Recognizing the need in the community for individualized and meaningful respite solutions, Amy MacFarlane took on the dedication and commitment to creating Recreational Respite (April 2008).
As a team we are strong advocates for inclusion, accessibility and removing all barriers to participation within a community. We believe that ’nothing about us, without us’ includes those with disabilities in the development and implementation of services provided by Recreational Respite. Our teams own family members and hands-on expertise supporting those in care giving roles and families in crisis is united with extensive educational backgrounds, in therapeutic recreation, gerontology, psychogeriatrics, complex mental health, social services, disability studies and child and youth work.
As a team we strongly believe in collaborative efforts that will maximize support and minimize the dollars required to deliver optimal services and programs to the individuals that we support. We strive for partnerships in the for profit, non-profit, social enterprise and community organization spaces, to ensure effective service delivery. This commitment to knowledge transfer, peer collaborative projects, workshops and training and keynote speaking has led to international scope of inclusion and accessibility practices.
Our Founder and CEO, Amy MacFarlane is also the Vice Chair of the Vulnerable Persons Committee, for the Standards Council of Canada and recently represented Canada at BSI headquarters (London, UK 2018) to assist in the development of ISO 22458 a standard that protects the most vulnerable consumers in product delivery and service implementation.
Our Founder has also been nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
“Very excited to be a part of this great event (as a nominee). I’m truly humbled. It’s been amazing to grow, innovate and advocate as a team for the sole purpose of identifying and removing barriers to participation for those with disabilities and mental health-across Canada and abroad. Always ensuring along the way, ‘nothing about us, without us!’ – Amy MacFarlane, Founder and CEO, Recreational Respite
Our Team and their skills are an integral part of Recreational Respite, comprised of recreation therapists who have extensive experiences and various skills with children, youth, adults and older adults in the area of health care, social services work and rehabilitation to maximize our program benefits. Each member of our team possess a unique and skilled ability to identify barriers that may exist for those we support and work to develop and implement recreation programs that respond to creating access, engagement and participatory opportunities. Team members must possess a positive attitude, skills, expertise and experience coupled with a successful completion of a degree and diploma with comprehensive health care focus specializing in recreation.
Recreational Respite understands, values, and integrates the unique perspective and capabilities of people on the Autism Spectrum.
She writes “I’ve had a passion for working with kids since as long as I can remember. I started out babysitting and working in daycares in high school and eventually decided to become a teacher. I got a degree in English with a minor in Biology from Nipissing University and then completed my Bachelor of Education there as well. While I was in teacher’s college I decided that I’d like to work with kids with special needs as a career. I love the look on a child’s face when he or she has finally mastered a skill or understood a concept! Oh yes, and did I mention that I myself am on the Autism Spectrum? I have Asperger’s, and as a result I am able to bring some unique insights into my work. I love working with the Recreational Respite team and making a difference in the lives of children!”
See some of the group programs Meagan runs here!
If you are interested in joining our team, please email: email@example.com
Working for Recreational Respite is truly a rewarding experience! I enjoy seeing my clients progress and learn new skills, or enjoy activities that they were able to do independently in the past. My 1:1 work with my clients develops self-esteem and confidence, while positively impacting their physical and cognitive abilities. Recreational therapy stimulates our clients’ overall well being from the inside out. I also enjoy meeting with care-givers, and feel good knowing that my work affects their overall well being too…Petra
Working as a Recreation Therapist at Recreational Respite is truly a unique experience, it allows team members to foster a personal connection with clients, creating a comfortable and enjoyable environment for growth and stimulation. …Brianne
Our work with our clients is so unique! It’s the opportunity to really connect with our clients and their families with measured therapeutic goals, outcomes and the ability to see it all come together with a successful outcome… Melissa
Recreational Respite is truly a special company to work for. It’s approach to each and every one of our clients are individualized to their needs, abilities and strengths. That kind of attention to detail, makes it a great experience and confirms my role as a Recreation Therapist as being so meaningful…Lina
I enjoy working with those who have developmental disabilities. My experience was varied and somewhat limiting to the provisions of the program designs we could create. The team at Recreational Respite are so nurturing, creative, educational and supportive and they allow us to create programs with far more innovation that includes the community and their programs my clients live in. I love this approach and I enjoy my work so much because of it! … Jennifer