Dr. Marcia Finlayson
Vice Dean – Health Sciences
Director – School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Through the spring and fall of 2017, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy received all of the necessary approvals from Queen’s Senate, Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance, and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development to launch a new innovative doctoral-level program. The Doctor of Science in Rehabilitation and Health Leadership (DSc RHL) is the first of its kind at Queen’s University. Our first cohort of students will begin their studies on May 1st, 2018.
Over this past weekend, family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Queen’s University Club to celebrate the life of Dr. Malcolm Peat, the former Director of the Queen’s University School of Rehabilitation Therapy and founder of the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR). Malcolm died suddenly on January 17th while on vacation in Italy. He would have thoroughly enjoyed the event on Saturday as it brought together people from many dimensions of his life.
One of the strategic priorities of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy is to make meaningful contributions to the work of our collaborators locally, nationally and internationally. Today we are very pleased to announce that we have made a major step towards meeting this goal through a 10 year, USD$24.2 million partnership with Ethiopia’s University of Gondar and The MasterCard Foundation’s Scholars Program.
Happy New Year! As we embark on 2017, one of my new year’s resolutions is to be courageous in setting bold goals for the progress of the School of Rehabilitation Therapy in collaboration with faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders. This work must build on our previous successes and address key areas that will support people and programs to move forward. An important first step is to acknowledge what we accomplished in 2016 so that our goals go beyond what we have already achieved. For this first blog of 2017, I wanted to highlight just a few of the School’s successes from 2016.
As the days shorten and the air becomes crisp, autumn brings with it fresh beginnings and an end to a busy summer for the School of Rehabilitation Therapy. During the summer months we welcomed new faculty, prepared for the upcoming academic year, launched new programs, and laid the groundwork for some exciting initiatives!