Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Award in Occupational Therapy
Leanne graduated from the McMaster Occupational Therapy program in 1996. Since graduation, she has continued to excel across a range of areas of clinical practice, and over the past 12 years, in research and education. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program in the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba. Leanne has taught within the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Manitoba since 2000. She uses innovative methods and teaching strategies to engage all learners in the development of the knowledge and skills for clinical practice and scientific inquiry. In recognition of her excellence in teaching she was nominated for a School of Medical Rehabilitation Teaching Award. Leanne’s research centres on community development and primary health care, both emerging areas in occupational therapy and rehabilitation science. Leanne has demonstrated a significant contribution to the development of the occupational therapy profession. She has been involved in the development of primary care occupational therapy practice in Manitoba. Her service to the profession has been acknowledged by Certificates of Appreciation from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (2008), the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists (2006) and by receipt of an Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (1998).
Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Award in Physiotherapy
Since graduating from the McMaster Physiotherapy program in 2003, Julie has shown leadership in global health, development of emerging roles for physiotherapists and community-based rehabilitation. Julie is the Chair and Founder of the Kenya Working Group of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation at the University of Toronto. In her work with the Kenya Working Group, Julie trains Canadian rehabilitation professionals and students and coordinates the student and professional exchange programme. Julie has worked for CBM International in Haiti, working as at the Country Coordinator, and Program Manager of Health Programs. She provided physiotherapy services to Haitians who survived the 2010 earthquake in both hospital and community clinic settings, and trained community and other health care workers to provide ongoing rehabilitation services. Julie has worked for the Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation as the Mentorship and Curriculum Coordinator, providing educational opportunities for rehabilitation professionals to learn more about rehabilitation in the context of HIV. Julie has worked with people living with HIV in her role within the Inner City Health Program at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. In addition to professional work, Julie has been involved in community work. She lived in Matthew House for two years, as a House Parent, providing guidance, mentorship and support to newly arrived Refugees to Toronto. In 2008, Julie led a delegation of 18 Physiotherapists and guests from across Canada on a professional and cultural exchange programme to Rwanda through People to People International.
Distinguished Rehabilitation Science Alumni Award in Rehabilitation Science
Deborah was a member of the Charter Class in the Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program of 2003. She is the Manager of Rehabilitation and MSK Program Development at the Holland Orthopaedic & Arthritic Centre. In this role she has fostered innovation and provided strategic leadership by enhancing current clinical practices and developing new models of care. She has provided leadership to a large interdisciplinary team of professionals and support staff in program development and research/evaluation. Deborah is recognized as a leader who serves as an advocate for patients. She recently secured funding for a patient and family education centre, and is a tireless advocate for the patient’s experience. Deborah has also established a strong scholarly profile which has led to three Silver Quill Awards from Physiotherapy Canada. Deborah has demonstrated a sustained commitment to education in a number of ways and at various of levels. She has served as a mentor to her colleagues at the Holland Centre, and has presented at community, national, and international education events. She has academic appointments at the University of Toronto and McMaster University.