Kayla Reynolds, Carbonear, NL
I completed a Bachelor of Recreation specializing in Therapeutic
Recreation and graduated in April.
My experience with the School of Human Kinetics and
My experience at the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation has
been very rewarding. It is a small faculty; the professors and most
of the students know you by name. The Recreation Program is a very
hands-on experience. Throughout my degree I have visited other
agencies, talked to other professionals and participated in many
challenging but rewarding activities.
My work terms.....
I completed two work terms. The first was at Active Women in St.
John’s as a Healthy Living Consultant. While there I became
certified as a Fitness Instructor Specialist (FIS). My duties were
to instruct aerobic classes, give client guidance, goal setting,
client tours as well as a variety of other duties and tasks.
My second work term was at CNIB (Canadian National Institute for
the Blind) in St. John’s as a Specialist Assistant. While
working at CNIB I received a certificate in Uncontracted Braille,
which allowed me to teach clients to read Uncontracted Braille.
Some of my other duties included assisting therapists in using the
Children’s Snoezelen Room and teaching independent living and
orientation and mobility (O&M) skills to clients who recently
lost their vision. In addition, I made home and hospital visits to
clients. Both of my work terms have established an imprint on my
future career in many ways. Working at Active Women gave me the
confidence to be a leader and to work with a team. When I complete
my degree I will be continuing in a clinical and caregiving
setting. CNIB has given me the opportunity to participate in a
variety of situations where I had to either assist a specialist or
work independently with clients and establish a plan to help the
client cope with his or her vision loss.
My experience with the co-op
programme, office and staff.....
The co-op staff were extremely helpful. They try to assist each
student as much as possible to find the perfect placement that
suits the student’s future goals; they will contact an
employer who a student wishes to work with if the employer is not
already listed and they are always there if a student ever needs to
ask a question. Completing a co-op programme is extremely
beneficial in many ways. The co-op positions give students a look
into the Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation and
Therapeutics Recreation fields, and let students know what is
available to them when they complete their degree. It also gives
students the opportunity to make future contacts. In addition, a
position that a student enjoyed immensely may also be an option for
them to continue after graduation. I believe the Co-op piece for
Recreation is essential for students; without it students will be
entering the working world with minimal working experience in their