The Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies is a division of the Faculty of Health
University of Waterloo, BA, Honours Therapeutic Recreation, 2008
University of Waterloo, MA, Recreation and Leisure Studies, 2011
Yvonne recently started a new role as Professor in the Therapeutic Recreation degree program at Seneca College. Her responsibilities include being a research supervisor and subject matter expert in the Seneca program review process.
Previously, Yvonne worked as a Recreation Therapist/Supervisor at ESS Support Services, a community-based senior service. At ESS Support Services, Yvonne was the first Recreation Therapist on staff, and had the opportunity to advocate and demonstrate the value of Therapeutic Recreation (TR) to staff, clients, and community members.
For the past four years, Yvonne was on the Therapeutic Recreation Ontario (TRO) Board of Directors as co-chair of the Registration Committee and volunteered for the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA) Regulations committee. Yvonne is currently involved in her community through volunteering on the geriatric inpatient unit at Royal Victoria Hospital and as a lecturer at her local Parish. Within her new role as an educator, Yvonne is now a part of the TR Education and Practice Steering Committee, an education subcommittee from TRO. Yvonne is actively maintaining her R/TRO and CTRS designations through continued professional development.
Aside from work and volunteering, Yvonne likes to stay balanced by reading, going to yoga, and most importantly, spending quality time with her daughter, who at 17 months, loves to be chased around!
When asked what advice she had to offer students looking to enter the workforce, Yvonne said:
“Volunteer, volunteer, volunteer! I have been volunteering since high school and have learned so much over the years! It is a fantastic way to build and practice your skills, and to reinforce what you like and don't like to do for the future! It is also your opportunity to give back to community and to network! This is especially key in a small field such as Therapeutic Recreation!”