McKenzie Kuzio

Therapeutic Recreation

Provincial body names NorQuest student its top learner

NorQuest College student McKenzie Kuzio took home the prestigious Alberta Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) Student Award in 2015.

It is the first time a NorQuest student of Therapeutic Recreation program has received the coveted award, demonstrating the positive evolution of the program and the value of its graduates. Winners are recognized for demonstrating academic ability, a promise of a contribution to the field, and for having worked in recreational therapy.

“Amazement, excitement, disbelief and so many other words,” was Kuzio’s reaction when notified of her win.

The 20-year-old from Warburg, Alberta was nominated by faculty and administrators of the college’s Allied Health program and recreation therapist Carolyn Rein of St Joseph’s Auxiliary Hospital. St. Joseph’s is where Kuzio completed her first clinical placement.

“McKenzie is a purposeful learner who challenges her fellow students, her instructors, and herself to develop a high degree of therapeutic recreation knowledge, skills, and abilities,” says NorQuest instructor Sarah James.

That glowing sentiment was echoed by Rein.

“McKenzie is a student who saw the positive in every situation, absorbed every tidbit of information like a thirsty sponge, and could communicate with anyone and everyone without ever saying the wrong thing.”

Kuzio plans on attending the University of Lethbridge in the fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in therapeutic recreation. NorQuest has a transfer agreement, allowing graduates to enter directly into the third year of the university’s program.

“I am determined to reach my goal and I hope that I can inspire and become a great leader, comparable to the ATRA members who have presented me with this award.”

Amazement, excitement, disbelief and so many other words. I am determined to reach my goal and I hope that I can inspire and become a great leader.