Physical Therapy Students Receive 2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award

Kaela Newman and Celine Nathoo posing with their Awards

Graduating students Kaela Newman and Celine Nathoo have been recognized for their outstanding extra-curricular contributions to the University of Toronto.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. 2017 Award recipients will be recognized at a celebration on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Convocation Hall.




About Our Award Recipients

Kaela NewmanKaela Newman co-founded and is co-President of the student-led Community Philanthropic Committee for the Department of Physical Therapy. This group organizes different initiatives each month to promote the value of students “giving back” to the community.

As President of the Physical Therapy Graduate Student Association, she focuses on events and issues that bring together students, faculty and clinicians. She is a valued contributor to the Advancement and Community Engagement Committee and is a Student Ambassador for the Graduate Student Life Experience.

She also volunteers in the community. As a volunteer with Zonta, she and other professional women work together to advance the status of girls and women worldwide through advocacy. Her work with Humewood House supports young women and their babies in local neighborhoods.

Kaela is a visionary with dedicated volunteer leadership and an important member of the U of T community.


Celine NathooCeline Nathoo is an outstanding leader in the University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy and the Rehab Sciences community. She believes in sharing her passion and commitment to volunteerism. As Co-founder and Co-President of the student-led Community Philanthropic Committee for the Department of Physical Therapy, she organized students to volunteer in “One Walk to Conquer Cancer” and arranged a blood drive for Rehab Sciences faculty and students.

She is passionate about global health and is the Physical Therapy Representative for the University of Toronto International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation. In this role, she has built awareness and helped student develop expertise related to disability, rehabilitation and global health.

Celine is also the Subcommittee Member of the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. She has helped to create national networking and project opportunities for students across the ten Canadian physiotherapy programs.

Celine is a strong leader and an important member of the U of T community.


About the Award

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

In naming the awards after Gordon Cressy, the former vice-president of development and university relations, the UTAA recognized his commitment to higher education and his leadership in fundraising and community service. The qualities of leadership and dedication demonstrated by Mr. Cressy during his six years with the university are also embodied in the efforts of students chosen to receive this award.