Kuwait City, December 2014

In December 2014, our Founder Amy MacFarlane, was chosen as an international expert in the field of therapeutic recreation and was invited to share her passion, skills and expertise at a day program for Adults (21+) with special needs, in Kuwait City!  The request was to teach therapeutic recreation tools, techniques and various family centered considerations that the day program could add to their current supports and services and implement, ongoing.  An additional opportunity presented itself on the trip, to address the community’s need for awareness.  Amy’s honored and certified teaching skills were considered and she
was also asked to lecture to the business students, community and community professionals at the University of Gulf for Science and Technology. The hope was that students would see an opportunity to create unique niches that address the special needs population in Kuwait City, which is extensive from many post Gulf war effects. The lecture was welcomed and the attendees were intrigued by the innovative ways in which Recreational Respite has formed partnerships with not for profit organizations in various communities. What caught most of their attention was the approach and ability to identify, develop and implement therapeutic recreation programming in partnership with these organizations to ensure optimal access and quality of programming in various capacities.

See some of our partnerships here:

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Sydney Australia, September 2015

Recreational Respite’s Founder and CEO Amy MacFarlane was in  Sydney Australia in September 2015 to be the international speaker at their National Respite Conference:

When she was there she also interviewed with Community West, Perth Australia about how organizations are now partnering to collaborate service while minimizing dollars and maximizing support. Listen here:

Amy-ISBA 2016Edinburgh Scotland, September 2016
Amy MacFarlane is one of the international keynote speakers at the ISBA Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2016:

The International Short Break Association (ISBA) was established in 1995 and is a world-wide ‘community’ concerned with the effective delivery of short breaks (respite care) services. ISBA exists to create opportunities to share knowledge and experience of short break provision across international and cultural boundaries.  ISBA’s purpose is to support developments in policy and practice which improve the experience of short breaks for everyone.   Underpinning this is a shared belief that short breaks play a vital role in promoting health and well-being, and in strengthening carers and families.

Presentation is now available:

Bruce County, Canada‪ 2017
Business to Bruce is pleased to have Amy share the story of her own personal journey to success. The road was not always easy. Overcoming obstacles and finding the strength to persevere through, with young children by her side, proves Amy’s true entrepreneurial spirit. Discover ways to put your passion for change into action! Hear how Amy took her idea for improving the world and made it a provincial success. Become inspired as Amy unveils her entrepreneurial business methods and habits, and explains what she altered in her life to reach her goals:

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