2019 TR Professional Development Day

October 2, 2019
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park

In an ever-changing world, challenges are an inevitable part of life and each individual has their own lens on how they view our world. If we are able to adjust our lens and appreciate a different perspective, we open ourselves up to opportunities for growth and revitalization. Come be inspired to view our world through a different lens as we work to make a difference in our communities.

This annual event brings together delegates and speakers from the Therapeutic Recreation sector to discuss and share current and innovative topics, unique partnerships and practices. The workshops are designed to provide front-line Therapeutic Recreation professionals with tools, resources and practical information they can use within their respective facilities, programs and/or profession.

  • Long term care facilities and hospitals
  • Recreation departments
  • Municipalities
  • Adult day programs
  • College and University students
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To claim the Group Discount email the Finance Administrator at recconnections.events@sportmanitoba.ca with the names of attendees from your facility.

Registration is closed

Keynote Speaker

Reigniting the Fire
Crystal Watson

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Let’s face it! The full potential for the TR profession in Canada has yet to be reached. Challenges pop up that make it seem like moving TR forward is not possible and at times can make professionals feel like they are not valued. From clinical to community-based settings, many opportunities exist for TR professionals to increase the breadth and depth of their practice. There is no better time than now to highlight the importance of recreation to improving the health of the public. This session will present ways to increase the credibility and visibility of the profession and individual practice in a fun, meaningful and exciting way that will inspire and reignite your fire for the profession.

Crystal has spent the last 20 plus years in the recreation field working with individuals from various backgrounds. She attended Saint Mary’s University for her psychology undergrad degree before heading to Dalhousie for her Bachelor degree in therapeutic recreation followed by a Master of Arts degree in Leisure Studies. She practiced as a Recreation Therapist for 10 years in the areas of transitional care, physical medicine and rehabilitation (SCI and MSK), neurosurgery and in junior high schools. She began teaching at Dalhousie as a sessional instructor which was when she developed an interest in post-secondary education. Prior to her current role as Executive Director for Recreation Nova Scotia, she was the lead core faculty at the Nova Scotia Community College teaching the Therapeutic Recreation Diploma Program where she completed a full program curriculum revision. She is currently enrolled in doctoral studies at Dalhousie pursuing her research interest in understanding the play experiences of African Nova Scotian girls.


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