Dutch researchers welcomed at College of Rehabilitation Sciences

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences hosted five members of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) Faculty of Health on November 18 – 22. The visit included working sessions and discussions on three themes they plan to collaborate on: inter-professional education (IPE) research, working in and with communities and digital health technologies.

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Fall Convocation at Bannatyne

On Nov. 7, 105 College of Rehabilitation Sciences students received degrees at the University of Manitoba fall convocation at Bannatyne Campus. The grads included 49 from the Master of Occupational Therapy program, 44 from the Master of Physical Therapy program and 12 from the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program. They were joined by graduates of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Prior to the convocation, 22 awards were presented to 18 College of Rehabilitation Sciences graduands at a luncheon at Canad Inns Health Sciences Centre.

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Kilas wins Gold Medal in RT

Hanna Kilas was the recipient of the University Gold Medal in Respiratory Therapy, awarded for outstanding achievement in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition to her studies, Kilas served as the Respiratory Therapy president in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences Student Association.

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Teaching Excellence Awards

Susan Hales, Greg Hodges and Sandra Biesheuvel (pictured) accepted Teaching Excellence Awards at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences graduation celebration at the Fairmont Hotel on Nov. 8. Students in each of the college’s professional programs nominate an instructor at the end of their final year to recognize excellence in teaching. Hales won for occupational therapy, Hodges for physical therapy and Biesheuvel for respiratory therapy. Congratulations!

New partnership explores innovative solutions for people with disabilities

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences and March of Dimes Canada (MODC) officially launched the DesignAbility West program on Oct. 29 at the Basic Medical Sciences Building. DesignAbility West is a volunteer-driven program that has delivered custom-built solutions to the everyday challenges of people in Ontario living with mobility issues for over 20 years. Through this new partnership, the program will be brought west of Ontario for the first time.

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2019 JDRF Ride to Defeat Diabetes

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Sun Life Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF at the Brodie Atrium on Friday, June 15. Six teams of Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management staff and students raised over $1,100 for JDRF Canada, an organization that funds type 1 diabetes research, by taking part in the noon hour relay-style stationary bike race. The event was co-organized by Kerri Chase, supervisor, Joe Doupe Recreation Centre, and Dr. Barbara Shay, head, physical therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences. 

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High-tech research projects to create futuristic health-care aids

Two high-tech interdisciplinary research projects focused on the future of patient care, featuring College of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty, have received funding from the Collaborative Innovation Research Fund (CIRF).

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Occupational therapy offers support to international students

A year ago, staff at the International College of Manitoba (ICM) weren’t sure of the role of an occupational therapist. But, that changed after meeting with the occupational therapy (OT) department at the College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and exploring an opportunity to have two students brought on board for a role-emerging work placement.

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Students explore health science careers at ‘Take Our Kids to Work Day’

On November 6, 41 Grade 9 students from local schools visited Bannatyne Campus for Take Our Kids to Work Day. The nation-wide initiative encourages students to spend a day at the workplace of a parent, relative, friend or volunteer host. The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences organized a full-day, hands-on program intended to expose the kids to a variety of health profession and scientific careers.

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High-schoolers from across Manitoba explore health careers during Discovery Day

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences hosted 379 Grade 11 and 12 students at the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame’s Discovery Day to learn what it’s like to be a health professional. Students from 87 schools from across Winnipeg and around the province took part in interactive workshops exploring careers in medicine, rehabilitation sciences, nursing, dentistry, research, anatomy and other health sciences. Some students travelled from as far as Thompson, The Pas and Churchill thanks to the generosity of sponsor travel bursaries.

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RFHS celebrates Brandon alumni

The Rady Faculty of Health Sciences held an alumni reception in Brandon on Sept. 16. College of Rehabilitation Sciences alumni in attendance included Karen Gillespie (BMR OT/03), Carol MacKenzie-Gruber (Dip PT/72, BPT / 78), Sharon Sheperd (BMR PT / 86) and Gillian Storsley (B Mus/97, BMR PT/00).

"The good part about meeting with alumni is to hear about the state of practice in different parts of the province and to let them know all the great things that we are doing at the College," said Dr. Reg Urbanowski, dean, College of Rehabilitation Sciences. 

RT Winter Warmth Drive

On Dec. 11, BRT2 students attended Dufferin School to hand out mitts, toques, scarves and other winter gear to children in need. The donations were met with excitement and many thanks from the kids, parents and teachers. BRT students also provided baking for the school. A big thank you to all within CoRS who donated their gently used winter gear or offered a monetary donation. Thank you also to Natasha Dutka, Lacee Nakonechny and CJ Peralta who donated their time at the school to help hand out some winter warmth and cheer.

Gayle Restall

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists recently announced that Dr. Gayle Restall, associate professor in the OT department, was recently announced as co-editor of Enabling Occupation III, an academic resource that explores the complex and evolving concepts of human occupation, and participation in society. Previous versions have been mandatory textbooks in occupational therapy programs across Canada and internationally. The 3rd edition is scheduled for publication and release in 2022.

Congratulations to the College of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty members on the research and scholarly accomplishments that have been reported to us over the past few months.


King, J., Barclay, R., Ripat, J., Dubouloz, C.J., Schwartz, C. (2019).  An Investigation of Occupational Therapists’ and Physical Therapists’ Perspectives on the Process of Change That Occurs among Clients during Rehabilitation, Including Their Use of Response Shift and Transformative Learning. Physiotherapy Canada

Thille, P. and Mayes, C. (2019). Lifestyle. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology


Thille, P., Rotteau, L., Webster, F. (2019, Nov 19) More than Words: Elicitation methods in semi-structured interviews (workshop). North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Thille, P., Lesser, L., Kelsall, J., Sturgiss, E. (2019, Nov 19). Addressing weight bias and stigma in primary care research (workshop). North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, Toronto.

Illuminate Speaker Series: Everyday Life After Hip Fracture

Speaker: Dr. Margriet Pol

Margriet Pol began working as an occupational therapist in the Netherlands in 1984. Her expertise is in the area of geriatric rehabilitation, self-care, housing, environment, cognitive functioning, primary health care and health-care technology. In 2017, she received the research award HvA research of the year from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences for the SO-HIP study. She is co-founder of the ‘Hipperacademy’, a start-up which took place at the end of 2017. She also started follow-up research projects on the implementation of health-care technology in geriatric rehabilitation and primary health care.

Thursday, January 16
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Room 071, Apotex Centre

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College of Rehabilitation Sciences Open House

Sunday, January 19
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Brodie Atrium

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IPE Day Shift

IPE Day Shift is a simulated mini-ward that offers the opportunity for students from all the colleges in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences to have firsthand experience in a hospital ward setting. For more information contact: Rhonda.Usunier@umanitoba.ca

Saturday, February 1
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rooms 460-470, Helen Glass Centre, Fort Garry Campus

Augmented Human International Conference

Dr. Amine Choukou, OT assistant professor, will co-chair the 11th edition of the Augmented Human International Conference. This is the first time the event is being held in Canada. The conference will focus on scientific contributions towards augmenting human capabilities through technology for increased quality of life. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2020. Selected topics include but are not limited to brain-computer interfaces and artificial intelligence, smart technologies and smart cities, medicine in rehabilitation and sports, and political and social sciences.  

May 27 - 29, 2020
Manitoba Room, Fort Garry Campus

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