Building Community

Recreational Respite is passionate about building capacity through education, knowledge exchange and sharing through collaborative efforts. We are advocates for accessibility and inclusion in the community and we consider attitudinal, environmental, systemic and communication barriers as our very top priorities. Our team strongly believes that all communities and their programs, products and services should be accessible to all.

We have been directly serving individuals and their families in various regions across Canada since 2008 in both 1:1 service and group program capacities.

As a team our experiences, collective educational backgrounds, our passions and extensive academics in the field of disability studies we are able to nurture an identified need for collaborative approach, direction, tools and innovation when it comes to the economic development strategies and the delivery of services and programs within a community, with the goal of removing barriers that otherwise exist.

This has led to our 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 throughout the USA, Kuwait, Australia, England 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, 2018, 2019 and 2020).

If you are interested in having us come to share our expertise through training/workshops, sharing economic strategies, accessibility and inclusion in your community, please contact us direct:

Media Attention, Worldwide

CBC Radio, Ottawa In Town and Out

Serving Consciously

Building the Future: Entrepreneur Amy MacFarlane shares her story

ISBA: International Short Break Association, Keynote, Scotland

Spirit of Leadership and Entrepreneurship Ontario, Canada
International Women’s Day:

Canadian Respite Organization Shares Positive Technology Experience, Perth, Australia

Gentle Persuasive Approaches for Professional Caregivers, Family Caregivers Unite!

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

Caregiver Support Programs for Alzheimer’s Disease

Recreation Therapy and Family Caregivers

Crowdfunding for Caregiver ‘Entrepreneurs’

About Recreational Respite on Rogers TV 

Recognition of Excellence

In 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 our founder was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Amy MacFarlane Founder and CEO, Recreational Respite Inc. National

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Podcasts and Radio Interviews

Recreation Therapy and Family Caregivers
Amy MacFarlane explains recreation therapy and talks about the challenges that it helps with. She describes the special needs and health conditions for which she recommends recreation therapy. She explains why and how recreation therapy helps persons and their family caregivers meet the challenges that these conditions create. She describes some real-life examples.

Help through caregiver-support programs for Alzheimer’s disease
Dr. Linda Teri is a Member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer’s Association. She’s Professor of Psychosocial & Community Health at the University of Washington. She speaks with Amy about Alzheimer’s disease. They discuss real-life examples of caregiver-support programs that helped family caregivers meet the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. They discuss the ways in which the programs support aging at home and say how well community-based professionals, such as nurses and physicians, and the wider public understand the family caregiving challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and the role of caregiver-support programs.

Services for Supporting Seniors’ Family Caregivers Directly
Raymond Applebaum, CEO of Peel Senior Link and Amy, tell us how they came to be interested in services for seniors and their family caregivers. They describe the services their organizations offer. They explain what’s meant by supporting family caregivers directly and the types of direct supports, including direct pay, most likely to be useful to family caregivers. They discuss the challenges in providing direct support to family caregivers, including the meeting costs.

Gentle Persuasive Approaches Program for Professional Caregivers–Family Caregiver Perspectives
Dr. Lori Schindel Martin is Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Nursing, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and Chair, Gentle Persuasive Approaches Advisory Committee speaks to Amy explain gentleness in caring, and what has been learned from its application in the training of healthcare professionals and family caregivers.

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