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SRT Director, Dr. Marcia Finlayson (R) accepts commitment cheque from 2016 PT Candidates, Arlee Stern (L) and Heather Greene (C)

50th Anniversary Celebrations!

This fall, the School of Rehabilitation Therapy is launching the celebration of its 50th Anniversary year! Since its establishment in 1967, the School has been growing and evolving.  For five decades, the School’s graduates, students, faculty and staff have contributed to the everyday lives of individuals and communities across the globe.  In recognition of these accomplishments, the School, along with a dedicated group of alumni volunteers, is planning a variety of celebratory activities including a Gala Event, a Speaker Series, and an online Alumni Profile Project.  We are pleased to share many exciting updates as the year’s celebrations begin to unfold!

The Gala Event will bring together 300 alumni, friends and faculty, in celebration of 50 years of academic achievement. The event is taking place in Kingston, ON, on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel. Registration for the Gala dinner will open soon – tickets can be purchased online through the 50th Anniversary section of the School’s website.

The public Speaker Series, consisting of four events, will provide a forum for its speakers to share their experiences and expertise with students, alumni, and the broader Queen’s and Kingston communities. The themes of the speaking events include: Emerging Patterns of Health and Disease; Wellness and Health Promotion; Leadership in Rehabilitation; and the Impact of Mobile Technology.

The first event will take place on Tuesday, November 29th and features Nancy Botting (PT’92).  Recently having returned from Brazil as Chief Therapist for Team Canada at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Nancy will speak on the theme of “Leadership in Rehabilitation.”  More details on the Speaker Series events are available on the School’s Website.

An online Alumni Profile Project will highlight the diversity of experiences and contributions of the School’s decades of graduates.  The first in this series of guest-written articles will be published on the School’s News Blog in November and will feature Jennifer Ryan (PT’94), a physiotherapist in the Inpatient Brain Injury Program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Visit the School’s Newsblog often as this series unfolds.

As celebration activities and planning continue, alumni involvement and excitement is growing!  The 50th Anniversary has brought together an organizing committee comprised of volunteers representing the School’s decades of graduates, from each educational specialty.  The first graduating class collectively decided to delay their Homecoming attendance to be present for the Gala event.  This, and subsequent graduating classes, are also actively involved in building School history by connecting with classmates, tracking down stories, photos, and memorabilia. It is not too late to get involved – those wishing to join a committee or simply reconnect with the School during the 50th Anniversary year can visit the volunteer page of our 50th Anniversary site.

It is not just alumni that are looking forward to the celebrations! Each year, graduating classes at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy organize a fundraising activity to leave a legacy of their time at Queen’s. This year, students in the Class of 2016 chose to raise funds in support the 50th Anniversary Speaker Series.

All of the 50th Anniversary celebratory activities are made possible due to the generous support of the 50th Anniversary Sponsors: Cardon Rehab (Gold), Canadian Physiotherapy Association (Bronze), and Stand Your Ground (Friend).  These sponsors are proud ambassadors, and committed to the on-going growth and development, of the School.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 50th Anniversary activities, please visit our website to download a sponsorship package.

As momentum grows, the year ahead promises to be an exciting time for the School, full of opportunities to bring together alumni, students, faculty and staff, both in celebration and in reflection on their collective achievements over the past five decades.

If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please get in touch with the School’s 50th Anniversary Coordinator, Cheryl Descent: Cheryl.descent@queensu.ca

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