Spring 2013 Graduates Celebrate with Family and Faculty


From left to right: Cheryl Sabarre, Sean McIntosh, Glenn Cashman, Sherry Mitchell, Tracey Thomspon-Franson and Alison Koci. Missing: Marie-Belle Adrao, Sonali Bera, Anne Marie Bishop, Irene Borecky, Jill Hooper and Jennifer Lynch.


On Tuesday May 21st, faculty, instructors, staff, colleagues and family gathered to congratulate this Spring's Master of Rehabilitation Science graduates. There were 12 graduates, and 6 were able to attend the reception. The view of the North Shore mountains and English Bay through the windows of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club created a majestic backdrop for the inspiring valedictorian speeches. The speeches were delivered by three graduates present at the reception with input from others who were unable to attend but who provided ideas via an online discussion forum.

Sherry Mitchell, an occupational therapist from Prince George, BC began with a quote, “Teachers open the door, you enter yourself,” and provided many humorous anecdotes regarding the unexpected additional learning required when doing a master’s online. Occupational therapist Tracey Thompson-Franson from Sidney, BC thanked their major project supervisors and other supporters in the program, with a special recognition to family and Program Director Sue Stanton. In her speech, she noted that faculty “coached us to conclusions they knew we already had.” Glenn Cashman, a chiropractor from Vancouver, described the master’s as a first step in their pursuit of knowledge. “What we do with the new knowledge will be the true legacy of our efforts in obtaining this degree.”

Unfortunately none of the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science graduates were able to attend the reception. Nonetheless, Dr. Elizabeth Dean, a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, described their research and provided enthusiastic and energetic congratulations “in absentia”. 

Read their research abstracts by visiting the Workplace Research Abstracts section.

Listen to the full MRSc Grad speeches, followed by inspiring words from the Program Director Sue Stanton.