Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

On Tuesday, November 7th, the graduating class participated in a series of Convocation events.

The University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy community gathered with this year’s graduates, along with family, friends, and faculty members on Tuesday, November 7 to celebrate the awarding of MScPT degrees at Convocation Hall for the Class of 2017. After two full years of hard work and dedication, it was time to celebrate the achievements of the 92 graduating Physical Therapy students.

2017 marks a special year – the 100th Anniversary of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto – the first in Canada. Presenting at this year’s ceremony was class valedictorian Jaya Sam, thanking faculty for their knowledge and guidance and encouraging classmates as they enter their new careers. Twenty-three awards were presented to the graduates for a wide variety of accomplishments, including academic and clinical excellence, volunteerism, leadership and helping other classmates meet their challenges. The celebration was a well-deserved milestone for our graduates. We wish them success in the next stage of their careers. Stay in touch!

Awards

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

Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Silver Medal for Excellence in Physical TherapyPresenters: 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: Ruth Mary Taubman

 

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

Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Gold Medal for Excellence in Physical TherapyPresenters: 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: Kiah Brubacher-Cressman

 

Olive Wallace Pester Fellowship in Physical Therapy

Olive Wallace Pester Fellowship in Physical TherapyPresenter: 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: Larissa Tutert and Shrey Vazir

Mary N. Sauriol Business Practice Prize

Mary N. Sauriol Business Practice PrizePresenter: 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: Amanda Raguseo

 

Estelle Cunningham Book Prize

C. Estelle Cunningham Book PrizePresenter: Melanie MacKinnon

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: Sarah Graham

 

Central Toronto District – Ontario Physiotherapy Association Award

Central Toronto District – Ontario Physiotherapy Association AwardPresenter: Professor Nancy Salbach

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.

Recipient: Shabdit Shah, Larissa Tutert

 

Molly Verrier Award

Molly Verrier AwardPresenter: Professor Molly Verrier

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: Aimee Amanda McDonald

 

The Heart and Breath of Physical Therapy Award

The Heart and Breath of Physical Therapy AwardPresenter: 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: Ruth Mary Taubman

 

 

Carlos Melendez Memorial Award

Carlos Melendez Memorial AwardPresenter: 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: Aindrea McHugh

The Breathe in Life Award

The Breathe in Life AwardPresenter: 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: Prashna Singh, Cristian Renteria         

 

University Health Network Book Prize

University Health Network Book PrizePresenter: Catharine Duncan

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: Matthew Andrews

 

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Award

Canadian Physiotherapy Association AwardPresenter: Professor Susan Jaglal

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: Amanda Raguseo

 

Goldie Lewis Award

Goldie Lewis AwardPresenter: Jaimie Coleman

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: Anthony Qiang (unfortunately Anthony was unable to attend)

The Hospital for Sick Children Prize in Paediatrics

The Hospital for Sick Children Prize in PaediatricsPresenter: Robin Deliva

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: Fraser Stephenson

 

Mountain Challenge Book Prize

Mountain Challenge Book PrizePresenter: 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: Kaela Newman

 

 

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association (U of T) Award

Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association (U of T) AwardPresenter: 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: Fraser Stephenson

 

Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize

Mount Sinai Hospital Book PrizePresenter: Nancy Ng

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: Jared Bruce

 

CBI Health Group Prize for Excellence in Student Research

CBI Health Group Prize for Excellence in Student ResearchPresenter: 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: Aimee McDonald, Lindsay Schwartz, Sarah Gregor, Nicole Bruni, Petar Grkinic

 

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network Patient Quality of Life Award

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network Patient Quality of Life AwardPresenter: Jennifer Kochanowski

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: Lindsey Schwartz

 

 

Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship

Toronto Cathay Lions Club ScholarshipPresenter: Professor Kelly O’Brien

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

Recipient: Erika Schroeder

 

 

Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical Therapy

Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical TherapyPresenter: Professor Karen Yoshida

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: Sarah Gregor

 

 

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Award of Excellence

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Leadership Award of ExcellencePresenter: 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: Kaela Newman

 

CAMPT Student Award

CAMPT Student AwardPresenter: Professor Euson Yeung

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.

Recipient: Amanda Raguseo