Left to right: Sarah Sinanan, Karen Barclay, Cynthia Hunter, Shelagh Smith, Joanne Pady, Ardith Richter, Jan Chan, Maylinda Urbina and Janet McLennan Lundie. Absent from Photo: Tamie Aubin, Christine Gregoire Gau and Helena Jung.
On May 20, 2014, twelve graduates joined the ranks of Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences alumni. The grads included 6 occupational therapists (OTs), 4 physical therapists (PTs), 1 athletic therapist (AT) and the program’s first dietitian, Jan Chan whose profile is featured on the MRSc website.
The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club offered a beautiful venue for 9 of the 12 graduates to celebrate their accomplishment with friends, family, staff and faculty. Class valedictorians Maylinda Urbina (PT) and Sarah Sinanan (OT) revealed a little-known guilty pleasure of the MRSc when they described the program as “….one of the rare wonderful Masters programs where you can interact with your peers and give a presentation in your pajamas.” They may be working in their pajamas but they are accomplishing big things personally, professionally and for clients and organizations.
Tamie Aubin (PT) describes how her major project Experiences of Early Transdisciplinary Teams in Pediatric Community Rehabilitation has “catapulted the [Transdisciplinary team] initiative towards action for organizational change implementation”. To read more about Tamie and all of our 2014 grads' work, check out their workplace research abstracts.
Another first on this inspiring occasion was the graduation of the first three course-based MRSc learners: Christine Gregoire Gau (OT), Joanne Pady (AT), and Sarah Sinanan (OT). As Christine reflected upon the outcomes of her MRSc, she noted that: "The MRSc degree is designed to maximize opportunities for you to apply your learning to your practice to inform changes to patient services". Christine went on to mention the many ways she developed and directly applied broad competencies throughout the program. Her sentiments were echoed in the reflections of many of our grads; Ardith Richter had this to say: “For years, I have wanted to be able to do clinical research, and make a contribution to the profession of occupational therapy; and most importantly, the clients that we serve. Now, thanks to UBC, I have a chance to fulfill this dream!”