2015 Board Of Directors

Board Of Directors, Advisory Council & Staff

HRH The Princess Royal Patron of CanTRA

In 1986, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, kindly accepted an invitation to become Patron of CanTRA. She is also President of the Riding for the Disabled Association (UK) and Patron of the Riding for the Disabled Association of Australia.

Her Royal Highness combines two major interests in bestowing her patronage on therapeutic riding. She has been President of Save the Children since 1970 and has enjoyed a successful equestrian career, including competing at the 1975 Olympics in Montreal as a member of the British Eventing Team.

The Princess Royal has visited many therapeutic riding programs in Britain and abroad. In 1988, during a visit to Canada that included the Royal Winter Fair, she attended a riding demonstration at CARD (Community Association for Riders with Disabilities) in Downsview, Ontario, hosted by CanTRA.

CanTRA is both proud and grateful to have the Princess Royal as its Patron.

Eliane Trempe, President

Eliane is a CanTRA Instructor and founder/director of CanTRA accredited centre Les Amis de Joey for the past 15 years.  Eliane is also executive director of La Fédération Québécoise d'Équitation Thérapeutique (FQET), Quebec's therapeutic riding association, for which she has beeen volunteering since its creation in 2000.

Businiess owner, school counselor, event coordinator, Eliane has always been very active in many different fields.  Her studies in psychology and her passion for horses has driven her to dedicate her professional life to therapeutic riding on a full time basis, for the past five years.

Eliane is also mother of two daughters, and five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending time as often as her busy schedule allows her to do so.

Daphne Davey, Past President

Daphne Davey lives in Prince Edward Island. Originally from England, she obtained her British Horse Society Horsemaster's certificate before emigrating to Canada. After exploring the possibilities of therapeutic riding while living in Québec and Ontario, she moved to the Island and co-founded The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI in 1979. She has been a CanTRA Assistant Instructor (CTRAI) since 1990.

Daphne’s career has been mainly in the not-for-profit sector, especially using her organizational skills to establish, develop and administer voluntary organizations. She is also a freelance editor. On the equestrian side, she and her horse competed for many years in horse trials and related disciplines.

Daphne is a founding board member and honorary life member of CanTRA.

Sandra Evans, 2nd Vice-president

Sandra is a certified CanTRA Coach and Equine Canada competition coach who is actively teaching in her home community. Living in British Columbia, Sandra has over 35 years experience with horses. Over the years, Sandra has been involved as a rider, coach, stable and small business manager and has close to 20 years experience coaching riders of all abilities.

Formerly, the Program Director for the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society, Sandra has a very strong background in therapeutic riding combined with the knowledge and experience gained as a parent raising a young adult with a disability. Sandra is a strong believer in maintaining a high quality of life for individuals with disabilities as well as integration and inclusion in our communities. Sandra is a strong supporter of the standard set by CanTRA and is pleased to be able to contribute to the efforts of our national organization.

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, is currently teaching for Salt Spring Island TRA. Jane is a CanTRA Coach and Examiner and has been a member of the CanTRA Board holding the position of President for 6 years and Treasurer at the present time.

Jane was chef d’equipe for the first Paralympic Games to include equestrian sport in 1996 and continued in that role until the conclusion of the Athens Paralympic Games in 2004. She has served on the Canadian Para Equestrian Committee Board, and a number of committees assisting in the development of para equestrian sport throughout Canada. Jane is an FEI Para Steward 2 and an EC Medium Dressage Steward, and has been part of the stewarding team at many International events including World Championships, Paralympic Games and World Equestrian Games.

Ruth Carter, 1st Vice-President

Ruth is a CTRII (no longer actively teaching), living in Fredericton, NB.  With a nursing background, Ruth became interested in therapeutic riding when the program was operating at the stable she was riding at.  As a result, Ruth has been involved with the Fredericton therapeutic riding program for almost 30 years starting first as a volunteer and then taking on the role of Program Coordinator and eventually training as an instructor.  She has also occasionally been a director on the Board.
As well as teaching in Fredericton, Ruth also taught for several years in Saint John when that program was getting started.  Ruth was also one of the organizers for the Atlantic CanTRA Games held for many years in Amherst, NS.

Sonia Koczekan, Secretary

Sonia, CanTRA Coach/Examiner has been involved in therapeutic riding for over 40 years. Sonia has served on the board since the late 1990's serving as Secretary, Chair of many committees and Secretary/Treasurer.

Sonia has been Director of Therapeutic Riding at Exhibition Therapeutic Riding Academy (ExTRA) which is part of the Riding Academy at the Horse Palace since it's inception in 2003.  Sonia designed and runs this program, she also developed the content for and teaches week-long therapeutic riding camps for injured soldiers.

Sonia has received North York Volunteer Award in 1991, Governor General's Caring Canadian Award in 1998, Emergency Services Award in 2002 and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal.

Shelene Williams Director

Shelene is a founding member and CanTRA lntermediate Instructor (CTRII) at Mount View Special Riding Association, a CanTRA-accredited centre in Olds, AB, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014.

She also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the former Alberta Therapeutic Riding Association.

JoAnn Thompson Franklin, Director

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.

JoAnn is a founding member of Cavalier Riding Club, a CanTRAaccredited centre serving the greater Moncton area, NB, and has periodically served on the board of directors.