Awards Program

Recognition of the exceptional therapeutic recreation service provided to Albertans is important.

Our Awards Program reminds us of the valuable service provided by a Recreation Therapists commitment to service and the health benefits they bring to so many people's lives.

With the advancement of Therapeutic Recreation in the province of Alberta, we can easily congratulate all Recreation Therapists for their daily commitment and hard work that has brought our great profession to where it is today. However, there are those among us that deserve extra attention for their outstanding service, passion and innovation over the years.

Please nominate a deserving Recreation Therapist or Student for any of the ATRA Awards. Contact for full details. 

Employers, colleagues and clients can nominate a Recreation Therapist that is eligible for a nomination. 

Nominations can be accepted year round. The deadline for ATRA's 2023 Awards Program is August 15, 2023.

Award Descriptions Award Nomination Forms 2023
Distinguished Service Award: This individual has demonstrated commitment to excellence through the length of their career and has advanced the practice of Therapeutic Recreation. Distinguished Service Nomination Form
Professional of the Year Award: An individual who has made significant contributions to the field of Therapeutic Recreation in the past year. Professional of the Year Nomination Form
Innovative Practice Award: An individual who has demonstrated innovative practice or new service in the field of TR. Innovative Practice Nomination Form
Outstanding Preceptor Award: Preceptor in a clinical setting who demonstrates excellence in provision of therapeutic recreation education in their workplace and values the importance of mentoring future professionals. Two awards will be given, one for a College level preceptor and one for a University level preceptor. Outstanding Preceptor Nomination Form
Outstanding Student Leader Award: A student who demonstrates leadership in school and externally, a promise of contribution to the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Two awards will be given, one for a College level student leader and one for a University level student leader. Outstanding Student Leader Nomination Form
Community Partnership Award: A community organization or individual that has done something extraordinary to create inclusive opportunities for individuals in a community or has partnered with a Therapeutic Recreation professional(s) to advance the field of Therapeutic Recreation. Community Partnership Nomination Form