Recreation Therapists

Recreation and leisure are essential aspects of everyone's quality of life.  Facilitating the therapeutic benefits of outdoor recreation and leisure is a rewarding career path for many of our graduates. 

Alaine Auger

image of Alaine AugerHBOR/ BA (Geography) 1995, BSc (Natural Science) 1996

After graduating from the Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism and Bachelor of Arts, Geography double degree program in 1995 I went back to complete my Bachelor of Science, Natural Science (Honours) in 1996. I then was fortunate to be offered a job as a Recreation Therapist/Leisure Lifeskills Instructor at the Lakehead Psychiatric Hospital. I continued to work in the Adult Mental Health with St. Joseph's Care Group in Community Mental Health Services. Knowing the benefits of leisure and recreation in holistic care and mental health I continue to advocate for clients, families and the recreation profession.

I remained in Thunder Bay (loving the outdoors) and pursued a Masters in Environmental Studies, Nature Based Recreation and Tourism in the Lakehead University's ORPT program. Participation in outdoor activities with my family, school and work certainly keep me busy, but I love every moment.

The ORPT program has been beneficial through the skills that I have acquired in critical thinking, writing, research, and practical skills in outdoor recreation and leisure activities. The ORPT program is balanced in practical and technical skills learning as well as academic and educational learning. The academic portion of the program has given me the foundation for research, report and proposal writing, and maintaining best practices in therapeutic recreation. The skills and philosophies that are taught have formed and enhanced my career and life.