Are you interested in a career where you support individuals in enjoying an improved quality of life? As a recreation therapy professional, you will use meaningful recreation and leisure education, counselling and experiences to promote, restore, rehabilitate, and/or maintain quality of life and well-being. Therapeutic Recreation supports the development of strengths while addressing social, emotional, physical, spiritual and cognitive needs.
Read about the Pen Pal Social on InsideNC. The Pen Pal Social marked the culmination of an inaugural Pen Pal project which paired 60 first-year Recreation Therapy students from the College with 20 seniors from Heidehof. Over a four-week period prior to the social, the students and seniors exchanged hand-written.
Each letter focused on a pillar of well-being: happiness, compassion, diversity and gratitude. The final theme – that of social connectedness – was fulfilled when faculty and students visited their pen pals in person at Heidehof.
“Reading Hedy’s letters made me so anxious to meet her,” first-year Recreation Therapy student Jodi Eberly said of her pen pal. Eberly along with fellow students Morgan Payne and Keesha Ally corresponded through the project with Heidehof resident Hedy Dueck.
“It’s so important to take advantage of the opportunity to make connections with people,” said Ally. “It’s made me fall even more in love with my profession,” echoed Payne.
At the social, students met with their pen pals and engaged in a number of socialization activities, like sharing their favourite foods, childhood experiences, and even playing ‘Never Have I Ever.’