Nov 17, 2022

Department of Physical Therapy Honours Outstanding MScPT Graduates

Mikaela Hummel and Claire Romani pose wearing their silver and gold medals, respectively.
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Mikaela Hummel (left) and Claire Romani (right) pose wearing the Dr. Barnett & Beverley Giblon Silver and Gold Medals (respectively) for Excellence in Physical Therapy.
By Sarah McMahon

It was an exciting afternoon for the MScPT graduating class of 2022. On November 10, 2022, the Department of Physical Therapy hosted a Convocation and Awards Celebration for its newest physical therapy graduates.

Each year, the Department honours the graduating class and presents several awards to recognize the exceptional achievements of its students. For the past two years, this ceremony was conducted online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With restrictions now lifted, the Department was thrilled to host the celebration in-person. 

The graduating class, faculty members, clinicians, family, friends, alumni, and honoured guests gathered at the Macleod Auditorium on the St. George Campus. Several members of the University addressed the class of 2022, acknowledging their hard work and perseverance and then the highly anticipated awards were distributed.

The recipients of this year’s convocation awards are:

Dr. Cathy Evans Jessica Otoo-Appiah, James Ma, and Stephanie Chauvin standing together.
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From left to right: Dr. Cathy Evans, Jessica Otoo-Appiah, James Ma, and Stephanie Chauvin.

Breathe in Life Research Poster Award

Presented by Dr. Cathy Evans

Recipients:

  • Stephanie Chauvin
  • Chris Ibrahim
  • James Ma
  • Jessica Otoo-Appiah
  • Anna Zheng
Becca Bergen and Dr. Brenda Mori standing together.
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From left to right: Becca Bergen and Dr. Brenda Mori.

C. Estelle Cunningham Book Prize

Presented by Dr. Brenda Mori

Recipient: Becca Bergen

Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre and Nora Thorpe standing together.
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From left to right: Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre and Nora Thorpe.

Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapists (CAMPT) Student Award

Presented by Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

Recipient: Nora Thorpe

Roxanne Azoory and Brady Allen standing together.
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From left to right: Roxanne Azoory and Brady Allen.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Orthopaedic Division Student Award

Presented by Roxanne Azoory

Recipient: Brady Allen

Miranda Lee, Christian Martin, and Colleen Dunphy standing together.
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From left to right: Miranda Lee, Christian Martin, and Colleen Dunphy.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Oncology Division Graduation Award

Presented by Colleen Dunphy

Recipients:

  • Miranda Lee
  • Christian Martin
Claire Romani and Viivi Riis standing together.
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From left to right: Claire Romani and Viivi Riis.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Student Award

Presented by Viivi Riis

Recipient: Claire Romani

Elina Provad and Viivi Riis standing together.
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From left to right: Elina Provad and Viivi Riis.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association Student Leadership Award of Excellence

Presented by Viivi Riis

Recipient: Elina Provad

Richard Varkey and Christian Martin standing together.
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From left to right: Richard Varkey and Christian Martin.

Carlos Melendez Memorial Award

Presented by Richard Varkey

Recipient: Christian Martin

Dr. Brenda Mori and Lauren Philippi standing together.
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From left to right: Dr. Brenda Mori and Lauren Philippi.

Central Toronto District – Ontario Physiotherapy Association Award

Presented by Dr. Brenda Mori

Recipients:

  • Ahmad Abou-Hamde
  • Lauren Philippi
Claire Romani and Dr. Susan Jaglal standing together.
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From left to right: Claire Romani and Dr. Susan Jaglal.

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

Presented by Dr. Susan Jaglal

Recipient: Claire Romani

Mikaela Hummel and Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre standing together.
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From left to right: Mikaela Hummel and Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre.

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

Presented by Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

Recipient: Mikaela Hummel

Dr. Lisa Wickerson and Stephanie Chauvin standing together
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From left to right: Dr. Lisa Wickerson and Stephanie Chauvin.

Heart and Breath of Physical Therapy Award

Presented by Dr. Lisa Wickerson

Recipient: Stephanie Chauvin

Dr. Karen Yoshida stands at a podium.
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Dr. Karen Yoshida presents the Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical Therapy.

Herta Leyss Scholarship in Physical Therapy

Presented by Dr. Karen Yoshida

Recipient: Victoria Zaffino

Jessica Young and Karen Klar standing together
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From left to right: Jessica Young and Karen Klar.

Hospital for Sick Children Prize in Paediatrics

Presented by Karen Klar

Recipient: Jessica Young

PowerPoint slide that reads, Congratulations, Class of 2022!
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Mary N. Sauriol Business Practice Prize

Presented by Glad Bryce

Recipient: Jade Mohamed

Corey Grunberg and Professor Molly Verrier standing together.
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From left to right: Corey Grunberg and Molly Verrier.

Molly Verrier Award

Presented by Professor Molly Verrier

Recipient: Corey Grunberg

Maegan Bell standing at a podium.
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Maegan Bell presents the Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize.

Mount Sinai Hospital Book Prize

Presented by Maegan Bell and Celine Nathoo

Recipient: Jamison Buck

Pegah Akbari and Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre standing together.
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From left to right: Pegah Akbari and Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre.

Olive Wallace Pester Fellowship in Physical Therapy

Presented by Dr. Sharon Switzer-McIntyre

Recipient: Pegah Akbari

Dr. Brenda Mori and Jessica Otoo-Appiah standing together.
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From left to right: Dr. Brenda Mori and Jessica Otoo-Appiah.

Toronto Cathay Lions Club Scholarship

Presented by Dr. Brenda Mori

Recipient: Jessica Otoo-Appiah

Stephen Wang and Professor Meredith Smith standing together.
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From left to right: Stephen Wang and Professor Meredith Smith.

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

Presented by Professor Meredith Smith

Recipient: Stephen Wang

Trish Stapleford and Alanna Richardson standing together.
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From left to right: Trish Stapleford and Alanna Richardson.

University Health Network Book Prize

Presented by Trish Stapleford

Recipient: Alanna Richardson

Corey Grunberg speaking at a podium.
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Corey Grunberg addresses the Class of 2022 in his Valedictorian speech.

Valedictorian

Corey Grunberg

To learn more about the criteria for these prestigious awards, visit Scholarships and Awards. Congratulations to all award recipients and to the graduating class of 2022!