Class of 2017 OIEPB Graduation

On March 22, 2017 the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB) Program Class of 2017 celebrated their graduation with an awards ceremony and reception held at The Faculty Club at the University of Toronto.

Faculty, guest speakers, community partners, family and friends were in attendance to recognize these 35 internationally educated physical therapists as they celebrated their successful completion of the Comprehensive Bridging Program.

Dr. Sharon Switzer McIntyre, OIEPB Program Director, Department of Physical Therapy welcomed honoured guests and speakers Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, Parliamentary Assistant to Honourable Laura Albaneses, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Prof. Elizabeth Smyth, Vice-Dean, Programs in the School of Graduate Studies and Dr. Darlene Reid, Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy. Each of the esteemed guests shared inspirational stories, words of wisdom and offered congratulations to the graduates. The Honourable Laura Albanese sent a video greeting and message to the graduates. To watch the video from the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration click on this video web link.

Each year the top learners for academic and clinical excellence are recognized. This year’s award recipients were Ka Sing Leung receiving the 2017 Academic Excellence Award and Adiilah Heenaye-Sumser, the 2017 Clinical Excellence Award recipient. Congratulations to you both!

Following the awards presentation, Class President Adiilah Heenaye-Sumser addressed the guests and spoke on behalf of her fellow classmates. She expressed their gratitude to all those involved with and in support of the program. The class produced and showed their ‘Thank You to the OIEPB’ video spoken in their own languages representing Hong Kong, India, Iran, Philippines, Poland and South America. To watch this video, click on this web link. Once the speeches were concluded, a reception was enjoyed by everyone. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2017!

To learn more about the OIEPB Program, watch the OIEPB Alumni – Journey to Licensing and Employment video by clicking on this web link.