TRO Regional Ambassadors are a liaison between the board of directors and members and regional groups to enhance two-way member communication. This role was first introduced at the 2016 TRO Conference as a way to increase communication, support Regional Therapeutic Recreation Associations in Ontario and bring together TRs from across the province.
Our Regional Ambassadors
|Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxford, Perth, Huron, Bruce, Grey, Dufferin, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Haldimand, Niagara, Hamilton||Halton, Peel, Toronto, Durham, York, Simcoe, Muskoka||Kawartha Lake, Peterborough, Northumberland, Hastings, Lennox & Addington, Frontenac, Leeds & Grenville, Lanark, Renfrew, Ottawa, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry||Parry Sound, Sudbury, Timiskaming, Cochrane, Thunder Bay, Rainy River, Kenora|
FEBRUARY 2019 – TR Awareness Month (TRAM) is an exciting time for our profession to celebrate and promote all the amazing contributions we make to the lives of others. TRO’s Regional Ambassadors have their own unique ways of celebrating, and we would like to share them with you.
Rhiannon Buffett, North Region
My students and I braved the cold to make this video to help kick off the TRAM celebration in the north.
Preet Momi, Central Region
As a student at Seneca College the school will be hosting many great events including the following:
- Seneca College (King City Campus) will be supporting student-led events across the campus for TR month. Student colleagues, the Seneca Student Federation and program faculty are currently coordinating prospective meeting dates for the planning committee of TR Awareness at Seneca.
- The King City Campus has arranged for TRO Executive Director Rozalyn Werner-Arcé and Katherine Lee, who is a member of TRO’s Board of Directors, to come to the campus on February 12 to speak to students about the Pathway A status recently awarded to Seneca.
- Final-year students at the King City campus will be holding a Career Presentation fair session specifically for students of the Honours Bachelors in TR program in their earlier years. This TR work placement information session will be held on January 31 and February 7. Each prospective graduate will prepare their own pop-up presentation board complete with pictures and explanations of interventions. Each presenter will be given two minutes to present and pitch themselves on their placement/work term facility and what skills they have acquired throughout their TR journey. Information will cover activities, programs, teachable moments, highlights and obstacles. Observers will include professors and students from other years in the TR program.
- A variety of wellness vendors will be at Newnham Campus on January 30 for a Health Fair hosted by the Fitness Centre and Seneca Student Federation. Health vendors, including therapy dogs, spa and more, can be found in the SeneCentre from noon to 2 pm and massage therapy can be found in the Fitness Centre from 3:15 pm to 5:30 pm.
- For my own student placement at Applewood Centre for Adult Learning I will be co-facilitating a brand new yoga and mindfulness class for adults with disabilities that are enrolled in the program on Monday afternoons. The classes will include a demonstration of basic yoga moves, guided visualizations and body scan relaxation exercises to help guide clients. I am looking forward to facilitating this and sharing my experiences with you all.
Ashley Palmer, Southwest Region
Josh Whelan, Southeast Region
I have been busy over the last several months making connections with recreation therapists across our area and helping them learn more about TRO, as well as opportunities available in the recreation field. February is TR Awareness Month and I am excited to share my passion for therapeutic recreation with other recreation therapists and relevant stakeholders.
My plans include setting up presentations with the SE LHIN and Champlain LHIN to raise awareness of TRO and the field of TR. I will continue liaising with St. Lawrence College, which has recently developed a Therapeutic Recreation program. I am working with the program coordinator to look at the best way to get students involved in TRO and promoting the profession, possibly through the creation of a regional recreation therapy group.
During the 2018 TRO Conference, past and present Regional Ambassadors hosted the Jazz Cocktail event wearing feather boas representing their regional colours.
"At the TRO conference this year, Northern representation was small but mighty! I enjoyed seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new Northern Ontario practitioners. I was fortunate to connect students and practitioners to one another. Another great conference and I look forward to connecting to everyone more on the Northern Ontario Therapeutic Recreation Network group on Facebook."
–Rhiannon Buffett, Northern Regional Ambassador
“While attending the TRO Annual conference, I was thrilled to discover there was an opening for a TRO ambassador in my local Southeast region. I applied to the position right away, because it’s a great opportunity to spread awareness about our profession, share my passion for TR, and make great connections with like-minded individuals. I can’t wait to support and positively influence the field of recreation in the Southeast region.”
–Joshua Whelan, Southeast Regional Ambassador
"The conference was an amazing opportunity to start my term as the SW regional ambassador. I loved the energy of those that came to introduce themselves and I thank you. I'm looking forward to making more contacts and helping those in my region."
–Ashley Palmer, Southwest Regional Ambassador
“Had a great time meeting up members and welcoming new members to the central region!! I look forward to connecting with you.”
–Lisa Gordon, former Central Regional Ambassador
Although I wasn’t at this year's conference, I am honored to be working with Lisa as an Ambassador for the Central Region. I look forward to being active in the TRO community and I am excited to make new and valuable connections with our members!
–Preet Momi, Central Regional Ambassador