President: Erica Egedy, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Central Health
Erica is the Recreation Development Specialist at the Dr. Hugh Towmey Centre in Botwood. She has worked at the Towmey Centre for 7 years. She started as a Recreation Therapy Worker II but has been in the Recreation Specialist role for the past year and a half. She enjoys playing volleyball, walking and watching her son play hockey. Besides volunteering with the NLTRA she is also the team manager for her sons hockey team and she has been the Chair for School Council, for the past 3 years. She enjoys her volunteer positions very much as it is a great way for her to stay connected within the community. Over the years, Erica has held a number of positions with the NLTRA which include; Central VP, Membership Coordinator and now President Elect, she will be moving into the President position for the coming year. She is looking forward to working hard to advocate for TR within the province and with the support of the NLTRA membership she is sure together everyone will be able to do great things.
President Elect: Airdrie Miller, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Airdrie Miller is a CTRS with 30 years’ experience who has presented at both the NLTRA and CTRA Conferences. Airdrie has been active with the NLTRA for many years volunteering on subcommittees and in roles such as . . . .. She has worked with clients in mental health and addictions, rehabilitation, and is currently practicing in pediatrics with the Janeway Lifestyles Program. Her education includes a Bachelor of Physical Education, Bachelor of Education and a Certificate in Life Skills Instructor Training. Airdrie enjoys family activities and anything outdoors, especially skiing, biking and swimming.
Eastern VP: Charlene Edwards, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Charlene Edwards is a CTRS with a Specialization in Geriatrics from NCTRC. She has been working in Therapeutic Recreation for over 20 years holding positions in Ontario and Alberta before returning home to Newfoundland in 2007. Charlene has been on the NLTRA Board of Directors in several different positions from membership coordinator, treasurer and Eastern VP. She is currently working as a CTRS on the Geriatric Assessment Unit at the Waterford Hospital. Charlene holds the education of diploma in Community Recreation Leadership from College of the North Atlantic, post graduate diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College and Bachelor of Arts in Recreation from Memorial University. Charlene has a passion for working with the Geriatric population as well as advocating and supporting the profession of Therapeutic Recreation. In her down time Charlene is a busy mom of two teenage girls and a dog mom to a very busy 12 month old Golden Retriever as well spending time with family and friends.
Central VP: Kyle Smook, Recreation Therapy Worker, Central Health
Kyle is a Recreation Therapy Worker with Central Health in Buchans. Kyle received his Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Academy Canada in 2016 and is currently working towards his Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree through distance education from the University of Lethbridge. Kyle has been a member of the NLTRA Board of Directors since 2018. He also co-chairs the Education & Conference Subcommittee. His work on navigating the online platform Zoom for this year’s conference has been instrumental!
Western VP: Elise Fisher, Recreation Therapy Worker, Western Health
Elise is a Recreation Therapy Worker at the new Western Long Term Care facility in Corner Brook. She has been with Western Health for 7 years, in geriatric settings. Elise is originally from Nova Scotia, but she and her husband have found a beautiful home on this province’s west coast that provides awesome opportunities for skiing, hiking, canoeing, and salmon fishing! Elise has been a member of the NLTRA Board of Directors for many years, serving in positions including Student VP and on various subcommittees.
Treasurer: Cara Berglund, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Cara has been working with Eastern Health since 2018 and currently works as a Recreation Development Specialist at the S.A. Glenbrook Lodge. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, hunting, fishing, swimming, and anything else to do with the outdoors. She also enjoys a game of crib or 120s, painting on canvases, and telling people jokes or riddles. In the past Cara has served on the NLTRA Board of Directors in the position of Student VP.
Secretary: Robyn Grouchy, Academy Canada Therapeutic Recreation Student
Robyn is a mother to an outgoing and ambitious 10 year old daughter. She is currently Therapeutic Recreation at Academy Canada with plans to study at Lethbridge University next fall to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She has a strong passion for the field of Therapeutic Recreation and believes in the importance of advocating for Therapeutic Recreation, Mental Health, inclusion and diversity. Once completed her academic pursuits, she hopes to work in the St. John’s metro area to provide quality, purpose driven programming, to the most vulnerable populations. She is a certified instructor and coach and has been the recipient of multiple leadership awards, instructor of the year award, and most enthusiastic. She cannot wait to begin her career as a Recreational Therapist. Robyn has served on the NLTRA Board of Directors in the Student VP role since 2019.
Membership Coordinator: Holly Sheppard, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, City of St. John’s Inclusive ServicesHolly currently works with the City of St. Johns’ Inclusive Services. She completed her diploma in Community Recreation Leadership in 2017 at the College of the North Atlantic and obtained her Bachelors of Recreation with a focus in Therapeutic Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2019. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) since 2019. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, hiking, jogging, painting, volunteering with Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and spending time with family & friends. Holly has been a volunteer with NLTRA subcommittees and has served on the NLTRA Board of Directors as Student Vice President since 2017.
Conference Coordinator: Catherine Tee, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Catherine currently works as a Recreation Development Specialist at the long-term care facility, Private Josiah Squibb Memorial Pavilion (PJSMP) in Carbonear. She completed her Diploma of Arts in Community Recreation Leadership at the College of the North Atlantic in 2012 and obtained her Bachelor’s of Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2015. She has been a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) since 2015. In her free time Catherine enjoys camping, reading, exercising and cuddling with her cat, Baby Sadie. Catherine has been a volunteer with various NLTRA subcommittees and has served on the NLTRA Board of Directors in the Education & Conference Coordinator role since 2018.
Website Coordinator: Gillian Redmond, MHS, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Gillian currently works as a Recreation Development Specialist in the Mental Health and Addictions program in Eastern Health and worked at numerous sites over the years. She completed her Bachelor of Recreation with a concentration in Therapeutic Recreation in April 2011 and became a Certified Recreation Specialist in May of 2013. Gillian has recently completed her Masters in Health Studies from Athabasca University and is a per course instructor with Memorial University’s Human Kinetic and Recreation Faculty. Gillian is recently a new mom which takes up most of her time but in her spare time she enjoys hiking, and spending time with family and friends. Gillian has served on the NLTRA Board of Directors in various capacities, including President-Elect and President.
Student VP: Jeffrey Anderson is a Recreation Therapy worker with Eastern Health.
Jeffrey Anderson is a Recreation Therapy worker with Eastern Health. Receiving his diploma of Community Recreation Leadership, through the Collage of North Atlantic in 2020. Jeff then continued on to Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador where he is completing his recreation degree. Jeff grew up in Rocky Harbour on the West coast of Newfoundland, in Gros Morne National Park. Jeffrey enjoys hiking, and kayaking back home. He is a National lifeguard with 5+ years of coaching the local swim team. He is a big hockey fan and played all up through school. Jeff is a advocate for leadership among youth and young adults. This is Jeffrey’s first year on the NLTRA board of directors, and is very excited to get started!