A Little Bit of This & That


  • ATRA AWARDS Nominations – An Awards Program reminds us of the valuable service provided by a Recreation Therapists commitment to service and the health benefits they bring to so many peoples lives. With the advancement of Therapeutic Recreation in the province of Alberta, we can easily congratulate all Recreation Therapists for their daily commitment and hard work that has brought our great profession to where it is today. However, there are those among us that deserve extra attention for their outstanding service, passion and innovation over the years. Please consider nominating a deserving Recreation Therapist or Student for any of the ATRA Awards.

Association Happenings:

  • CTRA Conference; June 19 – 21st, 2019
  • SAVE THE DATE: Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Symposium and ARPA Conference and Energize Workshop; October 24-26 at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  • Caregivers Alberta’s Spring Self-Care Fair will be on Saturday, May 11th from 11am-3pm at the Edmonton Office! SAVE THE DATE!
  • ATRA is teaming up with an amazing videographer and is excited to work on a promotional video for Therapeutic Recreation to be shared on a number of different media platforms. Please share your stories and therapeutic recreation successes. What does TR mean to you? Email, or share your ideas on social media. #weareTR & #RecIsWhatWeDo


Program/Activity Resources:

Education/Professional Development:

  • Free Webinar: The Laughter Wellness Blueprint – Discover Laughter Wellness, a whole new way of unleashing positivity and creating peace of mind while promoting multiple aspects of well-being.
  • Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre – I’m continuing to share their free MOOCs and you should too. This would help us transform views and attitudes towards dementia as widely as possible.

Spring is in the Air! Evidence-Based Practice and Literary Searches

The sun is out, the snow is melting, and spring is in the air!

My inbox has been bursting at the seams while I finish off my course work for the term and now that we’ve reached the end, I can finally take some time to share some of the goodies!

One of my classmates in the TR research course that I just finished asked a great question recently: Where do we find literature once we’ve graduated and no longer have access to the plethora of databases being a university student grants us access too? While I have started a list on the blog here, I thought that it might be a great time to update it too.

  • Searching the Web versus searching Databases: A Comparison.
  • List of academic databases and search engines by Wikipedia – This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, institutional repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.
  • Top 21 Free Databases
  • List of 101 Free Databases
  • Mobile Apps for Searching the Scientific Literature
  • Google Scholar – Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.
  • RT Wise Owls is a free database and information resource center developed by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University that contains evidence-based research and resources relevant to the scope of Recreational Therapy practice.
  • DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) – DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. DOAJ is independent. All funding is via donations, 40% of which comes from sponsors and 60% from members and publisher members. All DOAJ services are free of charge including being indexed in DOAJ. All data is freely available.
  • JURN – Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.
  • EBSCO Free Databases – EBSCO provides free research databases covering a variety of subjects for students, researchers and librarians.
  • Cochrane Library – The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
  • Alberta Health Services Knowledge Resource Service – To support evidence-informed decision making and quality patient care, KRS connects Alberta Health Services staff and healthcare providers with evidence resources and support in using them effectively.
  • Open Library
  • Internet Archive
  • Rural Dementia Action Research – Improving the Care of Persons with Dementia in Rural and Remote Areas. This incredible team at the University of Saskatchewan are facing the challenge to improve the delivery of rural dementia care across the continuum: from early detection and diagnosis to end-of-life care.
  • The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. They conduct clinically applied psychosocial research and provide training and supervision for various psychological interventions. They also offer a clinical service for adults suffering from anxiety, mood, and eating disorders.
  • Your Public Library
  • TALOnline – TAL Online is a provincial wide discovery service which allows users to discover and request physical library items from libraries across Alberta. TAL Online connects remotely to library catalogues across Alberta and displays search results for users looking to request items not available at their home library.
  • Your Nearest Post Secondary Institution – Feel free to walk in and use their resources! You may not be able to check out media or use their online databases, however, depending on the size of the library, you may find what you need on the shelves.

February 2019 – MishMash & TR Month!

Oh boy! A whole bunch of stuff!


  1. Caregivers Alberta’s Movie Night featuring the Caregiver’s Club
    Date & Time: Feb. 28 – 6:30 – 9pm
    Cost: $10

Education & Professional Development Opportunities:

  1. Laughter, Wellness – Laughter Online University

Best Practice:

  1. AHS – Provincial Seniors Health Portfolio – Palliative and End of Line Care – While establishing the importance of keeping the public informed about initiatives/best practice, there is a survey to find if their resources (newsletter/bulletin) are meeting the public needs.
    Survey ID is 8lK35m630/
    Survey will close March 1, 2019


  1. Improving mealtime experiences: I’m currently in a TR Research course and in one of my assignments I took a look at mealtime experience. In my searching I came across a few resources that I’d like to share:
  2. Health Care and Religious Beliefs – a resource by AHS that highlights
    the most pertinent issues of a patient’s spiritual and religious care.
  3. Ambient Activity Technologies ABBEY.
  4. For reminiscing with older clients – The Canadian Nursing History Collection
  5. Templates, templates, and more templates!
  6. Minute to WinIt Games Ideas & more Minute to WinIt – Printables.
  7. MyTools4Care – Support care partners of persons with dementia.
  8. I realize this is now late, however, it is still valuable! A lovely PDF for Christmas full of great printables.
  9. City of Edmonton Intergenerational Programming Toolkit
  10. Recreation and Wellness Directory for Older Adults – Edmonton
    Seniors Coordinating Council
  11. Arts & Aging Toolkit – Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council
  12. Arts & Aging Toolkit – Creativity Matters
  13. Senior Theatre – Resources

Blogs & Websites:

  1. Grow Through Flow – A new TR blog that everyone should be following!
  2. Not Just Bingo – Activities and resources.
  3. Education.com – Activity resources for kids
  4. reCreation Potentials – Expressive Arts for TR

TR Month Resources:

  1. ReCreative Resources – TR Month resources

Emptying out the inbox!

Quite often when I come across interesting or relevant information, I email it to myself, thinking, ‘I’ll add that to the blog later’…  But when it comes time to add a new post or information, I often struggle with organization and maintaining fresh, up to date, dynamic content.  Any bloggers out there who want to offer some friendly advice, I’m all ears!

So today, I’m going to post a LONG one in an attempt to clean out my inbox!

Continue reading “Emptying out the inbox!”

Local Education & Social Event – May 2018

Local Education: Designed for volunteers and community members, the Light Up Your Life Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice and Continuing Care Society and the Good Samaritan Care Centres (Spruce Grove & Stony Plain) are providing a Palliative Care 2-Day Program.
Topics: What is Palliative Care, Communication, Family Dynamics, Spirituality, Approaching the End Stage of Life, Coping with Loss and Grief, Using What I have Discovered, and Self Care.
Dates: May 5 & 12, 2018
Registration deadline is April 27th – call 780-962-8503.
Fee: $40

Local Event: On May 12th at Holy Trinity Catholic Church join in for a Ladies Night Out Fashion Show – featuring local vendors and entertainment by Bare ‘n Von Hair!  Click the poster for more details!