Queen's University Homecoming took place on Queen's campus, October 23rd-24th, 2015. As part of this year's celebrations the School of Rehabilitation Therapy hosted its 3rd Annual Homecoming Brunch. Approximately one hundred alumni, current students and friends of the School gathered at the Donald Gordon Centre to reminisce, share stories and to get caught up on some of the School's exciting new initiatives. The event included the presentation of the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards. The three winners, one from each of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science programs, are outstanding individuals who have demonstrated leadership both in their professional and personal lives:
Distinguished Alumni Award (Occupational Therapy): Richard Lenart - OT Class of 1995
As an expert in spinal cord rehabilitation, Richard has worked for the past 2 decades as an occupational therapist and dedicated member of the Spinal Cord Injury Team at St Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Providence Care, in Kingston, Ontario and has made a significant contribution to the spinal cord injured population, both in hospital and in the community. He has also been a founding member of the Adult Neuromuscular Clinic at St. Mary's since 1997, providing care to those clients in our community with progressive neuromuscular conditions. In addition to client care, he has also participated in several working groups and committees to support the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Program at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital.
Richard has demonstrated a strong commitment to the clinical education of occupational therapy students at Queens University throughout his career as well as contributing to the clinical education of countless occupational therapy assistants. As a regular guest lecturer at Queens University, Richard is a role model for students, providing clinical education in the area of spinal cord rehabilitation, team communication skills, fieldwork preparation and wheelchair/seating.
Richard is known for his skilled, compassionate and thoughtful client care, and his endlessly optimistic outlook for the future of his many clients.
Distinguished Alumni Award (Physical Therapy): Neil Pearson - PT Class of 1985
Neil Pearson, PT, MSc, BA-BPHE, CYT, is a skilled compassionate clinician, engaging educator, and a leader in pain management in Canada. He is a physical therapist, yoga therapist, Clinical Assistant Professor at UBC, author, and faculty member for five yoga therapy training programs. He is the first physical therapist to win the Excellence in Inter-Professional Pain Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society, and the founding Chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Pain Science Division. He is also a past Board member of Pain BC, and a very proud alumni of Queen's University's Physiotherapy, Phys.Ed. and Masters programs. In addition to his volunteer work, and offering workshops and pain science education through Canada and internationally, he has worked for the Doctors of British Columbia, teaching pain management to primary care MDs and specialists.
Distinguished Alumni Award (Rehabilitation Science): Yvonne Chan - RHBS Class of 1997
Yvonne Chan, BScPT, MSc(Rehabilitation Science), MBA, is the President of Oncidium, a private Canadian healthcare company dedicated to improving employee health and wellness. As a result of her personal disability experience, she has dedicated her career to creating systems which ensure quality access to the Canadian health care system for the everyday worker. She provides expertise on the analysis, design, implementation, ongoing sustainability and enterprise service delivery of occupational health programs which include: preventative health monitoring, ergonomics, fitness for duty, medical evaluations, duty to accommodate, and safe return to work or function. As a result, she has become the trusted health advisor and national manager of occupational health programs for the Government of Canada, chartered banks, and employers. By advocating and ensuring the role of the rehabilitation professional in occupational health, Oncidium has developed a national network of private sector Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who are able to provide consistent quality service delivery in urban and rural communities across Canada.