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Get to know the faculty members for the Therapeutic Recreation program on this page.  

Tricia Rachfall
Diploma Therapeutic Recreation (Douglas College); BEd (Victoria), MEd (British Columbia)

Involvement in the TR Program has given me a wonderful opportunity to share my excitement and passion for Therapeutic Recreation as well as my knowledge and experiences. It is inspiring to be involved with the future leaders of this profession. 

Opportunities for using Therapeutic Recreation are endless and there has never been a time where the benefits of leisure have been more accepted. I believe the TR profession will continue to grow, change, develop and blossom! 

Dr. Colleen Reid  --   PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Promotion Research (University of British Columbia), MA in Human Kinetics (University of British Columbia), BA in Psychology (Queen’s University), B.PHE in Physical and Health Education (Queen’s University).

 In my career I have been actively engaged in research and advocacy in health promotion with a particular focus on the experiences of disadvantaged groups. I am interested in how a person's social context and status influence his or her health and well-being. In my program of research I focus on health inequalities, community development, access to leisure and recreation, and community-based research. I have taught and worked towards "democratizing" research, or, in other words, increasing the ways that people use and engage in research so that the research itself is relevant, meaningful, and action-oriented.

Prior to my time at Douglas I spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. I am an Adjunct Professor, and supervise graduate students, at UBC, SFU and Dalhousie University. Since 2013 I have been principal investigator on 2 community based research projects in partnership with therapeutic recreation practitioners:

Imagining Inclusion: Creating Upstream Change in Community Mental Health

The Imagination Network: Raising the Curtain on the Lived Experience of Dementia

These research projects have strong participatory and knowledge translation components with high levels of student and community involvement. Together with these research teams I have developed TR program protocols, written research manuscripts, presented at conferences, hosted art and photo exhibits, and produced an interactive play.

Janice Spencer

Assoc. of Arts (Trinity Western), BA (Southwest State), Therapeutic Recreation Diploma (Douglas College), MEd (British Columbia)
I have worked in the Therapeutic Recreation Program since 1989 and have taught a wide variety of topic areas including disabling conditions and physical activities and creative arts. 

One of the strengths of our program is the learning environment and collaboration among students and faculty. I believe that teaching and learning occurs in this climate of learning which embraces a therapeutic, leisure and play philosophy.

Dr. Sarah Moore
Diploma Therapeutic Recreation (Niagara College), BLRS Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation (Brock University), MSc Applied Health Sciences (Brock University), PhD Experimental Medicine (University of British Columbia)

I first began studying Therapeutic Recreation (TR) almost 15 years ago and it feels like I have come full circle to now be teaching in TR at Douglas College. I have worked with a variety of groups including older adults with cognitive impairments, children and adults with developmental disabilities, and children with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy). My primary interest is how engaging in TR programs enhances the lives of our clients and their families. I have spent the last several years researching how the human body adapts to engaging (or not engaging) in physical activity, recreation, and sport. The benefits are numerous and I hope to share the evidence of this with our TR students. 

Advisory committee

DeAnn Adams
Clinical Practice Consultant, Allied Health, Professional Practice & Integration
Fraser Health

Jackie Angel
Director, Assisted Living and Adult Day Program
Hawthorne Care Centre

Geri Briggs-Simpson, M.Ed.
Community Services Supervisor
City of Coquitlam

Kellie Duckworth, CTRS
Recreation Therapist
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Arlene Lewchuk-Hartley
Director of Programs
Seniors Come Share Society

Kevin Pike
Past Director, Parks and Community Services
District of West Vancouver

Tara Strachan, CTRS
Employee Health and Wellness Coordinator
Nav Canada




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