President: Airdrie Miller, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Airdrie Miller is a CTRS currently working in pediatrics with the Janeway Lifestyle Program. Airdrie has been active with the NLTRA for many years, contributing to initiatives such as standards of practices in therapeutic recreation, pursuit of professional regulation for therapeutic regulation and in roles such as Secretary and President Elect. Over the years she has accumulated experience working in mental health and addictions, neuro rehabilitation with Eastern Health and per course instructor with Memorial University’s Human Kinetics and Recreation Faculty. Airdrie has been involved in organizing and presenting at both NLTRA and CTRA Conferences. Other volunteer work includes serving as a deacon with her local church and on the Board of Trustees with Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In her leisure time, Airdrie enjoys family activities including anything outdoors, especially skiing, biking, swimming and sea kayaking.
President Elect: Erica Egedy, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Central Health
Erica is the Recreation Development Specialist at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Centre in Botwood. She has worked at the Twomey Centre for nearly 10 years. She worked as a Recreation Therapy Worker II for 7 years and has been in the Recreation Specialist role for 3 years. 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 was previously the Chair for School Council. 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, President and now President Elect, she will once again 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.
Eastern VP: Nicole Gushue, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Nicole is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with 10 years’ experience within Eastern Health, she enrolled in the Community Recreation Leadership Diploma Program at College of the North Atlantic and continued her education to complete the Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie University and graduated in 2011, and has maintained her CTRS designation since 2012. Nicole has worked in a variety of settings as a Recreation Therapist including, Mental Health and Addictions, Rehabilitation and Pediatric Care. Currently, she is working as a Recreation Therapist with Outpatient Mental Health and Addictions, supporting adults in the community setting. In the past, Nicole has volunteered sitting on the NLTRA Board of Directors as Eastern VP, and now holds this position again, along with Chairing the Professional Regulation Sub-committee. During her leisure time Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing soccer and being in nature.
Central VP/Website Coordinator: Kyle Smook, Recreation Therapy Worker, Central Health
Kyle is a Recreation Therapy Worker with Central Health in Botwood. Kyle received his Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Academy Canada in 2016 and is currently completing his Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation degree from the University of Lethbridge. Kyle has been a member of the NLTRA Board of Directors since 2018 and co-chairs the Education & Conference Subcommittee. Kyle is also a proud volunteer firefighter and enjoys being involved in his community.
Western VP: Vacant
Bio coming soon
Treasurer: Cara Berglund, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Cara is a CTRS working as the Recreation Development Specialist at the S.A. Glenbrook Lodge, a long-term care facility in St. John’s. She has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation with a focus in Therapeutic Recreation from Memorial University in 2019. She has been recognized as a CTRS by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) since 2019. Cara has been a member of the NLTRA Board of Directors since 2018 in positions such as Student VP and Treasurer. In her free time, Cara enjoys catching up with friends, cuddling with her dog, and spending time outdoors hiking, fishing, and hunting.
Secretary: Josephine Vasanthan, Recreation Therapy Worker, Eastern Health
Josephine Vasanthan is a Recreation Therapy worker, working with Eastern Health at Agnes Pratt Long Term Care. Her initial career was a medical doctor specialized in obstetrics and gynecology, and worked in Sri Lanka, UK, and Ireland. She moved to Newfoundland with her husband and two children in late 1990s. She received her Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Academic Canada in 2016. She is currently a Board Member and Secretary in Newfoundland and Labrador Therapeutic Recreation Association. She also served in the Education and Conference sub committee. She is also a board member at Multi Cultural Women Organization of Newfoundland and Labrador and currently serving as a Chair of Financial Committee. Josephine is also a yoga teacher teaching yoga on a volunteer basis. She is certified by Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation as a Brain Longevity Specialist. Her special interests are Holistic lifestyle promotion, Brain Longevity promotion, yoga retreat, and enjoy the nature. Her motto is “I slept, and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy” by Mother Theresa.
Membership Coordinator: Holly Sheppard, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Eastern Health
Holly currently works as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with Eastern Health. 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.
Education & 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 baking, gardening, reading, exercising and cuddling with her two cats, Baby Sadie & Clem. 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.
Labrador VP: Jeffrey Anderson, Recreation Therapy Worker, Labrador-Grenfell Health.
Jeffrey Anderson is a Recreation Therapy worker with Labrador-Grenfell Health. Receiving his diploma of Community Recreation Leadership, through the College of the 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 an advocate for leadership among youth and young adults. This is Jeffrey’s first year on the NLTRA board of directors, and he is very excited to get started!
Student VP: Kristina Ledrew, Memorial University
Kristina is currently completing her education at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador (co-op) and will graduate in April 2022. She has already completed her internship at the Janeway Children’s Hospital, under the supervision of NLTRA’s President and CTRS, Airdrie Miller. Following suit, Kristina intends to write her NCTRC certification exam and become a CTRS. She grew up in Conception Bay South but now resides in St. Johns. Kristina is an active hiker and nature lover and enjoys spending time with her friends and family in cabin country. She is also a dedicated volunteer within the recreation field, supporting individuals with disabilities at a few different facilities. 2022 marks Kristina’s fourth year involved with NLTRA and her first year on the executive board. Her goal is to help students connect and get involved with NLTRA!