On October 5th and October 19th, Queen's University reinstated its fall homecoming celebrations. The School of Rehabilitation Therapy participated by hosting its first annual homecoming brunch. On each weekend, approximately 40 alumni got together at the Donald Gordon Centre for some reminiscing, laughs and a wonderful time. Attendees included members from the returning classes as well as local alumni who wanted to witness the presentations for the inaugural distinguished alumni awards. The three inaugural winners are outstanding and absolutely deserving of this recognition. We feel fortunate to have been part of their lives and to have them as members of our community:
Distinguished Alumni Award (Physical Therapy) – Carolyn Emery, BSc (PT)'88 is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Kinesiology (joint appointments in pediatrics and community health sciences). Dr. Emery is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of injury prevention. Her work has led to significant changes in public policy in Canada, especially related to the prevention of concussions and other sports injuries in children and adolescents. The primary example of this was USA Hockey (2011) and Hockey Canada (2013) eliminating body checking in 11 and 12 year old hockey players.
Distinguished Alumni Award (Occupational Therapy): Dr. Mary Law BSc (OT)'73 is a full Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University and holds the John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research. Perhaps the two best-known of Dr. Law's many achievements are as the lead author of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and as the Co-Founder of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, a multidisciplinary research centre at McMaster University. The COPM is a client-centred outcome measure for occupational therapy that is now taught and used in clinical practice in 35 countries and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Through her work with CanChild, Dr. Law has become well known as a generous collaborator who has helped advance the career of many practitioners and academics.
Distinguished Alumni Award (Occupational Therapy): Djenana Jalovcic, MSc (Rehabilitation Science)'08 is the Director of the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR) here at Queen's. ICACBR has a major reputation internationally and nationally and is recognized as one of Canada's leaders in disability and development. Ms. Jalovcic's talent, leadership and commitment has played a key role in the success of the Centre over the last several years and has created global opportunities for Queen's faculty, staff and students to contribute to the improvement of quality of life of the most vulnerable populations in the world. She is the Principal Investigator on two major ICACBR projects in Bangladesh, one of which is among the first in the world to explicitly link disability to maternal and child health.
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