Congratulations Class of 2016!

On Wednesday, November 9, the MScPT Graduating Class of 2016 celebrated in a series of Convocation events.
MScPT Graduating Class of 2016 posing in front of campus

MScPT Graduating Class of 2016.

Graduates, along with their family, significant others and faculty members attended an Awards Ceremony hosted by the Department and The Physical and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed an afternoon of mingling and refreshments. In the evening, graduates were honoured in an official ceremony at Convocation Hall.

These celebrations marked a well-deserved milestone for our graduates. We wish them success in the next stage of their careers!

 

 

Awards

Stephanie Scodras receives the Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon Gold Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy,

Stephanie Scodras receives the Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon Gold Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy,
presented by Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon.

Estelle Cunningham Book Prize
Presenter: Douglas Cunningham

This prize was established in 1982 to honour the outstanding contribution made to the profession by C. Estelle Cunningham in her many years of service as the Chair of the Provincial Physiotherapy Licensing Board. The prize is awarded to the graduating student in the MSc(PT) program who has submitted the best major paper in partial fulfillment of a final year course.

Recipient: Andrea DeOlivera

Central Toronto District – Ontario Physiotherapy Association Award
Presenter: Professor Kelly O’Brien

Established in 1983, this award is presented to the graduating student who has shown outstanding contributions in promoting the physiotherapy profession to the public through volunteer work, National Physiotherapy Month, Career or University Fairs, volunteering as a trainer for a sports team or actively participating in Association and/or Divisional activities at the Provincial or National level.

Recipients: Winta Desta and Chelsea Elvy

Molly Verrier Award
Presenter: Professor Susan Jaglal

This award was established on behalf of the friends, family and colleagues of Professor Molly Verrier to award the graduating student who actively participates to advance the practice of Physical Therapy and empower their classmates. The recipient has also achieved high academic standing.

Recipient: Sabrina Ait-Ouali

People eat and mingle at the Convocation reception.

Mingling at the Convocation reception.

Kathryn A. Falconer Memorial Book Prize
Presenter: Professor Karen Yoshida

This award is granted to the graduating student who achieved the highest academic standing in year one of the PT program.

Recipient: Stephanie Shaler

The Heart and Breath of Physical Therapy Award
Presenter: Krisztina Weinacht

This prize is awarded to the student who has excelled during her/his cardiorespiratory clinical internship and also has shown particular interest in the cardiorespiratory field.

Recipient: Gillian Arseneau

Carlos Melendez Memorial Award
Presenter: Richard Varkey

This award was established in 1997 in memory of the late Carlos Melendez, a former first-year physical therapy student in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, by his family and friends. The award is given annually to a graduating student who best exemplifies the strengths of humanity and compassion toward others that Carlos demonstrated. The recipient is elected by the graduating class in consultation with the Departmental Awards Committee.

Recipient: Christine Chung

Breathe in Life Research Poster Award
Presenter: Professor Cathy Evans

This award was established by the family of Anne Barbetta who in her teaching career inspired her students to strive for excellence in all aspects of their lives. The award is presented to the student research group judged to have created the best poster for Student Research Day.

Recipients: Mark Gerguis, Ashley Nagle (not attending), Ellen Hagglund, Joseph Guirguis, Andrew Babawy

Darlene Reid presents the Chair's Address.

Professor Darlene Reid presents the Chair’s Address.

University Health Network Book Prize
Presenter: Professor Cathy Evans

The University Health Network, a teaching facility fully affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, has developed this award to recognize a student in the graduating class who demonstrates clinical and academic excellence in the area of neuroscience.

Recipient: Meredith Fairbairn

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Award
Presenter: Professor Darlene Reid

Established in 1981, this award is presented to the physical therapy student in the graduating class who has attained the highest aggregate mark in academic and clinical physical therapy courses for the entire program.

Recipient: Sabrina Ait-Ouali

Goldie Lewis Award
Presenter: Professor Judith Hunter

This award was established in 1989 by colleagues of Goldie Lewis and is awarded to a student enrolled in the Physical Therapy Program who demonstrates strong personal attributes while coping with or overcoming physical or emotional adversity. The student must demonstrate sound academic standing.

Recipient: Meaghan Melling

The Hospital for Sick Children Prize in Paediatrics
Presenter: Emma Piekarski

The purpose of this award is to acknowledge a student who has shown a particular interest and aptitude for the clinical application of physical therapy theory to paediatrics. This award is given to the graduating MSc (PT) student who has demonstrated excellence in independent work related to the paediatric field, in addition to noteworthy performance in a paediatric clinical internship.

