Congratulations to our Spring 2016 Graduates!



 (From left to right: Deb Watterworth, Andrea Wilson, & Sandra Squire)

This spring we congratulate ten graduates on finishing their MRSc studies!

Andrea Wilson, an occupational therapist in the Comox Valley School District claims that MRSc program had an “incredible impact on her career”. She says her research on Collaborative Occupational Therapy: Teachers' Impressions of the Partnering for Change Model, inspired her and numerous colleagues to “contemplate changes to their practices that will increase collaboration with teachers and parents.”

A goal of Andrea Morrison’s study, Stories of Resilience: Listening to Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Conditions, was to improve care for her adolescent patients. What she learned “about their strengths, their hopes and that their disability is only one thing that can make life challenging for them,” triggered a practice change towards a more holistic, strength-based approach.

Gillian Macartney describes her experience as “life altering”. Her research, Teachers’ Experiences of Using Physiotherapy Kits at School, already resulted in an initial action plan being put into place, and Gillian says there is a “sense of pride in the group that this was done within our program.” Meridith McClenaghan has also seen her research, Rehabilitation & Dementia: Inpatient Interprofessional Team Perspectives valued at her workplace, and reports she is “acknowledged and unofficially deemed as Academic Clinician.”

Not all MRSc grads are lucky enough to complete their degree in the Caribbean, but Crystal Showers, a physical therapist from Saskatchewan, moved to St. Lucia, West Indies, for her research, on Community Perspective of Short-Term Physiotherapy Volunteers in St. Lucia, West Indies. Crystal describes her final research project as “invaluable … on so many levels.”

Significant outcomes have already been seen from Sandra Squire’s MRSc research, Engaging People with Hemophilia Through the Use of Point of Care Ultrasound. From influencing major decisions at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital, to teaching invitations from the Edmonton Bleeding Disorders Program and her involvement in a national project, Sandra’s research is making a difference in her own workplace and beyond.

Four course-based graduates completed their MRSc this spring: Sara Murchison, an Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapist Gillian Goode, Recreation Therapist Daisy Wong, and Deb Watterworth, a Mental Health Rehabilitation Specialist who completed a directed study on recovery practices in acute mental health. Like MRSc research-based grads, those who take the course-based route also apply their learning immediately to practice. As Deb says, “I don’t think that were any courses that didn’t apply to my work.”

Andrea Wilson and Deb Watterworth disseminated their respective research and literature review findings in webinars earlier this year. Go to our Research Relays page to listen to the archives.