The Physiotherapy Alberta Awards Program recognizes and honors members and students who contribute significantly to Alberta's physiotherapy profession.

 

The Award for Excellence in Innovation recognizes one clinically-based physiotherapist annually who is directly involved in advancing the profession through research that is focused on improving the quality of care or delivery of physiotherapy services, e.g., practice models, program development.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominee

The nominee must be a physiotherapist on the General Register and in good standing with Physiotherapy Alberta.

Nominator + Sponsors

The nomination requires one nominator and the support of two sponsors. At least two of these three individuals must be physiotherapists on the General Register. The third individual may be a non-member (e.g., employer, colleague).

Nomination Process

  • Submit a complete nomination form.
  • Include a typed statement describing why the physiotherapist you nominated deserves this award taking into consideration the award purpose mentioned above. Additional material that strengthens the nomination may be submitted at your discretion.
  • Ensure the complete nomination form and supporting information is received by Physiotherapy Alberta by midnight June 30, 2017. The documents can be emailed, mailed or faxed. Mailed documents will be accepted after June 30, 2017 if the envelope is postmarked June 30, 2017 or sooner.

Selection Process

Physiotherapy Alberta's Award Committee will select the award winner. Each nomination is considered on the basis of information provided. The Awards Committee will not request additional information. 

The Pinnacle Award of Distinction recognizes one physiotherapist annually who significantly contributes to Alberta's physiotherapy profession through excellence in practice and/or promotion of the profession, in one or more of the following areas:

  • excellence in practice - clinical, education, administration or research
  • exemplary leadership skills
  • commitment to the profession through long-term and continuous professional and regulatory activities
  • actively engaged in promotion and advocacy of the profession
  • outstanding community service which reflects well on the profession

Eligibility Criteria

Nominee

The nominee must be a physiotherapist on the General Register and in good standing with Physiotherapy Alberta.1

Nominator + Sponsors

The nomination requires one nominator and the support of two sponsors. At least two of these three individuals must be physiotherapists on the General Register. The third individual may be a non-member (e.g., employer, member of the public).

​Nomination Process

  • Submit a complete nomination form.
  • Include a typed statement describing why the physiotherapist you nominated deserves this award taking into consideration the award purpose mentioned above. Additional material that strengthens the nomination may be submitted at your discretion.
  • Ensure the complete nomination form and supporting information is received by Physiotherapy Alberta by midnight June 30, 2017.  The documents can be emailed, mailed or faxed. Mailed documents will be accepted after June 30, 2017 if the envelope is postmarked June 30, 2017 or sooner.

Selection Process

Physiotherapy Alberta's Award Committee will select the award winner. Each nomination is considered on the basis of information provided. The Awards Committee will not request additional information. 

Footnote

  1. Pinnacle Award of Distinction may be awarded posthumously

Physiotherapy Alberta recognizes the leadership skills of future members by annually presenting the Student Leadership Award to one individual in each academic year who demonstrates leadership:

  • within the student community
  • by active involvement in professional/regulatory affairs, and/or
  • promoting the profession with the general community​

Eligibility Criteria

Nominee

The nominee must be a student physiotherapist enrolled in the University of Alberta physical therapy program and registered with Physiotherapy Alberta.

Nominator + Sponsors

The nomination requires one nomination and the support of two sponsors. At least one of these three individuals must be a faculty member or physiotherapist on the General Register. The other two may be student physiotherapists.

Nomination Process

  • Submit a complete nomination form.
  • Include a typed statement describing why the physiotherapist student deserves this award taking into consideration the award purpose mentioned above. Additional material that strengthens the nomination may be submitted at your discretion.
  • Ensure the complete nomination form and supporting information is received by Physiotherapy Alberta by midnight June 30, 2017.  The documents can be emailed, mailed or faxed. Mailed documents will be accepted after June 30, 2017 if the envelope is postmarked June 30, 2017 or sooner.

Selection Process

Physiotherapy Alberta's Award Committee will select the award winner. Each nomination is considered on the basis of information provided. The Awards Committee will not request additional information.

Pinnacle Award of Distinction

Jessica DeMars - 2016

"Jessica is a role model for our profession. She is committed to providing outstanding and effective clinical practice. Her research has the potential to expand our roles as clinicians into non-traditional areas. She is an inspiration to those who work with her. She tirelessly volunteers her time to educate others and advocate for our profession. She demonstrates a wilingness to share knowledge and skills with other therapists, enabling them to learn and improve their clinical practice and ultimately help their patients. Jessica emobodies everthing that the Pinnacle Award of Distinction represents."

