3D rendering of a forming puzzle with the word Community

“How we understand geography (and social environment) is how we understand the people who live within it. Successful communities identify ways to create spaces, places and events for coming together for growth, safety and opportunity and in doing so it creates inclusion, accessibility, leadership and social change”

– Amy MacFarlane, Founder and CEO Recreational Respite


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).

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:

Amy on LinkedIn


Media Attention, Worldwide

CBC Radio, Ottawa In Town and Out, November 2018

Serving Consciously, 2018

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, 2016, 2017 and 2018 our Founder was nominated for the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Award.

Amy MacFarlane. Founder and CEO, Recreational Respite Inc. National

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