tricia Rachfall, a Therapeutic Recreation instructor at Douglas College, was presented with the Ingrid Parson’s Professional Recognition Award at the BC Therapeutic Recreation Annual General Meeting.

The award recognizes people who have significantly contributed to the field of therapeutic recreation by serving in a key leadership position, contributing to a particular initiative as well as making a series of contributions over an extended period of time.

“It is extremely humbling to receive this award and be recognized for what I am passionate about – therapeutic recreation and preparing future practitioners to be the best they can be. To get an award for this is not the intent, but it’s wonderful to be recognized,” says Rachfall.

Therapeutic recreation is a field where Recreation Therapists use leisure activities to help improve the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities and other challenges.

Rachfall, who is also the co-coordinator of Douglas’s Therapeutic Recreation program, has taught at Douglas for over 20 years. She has a B.Ed. in Physical Education from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Douglas. She has since gone on to get her Master’s in Adult Education from the University of British Columbia.

“I feel very lucky to get to teach, which I love to do, and about therapeutic recreation, which I feel is so misunderstood but so incredibly important,” she says.

Before coming to Douglas, Rachfall was a Recreation Therapist and Department Manager at St. Paul’s Hospital. Of all her achievements, she says her involvement with the 2010 Paralympic Games was the most rewarding.

Geri Paterson, a fellow Douglas College Therapeutic Recreation instructor, says Rachfall deserves to be recognized.

“She has never lost her passion, drive and commitment to the therapeutic recreation profession; it has sustained her in many ways throughout her career, particularly through her work with students, who are the future of the profession,” says Paterson.

Rachfall is currently working on the Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp project, where adults living with aphasia, a communication disorder, and students in health programs at Douglas College and UBC come together to learn about recreation opportunities, supportive communication, and inter-professional collaboration.

Douglas College is the largest degree-granting college in B.C., combining the academic foundations of a university and the employer-ready skills of a college to provide the most relevant and inspiring undergraduate experience in British Columbia.

For more information, visit douglascollege.ca



Sucheta Singh

Communications Coordinator, Douglas College


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