Homecoming 2016

Queen's University Homecoming took place on Queen's campus, October 14-16th, 2016. As part of this year's celebrations the School of Rehabilitation Therapy hosted its 4th Annual Homecoming Brunch. The event was exceptionally special as it fell within the School's 50th Anniversary Year! 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 2016 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:

Karin Distinguished Alumni Award (Occupational Therapy): Karin Carmichael - OT Class of 1984

Karin has worked in a number of progressively responsible positions in mental health services at Providence Care. For over 30 years, she has had the privilege of working directly with individuals as a clinician and in leadership roles. These leadership roles have encompassed operational and strategic initiatives and involved building a dynamic occupational therapy service as well as program development, community development and collaboration with diverse partners.

Throughout her career, Karin has been a strong advocate for recovery focused, community based mental health services. Karin has sought out opportunities to collaborate with service recipients, clinicians, academic partners and other service providers to design and deliver services that enable individuals to participate fully as citizens and experience a satisfying quality of life.  Partnership with researchers at Queen’s University School of Occupational Therapy and Office of Interprofessional Practice has been especially important in the development of and dissemination of innovative practices such as social enterprise, transitioning legacy clients from hospital to community and the development of rural mental health services. 

Lynne Distinguished Alumni Award (Physical Therapy): Lynne Sinclair - PT Class of 1991

Lynne is a Physical Therapist, an Educational Consultant, the Innovative Program and External Development Lead at the Centre for Interprofessional Education, University of Toronto (UT) and she holds an Assistant Professor appointment with the Department of Physical Therapy, UT where she has over 20 years’ experience on the Faculty of Medicine.  In 2015 she was appointed as the first Interprofessional Education Scholar-in-Residence at The School of Community and Health Studies at Centennial College.  Lynne is widely invited as a keynote speaker for conferences, educational events and courses. She has taught across Canada, USA, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Denmark. She has been a principle investigator or investigator on numerous education initiatives and research projects totaling over $5 million.  

Before venturing out as a Consultant, Lynne was the Associate Director at the Centre for Interprofessional Education at UT and also served as the Associate Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at UT. Lynne’s passion for physical therapy and interprofessional education was ignited during her seven years at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute where she was the Director of Education for twelve health disciplines. She was awarded the 2008 UT Faculty of Medicine - Helen P. Batty Award in Faculty Development for Teaching Excellence. Lynne was awarded an Honourary Bachelor Degree in Applied Studies by Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in June 2013 for significant contributions to society and accomplishments in her field.

Monica Maly Distinguished Alumni Award (Rehabilitation Science): Monica Maly - RHBS Class of 2000 (MSc) & 2005 (PhD)

Monica completed her physiotherapy, Masters, and doctoral degrees in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's.  She has used that foundation to build a research program that aims to keep older adults moving.  She uses biomechanics to develop physical activity guidelines for adults with the most common forms of arthritis that are associated with aging.  To achieve this goal, she integrates laboratory-based motion analyses to explore joint loading during exercise with advanced imaging techniques to examine joint tissues.  She is an active contributor to the Ontario Physiotherapy Association.  She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo in the Kinesiology program.