Recreation Therapy should be a Health and Wellness Program

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As of December 14th 2017, The faculty of Sport and Recreation at Canadore College in North Bay Ontario Canada has been notified that we must move campuses. College Drive has been creating a beautiful new "Village" which will house amazing resources for students at Canadore College to experience collaborative learning with all Health and Wellness disciplines. One of these resources is a Snoezelen (Sensory) Room that the Recreation Therapy (RT) Program Coordinator has been tasked with creating.

The Village project is a ground breaking and one of a kind project that we will miss out on.

Recreation Therapy as said by Therapeutic Recreation Ontario is the process that utilizes functional intervention, education and recreation participation to enable persons with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society. Now, is it fair that this beautiful room that he and his present and future students have anticipated learning practical knowledge in no longer get the privilege of using it because RT is stuck in the faculty of Sport and Recreation? No. 

Help us RT's, future and present, receive the education that we and our clients deserve. We must find a way to stay at the College Drive campus and break off of the Sport and Recreation Faculty. 

A Strength and Sport Conditioning diploma will never know the fundamentals needed to manage a retirement home. An Eco Tourism Certificate does not teach people the importance of individualized assessments and programming to ensure someones best quality of life. A Recreation and Leisure diploma can run an amazing program for someone, but they can't assess the needs, strengths and weaknesses of the clients participating with the blink of an eye. But a diploma in Recreation Therapy CAN and WILL.

Please sign this petition and give Recreation Therapy at Canadore College the credit, education and support it deserves. 



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