Physical Therapy Students Receive Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award

Graduating students Julie Ardron and Mujeeb Duranai have been recognized for their outstanding extra-curricular contributions to University of Toronto.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

About Our Award Recipients

Julie Ardron
has an impressive history of volunteerism at the University of Toronto as an undergraduate and now graduate student in the MScPT program, contributing in a variety of ways to the university community and local neighbourhoods. As Social Director of the Physiotherapy Student Association, she organizes and coordinates social outings, inter-professional events, fundraisers and encourages her 180 colleagues to fully participate in student life, enriching their university experience.

Julie volunteers at the University of Toronto student-run IMAGINE Health Clinic and is Co-Director of the Woodgreen Mentoring Program (organized by the University of Toronto Medical Society), a program that helps Toronto neighborhood children through mentorship, guidance and support. As Co-Director, Julie has recruited, trained and matched 15 University of Toronto student volunteers with children in the program.

Additionally, Julie is Co-Founder and coach of the gold-medal Physiotherapy Motor Unit Dragon Boat Team. She is a dedicated volunteer and an important member of the University of Toronto community.

Mujeeb Duranai is an outstanding leader in the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehab Sciences community. He believes in inclusivity, and as current President of the Physical Therapy Graduate Student Association, he has created opportunities such as Movember Coffee House, which brings together the 450 rehab sciences health professional students to work together to fundraise and network.

Mujeeb has represented the St. George campus for the past two years within the Tri-Campus Development League, which aims to enhance Varsity Blue spirit among the three campuses. In addition to being a member of the Tri-Campus men’s volleyball team, he is captain of several rehab intramural teams and a member of the Physical Therapy Dragon Boat Team.

He is a strong leader and an important member of the University of Toronto community.

About the Award

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

In naming the awards after Gordon Cressy, the former vice-president of development and university relations, the UTAA recognized his commitment to higher education and his leadership in fundraising and community service. The qualities of leadership and dedication demonstrated by Mr. Cressy during his six years with the university are also embodied in the efforts of students chosen to receive this award.

The 2016 award recipients were recognized at a presentation ceremony in Convocation Hall on Wednesday, April 20th 2016.

Mujeeb Duranai receiving Gordon Cressy Award Thursday April 21, 2016.


Mujeeb Duranai receiving his Gordon Cressy Award Thursday April 21, 2016. Julie Ardron also received a Gordon Cressy Award, but was out of town on her clinical internship.