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A charitable organization that delivers enriching sports and fitness, arts, research and education, and life skills opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

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Therapeutic Recreation


Meet Adam

Adam has been working at the Abilities Centre since 2012 as a Personal Trainer and an Instructor within the Thrive program. He has a Diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion and a Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Seneca College. Adam believes that a contributing factor to achieving a healthy lifestyle is finding enjoyment and meaningful activities. You can usually find Adam leading fitness programs in the Field House or interacting with the Thrive participants in all of their exciting programming throughout the day!

Meet Kelsey

Kelsey fell in love with the Thrive program while completing her student placement at the Abilities Centre in 2013.  She has a Diploma in Recreation and Leisure Services as well as Therapeutic Recreation from Fleming College. In her current role as the Lead, Thrive Adult Day Program, you can find Kelsey engaging with Thrive participants or tending to the many things that make the Thrive program great! Kelsey believes that no matter your level of ability, if you work hard and have a positive attitude, absolutely anything is possible!


What is Therapeutic Recreation and how will it benefit YOU?

Medical doctors use medicine to make people feel better. Chefs use a kitchen to create delicious meals. Rec therapists use recreation to help people reach their goals. Social events, arts & music programming, physical activity sessions and community involvement are just a few examples of how this is accomplished.

Drawing on individual strengths and experiences, therapeutic recreation professionals work with people of all abilities to maintain and acquire new skills that will help them participate in activities of daily living. A therapeutic recreation professional will work with you to complete a personalized assessment (find out what you need), develop and implement a program (design activities to do) and evaluate its success (see if it works). These steps are vital to help you accomplish your personalized goals! There are many benefits to taking part in recreation that many people don’t even realize.  Recreation can help you reach personal goals, learn new skills and build self-confidence, all while participating in something new, inclusive and most of all, FUN.

Still not convinced?

Therapeutic recreation is more than just assessments and program planning. It means spending time with others, being active, creative and social!

TR professional’s Adam and Kelsey will be introducing a unique Recreation Therapy program to the Abilities Centre and they want to hear from you! This innovative program will take advantage of the wide range of equipment and resources that Abilities Centre has to offer! It will be designed not only to help you reach your full potential but to have fun while doing it!

We are so excited about this opportunity, but we need your help to make sure it will meet your needs! Please take a minute to go online using the link above and fill out the survey to tell us about what your ideal Recreation Therapy Program would look like. If you don't have access to a computer (or would prefer a paper copy), let us know and we can provide a printed copy of the survey. 

Thank you!

Adam & Kelsey