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Recreation May Be The Key To Disability Empowerment And Mental Wellness

By Lauren Presutti, MEd, EdS, LLMSW Mental Health Therapist Founder of River Oaks Psychology Psychotherapist | Speaker | Writer | Designer | Entrepreneur I have always embraced the motto, “work hard, play hard.” I appreciate my dedication to professional goals as a mental health therapist, but my career would certainly crumble to pieces if I …

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The Canadian Social Connection Survey, 2021

We participated recently in the great and important conversation about social connection and the great loneliness epidemic. The impact of  COVID19 and how it has caused further isolation and social disconnect amongst many people, including marginalized and vulnerable populations. Dr. Kiffer Card reviews the results from the Canadian Social Connection Survey as part of the …

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How People with Disabilities are Shaping Community

Thanks to the Tamarack Institute for including us as moderator of this great conversation with Steven Estey and Sarah Schulman! Some really great things happening around the country for and with people with disabilities! ‘How People with Disabilities are Shaping Community’ Have a watch 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=layoBvaALyE

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Meeting the Needs of People with Disabilities During the Pandemic

Almost immediately after COVID-19 hit Canada in March 2020, Amy MacFarlane, Founder and CEO of Recreational Respite, realized she had a major problem. “All of our services shut down,” she says, remembering the chaos of those initial weeks. “Before the pandemic, we offered in-person one-on-one services and group programs in the community. We didn’t have …

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Using recreation therapy to promote inclusion and active participation

Read Article, here! Summary There is an increase in readily-available information regarding alternative therapy options. Recreation therapy approaches are starting to experience a shift, moving from programs that are centered around issues of concern, to focusing on inclusion and promoting participation. This WellSpring issue takes a look at how recreation therapy delivered through group activities …

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Empowering Others and Partnerships

Did you know that Recreational Respite has been offering hands-on training and workshops for staff in various not for profit community organizations around the world #Kuwait #Canada #Australia: https://recrespite.com/about-us/our-story/? The skilled staff receiving the training ranges from personal support workers (PSW), respite workers, volunteers and family caregivers themselves. The focus is on the importance of …

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National Respite Conference, Sydney Australia

Recreational Respite’s Founder and CEO Amy MacFarlane was in  Sydney Australiain September 2015 to be the international speaker at their National Respite Conference: http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=06015219da81a67440b3c0b54&id=2215cbcb23&e=13c5d5dc4c When she was there she also interviewed with Community West, Perth Australia about how many are partnering to collaborate service while minimizing dollars and maximizing support. Listen here: http://communitywest.podbean.com/e/canadian-recreational-respite-organisation-shares-their-positive-experience-with-technology-amy-macfarlane/ A strong passion for …

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