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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

Executive Committee

President

Leanne Hughes, R/TRO

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 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, R/TRO

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

President Elect

Katherine Plested, R/TRO

Katherine has 10 years of experience working in the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) field. She is a graduate of Brock University, graduating with a Bachelor degree  of Recreation and Leisure Studies, specializing in Therapeutic and Inclusive Leisure (Honours) . She started her career in Halifax, NS and has spent the last 8 years within the company of St. Joseph’s Healthcare London. Her most current position at St. Joseph’s Healthcare is working at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care. This position, provides the opportunity to focus on developing and providing meaningful and therapeutic recreation programs using the Leisure and Wellbeing Model as the framework for the practice.

She is a Registered Professional member of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO).  Katherine is very excited to have joined the TRO board, as she views this opportunity as a place to continue to advocate for the profession of TR and to provide support to TRO members in order to elevate the TR practice.

Contact: president-elect@trontario.org

Secretary/Treasurer

Siobhán McSharry, R/TRO

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

 

Practice Review Committee

Chair

Erin Wilkie, R/TRO, CTRS

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, R/TRO, CTRS

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.

Katherine Lee, R/TRO

Katherine has been in the field for 11 years currently in the position of Recreation Therapist at Royal Victoria Regional Health Center for the last 4 1/2 years working with  the Geriatric Population. Previously Katherine has worked as a Recreation Therapy Assistant and Activity aid in the Long Term Care sector. Katherine has attended George Brown College graduating with her diploma in Recreation, Georgian College with a Post-Graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation(Hon) and is currently working toward her Bachelors Degree in Gerontology from Laurentian University. Katherine is excited to be apart of the TRO Board, with the field of TR growing she is excited to see how she can help advocate for this profession.

Contact: practicereview@trontario.org

Membership and Professional and Services Committee

Chair

Sonia Roul, R/TRO

Sonia has been working as a Recreation Therapist in the Long Term Care Sector for the last 15 years and is currently employed as a Recreation & Leisure Partner with Sienna Senior Living Inc. In her role as R&L Partner she supports the leads within the Recreation Department and their teams in facilitating positive and meaningful experiences for the people they serve. Sonia is a graduate from Brock University with a Bachelor of Recreation & Leisure Studies. Sonia has also completed Post-Graduate Therapeutic Recreation courses from Georgian College. She is a Registered Professional member of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO) and is very excited to be on the TRO Board for the first time.

Monica Almas, R/TRO, CTRS

My name is Monica Almas and I have been working in the field of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) for twelve years. I completed my undergraduate degree in TR from the University of Waterloo and I maintain my registration designation, R/TRO, and my Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credentials. The majority of my career has been spent working in the mental health sector, working at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, where my last position was working in the Concurrent Disorders program on the inpatient unit. I started teaching at Mohawk College in the Recreation Therapy program in 2016, and I recently started as a full time Faculty member teaching in this program in August 2017. I believe that wearing the hat of a TR practitioner and now a TR educator as well, I have an opportunity to provide contributions towards the work that TRO does from multiple perspectives. I am excited to join the TRO Board of Directors as a Membership and Professional services board member, as I am passionate about TR and committed to supporting TRO, its members, students in the field of TR, and future potential members. I look forward to working with you! 

Contact: mpservices@trontario.org

Nancy Kahl

Therapeutic Recreation is a second career for Nancy; her experience over the past year has involved working at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton with the Forensic Psychiatry Program. Nancy attended Mohawk College where she earned her Honours Diploma of Recreation Therapy. Nancy was the successful recipient of the Adrienne Gilbert Student Award of Excellence in 2016. She sat on the Program Advisory Committee at Mohawk College as a student representative and currently as a recent graduate. Prior to working in the field Nancy was a Registered Massage Therapist with 15 years working in various practices, as well as in her own business serving the Ford Motor Company of Canada. Currently, Nancy is attending Laurentian University part-time working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has her L1 CrossFit Certification and has been training adults of various ages and fitness backgrounds for 4 years. She is enthusiastic to sit on the board as a member for her own professional growth as well to help with the continued development of the profession.

Contact: mpservices@trontario.org

Registration Committee

Chair

Jackie Frail, R/TRO

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!

Jeff Gall

Jeff has 8 years of experience in Therapeutic Recreation in Long Term Care and Retirement environments. He has worked in various areas and levels of care across different organisations gaining valuable knowledge as well as advocating and educating on the benefits of Therapeutic Recreation and seniors care. In his most current role, Jeff is the Director of Resident Programs and Admissions at Secord Trails Care Community. He is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario with a BA in Psychology; as well as, Georgian College with a Post-Graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation. Jeff is extremely excited to be a part of the TRO Board and is looking forward to working along side other TRs to help advocate, educate and advance the Therapeutic Recreation profession.

Contact: registration@trontario.org

Risk Management and Audit Committee

Chair

Siobhán McSharry, R/TRO

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

Chair

Sue Verrilli, R/TRO

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.

Katherine Plested, R/TRO

Katherine has 10 years of experience working in the Therapeutic Recreation (TR) field. She is a graduate of Brock University, graduating with a Bachelor degree  of Recreation and Leisure Studies, specializing in Therapeutic and Inclusive Leisure (Honours) . She started her career in Halifax, NS and has spent the last 8 years within the company of St. Joseph’s Healthcare London. Her most current position at St. Joseph’s Healthcare is working at Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care. This position, provides the opportunity to focus on developing and providing meaningful and therapeutic recreation programs using the Leisure and Wellbeing Model as the framework for the practice.

She is a Registered Professional member of Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (R/TRO).  Katherine is very excited to have joined the TRO board, as she views this opportunity as a place to continue to advocate for the profession of TR and to provide support to TRO members in order to elevate the TR practice.

 

Contact: governance-nominations@trontario.org