Advocacy

Jun
22
2018
Darby Fiddler

Today we'd like to highlight the contributions of Darby Fiddler. 

Darby is a student currently enrolled in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Therapeutic Recreation Diploma program. She has grown up in Moose Jaw all her life, where she has participated in many recreational activities such as swimming, dance, softball, basketball, and many other sports. She is currently working at Providence Place in Moose Jaw and was offered this position while on her four-week practicum there. Working at Providence Place has allowed her to work full time during the summer and casual while in school. Providence Place is a long-term care facility which has given her the opportunity to work with individuals ages 30 and above, improve the residents' quality of life, as well as provide her with a strong sense of purpose.

We asked Darby a few questions about what recreation means to her, and why she loves working in the field. Here's what she had to say: 

What does Recreation mean to you? 

What do you love about recreation? Recreation means a positive outlet for stress. It is something all ages and abilities can do and can give a sense of well-being. Getting your body moving and socializing is very important in your overall health.

What do you love about recreaiton?

I love everything about recreation! Recreation provides stress relief, socialization, improves physical and emotional health, and can help you sleep.

Why are you studying recreation? 

I grew up in a home where recreational activities played a huge role in all my family members lives. I wanted a career where I can better people's lives and make them happy. When I started doing more research into Therapeutic Recreation I realized it was a perfect fit for me because of my beliefs and values.

What area of recreation would you like to work in once you've finished your diploma program?

When I first started researching into Therapeutic Recreation I really wanted to get into Physical Rehabilitation. Now that I have worked in a long-term care facility it has given me a new perspective about where I might want to work in the future. I am planning on doing my next two practicums in a physical rehab setting and one with children. I am looking forward to learning about the different areas of recreation, to see where my passion will be.

Why is recreation so vital to communities in Saskatchewan? 

Recreation brings communities together by providing activities that all ages and abilities can participate in to improve people's minds and bodies.

Jun
21
2018
Andrew Crowe

Today we'd like to highlight the contributions of Andrew Crowe

Andrew Crowe has been working as the Recreation & Community Development Manager for the Town of Rosthern for the past 7 years, and previous to this, he was employed for many years with Canlan Ice Sports. He graduated from SIAST with a Diploma in Recreation and Tourism Management. In addition to his work in recreation, he also volunteers his time as a board member with the Lakeland District for Sport, Culture and Recreation, and has done so for the last 6 years.

We asked Andrew a few questions about what recreation means to him, and why he loves working in the field. Here's what he had to say: 

What does recreation mean to you?

Recreation means quality of life. I believe that recreation is an essential service that everyone should have access to and should be given the opportunity to enjoy.

What do you love about working in recreation?

I love knowing that the work I do on a day-to-day basis affects the entire community in positive ways, and enhances the lives of everyone within the community. I enjoy the long-term planning aspect of my job, ensuring that recreation opportunities are available and sustainable for generations to come.

Why do you work as a recreation professional?

I work as a recreation professioal because I see the value in it, I enjoy helping others, and ensuring that opportunities are available for all members of our community. I also really enjoy the operations of recreational facilities, enhancing them, and seeing long-term projects come to fruition.

Why is recreation so vital to communities in Saskatchewan? 

Recreation is extremely vital to our communities for countless reasons, but I thinthe most important is the positive mental and physical health benefits that can be obtained through participating. The province of Saskatchewan is under a mental health and obesity crisis, and I think creating inclusive and accessible recreation opportunities at the local level is a crucial step towards reducing the high numbers we see.

Recreation also brings us together, and with the influx of newcomers to our province we need to use it as a tool to build new relationships and strengthen the fabrics of our communities.

 

 

 

Jun
20
2018
Jody Hauta

Today we'd like to highlight the contributions of Jody Hauta

Jody is a graduate of the SIAST Kelsey Campus Recreation Technology Program. He has worked in many areas of recreation, including working at a Waskesiu Youth Centre for a Summer, and at the Courtyard Fitness Centre. Now, for the past 28 years, he has been working in the Municipal Recreation field and has worked in the following town and cities:

  • Town of Leader - Recreation Director
  • City of Yorkton – Community Program Coordinator
  • City of Yorkton – Director of Leisure Services
  • City of Moose Jaw – Director of Parks and Recreation
  • City of Saskatoon – Manager of Recreation Facilities and Programs

Jody likes spending time with his family including his wife, Denise and their two children – Nicolas who is 15 and Cassidy who is 13. In his spare time, he enjoys participating in recreation and sport activities; recreational hockey in the Winter and baseball in the Summer.

We asked Jody a few questions about what recreation means to him, and why he loves working in the field. Here's what he had to say: 

What does recreation mean to you?

Recreation is about having fun, doing the things that you enjoy, doing things that make you happy, and make you feel good. It is a personal experience and is based on what you, as an individual like to do.

What do you love about working in recreation?

We provide opportunities to improve an individual’s quality of life. The end result of our work is that people are having fun with their friends and family; enjoying the facilities and programming opportunities that we offer. I enjoy seeing people participate in the programs and services that we provide.

Why do you work as a recreation professional? 

I strongly believe in the benefits of recreation and like the fact that the work that we do provides opportunities for people to experience these benefits.  

I have had the opportunity to experience the benefits of recreation personally through my own participation.

Why is recreation so vital to communities in Saskatchewan?

Recreation brings communities together. It creates opportunities which help build stronger communities.

