You are invited to join us in Ottawa May 30 through June 1, 2018 where you will grow your profession and your practice and at the same time, re-energize your personal and professional self without ever having to leave the grounds of the beautiful, “Brookstreet Hotel and Conference Centre”. Check out all of the highlights in this video created by the 2018 TRO Conference Planning Committee Co-Chairs Caryn and Cindy.

Still not sure about registering for conference? Kim reported after our last conference that “the TRO conference is a valuable event to meet fellow professionals, learn about the latest trends in Recreation Therapy, and celebrate our field on her blog article entitled A first-timers’s perspective on the Annual TRO Conference. Here are our top 5 reasons to attend the 2018 TRO Conference.

5. Astounding Amenities 

Re-energize and practice some self-care during the conference this year. The Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa will be an amazing venue for conference delegates. From their “Breathe Easy” hypoallergenic guest rooms, to their Au Naturel Spa, indoor salt water pool and golf course to their complimentary use of bicycles -this place has it all!

4. Sensational Speakers

Keynote speaker Todd Nicholson is a cheerleader, supporter, motivator and advocate of every athlete on the Canadian Paralympic team. He will share his story and how sport shaped who he is today. Check out Todd’s message all the way from Pyenogchang!

Valerie Spironello, MSW will share how compassion fatigue snuck up on her while using her rediscovered sense of humour in her keynote session Sometimes I’d rather be eating Gelato [image].

3. Laughter Leader

This year’s conference has a TWIST! You will have the option to register for the Laughter Yoga Certification stream. While becoming a certified Laughter Yoga Instructor, you will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speakers and network with delegates during meals and social events. Learn more from the Laughter Yoga Certification Leader.

2. Necessary Networking

Attending the TRO Conference provides you with an opportunity not only to hear amazing speakers it is an opportunity to be in the same place as 250-300 other Therapeutic Recreation professionals. Networking may be the most important factor in boosting your career in TR. Networking allows you the opportunity to “meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information… you may find a mentor to help you with your professional needs or you may be in a position to become a mentor to someone else… often make some great friends with the same interests as you.”  (Cherwin, 2010).

Learn more about networking with this free webinar from Charity Village: “NETWORKING: THE MISSING LINK TO EMPLOYMENT

  1. TR Trends

The number one reason for attending the 2018 TRO Conference is to #GrowTR through sharing and learning about the latest trends in Therapeutic Recreation. Learn about the latest research and evidenced-based interventions while you grow your TR tool kit. Download the conference brochure for all the details.






Register TODAY to secure your space and receive the early bird discount.



Cherwin, K. (2010). Why join a professional association? Higher Ed Jobs.

Established in 1999, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) is the only professional association that represents Therapeutic Recreation practitioners in the province.

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