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Meet Our Students

We are Queen's Aging and Health! Students in the Graduate Diploma (GDip), Master of Science (MSc) and Doctorate (PhD) in Aging and Health come from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds, stages in life, from all over the country. They bring a variety of unique experiences and goals for the future. These diverse experiences enhance learning for everyone and create a network of peers within each cohort that further support the realization of personal and professional goals following completion of the program.

I loved that this program was offered by distance, allowing me to stay in Newfoundland with my friends and family.

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An online one-year masters is something I can handle while continuing my full-time job.

Meet the students of Aging and Health ...

Karen Gauthier Karen Gauthier

My academic background…

I am a physiotherapist (Queen's PT'94)

My professional background…

I have taken some time off to do the Graduate Diploma in Aging and Health. My previous professional background as a clinical physiotherapist includes long-term care, home care, private practice and hospital settings.

A bit about me!

My personal interests include running, yoga, kayaking, snowshoeing and gardening. I volunteer at our church and have recently joined the local chapter of the "100 Women" fundraising campaign. I also have two children who both attend Queen's, so I spend a lot of time travelling to Kingston.

What drew me to the program…

My spouse and I are both Queen's alumni, so when I was looking for further education opportunities, I naturally looked at Queen's first. I have a particular interest in the care of older adults; the courses offered in the Aging and Health program really interested me and allowed me to further my education without necessitating a move.

Where I see the program taking me…

I hope to expand beyond my traditional role of direct care and work in settings that focus on seniors’ issues and needs.

 

Stephanie Gurr Stephanie Gurr

My academic background…

Biomedical Engineering and a Diploma in Recreation Therapy

My professional background…

People probably look at my CV and scratch their heads. I heard someone speak once about following your passion, and it stuck with me. When you find something you are passionate about, you pursue it. Your transition might be awkward and not make sense to other people but if it's something you love than it's worth it. My professional background reflects a transition from working in the field of Biomedical Engineering conducting in-hospital clinical research, to currently working for VON as a Recreation Coordinator. Along the way, I have worked as a PSW, waitress, and a senior's fitness instructor.

A bit about me!

I've been married for almost 4 years and my husband Grant and I love to travel and meet people. We try and be intentional about being active in our community through volunteer work with organizations that include The Salvation Army, The Alzheimer's Society and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. We enjoy all things outdoors including hiking, skiing, road biking, and camping. In my spare time I am a mediocre gluten-free baker, a want-to-be runner and hoarder of natural health books and magazines. I hope to travel coast-to-coast in Canada on a once-in-a-lifetime camping trip with Grant and our dog Cedar before we settle into our careers and a family.

What drew me to the program…

The length of the program and the online format is what initially drew me to this program. I had just finished up my diploma in Recreation Therapy and felt that I only got my feet wet with the knowledge I desired to pursue a career with older adults. I now had a degree and a diploma, and felt I was accomplishing my resume caption "lifelong learner". The natural next step for me was a master's program, but I wasn't interested in the traditional on-campus, 2-year thesis program. I just wanted to learn and gain an understanding of the current issues, ethics, and supports that surround the aging demographic. I wanted to equip myself with transitional knowledge that allows me to successfully advocate for the lives of older adults, without having to move to campus, quit my job and attend lectures. This program is designed for the 2018 lifelong learner, delivering rich education on a profoundly relevant topic, in a flexible format.

Where I see the program taking me…

I am hesitant to suggest a particular job title or position for myself after concluding this program, because there are so many organizations that I was ignorant of who desire individuals with knowledge of aging and health. My education with Queen's has already presented opportunities that I didn't know existed, and I am excited to finish up the program and see where the next adventure lies.

Sarah Gibbens Sarah Gibbens

My academic background…

I did a 4 year Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary’s University, in Halifax NS. I majored in biology, minored in psychology, and also completed a diploma in forensic science along with the BSc degree. I then completed a Bachelor of Science in nursing at the University of Toronto. After working for a year, I decided to continue to work while going back to UofT and completed a Master of Nursing degree, with a focus on the clinical stream.

My professional background…

I work full-time as a Geriatric Emergency Management Clinical Nurse Specialist (GEM Nurse) at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg, ON. I provide geriatric clinical consultation (geriatric assessment and intervention) to the emergency department as well as capacity building and leadership activities across the entire hospital organization, the community, and the region. I am highly involved in the community as an advocate for seniors.

A bit about me!

Outside of geriatrics, I am an avid fisher(wo)man with a very strong love of the outdoors. I love my reading time, of course, but mostly I am outdoors and playing with my two dogs. I have the most wonderful and supportive partner, who gets me out of the books when needed, and keeps me dreaming about what the future awaits for us. Travelling to the East Coast to be with family is a priority - enjoying time with friends and family is what makes the world-go-round!

What drew me to the program…

I was pleased to know that I could continue to work full-time while going to school. I was also incredibly surprised to know that I could do this program at a distance! I only have to go to Kingston twice each year. The program is interdisciplinary, which is really quite amazing to be sharing classes with colleagues from different professional backgrounds.

Where I see the program taking me…

I am so excited to use this program to continue to network and develop opportunities for myself along the way. I see being able to use this program to build a career for myself, even if my future role doesn’t currently exist (yet). I am personally drawn to incorporating research into my current clinical world, while also pursuing a joint career in academia. I am less worried about what I am going to do and more worried about how many opportunities I may have to choose from. Given my partner is in the military, I am not concerned as this program will be able to follow me and him anywhere we go in Canada.