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2017-2018 TRO Board of Directors

Standing (left to right): Katie Elliott, Erin Wilkie, Jeff Gall, Siobhan McSharry, Monica Almas, Sonia Roul, Nancy Kahl  Seated (left to right): Jackie Frail, Sue Verrilli, Leanne Hughes, Katherine Plested  Absent: Katherine Lee

Standing (left to right): Katie Elliott, Erin Wilkie, Jeff Gall, Siobhán McSharry , Monica Almas, Sonia Roul, Nancy Kahl
Seated (left to right): Jackie Frail, Sue Verrilli, Leanne Hughes, Katherine Plested
Absent: Katherine Lee


Leanne has 20 years of experience in Therapeutic Recreation at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre working in various patient care areas. In her most current position, Leanne is the Professional and Education Leader of Recreation Therapy.  She is a graduate of Brock University with a BLRS (Hon) and M.Ed; as well as, Georgian College with a Post-Graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation. She is registered with Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO) and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).  Over the past 17 years Leanne has had the opportunity to work in various TRO Board Positions. Leanne is excited to return to the TRO Board as President Elect. Leanne is looking forward to working together with TRO members as TRO continues to advance the Therapeutic Recreation profession. 

Contact: president@trontario.org

Past President

Sue Verrilli is a Recreation Therapist at Health Sciences North in Sudbury, Ontario. She has worked on the Intensive Rehabilitation Unit for over 20 years. Since 2010, she has worked part time on the unit and part time with the Northeastern Ontario Stroke Network. Her position as the Community & Long Term Care Specialist takes her across her region assisting organizations in implementing best practices for stroke care. She graduated from the University of Waterloo Recreation and Leisure Studies program in 1987 and has been working in the field since 1992. She is a registered member of TRO (R/TRO). Much of her leisure time is spent with her three boys, usually watching a sporting event.

Contact: past-president@trontario.org


Katherine Pleseted, R/TRO

Contact: president-elect@trontario.org

Practice Review Committee

Erin is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with outpatient clients at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She is a graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation program at Dalhousie University with over 12 years of clinical experience and student internship supervision. Erin is certified though the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and holds her R/TRO designation. In her leisure time, she enjoys her family and friends, spends time outdoors and is always looking for new recruits to craft with!

Katie Elliott is a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist working with inpatient clients at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on the Complex Continuing Care Unit. Katie completed her Degree in Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation with Honours at Georgian College. Katie is a registered member of TRO (R/TRO) in good standing. In her leisure time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping active and scrapbooking. 

Contact: practicereview@trontario.org

Professional and Membership Services Committee

Registration Committee

Jackie Frail is currently a professor with Niagara College, teaching in the Recreation Therapy and Recreation & Leisure Services programs. Prior to joining Niagara College, Jackie worked 10 years with St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton within their Mental Health and Addictions program. Jackie completed her diploma in Recreation & Leisure Services with Mohawk College and went on to complete her degree with Brock University, specializing in Therapeutic Recreation. Jackie is an R/TRO member and currently the co-chair of the Registration Committee with TRO. In addition, Jackie has severed as a member on several TRO sub-committees including the Registration committee, College of Psychotherapy Working Group, Therapeutic Recreation Practice and Research Journal committee and the Therapeutic Recreation Provincial Educators Steering Committee. To round things out, she has two amazing children and a wonderful husband!

Contact: registration@trontario.org

Risk Management and Audit Committee

Siobhán McSharry completed her bachelor’s degree specializing in Therapeutic Recreation at Concordia University in 2001 and began working in the field immediately.  The majority of her experience as a Recreation Therapist has been as a manager in a variety of settings: retirement homes, non-profit organizations and long term care facilities but for the last 2 years she has been a practicing Recreation Therapist at the Montfort Hospital, a francophone Hospital in Ottawa, on their Mental Health acute care unit.  Siobhán is an R/TRO in good standing since 2009.  On the Board of Directors Siobhán is the chair of the Risk Management and Audit Committee.  In her spare time Siobhán enjoys camping, watching movies but most importantly pending time with her family. 

Contact: risk-audit@trontario.org

Governance and Nominations Committee

Contact: governance-nominations@trontario.org