Notable Alumni: Joan Pape

As part of the 100th anniversary of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, we are recognizing  notable physiotherapy graduates. 

Joan Pape

Joan Pape in a volunteer vestJoan Pape has devoted nearly 70 years of her life to the profession of physiotherapy as a dedicated pioneer, advocate, leader and archivist. Joan has held various roles: staff physiotherapist,  Director of Physiotherapy (Orthopeadic and Arthritic Hospital; WSIB Hospital), founding member and President of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and Assistant Executive Director, President, Life Member and founding archivist of CPA.

In her early work, Joan advocated for direct access for physiotherapists. Joan was awarded the prestigious Arbor Award from University of Toronto in 2014 for exceptional volunteer work.  She has been a volunteer at Providence Healthcare helping to serve mass in the Houses of Providence (a long-term care home) for almost 20 years. The staff of Providence Healthcare were honoured to have Joan share her legacy with them as the opening speaker for the annual PT Practice Day in 2015. 

In addition to these pursuits, Joan is an avid opera fan who has travelled the world to hear opera performed in several continents. She continues to stay busy, helping the CPA work towards their centenary celebrations in 2020 by collaborating on CPA archival projects.