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October 2023 SRT Homecoming Brunch

Location: Donald Gordon Conference Centre

Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 10am - noon 

The School of Rehabilitation Therapy recognizes one graduate annually from each of the Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Aging and Health programs who have made exceptional contributions to their chosen profession, field, or community. Recipients are presented with their awards at the School's annual Homecoming Brunch.

This award was established in 2013, thanks to the generous support of faculty member and Queen’s alumna, Diana Hopkins-Rosseel, MSc’92, and her husband, John Rosseel, BA’81

Event Details 

Cost: $30
RSVP Date: Friday, October 13, 2023 
Register: click here

2023 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Distinguished Alumni Award (Occupational Therapy) 
Heather Colquhoun PhD, BSc (OT)’88 

Heather graduated from Queen’s as an occupational therapist in 1988. After 16 years of working clinically across three provinces in Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario), Heather returned to graduate school and completed a PhD in 2011 at McMaster University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (2011-2014) and is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.  

 Heather is an educator and a researcher. In her role as an educator, Heather teaches about assessment and research processes.  As a researcher, Heather’s work is in the area of implementation science, or knowledge translation, and focuses on how to optimize the translation of research findings into routine healthcare practice. She studies differences between desired and actual healthcare delivery; system inefficiencies in delivering optimal care; and how best to design approaches to change healthcare delivery for the better. Heather has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications informing best practices in healthcare delivery. Her work has contributed to the science of knowledge translation and has been cited more than 36,000 times.   

Distinguished Alumni Award (Physical Therapy) 
Dr. Jaynie Yang, BSc (PT)’78 

Jaynie Yang graduated from Queen’s University in 1978, with a BSc in Physical Therapy.  After 2 years of clinical practice, her interest in the biomechanics of human walking led her to graduate work under the mentorship of Dr David Winter at the University of Waterloo, where she obtained a MSc (1982) and PhD (1987) in Kinesiology.  Realizing that biomechanics alone was not enough to design effective interventions for walking in people with neurological injuries, she then studied under the mentorship of Dr Richard Stein, Department of Physiology, University of Alberta, focusing on the neurophysiology of human walking. 

She joined the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, as a faculty member, in 1990, and has remained there since.  She has taught entry-level physical therapy students about human walking for over 30 years.  Her research focuses on how the nervous system controls walking in people, and ways to retrain walking in individuals with neurological insults.  She is best known for her work in using the stepping and crawling behaviour of infants to understand the neural control of human walking, and applying knowledge from preclinical studies to improve the rehabilitation of walking in clinical populations, including adults with spinal cord injury and children with perinatal brain injuries. 

Distinguished Alumni Award (Rehabilitation Science) 
Dr. Heidi Lauckner, BSc (OT)’95, MSc (RHBS)’05, PhD (RHBS)’10 

After graduating with her BSc OT at Queen’s University in 1995, Heidi worked as an occupational therapist in Kingston ON and the USA in the areas of community brain injury, long term care, schools, and outpatient rehabilitation before joining Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a rehabilitation trainer in Namibia in southern Africa. Her overseas experience raised many questions about occupational therapists’ role in community development and brought her back to Queen’s University for graduate studies almost a decade later.  Since 2008, Heidi has worked at Dalhousie University in Mi’Kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territories of the Mi’Kmaq People, where she teaches, supports international fieldwork in the MScOT program, and chairs the new online MSc in Occupational Science program.  She has continued her exploration of community approaches that promote belonging and participation using qualitative methods in areas such as age-friendly communities, newcomer resettlement, chronic conditions/mental health and community leisure. Building on these projects and her interests in mindfulness and spirituality, Heidi is increasingly curious about potential connections between individual and collective change, embodiment and decolonized ways of knowing. She continues to learn and ask lots of questions!