Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association Awards

Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by another member in good standing of NSTRA.

Nominations should include a summary (500 words or less) describing why the nominee should be chosen for the Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation award, along with any other supplemental information to support the nomination. Examples may include specific efforts made to improve standardization, education initiatives, reinforcement of consistent TR job descriptions, or any other initiatives that make them a true champion for TR services.

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Trailblazer award

The Trailblazer award will annually recognize a member of Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association (NSTRA) who has shown leadership, specifically with regards to advocacy for therapeutic recreation services.

Who to nominate?

Therapeutic Recreation professionals who have taken steps to strengthen the profession through efforts to improve standardization, facilitate education initiatives, reinforce consistent Therapeutic Recreation job postings and/or facilitate any other initiatives making them a true champion and “trailblazer” for therapeutic recreation services. To be eligible for the Trailblazer Award individuals must be members in good standing of NSTRA.

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Innovation award

The Innovation Award will annually recognize a member of Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association (NSTRA) who has shown leadership in the form of innovative programs and initiatives.              

Who to nominate?

Therapeutic Recreation professionals who have highlighted the true power and versatility of the profession through innovative efforts that facilitate quality service for clients while creating awareness among potential stakeholders. Efforts may include (but are not limited to) strategic student placements and pilot projects, collaboration with other disciplines or potential stakeholders, or any other “outside the box” initiatives that spark success and meaningful connection. To be eligible for the Innovation Award individuals must be members in good standing of NSTRA.

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CrYstal Award

The Crystal Award is named after the first ever recipient Crystal Watson, and will annually recognize an exceptional student-member of Nova Scotia Therapeutic Recreation Association (NSTRA).      

 Who to nominate?

Students studying therapeutic recreation at either community college or university who have shown leadership and commitment to therapeutic recreation through volunteer or work placement experiences, academic achievements or overall character that exemplifies an outstanding student and future TR professional. To be eligible for the Crystal Award individuals must be members in good standing of NSTRA.