Jun
19
2018
Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski

Today we'd like to highlight the contributions of Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski

Shelley grew up on a Mixed Family Farm (Livestock and Grain) south of the community of Viscount, Saskatchewan. Shelley’s parents taught her the importance of volunteering and contributing to the community in which you work and play. The community of Viscount and surrounding rural district provided her with the exposure for what would become a personal passion for recreation and a love for rural Saskatchewan and everything about it!

Upon completion of her elementary and secondary education, she went on to study Recreation Technology at SIAST in Saskatoon, and not long after that, she found herself in the community of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan to embark on a career journey. This is where she met her lifelong partner and husband, Metro and raised her family that consists of two stepchildren and four grandchildren, as well as their beloved English Springer Spaniel dog.

I have always felt very fortunate....I like where I am, and I love what I do. Does it get any better? - Shelley Thoen-Chaykoski

Following a 33 year career in community municipal recreation; Shelley now owns and operates TC Consulting, which specializes in recreation work in rural communities. Some of the services they provide to communities include project management, research, informational manual development, keynote speaking engagements, organizational development, and one-on-one consulting specific to leisure and recreational (Sport, Culture & Recreation). One of their goals is “community development through recreation.”

We asked Shelley a few questions about what recreation means to her, and why she loves working in the field. Here's what she had to say: 

What does recreation mean to you?

All people being able to freely choose the leisure pursuit or activity of their choice, leading towards self -fulfillment, happiness and overall wellbeing as an individual, and being active and feeling good physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.

What do you love about working in recreation?

I absolutely love watching people take part in the activities and services that they choose, and seeing their satisfaction and happiness that results from their participation. I love witnessing the joy that our services bring people; this includes people of all ages. I also love the fact that I am dealing (in most cases) with people who WANT TO BE WHERE THEY ARE AND DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING, IT IS THEIR CHOICE.

Why do you work as a recreation professional?

I work in the field of recreation because I want to say, at the end of the day and at the end of my time here on earth, that I made a positive difference for people and my community.

Why is recreation so important to communities in Saskatchewan? 

Recreation is important for the wellbeing of all individuals, the wellbeing of our communities, and the wellbeing of our natural and built environments. This is what we are envisioning and striving for. This is so important, and I am very proud to be a part of this movement called Recreation!

Jun
18
2018
Brenda Johnson

Today we'd like to highlight the contributions of Brenda Johnson. 

Brenda attended SIAST Kelsey Campus for the Recreation and Leisure Diploma Program, and began working in Long Term Care at Sherbrooke Community Centre after graduating. Now, over 25 years later, she continues her work in Long Term Care at Parkridge Centre. 

In her free time, Brenda loves to play volleyball, bike, lift weights, practice yoga, hike, and keep active with her husband and 2 dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and loves to travel and spend her summers camping.

At Parkridge Centre, she works in a fantastic department of 4 therapists and 6 coordinators, and although the face of long-term care is changing, she still strives, as a recreation professional, to meet the leisure needs of her clients the best she can. Recreation Therapy is definitely a bright spot in the lives of many who have suffered losses and we try our best to make Parkridge Centre their home.”

We asked Brenda a few questions about what recreation means to her, and why she loves working in the field. Here's what she had to say: 

What does recreation mean to you? 

Recreation to me, is time spent for yourself, outside of work and obligations. It could be ANYTHING that you enjoy, and I believe that everyone needs some recreation in their life to be living a fulfilling one.

What do you love about working in recreation?

I work in long-term care and I have the opportunity to really get to know the people  that I work with. When you work in some of the other areas of Recreation Therapy, you might not get that gift. I feel that we get to know the people as they are now, but also as they used to be, and we get to try and bring those two together and find a way of making their lives as full as possible. I am also lucky enough to work with a great team!

Why do you work as a recreation professional? 

When I got into the field, I was not sure if it was the one for me, but 27 years later, I am still enjoying it and still finding ways to keep it challenging. This year, is the first time, a co-worker and I will be presenting at the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association’s national conference in Nova Scotia. I am a little nervous, but also very excited to be trying something new. I am hoping that others take a little away from our presentation, as I find the conference to be a time of renewal and revitalization to continue on as a practitioner.

Why is recreation so important to communities in Saskatchewan?

No one lives to work. It is the things you get to do outside of work that puts a smile on your face and makes life worthwhile. If the opportunities for recreation aren’t available to everyone, at all levels of community throughout the province, it will affect us as a population very negatively. Everyone needs to blow off steam, otherwise that extra energy can move to areas we might not want, and who doesn’t like doing something that can positively affect both our physical and mental health.

Jun
17
2018
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.

Click here to read our Media Release

Jun
17
2018
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

 

Feb
06
2018
Is the Opposition thinking about Recreation?

As the New Democrats seek to elect a new Leader to represent their Opposition Party of the Province, S.A.R.P. wanted to be sure that the candidates were not forgetting about Recreation in the Leadership Race. We asked the candidates the same questions, that we previously asked the candidates running for Premier of the Province. You can see their responses if you click on the following link NDP By-Election Candidate Responses

Jan
22
2018
Is Recreation on the Radar for the Provincial By-election Candidates?

As we get closer to a new Premier of the Province being announced, S.A.R.P. wanted to be sure that the candidates were not forgetting about Recreation in the Leadership Race. We asked the candidates three questions. You can see their responses if you click on the following link, in the order we received them By-Election Candidate Responses

 

It's Recreational Professionals Week!

During Recreation Professionals Week, June 18-24, 2018, the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) and the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) are shining a spotlight on the professionals who make recreation opportunities possible through their hard work and passion.