Amy MacFarlane


Simcoe County District School Board (Ontario)

July, 2021- Present (2023) An amazing after school program was developed between Recreational Respite and the Simcoe County District School Board! We created innovative escape rooms that also had take-away resources for the student and their parent/guardian to continue their learning and sustain the impact of the goals and outcomes. Participants worked through a series …

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L’Arche London (ON)

2023 We are so excited to be partnering again with L’Arche London this summer for Camp Independence! Ideal for adults ages 18-35 who are looking to deepen independent living skills, Camp Independence is a two-week long day camp offering diverse and engaging experiences that will foster self-discovery, healthy lifestyles, financial literacy, employment skills, community participation, …

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Jays Care Foundation

January 2021 – present In early 2020/2021/2022, The Jays Care Foundation and Recreational Respite launched a respite support opportunity to provide in home support for Challenger Baseball families! The goal was to provide families with respite (either in home or virtual programming), help athletes continue to progress through the development of life skills, social skills …

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Partnership 2021-2023 (ongoing) Recreational Respite is partnering with Reena to serve adults with disabilities who are aging in Reena’s homes. We are providing group program evaluation, development and delivery, as well as one-to-one programming and individualized program plans, with outcomes that include social opportunities, movement and healthy lifestyles, activities of independence, and fine motor and …

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Community Living Toronto

January 2023 It is with great excitement that we partner with Community Living Toronto to provide group programs (virtual, in person and hybrid models). The calendar is extensive addressing both soft skill development and recreational opportunities to ensure the community continues to comes together for social heath, connectivity and inclusion.  

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Service Coordination Support (SCS)

November 2022 Recreational Respite was asked to participate (again!) in the SCS’s (Service Coordination Support’s) virtual Coming Together conference, 2022. This year’s theme was Employment, and Recreational Respite developed a unique game of CLUE, customized to this theme. The activity developed, CLUE: Career Discovery Edition, is an interactive play on the popular board game. Participants were introduced to …

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The Opal Season Company

November 2022 The Opal Season Company and Recreational Respite created a unique intergenerational program offered on our group program calendar! Young adults and their special guests (grandparents or ‘grand pals’) worked together to solve a mystery based on a true Canada story of WWII espionage. Practice active listening, collaboration, critical thinking and communication as you …

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Miles Nadal JCC

Recreational Respite has partnered with the Miles Nadal JCC – FUN Intensives program to offer in person group called “Commuting in Your Community – Greater Toronto Area!” This program is designed for young adults, ages 18-35 with ASD and/or developmental disabilities, and is open to all! Commuting in Your Community by Recreational Respite: This in-person …

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The Role of Recreation in Grief and Bereavement

By Jamie Cook (Recreation Therapist, Recreational Respite) Loss of a loved one is a difficult experience for anyone, but for children and youth experiencing grief and bereavement during their formative years, it can be even more complex, confusing, and overwhelming. Recreation is uniquely situated with the capacity to support children and youth through their grief …

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Ontario Autism Program – Urgent Response Service

2022- Present Recreational Respite is working in partnership as a provider for the Ontario Autism Program – URS (urgent response services) with two large regions across Ontario. Eligible children and youth who are experiencing a specific, urgent need can access supports to help stabilize the situation, prevent crisis, reduce the risk of the child or …

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