Recreation Therapy Team

 
 

Matthew Berezan

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Matthew became a Recreation Therapist as a result of his passion for sport and play, and his desire to help people overcome barriers and reach their potential. He is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) as well as a member of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) and Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA).  He graduated from Douglas College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation.  During his degree, Matthew completed a 560 hour internship at Sunny Hill Health Centre in Vancouver, BC, gaining valuable experience in assessment and treatment in a variety of practice areas including, physical rehabilitation and mental health.  Additionally, Matthew completed a practicum at an outreach centre in Uganda with children, last year.

Since 2014 Matthew has worked with children and adults with a variety of developmental and intellectual disabilities.  His work focuses on using play, physical activity, and outdoor recreation to foster well-being, motor and social skill development, and community integration.  Matthew follows a family centered approach, working with youth and families to identify their needs and goals and how best to achieve them.  Matthew is a basketball and Ultimate frisbee coach.  He currently is coaching Furious George, a Vancouver based competitive Ultimate team.  In his free time, Matthew likes to run, hike, play Ultimate, and travel.  Some of his favourite places that he's traveled to are Guatemala, and Ecuador.

 

Danielle Barrett

 
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Danielle became a Recreation Therapist as a result of her passion for working with people and supporting them to reach their goals through the use of recreation and play. She is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) as well as a member of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) and a member of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA). She graduated from Douglas College with her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. During her degree, Danielle interned in the Mental Health Assisted Living program at Lina’s Place, locally, where she planned and facilitated daily programs for the residents, promoted and fostered community integration skills, and supported them throughout their recovery. As well, she has worked with the Special Olympics swim program and at a long-term care facility for individuals living with dementia. Recently, Danielle completed a practicum in Uganda at a social development association for vulnerable children/youth and women, and a vocational school for youth.

 

Since 2012, Danielle has worked with children and youth in a variety of settings including, a daycare, pre-school, summer daycare camps, and an elementary school. She is currently the head coach for an Adaptive Soccer Program for children and youth with disabilities, in the Tri-Cities area. Her work focuses on using purposeful play and recreation activities to promote skill development, and improve quality of life. In her free time, Danielle enjoys playing on a women’s soccer team, attending spin classes, and traveling. Fun Fact about Danielle: she comes from a soccer family!  On her own women’s soccer team, her father is the head coach, her mom is the team manager and her sister plays on the team, too!

 

Tricia Rachfall

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Tricia is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist (CTRS) with almost 30 years of experience in therapeutic recreation both in clinical and educational settings. She is a founding member, past President and current member of the British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association (BCTRA) and a member of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association (CTRA). Tricia also carries memberships in the American Therapeutic Recreation Association, the Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association and the National Recreation and Parks Association (US).

For the past 22 years, Tricia has been a faculty member in the Therapeutic Recreation Department at Douglas College, with 15 years in a dual role of Program Co-Coordinator and faculty. Prior to moving into education, Tricia worked at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre and St. Paul’s Hospital with client focus areas including adolescents living with brain injury, eating disorders, physical rehabilitation, HIV/AIDS, older adults and psychiatry. For the past 7 years she has been the key organizer of the Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp, a joint initiative between UBC, Douglas College, and March of Dimes Canada, for adults living with aphasia.

Tricia's role on the team at Enable OT is to consult with the current Recreation Therapists. She will be using her extensive experience and teaching background to continuously enhance team performance and support our lifelong growth mindset.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Rachfall, T. (2018 & 2019). Re-discovering the person within: TR and persons living with dementia. BC School of Audiology and Speech Services. Presentation to Third Year Speech Language Pathology Master’s Students - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

Rachfall, T. & Bouffard, C. (2017). Inter-professional collaboration – Opportunities for Therapeutic Recreation to shine. CTRA Conference Presentation, Kelowna, BC.

Moore, S., Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., Reid, C., & Spencer, J. (2017). Wrapping it up: Sharing the gift of reflection and action to grow the TR profession. CTRA Conference Closing Plenary, Kelowna, BC.

Rachfall, T (2016). Sea to Sky Aphasia camp and student learning. Coquitlam Sunrise Rotary. Coquitlam, BC.

Rachfall, T., Paterson, G. & Reid, C. (2014) Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR):

Guiding the assessment of university course credits. CTRA Conference, Banff, AB.

Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., & Reid, C. (2013). Building a culture of research: Using undergraduate research to advance the therapeutic recreation profession, build research capacity, and foster collaborative relationships. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 47(4), p 259 – 295.

Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., Reid, C., & Spencer, J. (2012) Building a research culture in therapeutic recreation education: Using research to advance the profession. CTRA, Conference Presentation, Halifax, NS.

Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., & Kennedy, S. (2012). Therapeutic recreation: More than activity. Developmental Disabilities of BC, Conference Presentation.

Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., & Kennedy, S. (2012). Therapeutic recreation: A beacon of possibilities. Developmental Disabilities of BC, Conference Presentation.

Paterson, G., Rachfall, T., & Reid, C. (2012). How building a research culture enables innovative community connections. Douglas College, Leadership Roundtable.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

2018 British Columbia Therapeutic Recreation Association - Ingrid Parsons Professional Recognition Award – In recognition of ‘outstanding professionalism, drive and commitment to Therapeutic Recreation’.

2006 Douglas College - Program Innovation Award– Bachelor of Therapeutic Recreation Development and Implementation – TR Faculty Team

2004 Douglas College - Team Effort Award– Therapeutic Recreation International Education Team - TR Faculty Team