We Are IH: Recreation therapist dedicated to supporting clients

February 15, 2024
Jenelle and her two sons on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Name: Jenelle Butchart (she/her/hers)
Job Title: Recreation Therapist
Years of Service: 11
Worksite: Cottonwoods Care Centre
Community: Short Stay Unit 
Ancestral Territory: Syilx/Okanagan
Favourite Quote / Advice to live by: "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today." – Will Rogers

Born in St. Albert, AB., and later moving to Coquitlam, Jenelle has embarked on an 11-year journey in health care as a recreation therapist. Therapeutic recreation is a person-centered health-care profession that uses evidence-informed leisure and recreation activities to improve and maximize a client's overall quality of life.

In her role, Jenelle aims to see the able, not the label, and says that seeing her patients reach their goals and increase their independence are the most inspiring things about her role.

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