January Leadership Thought

Before we can build the world we want to live in, we have to imagine it. Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future. What world are you living in?  Is it the same as the one you imagine?  Are you working towards the greater vision that’s out there? That’s what we are trying to do with ATRA – both imagining the world we want to live in and building that world.  My vision for this year is to grow our membership.  We have to grow and build our membership base, be strong in numbers and commitment to move towards improving access to recreational therapy (ATRA’s Vision).  ATRA’s vision is a world will everyone has access to Recreational Therapy.

One of the initiatives we have undertaken is offering a membership discount to NEW members during January and February 2016.  Professional membership for new members for the year is $100, and  for student members is $50.  Awesome! Once people join, we show them what a great team we have in this organization, what services and information you help ATRA provide, the fabulous educational sessions in which you share your expertise.  All of these help people see the value, engaging them to continue in the ATRA community.  I hope that you will take the opportunity to encourage those you know to join.

Chapter leaders, this is a great time to encourage your Board and chapter members to join ATRA. Many of the Chapter leaders are not ATRA members… with the discount, it’s a great time to show your chapter’s commitment to ATRA as the national organization.

If you have questions, please contact myself or your Board liaison.  Have a fabulous day!


Your partner in Recreational Therapy,

Dawn De Vries, DHA, MPA, CTRS

Assistant Professor, Therapeutic Recreation

Grand Valley State University

President (2015-2016), American Therapeutic Recreation Association

212 College of Health Sciences

Grand Rapids MI 49503

Direct: (616) 331.5553

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