Congratulations to Brittany McEachern who is the recipient of a University of Toronto, Gordon Cressy Leadership Award for 2018.

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards recognize graduating students for making outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

It is no surprise to faculty and her peers that Brittany McEachern is the University of Toronto Clubs & Leadership Development New Member of the Year Award and now a Gordon Cressy Leadership award winner for 2018.

In addition to exceling as an Ontario Graduate Student in the rigorous Master of Science in Physical Therapy academic curriculum at the University of Toronto, Brittany finds the time to manage her many extracurricular commitments.

She has a passion for exercise, physical activity and health promotion which has inspired many of her volunteer activities.

She is the Physical Therapy Representative lead in the Exercise as Medicine Program and is a member of the Educational Speakers Series Sub-Committee. In this role, she has helped other students in different faculties build an awareness of the value of exercise for disease management.

Brittany also volunteers in the community.

Brittany is the Physical Therapy Student Representative and Student Volunteer, for the IMAGINE Clinic. IMAGINE clinic (a student run community health initiative that provides healthcare services free of charge to the core neighborhoods of downtown Toronto). Brittany works to raise awareness of opportunities for PT involvement with the clinic among the MScPT student body, and organizes and executes initiatives aiming to facilitate the long-term stability of the clinic. In this role, she works alongside U of T health professional students and clinicians from the community to deliver quality healthcare services to marginalized populations in downtown Toronto

As a Physical Therapy Student Volunteer, Healthy Athletes Program, Special Olympics Ontario, Brittany administered fitness tests for athletes with intellectual disabilities to identify areas for improvement and support the development of the world’s largest database of health data for people with intellectual disabilities

Brittany also volunteered as a Physical Therapy Student Volunteer, in “Fit for Life!” Education Day, World Transplant Games Federation leading warmup exercises, a walking program, and fitness tests for organ transplant recipients and donors, compared fitness test results with normative values, and educated attendees on safe and effective training protocols following transplantation.

She values Interprofessional education and as the Physical Therapy Student Representative, for the Lord Dufferin Alumni Mentorship Program, Brittany is working with a group of students from various U of T health professional programs (i.e., medicine, pharmacy, etc.) to plan and execute a series of healthcare mentorship workshops aiming to increase exposure to career options in the healthcare field among students residing in underrepresented communities in healthcare

In the Department of Physical Therapy, Brittany supports her peers. She is a Peer Facilitator, collaborating with three other second year PT students to plan, promote, and deliver educational practice sessions and mock practice skills exams to help first year PT students prepare for the practical exams administered throughout the MScPT program

She participates as the Student Representative, on the Research Committee, representing the MScPT student body and collaborating with faculty members at quarterly meetings

One of Brittany’s peers wrote, “She is very involved with many extracurricular activities including: Exercise is Medicine, student member of the PT research committee, IMAGINE clinic (volunteer and student rep), volunteering with another student to talk to teenagers in high school about physiotherapy, and more. She works very hard towards becoming an amazing physiotherapist, and she also makes time for all of these volunteer endeavors.”

Brittany is an Ontario Graduate Scholarship student, a strong leader in the Department of Physical Therapy and an important member of the U of T community.