Pinnacle Award of Distinction
Simone Hunter - 2019
“Simone was the student rep on Council from 2006 - 2008. She then served two three year terms on Council. 2013 - 2016 and then from 2016 - 2019. She was Vice-President from 2013-15 and again from 2016-2018. Simone served as President of Physiotherapy Alberta in 2018-19. During this time, Simone led thoughtful and guiding discussions on many topics that influence the practice of physiotherapy today. She was instrumental in revamping the Continuing Competence Program, provided guidance and input on several strategic plans and was an essential part in recruiting and hiring our current Registrar.”
Meaghan Evans and Kristen Grovue - 2018
"They are an excellent example of what’s possible when two talented, curious physiotherapists who think 'big' choose to work together to raise the standard of care for patients and model the art of collaboration that is a pillar of physiotherapy practice in Canada... As a team, they are the quintessential Yin/Yang when teaching, treating or discussing ideas for treatment. Meaghan’s fast processing energy combines with Kristen’s quieter introversion and
together they show patients or other health care providers how to approach complex pelvic floor treatment with care and attention. They have co-presented and presented for conferences, rounds and education days as well being involved in professional practice standards and provincial special interest groups... Both act as mentors within their workplaces and in the community, educating physiotherapists, sharing knowledge amongst different professions and fielding questions and referrals from those of us who do not directly treat the pelvic floor yet know the importance of including the region in our thinking and treatments."
Deborah Taggart - 2017
"Throughout her career, Debbie continuously developed her professional knowledge through advanced post-graduate courses and attending conferences. She developed a strong interest in hand therapy, sought learning opportunities with the acute care hand team at the University Hospital and through courses, and then herself became a mentor and clinical lead for hand treatment. Debbie worked closely over the years with the Edmonton area plastic surgeons and orthopedic surgeons, gaining their respect and recommendations, and promoting physiotherapy for post-op care and rehabilitation. Debbie has been an excellent preceptor for many, many students. She is a patient and effective educator."
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
Kevin Trihn - 2019
“Kevin represents his classmates and our Department as a student representative on the Council of the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta, as well as the University of Alberta student representative on the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Kevin is the Vice President Academic of the Rehabilitation Medicine Students Association. In this position he has spearheaded a number of initiatives including an Interdisciplinary Stroke Speaker Series and Workshop, initiatives to support student mental health, as well as spirit building activities.”
Sneh Monga - 2018
"In addition to excelling in her academic and clinical learning, Sneh has contributed significantly to her MScPT class, the Rehabilitation Medicine Students’ Association (RMSA) and several community organizations. She has acted as the Secretary on the MScPT Class of 2019 Graduation Committee, the Vice President External with RMSA, as well as extensive involvement as a coach, assistant coach and team captain with various soccer teams in Edmonton. Finally, Sneh has volunteered at the Steadward Center for Personal and Physical Achievement, assisting individuals with disabilities to improve functional strength and has performed fitness testing through the Sport and Health Assessment Centre in Edmonton and athletic therapy coverage at the Canadian Junior/Senior National Handball Championships. It is clear that Sneh has gone above and beyond to help promote and develop the physical therapy profession at many levels, and I have no doubt she will continue to demonstrate strong leadership in our field, once she graduates."
Leah Peterson - 2017
"Leah is an asset to our profession, her student classmates and the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine. Leah has held numerous leadership positions during her short time as a physical therapy student that include President of the Rehabilitation Medicine Student Association (RMSA). In addition to her commitment to the RMSA, Leah has been President of the MScPT 2018 Graduation Committee since September of 2015. The committee is responsible for planning all aspects of the class graduation as well as fundraising for the final event. Leah has also assisted in the Internationally Educated Physiotherapists (IEPT) Bridging Program through a paid teaching assistant position. Lastly, Leah has also participated in community activities. She was on the Edmonton
Eskimo Cheer team from March-December 2016 in a volunteer capacity. In addition to weekly practices games, there was a large element of community involvement including the "Monday Morning Magic" event at K-Days for children with disabilities. It is evident that Leah is an active volunteer both at the University of Alberta and in her
community. She has accepted numerous leadership positions and has excelled in the execution of her duties."
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.”
Text in quotations is from nominators.