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Therapeutic Recreation Job Qualification Advocacy Efforts

In 2017, members brought concerns over inconsistent TR job postings to the attention of S.A.R.P.

Click here for our Advocacy Effort Update

Our Response to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Recreation Service Cuts

To support and represent recreation students and professionals that work in the field of recreation, S.A.R.P. has begun a provincial wide advocacy campaign to reverse the recent recreation service cuts at Saskatchewan Polytechnic's campuses.  We have started by sending Saskatchewan Polytechnic a letter that has outlined our concerns with copies going to major stakeholders across the province.

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Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for our Annual Awards Program!

Click here for our updated Nomination Guide

Click here for our updated Nomination Form

Deadline for Nominations is June 30th!

S.A.R.P. is looking for a Summer Student!

S.A.R.P. is seeking a motivated individual, to work out of our Moose Jaw office, to provide administrative services, filing and organizational skills while working closely with the Executive Director to provide ongoing and new opportunities to our membership.  This position will help enhance the programs and services we provide to our membership. The individual will help promote recreation Professionals and raise awareness of the recreation industry.


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New Grant Deadlines!

We have moved to the following new quarterly deadlines for both the Education Assistance and Professional Development Grants:

June 15 (for programs taking place in July, August or September);

September 15 (for programs taking place in October, November or December);

December 15 (for programs taking place in January, February or March);

March 15 (for programs taking place in April, May or June).

For the upcoming March 15 deadline, we will consider the previous grant timeframe so that there are no gaps as we transition to the new dates.  Therefore, for PD grants, we will accept applications for events taking place between March 15 and June 30 and for EA grants, we will accept applications for opportunities taking place between February 1 and June 30.

If you have any questions, please contact the provincial office.

Education Assistance Grant Application

Professional Development Grant Application

2017-2018 Board of Directors

We would like to introduce you to the 2017-2018 S.A.R.P. Board of Directors:

Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski - Chair

Vickie Clarke

Francis Cashin

Crystal Clarke

Brenda Johnson

Linda Martin

Shelby Rushton

New Members!

To become a member of S.A.R.P., click on the Become a Member button at the top right hand side of this page to register online or access a paper copy of the Application Form here:

S.A.R.P. Membership Application

Completed applications can be mailed to PO. Box 583, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 4P2 or emailed to


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Kudos Korner

Doug CrippsDoug Cripps is currently the Associate Dean - Undergraduate Program in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina.  He's held this position since 2013 after having led the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the U of R for two years prior to that and has been a faculty member teaching Therapeutic Recreation for almost 20 years, including many of those years leading the Faculty's Fieldwork Program.  Prior to his arrival at the U of R, Doug had previous work experience as a Recreation Therapist at Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford after completing his Graduate Degree in Leisure Studies/Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While at the U of R, Doug also had the opportunity to work for the Canadian Paralympic Committee from 2009-2016 as the Provincial Coordinator.

Doug has a long history with S.A.R.P. having served on the Board of Directors for ten years in a variety of roles, including a stint as Chairperson in 1996-1997.  He followed that by serving as Chair of the Board of Regents for a seven-year span.  He's also served on the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association Board of Directors from 2011 and just finished his term as Past President in May 2017.  He also had the pleasure of sitting on the Coordinating Committee for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability from 1998-2009 having served as Chairperson for his final two years on the Committee.  Volunteering has been a big part of Doug's past and he has valued each volunteering opportunity that has presented itself to him.  He strongly encourages others to get involved at local, regional, provincial, national or international levels.  He says "Those of us employed in the recreation profession, a helping profession, have been gifted with a number of tangible and intangible skills and abilities, that allow us to contribute in so many different ways.  Volunteering is one way we can use our expertise to lead and impact change in the environments in which we live, work and play."

Doug's family includes his wife Sandra (a former S.A.R.P. Member and Recreation Therapist) who is the CEO for the Saskatchewan Association for Safe Workplaces in Health.  They have two daughters.  Jessica is a high school English Teacher in Moose Jaw who has had a long and successful Highland Dance career having competed nationally and internationally (including Scotland) and who now runs her own dance school.  Nicole is entering her final semesters of study in Engineering at the University of Regina.  She is an accomplished cyclist currently preparing to compete in the 2017 Canada Games and who also completed in triathlon at an elite level with one of her final races being PanAm Juniors.  It was Nicole who peaked Doug's interest in road cycling a few years ago and he now rides regularly, often doing rides of 100+ km, including a recent 205 km ride!

KUDOS to you Doug!