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Leadership Rehab Rounds – Stephanie Lurch, Jeffrey Andrion and Dawn Maracle

February 12, 2020 @ 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Time: 12:10 – 1:00pm

Room 140


Speaker’s name and position title:

Stephanie Lurch, Department of Physical Therapy Faculty

Jeffrey Andrion, Department of Physical Therapy Faculty

Dawn Maracle, Indigenous educator


Presentation title :

Stories in Black, Brown ad Red


Short Bio:

Department of Physical Therapy faculty Stephanie Lurch and Jeffrey Andrion, and Indigenous educator Dawn Maracle are a triad of B.L.A.C.K. people- Building a Legacy of Allyship for Communities of all Kinds.  They are storytellers, academics and activists who collaborate to celebrate Black History Month in an annual anti-lecture. Through woven stories and lived experiences, they question assumptions, challenge biases, and relentlessly pursue social justice in order to teach about racism, allyship and action.

Stephanie Lurch

Stephanie Lurch lives to shake things up. She is a contemporary educator who resists the traditional and in doing so stimulates critical thinking. She is a storyteller, physiotherapist and academic in that order. Aiming to bridge the gap between academia and the street, Stephanie works across multiple settings in the healthcare and education sectors. She leads and develops curriculum and pedagogical innovations with the Ontario Internationally Educated Physical Therapy Bridging Program at the University of Toronto leveraging her M.Ed and BSc PT degrees. In addition, she works as a pediatric physiotherapist with the York Catholic District School Board, is a consultant with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario and is a co-author of the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Profile 2017. She is recognized as a prominent voice advocating for integrating the arts and social justice into physiotherapy education. 

Jeffrey Andrion

Social justice, community development, and activism are the core foundations of Jeffrey Andrion’s professional development. Having first worked in one of the slum areas of the Philippines as a physiotherapist, his graduate training at York University continues to fortify his long-standing commitment to his motto: “Let justice be done though the heavens fall.” As a community activist and emerging social justice researcher, imagination plays a huge influence in his thinking and work. In the ugly world of colonialism, his ancestors were once called indios (‘uneducated) and half-devil/half child.

Dawn Maracle

Dawn is a dynamic and multi-award-winning Indigenous and diversity educator. A Mohawk woman from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Dawn has three decades of experience working with and for Indigenous communities, organizations, initiatives and campaigns. Dawn has multiple Education and Native Studies degrees. She has 30 years of experience in Indigenous education, training & organizing, health/medicine/tobacco, governance, women and the arts. She has led national campaigns in positions such as the National Chair of the AFN-INAC PSE Working Group, and has emceed and spoken at international events such as the 2015 Salt Lake City Parliament of World Religions. She has also opened and spoke at Women’s Marches in 2017, 2018, and 2019 in Toronto. She is a Master Trainer and Facilitator for the KAIROS Blanket Exercise, and has spoken to audiences of up to 20, 000 in Canada as well as in the USA, Italy, Australia and Germany. She is published so far, in four countries.

Lecture Recording: https://play.library.utoronto.ca/tiVd1cG1Vjqs


February 12, 2020
12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
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Leadership Rehab Rounds


Rehabilitation Sciences Building
500 University Ave
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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