Therapeutic Recreation Awareness Month

Often we are faced with major life changing events that make it really difficult to see how we could ever return to the activities that give us purpose and meaning. At Toronto Rehab, our Recreation Therapists and Wellness Partners encourage patients to learn about and incorporate leisure back into their lifestyle.

Through group and individual therapy sessions, patients find support, education and resources to help them put meaning and mindfulness into each and every day. “Therapeutic Recreation…Discovering the Potential Within”, is the theme for this February’s Therapeutic Recreation Awareness month and showcases the value for everyone to adopt a healthy leisure lifestyle.

In Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Rehab Program (SCRP), Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Charlene Alton is one of the key organizers of the Cottage Program for current or recently discharged patients.

The SCRP Cottage Program is supported by our donors and invites up to twenty patients annually to the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre: a fully accessible recreational facility in Mactier, Ontario. For four days, the participants engage in a variety of recreational activities including handcycling, kayaking, swimming, archery, mountain biking, bocce ball and many others.

"The focus of the program is on what our patients can do rather than what they cannot do," says Charlene. "The goal is to impact the participants' lives and help them make the most of the potential and opportunities they have."

Learn more about the Cottage Program

For information about supporting this summer’s Cottage Program, please contact Arlene Manankil-Boyce at 416-597-3422 ext. 3545 or

In Photo (courtesy Charlene Alton): participant Julian Bailey enjoys handcycling at last summer’s SCRP Cottage Program.