Sheila Kennedy

You would not see me with a stethoscope unless I was playing with a child who was using one in a medical play kit! I work in a fairly young profession called therapeutic recreation. Working at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, I use recreation activities to help children reach their goals whether they are rehabilitative- or quality-of-life oriented. I also provide leadership support to a wonderful team that includes recreation therapists, a music therapist, recreation/aquatic therapists, early childhood educators, a department secretary and recreation workers.

MEDICAL TRAINING

I have a BA in Recreation Administration with a specialty in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Alberta. I am currently involved in the BC Therapeutic Recreation Association as the director of Education and sit on the advisory board for the Applied Degree Program in Therapeutic Recreation at Douglas College.

FAMILY / PERSONAL PICTURE

My husband also works at Sunny Hill, providing childminding services. I have many nieces and nephews as well as many godchildren. One of my nephews is on the autism spectrum and he has taught me a lot about living with that diagnosis.

WHAT YOU’D NEVER KNOW ABOUT ME

Hmmm…that’s a tough one as I’m quite an open book. I guess one thing would be that I played classical piano and was also involved in competitive swimming growing up.

HOBBIES

I like hiking, camping, snowshoeing, exploring back roads and kayaking. I also enjoy reading, crossword puzzles, scrapbooking, watching figure skating, musical theatre and various fitness-related activities. I have been involved in Zumba classes recently, which are lots of fun!

SECRET FANTASY

I would love to be able to provide funding to help children with disabilities access recreation opportunities in their communities. I have been fortunate enough to see what an amazing difference it makes when a family is given assistance in areas such as registration fees, adapted recreation equipment and wheelchair-accessible transportation for their child, and it would be very rewarding to help make this possible. I also have a special friendship with a young man with cerebral palsy who was a former patient and it would be wonderful to help him fulfil his dreams of living a more active life.

IF I DIDN’T HAVE TO WORK

When I retire, I plan to be involved in more physical activity, and enjoy more time with my family and friends. I’d consider getting a dog and probably get involved as a volunteer with something completely different than what I’ve done in the past. More time to travel and read would be a bonus too!

PHILOSOPHY

I try to be a positive role model and live my life with compassion every day. I believe that being involved in recreation activities of one’s choice is vital for one’s overall health.

WHAT I’M READING NOW

I enjoy reading at least part of the newspaper daily and I’m just finishing Younger Next Year for Women by Chris Crowley and Henry S. Lodge, MD.