News Releases

For immediate release: June 14th, 2019


Saskatchewan — The Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) in conjunction with Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (S.P.R.A.) is thrilled to announce that the week of June 17 - 23, 2019 has officially been proclaimed Recreation Professionals Week in Saskatchewan for the second consecutive year, thanks to the Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport, Hon. Gene Makowsky.

Recreation is the experience that results from freely chosen participation in physical, social, intellectual, creative and spiritual pursuits that enhance individual and community well-being. Behind parks, open spaces, recreation facilities and other recreation opportunities are a diverse group of hard-working professionals that deliver programs and services that meet the highest standards in Canada.

“These professionals work tirelessly behind-the-scenes to help our province’s residents live their best lives,” said TJ Biemans, S.A.R.P. Executive Director. “We will be highlighting at least one recreation professional every day of this week on our social media channels (@saskrecprof) to celebrate their outstanding contributions that are benefiting Saskatchewan residents, while championing the profession in the process.”

Their work reduces healthcare and social service costs, enhances property values, attracts new businesses, enhances community development and increases tourism opportunities.

Recreation professionals are formally educated, trained and certified to execute and provide recreation programs and services, representing a wide range of positions in all levels of government, the non-profit and voluntary sectors and private enterprise throughout the province.

About S.A.R.P.
Over 200 members strong, The Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) is a non-profit, member-driven organization committed to advancing the recreation profession through networking, education and advocacy. Happily supporting Saskatchewan recreation professionals since 1970. Learn more at

About S.P.R.A.
The Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA) is a non-profit member organization that provides leadership, support and services that contribute to recreations’ impact on the quality of life for people Saskatchewan. SPRA is funded by Saskatchewan Lotteries and administers the Recreation Section of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund.

For more information, please contact

TJ Biemans, S.A.R.P. Executive Director
Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals
Telephone: 306.693.7277

For immediate release: April 9th, 2019

Strat Plan 2019-2024

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to share with you our 2019-2024 Strat Plan.

Click here to view 2019-2024 Strat Plan.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the development of this plan.  It has been an exciting six month process from start to finish.  


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

TJ Biemans

Executive Director

Office: 306-693-7277





For immediate release: January 24th, 2019


Saskatchewan — February 2019 has officially been declared Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Awareness Month in Saskatchewan, thanks to the Minister of Health, Hon. Jim Reiter and Minister of Rural and Remote Health, Hon. Greg Ottenbreit.


TR Professionals are an integral piece of Saskatchewan’s Health Care System. They provide services to individuals who have physical, mental, social or emotional limitations which impact their ability to engage in meaningful leisure experiences. TR focuses on functional interventions, leisure education and participation opportunities. These processes support the goal of assisting the individual to maximize their independence in leisure, optimal health and the highest possible quality of life.


“Recognizing the profession for the month of February is a profound moment for all TR Professionals in Saskatchewan”, says S.A.R.P. Executive Director, TJ Biemans. “The majority of people in Saskatchewan are not aware of this profession, let alone the outstanding achievements that are being accomplished every day. In general TR Professionals are extremely humble – and – proclaiming February as TR Awareness Month forces the limelight on the profession and the extensive impact that it has on patients, families and communities in our province.”


Celebrated since 1996, TR Awareness Month has been recognized across the country by S.A.R.P. and our national partner, the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA).


The University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic offer exceptional TR programs and train many of Saskatchewan’s local TR Professionals to prepare them for positions such as recreation therapists, coordinators, activity directors or programmers in environments such as nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and hospitals.


“Our hope at S.A.R.P. is that TR Awareness Month provides a greater understanding to all Saskatchewan residents of the vital role that TR Professionals play in their communities”, says TJ. “TR Professionals deserve to be celebrated”.


About S.A.R.P.

Over 200 members strong, The Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Professionals (S.A.R.P.) is a member organization committed to the recreation profession by representing and supporting current and future recreation professionals. Happily supporting Saskatchewan recreation professionals since 1970. Learn more at


For more information, please contact

TJ Biemans, S.A.R.P. Executive Director
Office: 306.693.7277