Innovation in TR Award

Award Description

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.


Formerly known as the Advanced Practice in TR Award. This award was established in 2015 to highlight Registered Professional Members of TRO who elevate the practice of TR.

Nomination Criteria

A nominee must…

  • have developed innovative practice, research or advancement in the profession
  • show evidence of stimulating adoption of said practice(s) by professional at local, regional and provincial level and/or national level
  • demonstrate transfer of knowledge and expertise to other professionals through innovative activities such as presentations, publishing, dissemination of  templates/documents for agency utilization
  • hold the R/TRO designation
  • Not be a member of the Board of Directors
Selection Process

The Awards Sub-Committee consists of a minimum of three volunteers including: at least one representative from the Professional Development Committee and up to six TRO members (TRO’s Communications Coordinator is an ex-officio member).

It is responsible for reviewing TRO award nominations and will forward recommendations for approval to the TRO Board of Directors. The selection committee will identify if there is a conflict of interest with any of the award categories, any persons with a conflict of interest will not be part of the discussion and decision-making process for that award.

Previous Winners
  • 2021: Ashley Palmer
  • 2019: Kamila Gemin
  • 2018: Jennifer Ashby
  • 2017: Kristen English
  • 2016: Kim Durst-Mackenzie
  • 2015: Kim Lopez and Carrie Briscoe

The Winner Receives

  1. One complimentary membership renewal
  2. Professional Contribution points for initial Registration (R/TRO) application (awarded = 2, nominated = 2, to a maximum total of 4 points)
  3. Recognition at the Annual TRO Conference Awards Ceremony
  4. Recognition on the TRO website, newsletter, and social media

Nominations closed on February 29, 2024

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

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