Therapeutic Recreation Ontario shines spotlight on NC


Pictured from left: Erin Wilkie, Jackie Frail, Christine Wilkinson, Jill Gibson, Carolyn Triemstra, Sue Verrilli, Debbie Fender, Wendy Palermo, and Carol Phillips receive the 2017 TRO Organizational Award at the annual conference.

NC’s Recreational Therapy program was two awards stronger when it kicked off the new academic year.

Therapeutic Recreation Ontario recognized NC with a 2017 Organizational Award during the 2017 Annual TRO Conference Awards Ceremony dinner in May. Established in 2015 to honour the individual or organization who shows outstanding support to the profession, the award recognizes the recipient’s contributions to TR and elevating the field by supporting innovative programming, education, and initiatives such as TRA Awareness month.

Community and Health Studies dean Carolyn Triemstra noted that it was an honour to have the College’s team recognized provincially among their peers.

“The Recreation Therapy program team has contributed countless efforts towards the development and growth of TRO,” she said. “Niagara College has supported this involvement over the years, leveraging personal and professional opportunities for staff, and limitless professional connections for students. I look forward to what the future holds for this mutually beneficial relationship.”

As a recipient, the College received an award, a certificate, recognition in TRO communications, and a $100 TRO store coupon.

NC Recreation Therapy student Megan Duquette (middle) receives the winner of the TRO’s 2017 Adrienne Gilbert Student Award of Excellence.

The same conference also announced a NC student as winner of the TRO’s Adrienne Gilbert Student Award of Excellence.

The winner, Megan Duquette, was a second-year student in the Recreation Therapy program at the time of the award ceremony, and has since graduated.

Named after Adrienne Gilbert, (a retiree) who made significant contributions to the field of Therapeutic Recreation, the award recognizes the outstanding contributions of students within and outside of their academic programs.

Duquette received an award, certificate, recognition at the annual TRO conference, and a $200 TRO store coupon.

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