2019 Alumni Award Winners

The University of Regina’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies announced Tuesday the winners who will be honoured at the eighth annual Distinguished KHS Alumni and Awards Dinner on April 13, 2019.

The dinner recognizes the achievements among students and alumni of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Regina. The event is meant to further connect students, faculty, alumni and fieldwork partners.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Sandra Jackle
Recent Distinguished Alumni Award: Ashley O’Reilly
Outstanding Fieldwork Agency Award: College Park II Retirement Residence

The Distinguished Alumni Award, which is presented to an individual who has achieved professional excellence within his or her career, has given back to society and inspired others with leadership, and has contributed remarkable community or humanitarian service, will be presented to Sandra Jackle.

Jackle entered the sport and recreation field after graduating with multiple degrees including BArts, BKin, and Master of Science in the KIN program where her thesis focus was on Consumer Behaviour in Sport. The U of R alumnus has been recognized for her leadership qualities by acting as the Canadian Student Representative at the European Sport Management Conference in Newcastle, England and was recipient of the Graduate Studies Research Award.

Jackle currently works as the Director of Sport, Entertainment and Events at Evraz Place, which hosts more than 700 events annually. She is responsible for the identification of citywide major special events, including bidding on and planning all event logistics. Notable events hosted include CFL Week, Grand Slam of Curling, Skate Canada International, Brier, Memorial Cup, and the upcoming 2019 NHL Heritage Classic and 2020 Grey Cup. Sandra’s work in the sport and entertainment sector has had a major impact in driving hundreds of millions of dollars for Regina in economic prosperity and major tourism business.

The winner of the Recent Distinguished Alumni Award is Ashley O’Reilly. Ashley is a Clinical lead for Therapeutic Recreation in the South Zone. Ashley resides in Medicine Hat, AB with her husband Tyler, daughter Everley, and dog Bella.

Upon completion of University in 2011, Ashley acquired her Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist designation from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and has been practicing as a Recreation Therapist for eight years since convocation. O’Reilly accepted a position as the Director of Recreation at an assisted living facility in Edmonton, which supported individuals with a focus on mental health. After two and a half years in Edmonton, Ashley and her family moved to Medicine Hat where she took a job as a Recreation Therapist in Addiction and Mental Health at the Medicine Hat Recovery Centre.

After welcoming her daughter in 2015, Ashley accepted a position on the Allied Health, South Zone Therapeutic Recreation team. In her role as the Clinical Lead for South Zone Therapeutic Recreation, Ashley practices in the community where she sees a variety of populations to enhance their engagement in meaningful recreation and leisure opportunities as well as continuing to grow and expand professional practice in Therapeutic Recreation.

College Park II has been selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Fieldwork Agency Award, which is awarded to an organization that has hosted University of Regina Kinesiology and Health Studies students during their fieldwork placements.

College Park II is a suite retirement residence in Regina that is owned by All Seniors Care Ltd. College Park II is committed to Age-in-Place living, delivering a full range of support services to seniors. With a person-centered philosophy identifying each resident’s unique attributes, values and history, it is College Park II’s goal to provide an environment where residents can receive individualized levels of care that are flexible to changing health needs.

Fieldwork students work within the Recreation Department at College Park II, and assist in assessing residents to determine leisure needs and goals as well as providing meaningful daily programs for the benefit of each resident on a continuing basis. The programs are designed to meet individual goals, enhance independence, challenge, inspire, and provide a strong sense of community.

The dinner will be held Saturday, April 13 at the Conexus Arts Centre. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.