The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
When Anne Scanlon completed a co-op work-term at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in Guelph, she thought it was a great experience – she admired the philosophy of the organization, and loved her work as a Recreation Therapist. What she didn’t know at the time was that the temporary co-op position would someday lead to a rewarding full-time career.
Anne chose the University of Waterloo because of the unique opportunity to major in Therapeutic Recreation at the end of first year. She also felt that the program would fit well with what she wanted to do with her life. But it was her co-op work term at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre that proved particularly beneficial. The co-op job introduced Anne to the organization, and when a permanent job came available after graduation, it seemed like a natural choice.
Anne now works as a Recreation Therapist at St. Joseph’s, providing comprehensive recreation programming for 54 of the 144 residents living in long term care. She also works as the Clinical Lead for the Recreation Therapy Department, managing a team that includes Recreation Therapists, Music Therapists, and a Horticultural Therapist. “I represent the Department and provide leadership in ongoing initiatives, quality indicators, budget management, human resources and many other responsibilities,” explains Anne. "Sometimes balancing these roles can be a challenge but it is all worth it in the end.”
According to Anne, it’s interacting with clients that makes going to work each day most rewarding.
Enabling residents to experience meaning and purpose through their involvement in leisure pursuits is very fulfilling.”
It’s clear that Anne is a person driven by the desire to help others get the most out of life. If this sounds like you, consider Therapeutic Recreation.