OIEPB Graduating Class of 2018

On March 20, 2018 the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging (OIEPB)   Program Class of 2018 celebrated their graduation with an awards ceremony and reception held at The Faculty Club at the University of Toronto.

Faculty, staff, guest speakers, community partners, family and friends were in attendance to recognize these 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 Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Allan Kaplan, Vice-Dean, Graduate and Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Darlene Reid, Chair, Dept. of Physical Therapy. Each of the honoured guests shared inspirational stories, words of wisdom and offered congratulations to the graduates.

Each year the top students for academic and clinical excellence are recognized during the graduation ceremonies.  The 2018 Academic Excellence Award was presented to 2 students that tied with top marks. Congratulations to Einat Mei-Dan and Iman Babaie Lawasani. Well done! The 2018 Clinical Excellence Award recipient was Harikrishnan Gopalakrishnan Nair. Bravo Hari!

To end off the proceedings, Class Presidents Fabio Carnevale and Pavlos Bobos each gave heartfelt speeches. As well, many learners shared their emotional journeys and how the program impacted their lives. Speeches ended with the viewing of their “Gratitiude” video which can be viewed here. Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2018.

To learn more about the OIEPB Program, visit our website.