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Re-live the 2021 Virtual TRO Awards!

Hosted live via Zoom on June 2, we gathered together to celebrate the continuous hard work and dedication the following recipients provide to the TR profession every day. Uploaded on our YouTube, re-live the excitement by watching the video!


Award Winners

Adrienne Gilbert Student Award of Excellence

This award recognizes the outstanding contributions of students within and outside of their academic programs. In celebrating the academic and extra-curricular accomplishments of students, we highlight the vast array of experiences and knowledge that these future professionals bring to our field.

2021 Winner: Stephanie Valdez

Brian Bennison Practitioner Award

The Brian Bennison Practitioner Award recipient is a TR practitioner, working in direct client service capacity, who has made significant and outstanding contributions to the field of Therapeutic Recreation through their work, advocacy and/or community involvement. The award is presented to a practitioner who has demonstrated excellence in relation to the Core Values, Standards of Practice and Scope of Practice.

2021 Winner: Lindsay Passfield-Leu, Osgoode Home Care

Innovation in TR Award 

(formerly known as the Advanced Practice in TR Award)
This award was created to honour and recognize those individuals in TR who continue to elevate the practice of therapeutic recreation through innovation in research and practice. They have created new programs or documents that everyday practitioners are able to use in daily practice through their evidence based research. This award acknowledges that because of their contribution to TR the profession has been positively impacted.

2021 Winner: Ashley Palmer

Student Mentorship Award

This award is given to an educator, instructor, professor or direct internship/practicum/placement supervisor who has been influential to a student in TR. The successful recipient will be someone who has helped guide a future practitioner in the field of TR through assistance with educational instruction, field placement, etc. and of building the future of this profession.

2021 Winner: Mara Swartz

Volunteer Leadership Award

TRO has been very fortunate to have many hardworking, dedicated and passionate volunteers who give numerous hours of service every year to the organization.  They take on projects big and small that help us live our vision and mission.  This award acknowledges those individuals (or group) that have taken on leadership roles on behalf of TRO.

2021 Winner: Christine Wilkinson


Nominate a TR peer for a TRO Award today!

Did you know that nominations for the TRO Awards are now open year round? If you know or work with a TR professional who demonstrates commitment to professional development, innovative practice, or goes the extra mile for the people they serve, you don’t have to wait to share your good news – nominate them today for TRO’s 2021 Awards!  

The TRO Awards celebrate and recognize the outstanding efforts and achievements of a special group of TRs who have been nominated by their fellow TRO members. Recognizing the achievements of these individuals benefits ALL of us and elevates the Therapeutic Recreation profession as a whole. 

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 TRO Awards has now closed. Nominations are now open for 2022! Forms and information about all TRO Award categories are available on the individual page links below.