Donna has worked at the Battelford's District Care Centre for 32 years. Thirteen of those years have been in the Recreation department working as an Assisted Daily Recreation worker and over the past 8 years, as a Recreation Therapist.
Her passion has always been to help people and when she first began to work as a Recreation Assistant, she knew she had found her dream job! And then the adventure began with many challenges...
Donna continued working full time and caring for her 3 children alongside her husband while enrolling in the Long-Distance Education Program for Therapeutic Recreation at SIAST in Saskatoon. The real challenge began just a little over midway through the program when her 14 year old son was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a rare subtype Philadelphia Positive. The only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. At the time of diagnoses Donna had 4 courses in progress and had just enrolled in 2 new courses. With a heavy heart, she was ready to throw in the towel, but her ill son pleaded with her to continue...not to give up. Linda Martin, one of Donna's Therapeutic Recreation instructors, also encouraged and supported the idea that she should continue.
In 2009, Donna's hard work paid off and she completed her education, walking proudly across the stage to receive her Diploma with her family in the audience, most importantly, her son was there as well!
Battleford's District Care Centre is a 117-bed facility with a variety of clients. There is long term level 3 & 4 beds, an Alzheimer's Unit, an Acquired Brain Injury unit, and Rehab/Respite beds available. Donna's Recreation team consists of 2 Therapists and 2 full-time Assisted Daily Living Recreation workers.
Donna and her team work very hard to enhance their clients' lives through a variety of programs. Some of the onsite programs include: weekly homemade bread, exercises, monthly random acts of kindness, couple's outings/socials, dances with DJ music, weekly music, physical/memory games, baking, monthly bacon & egg breakfasts, variety of crafts, gardening, massage & manicures, pet visits, cultural programs, and spiritual programs. Many community outings are also offered and enjoyed, such as: monthly shopping trips, farm visits, lake picnics, a variety of coffee outings, winter/summer fishing trips, zoo trips, community events and wheelchair ice skating.
Donna has also taken on the opportunity to mentor 4 Therapeutic Recreation Practicum students. This highlights her passion to provide guidance to those who also see the value in this very meaningful career. Donna has said "The best part of my day is knowing that I hvae made a difference in another person's life and helped to make it a little better!"
Thank you Donna for being such a positive influence in people's lives through the skills you continue to offer as a Recreation Therapist. You have truly made a difference in many lives by delivering programs and services that enhance quality of life. On behalf of the Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals, Kudos to you and your team!
S.A.R.P would like to highlight Clint McConnell as our next Kudos Korner nominee. Clint has been employed by the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association for the past 5 years, working as a Field Consultant out of the Humboldt Office. This position has given Clint the opportunity to assist many communities in building capacity and raising the profile of recreation and parks in Saskatchewan, emphasizing priorities such as Volunteer and Board Support, Communication and Information Sharing, and Funding and Resources. Clint’s experience within the Recreation Field has proven to be a great asset to our Recreation Sector and those who have worked with him and those who have had the pleasure of utilizing his support continue to provide positive feedback and continuous admiration for the work he does.
Clint has a long history of continuing education and volunteering initiatives that he builds within his career and employment with SPRA. Some exciting initiatives Clint has recently taken on are: the lead SPRA Staff person on the Provincial Recreation Board Development Initiative, a committee member with the 2017 SPRA Conference team, and Chairperson for the Wynyard Kid Sport Committee. He has also had past experiences enhancing our field through initiatives such as taking the position of Director for the recent Dinner Theatre presentation with the Wynyard Wynter Wynds Drama Club and has been a District Mission Staff for 7 different Saskatchewan Games.
As you can see, Clint has been a large beneficial asset to our Recreation Sector here in Saskatchewan, both within his employment opportunities and through his volunteer experience. He continues to provide mentorship to new and existing recreation professionals and is a valuable, knowledgeable and driven professional within the Recreation Field.
Kudos goes out to Clint McConnell!
S.A.R.P would like to give a shout out to Judy MacLeod Campbell for being our first ever Professional Member to be nominated for our new program called "The S.A.R.P Kudos Korner".
Judy is a perfect candidate for the Kudos Korner as she is an active member of the Prince Albert community, her primary role being the Arts & Cultural Coordinator with the Community Services Department, Prince Albert Arts Centre. Judy has 25 years’ experience in the Sport, Culture and Recreation field, along with being an avid volunteer, giving her time on boards such as the Prince Albert Arts Board, SaskCulture, Sask Games council, and her most current volunteer position taken on with S.A.R.P as a valuable John Austin Foundation Committee member.
S.A.R.P is honored to acknowledge Judy in our "Kudos Korner" and we congratulate her on her hard work and continuous dedication to the Field!
If you have someone in mind who you think should be acknowledged for a special project, hard work, ongoing support or just a great positive colleague within the Recreation Field, please forward their information onto the SARP office along with a brief description of why they should be our "Kudos Korner" nominee of the month. We will then contact them for additional information, a photo to go along with the write up, permission to place their information on our social media sites, and of course to say Congratulations! We have so many individual Recreation Professionals in our province who do amazing things for their communities and S.A.R.P would like to take the time to say a quick thank you and give them a quick acknowledgment on the amazing work they do!
All Kudos Korner champions will be placed on our Website, Facebook page and sent out to all of our members.
Contact Us to nominate someone, today!