Christine Ramsay - 2015

"Christine has a tremendous ‘toolbox’ of skills. She understands how to apply them in a way that builds confidence and ensures progress. Her technical knowledge of the profession is extensive. She has vast experience of physiotherapy, which is built upon each day to apply to the next patient that comes into that department. She believes in what she calls “sharpening her saw”. She keeps current with reading, discussions, going to courses, in services and workshops. She believes in sharing her knowledge with other staff and students."

Johanna Darrah – 2014

Johanna Darrah was nominated by  her former lab assistant and student for “excellence in teaching, research and clinical skills in pediatric physical therapy” and for being “a tireless champion of the profession.”  Johanna has also been an important member of the research community. She is the co-author of the internationally used Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS) and was a part of the ground breaking research that evaluated the effectiveness of child-centered versus context-focused intervention for young children with cerebral palsy.  Johanna has also helped to advance the field of physiotherapy through authorizing and co-authoring many peer-reviewed research articles.

Mary Wood – 2013

“Mary is an incredible ambassador for our profession. Mary is consistently out speaking in the community about the merits of physiotherapy, be it to physicians who have specially requested she talk about pelvic health to new moms through Alberta Health Services … Mary is absolutely dedicated to professional development and this is apparent in her encouragement for her employees to take extra courses, along with the regular in-services we hold at the clinic.”

Award for Excellence in Innovation

Diane Roylance - 2016

"Diane exemplifies a physiotherapist who has achieved high levels of clinical skills, been able to participate in research, and represent the physiotherapy profession to other disciplines with integrity and passion. I also believe she has been a standout representative of the physiotherapy profession within her multidisciplinary team and I am proud of her accomplishments and the appreciation she has garnered from patients and her team members."

Margaret (Margie) McNeely - 2015

"Margie’s work in cancer physiotherapy rehabilitation has spanned 25 years and continues today. Throughout this time she has consistently exemplified excellence in healthcare and has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to her patients, students and colleagues alike. Her advanced practice skill and knowledge in physiotherapy in the oncology setting is largely unparalleled. Margie possesses that very rare combination of clinical expertise and academic prowess. Thanks to pioneers like Margie, the area of supportive care, which includes physiotherapy, for cancer patients is growing and is now an embedded component of comprehensive cancer care."

Jodi Boucher – 2013

“Jodi is an excellent nominee … for developing a program that serves a patient population while working within the constraints of public health funding and limited resource allocation. By offering an education class as a first point of contact, she has allowed a much more efficient method of triage for postpartum women who have sustained perineal tears.  As well, the ones who truly need to see a physician or physiotherapist will get that care faster than before.“

Student Leadership Award

Jason Wong - 2016

"Jason has volunteered for the Student Graduation Committee, he has assisted in the running of the David Reid Sport Medicine Conference run through the Glen Sather Clinic and he has participated in Save Stan, an interprofessional simulation day. Jason has most recently volunteered to participate in the MMI interview session that was held to screen applicants for the physical therapy program. One of the most interesting things that Jason has done, and one I think he is quite proud of, was the creation of a blog aimed at current and prospective physiotherapy students called PhysioSpeak."

Lindsey Walker - 2015

"Over the past year, Lindsey has gone above and beyond any expectation of a MScPT student. She had approached me last spring wondering how she could help make a difference in the physiotherapy profession and the work at large. We discussed many options and Lindsey researched many charities. After many hours of fact finding, Lindsey came up with the plan of raiding money for Team Canada Healing Hands which is an organization supplying therapy services and supplies to Haiti. Lindsey took the initiative to contact the organization, look into many logistics and then present her plans to her classmates. Lindsey’s enthusiasm was contagious and all of her Augustana classmates supported her plans and participated in her many projects including the annual curling bonspiel, arranging for fundraising initiatives at a student gala, a campus and community recycling project and a partnership with a local business. I cannot imagine how many additional hours Lindsey has spend on these initiatives along with classmates that she has organized."

Jade Huynh – 2013

“Ms .Huynh shows a high-level of enthusiasm for physiotherapy, eager to learn and face any challenge she was fronted with. She is eager to learn and uses her skills to make clear diagnosis as well as differential diagnosis. She has had the opportunity to meet with physicians and present the physiotherapy profession. She is also a caring individual towards her clients and established great rapport with her clients and all staff."

Danielle Hannigan – 2012

“Danielle Hannigan has shown numerous examples of leadership throughout the first year of the MScPT program at the University of Alberta. Danielle has not only contributed in the classroom setting with her peers, but has also been involved with activities outside the classroom promoting the physiotherapy profession.”

Sameera Chaudhary – 2011

“ … Sameera has been actively involved within both our faculty and the university as well as in professional affairs. Despite our intensive course load, Sameera has skillfully balanced her academic, extra-curricular and personal obligations, an important quality in a leader. Moreover, she is committeed to ensuring that the physiotherapy profession is represented and engages in activities to help promote and develop our profession at many levels.”

Footnote

Text in quotations is from nominators.