Katelyn is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) who completed her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Lethbridge following her diploma in Therapeutic Recreation Gerontology. After 10 years as a frontline healthcare worker, she is working towards a Master of Science degree to explore how technology can influence the quality of life and quality of relationships for persons with dementia in long-term care. Katelyn continues to instruct at Lethbridge College in the Therapeutic Recreation Gerontology Diploma program and volunteers with an adapted outdoor sports program. She is passionate about practicing and teaching yoga, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, camping, board games, and therapeutic recreation!
3 years long-term care, acute, and community – Rural Albertan hospital.
Distinguished accomplishments: advocated for wheelchair-accessible sidewalks to enable residents to access local parks; cultivated community partnerships to build state-of-the-art raised garden beds; developed the provincial Alberta Health Services guideline “User Guide for Smart Devices in Therapeutic Recreation”.
Focus: Wheelchair biking, Montessori-based therapies, horticulture and gardening, failure-free expressive art, cognitive stimulation, outings, aquatic therapy, and music care.
5 years dementia care specialist - Private consultant facilitating home care services and respite for persons with dementia who are aging-in-place within their home. Cultivated strong professional relationships with families and caregivers. Focus: Dementia Practice Guidelines for the non-pharmacological treatment of the psychological symptoms of dementia, community re-integration, social connection, role fulfillment, activities of daily living, and leisure education for caregiver burnout.
3 years teaching – Facilitates interactive classroom lectures. Passionate about recreation therapy and student success. Ongoing support and communication with students.