Recipient: Gillian Arseneau

Mountain Challenge Book Prize
Presenter: Professor Stephanie Nixon

This book prize, created in 1991, is for the recognition and encouragement of a graduating physical therapy student who is deemed by his/her colleagues as most able to “help others to climb their mountains.”

Recipient: Mujeeb-Rehman Duranai

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association (U of T) Award
Presenter: Sheila Ritcey

This award was established in 1968 to recognize the achievements of the graduating student who has shown not only academic excellence throughout his/her program, but who has also actively participated in extracurricular activities. The award will be presented annually to a graduating student in the MSc(PT) program.

Recipient: Mujeeb-Rehman Duranai

Mary N. Sauriol Business Practice Prize
Presenter: Professor Mary Sauriol

The colleagues of Mary N. Sauriol developed this prize to recognize the graduating student who has demonstrated excellence in orthopaedic clinical practice and has developed a thorough understanding of business practices as they relate to the private sector.

Recipient: Vanessa Weir

Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize
Presenter: Jenny Lee

Mount Sinai Hospital has developed this award to recognize the student in the graduating class who has attained the highest academic and clinical marks in orthopaedics. Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the teaching hospitals directly affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Recipient: Katherine Henning

CBI Health Group Prize for Excellence in Student Research
Presenter: Carolyn Miller

This award is presented by CBI Health Group to the student group for the final paper in the research component of curriculum. Their study is considered to be innovative, has the potential to advance practice, and is an important topic for physical therapy. This group demonstrates the potential of all of our Physical Therapy graduates to be outstanding clinician-researchers. The winning group will go on to represent U of T in the CPA Ann Collins Whitmore Entry Student Competition.

Recipients: Aaron Jipson, Dino Bertani, Laura Castelli, Hayley Nell, Sean Meagher

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network Patient Quality of Life Award
Presenter: Fahreen Ladak

This award recognizes the graduating student who has demonstrated the attributes and ability to improve quality of life for people living with a long-term disability as a result of illness, accident or the aging process.

Recipient: Wesley Lai

Olive Wallace Pester Fellowship in Physical Therapy
Presenter: Professor Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

Established by Olive Wallace Pester and family in 2010, this fellowship is awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Physical Therapy who has demonstrated distinction in clinical practice and shown promise for improving quality of care and patient outcomes. The student shows a passion for embracing a broad range of complementary therapies that considers not only the physical aspects of their patients but also their emotional and spiritual well being of their patients throughout their assessment and management.

Recipient: Anna Wong

Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship
Presenter: Professor Sharon Gabison

Established in 1987, this award is presented to the student with the highest standing in the second year of the MSc(PT) program.

Recipient: Stephanie Scodras

St. Michael’s Hospital Trauma Physiotherapy Award
Presenter: Professor Nancy Salbach

The purpose of the St. Michael’s Hospital Award is to acknowledge a student’s excellence in clinical work related to the trauma population. This could encompass students providing cardio respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy care.

Recipient: Courtney Lacey

Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical Therapy
Presenter: Professor Brenda Mori

This academic excellence award is to recognize the student in the graduating year most likely to fulfill the role of an academic practitioner based on consistent distinction in clinical and research practice.

Recipient: Meredith Fairbairn

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Award of Excellence
Presenter: Professor Dina Brooks

Established in 2014, this award is to recognize a student in the final year of the program who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities for the promotion of the physical therapy profession and/or improvement of the quality of student experience at the University of Toronto.

Recipient: Mujeeb-Rehman Duranai

CAMPT Student Award
Presenter: Professor Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

The Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists Award is presented to the student who demonstrated an aptitude in manual therapy practice for the course Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physical Therapy.

This award is new to Class of 2016.

Recipient: Meredith Fairbairn

Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Silver Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy
Presenters: Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon

Established by Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon in 2011, this award is presented to the graduating student in the Department of Physical Therapy who attains the second highest average throughout his/her studies in physical therapy.

Recipient: Courtney Lacey

Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Gold Medal for Excellence in Physical Therapy
Presenters: Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon

Established by Dr. Barnett and Beverley Giblon in 2011, this award is presented to the graduating student in the Department of Physical Therapy who attains the highest average throughout his/her studies in physical therapy.

Recipient: Stephanie Scodras