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Steve Verner, patient

These are some of the comments we have received about the positive role Therapeutic Recreation has played in enhancing the lives of  our patients.

I spent several months in the Rehabilitation Centre after I became a quadriplegic from a skydiving accident.   Therapeutic Recreation gave me the opportunity to go gliding. I had tears running down my cheeks, so happy to be back in the air.  I tried their hand cycle and loved it so much, I bought my own and cycled in the “Army Run” this past season.   I was introduced to the wheelchair rugby team and was able to try it out using a specialized rugby wheelchair.  Now I am a member of that team.  The Recreation Therapists gave me these opportunities and so much more, that really prepared me to live the possibilities.

canoeI really appreciate  what my Recreation Therapist has done for me.  I’d hit a slump this past fall, where I’d pretty much felt useless.   I told Cindy that, and what she told me solved it.  She told me about the Paddle-All-Program, what it entailed, and how it might help me.  I liked what I heard, and joined.  She hit it bang-on because it’s basically giving me a sense of purpose.   Through the program, I’m going to join a competitive team, and work towards competing in the provincial finals.  I’ll work with them, will train for a higher level, and hopefully nationals. Rob Wein, patient

“Recreation Therapy helps to balance things and brings the “person” out of the patient.” Gina Doré, Occupational Therapist.

“Recreational therapists have a major impact on patients’ quality of life. Their interventions promote independence through interpersonal relationships, socialization and self-confidence through physical and cognitive skill-building.” Rachel Gervais, Chief, Occupational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation

“The breadth of the areas to which you are able to expose and interest patients is truly remarkable. TRC is very fortunate to have Therapeutic Recreation opening our eyes to many possibilities for persons with disabilities as they integrate into their community.” Gayle Greene,  Former  Clinical Manager at The Rehabilitation Centre