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Faculty

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

Geri Paterson
BPE, MPE (British Columbia) Adapted Physical Education and Recreation

My passion for therapeutic recreation and recreation is constantly fueled by the exciting changes and advances in the recreation, health, social service and education sectors across Canada. As the benefits and value of recreation are being documented and highlighted through Active Living and the Benefits Approach, the Therapeutic Recreation field is being recognized and validated.

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! 

Colleen Reid
BA (Queen's), B.PHE (Queen's) Physical and Health Education, MA (British Columbia) Human Kinetics, PhD (British Columbia) Interdisciplinary Studies in Health Promotion Research

For the last 15 years 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, 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.

Transitioning into Therapeutic Recreation has been hugely rewarding and I am excited about building bridges to health promotion and community-based research. I am eager to learn and grow into TR with its passion for leisure, health, and wellness.

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.

Sarah Moore
Diploma Therapeutic Recreation (Niagara College), BLRS Therapeutic and Inclusive Recreation (Brock University), MSc Applied Health Sciences (Brock University), PhD (cand) 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

Kylah Blair, CTRS
Recreation Therapist
Vancouver Coastal Health Eating Disorders Program

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

Jasmine Jagpal Balson, CTRS
President
BCTRA

Sheila Kennedy
Site Supervisor, Child Life Department
Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children

Arlene Lewchuk-Hartley
Director of Programs
Seniors Come Share Society

Lauren Mathany
Team Lead, Employee Health Services
Provincial Health Services Authority

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

Terry Schenkel
Assistant Director, Family Support Services
Developmental Disabilities Association

Tara Strachan
Young Adult Coordinator, ECHO Program
Canadian Mental Health Association

John Varley, CTRS
Therapeutic Recreation Supervisor
Mission Memorial Hospital