Celebrating the National Importance of Enid Gordon Graham

Enid Graham Event Plaque UnveilingThe Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto would not be where it is today without the lifelong impact made by Enid Gordon Graham. On September 27th, 2017, Parks Canada, the University of Toronto and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association all came together to recognize her outstanding contribution to the field of physical therapy.

It was 100 years ago in 1917 that Enid Graham came to the University of Toronto, in order to supervise the Massage and Treatment Department at Hart House. According to Enid Graham, it was only after the First World War that she realized just how unprepared Canada was to provide rehabilitative treatment. A six-month program established at Hart House, called the Military School of Orthopaedic Surgery and Physiotherapy, became the framework for physical therapy education within Canada.

Enid Graham Event SpeechesSpeakers at the event included Sarah Marshall, President of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, John Monahan, Warden of Hart House, University of Toronto, Mary Sauriol, Physiotherapist, Faculty – Department of Physical Therapy, as well as Enid Graham’s granddaughter. Stories of how Enid Graham inspired their lives both personally and professionally, exemplified what a remarkable woman she was. The speakers were joined by members of Enid Graham’s family to unveil the official plaque of Enid Graham, that will be carefully placed in Hart House where her revolutionary work first began. Enid Graham was an exceptional physical therapist and exemplified how just one person can make a lifelong difference.