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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thank You!

I wanted to post a “Thank You” for several good friends of mine who had submitted a nomination or a letter of recommendation in Support of my organization, “DannyPettry, LLC” for the 2016 American Therapeutic Recreation Association’s – Organization Award!

Thank you so much to the following individuals:
Kim Severance is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) who works as the Veran Program Coordinator and Marine Education Coordinator at Island Dolphin Care. She had submitted the official nomination form.

 Lacy Speert is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), a Certified Dementia Practitioner, and Certified Laughter Leader (CLL). She had written a very nice letter of recommendation about my program, which I appreciate.

Dr. David Austin is well-known in our profession. He is a professor emeritus (Indiana University). I read his text books as an undergraduate student at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. I selected to earn my graduate degree through Indianan University’s distance education program because Dr. David Austin was a professor there. I was fortunate to have had one of the last classes he taught to students before graduating. It was a course on Social Psychology in Therapeutic Recreation. I can recall reading an article by Dr. Austin in a journal where his professor claimed that those of us in recreational therapy are applied social psychologists. David Austin was a founding member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA), a past president of the association, and he has been awarded the Distinguished Fellow Award by ATRA. I feel very fortunate to have studied at Indiana University with Dr. Austin. Dr. Austin also writes a RT blog.

  Charlie Dixon, M.S. CTRS is well-known in our profession as being the operator of the Therapeutic Recreation Directory online. His site has won several awards from ATRA. Charlie has also been awarded the Distinguished Fellow Award by ATRA. I was present at the ATRA conference when Charlie received this award in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I first discovered his web-site in the late 90s when I was doing research on the profession. I was surprised to discover he was from my home state of West Virginia. I’ve often sought out his advice and information about web-site design. Charlie has been very kind in providing door prizes and email blasts about my site via his TR Directory newsletter, which I am very grateful for as well.

I want to say thanks again to Kim, Lacy, David, and Charlie for your kind words and recommendation for the ATRA organization award. 

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