While many students were writing essays and preparing for their end-of-term exams, a number of School of Health Sciences students were busy preparing for the 31st annual production of For the Health of It. The event enables Dalhousie’s students from health professions, dentistry and medicine to work together to raise funds for a local charity while educating each other about their specific professions.
This year’s event featured performances by students from dentistry, human communication disorders, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy and our own School of Health Sciences. To many Dalhousie students, faculty and staff, the School of Health Sciences is a bit of an enigma, but those in attendance at the Rebecca Cohn now have a better understanding of our professions’ roles within the healthcare system.
Respiratory therapy students Brandon D’Souza and Ollie Poole, who were impersonating two physicians, astounded the audience with their a capella of medical terminology and abbreviations and the School’s British comedy themed skit included singing, dancing and even some impressive acrobatics. After all professions completed their remarkable performances, awards were distributed with our School’s performance winning three top honors – most funds raised, most original and best overall performance!
One of the highlights of the evening was an interview with Parker, a 10 year-old boy battling leukemia. Thanks to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, he and his family will enjoy a break from the challenges of dealing with a life-threatening medical condition by heading to Whistler to snowboard, one of Parker’s favorite activities. Students from this year’s For the Health of It event raised over $35,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the School of Health Sciences students raised over $7,500 of this total.
Congratulations to all students who made this year’s event such a success!
School of Health Sciences Participants:
Ollie Poole, Garrett Whitsitt, Brandon D’Souza, Lianna Mckinnon, Clint Coombs, Amy McCallum, Emma-Leigh MacDonald, Kristine Robar, Nathan Miller, Janet Belliveau, Ashley Leclerc, Chantel Densmore, Cory Fitzgerald, Rory Penny, Anna Steeves, Courtney Matthews, Melissa Landry, Ali Cameron, Nawal Alhamadi, Lauren Dickhout, Karlee Muise, Chelsea Howie, Claire Brousseau, Lori MacKay, Emily Friars, Emma Hart