2019 Board of Directors
JoAnn Thompson Franklin, President
JoAnn is founding member of Cavalier Riding Club, a CanTRA member centre serving the greater Moncton area, NB. She currently volunteers her professional skills with the club and served on their board of directors. A life-long horse lover, JoAnn owns several school and retired family horses and ponies.
They remain family forever.
Since graduating from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1981, JoAnn has built up extensive experience in her chosen profession, accumulating post-graduate training in a wide field of related disciplines. Since 1999, she has continued as a practicing physiotherapist in her own business, Tidewater Physiotherapy Inc, in Lower Coverdale, NB.
Eliane Trempe, Past President
Eliane is a CanTRA Coach and director of Les Amis de Joey, a CanTRA-accredited centre founded in 2001 and renamed Centre des Services Centauria (CSC) after merging with a new program in May 2017. CSC operates in three separate location in Québec: Sorel-Tracy, Trois-Rivières, and Chambly. Eliane was a board member and subsequently executive director of La Fédération Québécoise d'Équitation Thérapeutique (FQET), Quebec's provincial therapeutic riding association, with which she has volunteered for close to 15 years..
Eliane has always been very active in many different fields as a businiess owner, event coordinator, and college professor. Her studies in psychology and currently in equine studies at the University of Guelph, and her passion for horses has driven her to dedicate her professional life to therapeutic riding on a full-time basis for the past six years.
She has spearheaded the creation degree in therapeutic riding launched in 2014 in her hometown college in Sorel-Tracy. This very successful program is one of its kind in Québec.
Eliane has two daughters, and six grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending time as often as her busy schedule allows.
Christine Ross, 1st Vice President
Margaret Tibbo, 2nd Vice President
Margaret "Muggs" is co-founder of Rainbow Riders in St. John's, one of the oldest therapeutic riding centres in Canada, and still serves on their board. She recently retired from The Janeway Children's Health and and Rehabilitation Centre where she was a Recreation Specialist/Clinical Leader in the Rehab Division. Rainbow Riders has a very close relationship with the Janeway, with riders coming from all corners of the Province...often tied in with Medical appointments. Margaret has been deeply involved in a number of para-sports, including boccia, para skiing, athletics, wheelchair basketball and swimming. She also served as Manager of the Canadian Para Nordic Ski Team at Paralympic and Para-World games.
Sonia Koczekan, Secretary
Sonia, CanTRA Coach/Examiner has been involved in therapeutic riding for over 40 years. She has served on the board since the late 1990's serving as Secretary, Secretary/Treasurer and chair of many committees.
Sonia has been Director of Therapeutic Riding at Exhibition Therapeutic Riding Academy (ExTRA) part of the Riding Academy at the Horse Palace (at the CNE, Toronto) since it's inception in 2003. She designed and instructs the program, including week-long therapeutic riding camps for injured soldiers.
Sonia received the North York Volunteer Award in 1991, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 1998, the Emergency Services Award in 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medals.
Jane James, Treasurer
Jane has been involved in therapeutic riding for over 29 years. She was founder of Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association in Duncan, BC and, worked with the Salt Spring Island TRA for three years before retiring in 2017.
Jane is a CanTRA Coach and Examiner and is a past president of CanTRA. Jane was chef d'équipe for the first Paralympic Games to include equestrian sport in 1996 and continured in that rolde at the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004. She sits on Equestrian Canada Para Equestrian Committee. Jane is an FEI Para Steward 2 and an Equestrian Canada Medium Dressage Steward, and has been part of the stewarding team at many International events, including World Championships, Paralympic Games and World Equestrian Games.
Jo-Anne Billington, Director
Tricia Mellor, Director
Tricia holds a master's degree in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a clinician with children's mental health services at The Canadian Mental health Association (CMHA-WW) in Guelph, Ontario, where she works with children and families experiencing mental health challenges.
Tricia has been involved with Sunrise Therapeutic Riding and Learning Centre in Guelph since 2000, and obtained her CanTRA Intermediate Instructor (CTRII) in 2002. In 2015, Tricia partnered with Sunrise to offer equine-facilitated wellness services. She was the recipient of Sunrise's 2008 Outstanding Service Award and CanTRA's 2009 Outstanding Instructor Award. Tricia currently serves on CanTRA's Equine-Facilitated Wellness (EFW) Committee and Sunrise's Medical Committee.
Kathleen Murphy, Director
Shelene Williams, Director
Shelene is a long-standing member and CanTRA Intermediate Instructor (CTRII) at Mount View Special Riding Association, a seasonal CanTRA-accredited centre in Olds, AB, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. Shelene also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the former Alberta Therapeutic Riding Association.
She has worked in the school system with special needs children, included FASD and severe behavior issues. In past and current jobs she has worked at a registered charity as Office Manager and now at an accounting practice as bookkeeper for a variety of businesses. She and her husband operate a cow calf operation in central Alberta. They raised 4 children all married now and providing her with 12 cute grandchildren!