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DRT Team Brings Home the Bacon

The team had an excellent showing at the recently concluded New Zealand Society of Diversional and Recreational Therapy (NZSDRT) Annual Conference 2023 held in Wellington. 

The conference theme was ‘Wānanga ki te manawa o Aotearoa – te tangata, te tikanga, te wawata’ – Meeting at the heart of New Zealand: People, Purpose & Passion’.  

All entries of Sound Care Group received recognition, testament to the commitment and hard work of the DRT team, led by Programme Leader AJ Aledron.

Epiphany Claravall-Jackson of Cambridge Life and Steele Park Home was named a finalist of the Judy Cooper National Excellence Award. Her entry, aptly titled Sound Care Connect, was a case study on community involvement as an important and integral part of a home’s DRT programme. The event coincided with her graduation as a National Registered Diversional and Recreational Therapist, giving her the cause for a double celebration!

The group also shone at the conference competitions with all three entries making it to the top 3:

Best Video – 1st place, Maridel Zorilla, Cambridge Life

Best Poster – 2nd place, Epiphany Claravall-Jackson, Cambridge Life/ Steele Park Home

Best Photo – 3rd place, Maria Luz Bogtae, Athenree Life

Mr Aledron says, “I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the entire Sound Care Group team and our senior management for their unwavering support. Your belief in the importance of continuous improvement has been a driving force behind our accomplishments.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to our dedicated delegates who represented Sound Care Group at the conference. Your passion, dedication, and active participation were truly commendable.

“We look forward to implementing the knowledge and experiences gained from this conference into our program, ensuring that our residents continue to receive the highest level of care and support. Together, we will maintain and exceed the high standards that define Sound Care Group’s Diversional and Recreational Therapy Programme.”

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