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Recreational Respite is passionate about building capacity through education, advocacy for accessibility and inclusion and collaborative efforts through partnership. Our team strongly believes that all communities and their programs, products and services, should be accessible without barriers to all of those individuals (and their families) with disabilities.

We have been serving individuals and their families in various regions across Ontario Canada since 2008 in both 1:1 services and group programs. As a team, our experiences, collective educational backgrounds and extensive academics in Disability Studies we have been able to identify a great deal of need for direction, tools and collective innovation in delivery of services to share when working, serving or supporting our families and remove barriers.

This has led to our extensive work in the areas of leadership, education and training and keynote speaking. Our Founder, Amy MacFarlane has taken our values and passions within Canada and abroad to: Canada, USA, Kuwait, Australia and Scotland (to date) and has been recognized as an international leader in her field. Amy was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award (in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

If you are interested in having us come to share our expertise through training and workshops or public speaking in the areas of: accessibility, inclusion, participation and engagement, please contact us!

Contact Information:
Amy on LinkedIn, Professional Profile

Media Attention, Worldwide

Building the Future: Entrepreneur Amy MacFarlane shares her story, 2017

ISBA: International Short Break Association, Keynote 2016

Spirit of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Saugeen Shores, ON, 2017
International Women’s Day: http://saugeenshoreshub.ca/news/2691-spirit-of-entrepreneurship-focus-of-iwd-event.html

Canadian Respite Organization Shares Positive Technology Experience, Perth, Australia 2016

Gentle Persuasive Approaches for Professional Caregivers, Family Caregivers Unite, 2012

Services for Supporting Seniors’ Family Caregivers Directly with Peel Senior Link, 2011

Caregiver Support Programs for Alzheimer’s Disease

Recreation Therapy and Family Caregivers

Crowdfunding for Caregiver ‘Entrepreneurs’

About Recreational Respite on Rogers TV, 2012

Recognition of Excellence

In 2014, 2015 and 2016 our Founder was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Contact: Partnership Enquiry
Phone: 1-877-855-7070