Assistant Professor, Carolyn King and Adjunct Professor (Clinical), Alison McDonald were joint recipients of the 2012 Congress Bursary for Volunteers. This bursary provides funding for Congress attendance for NSPA members who are (or have been) active volunteer contributors to the association. Carolyn and Alison are both long-term volunteers with NSPA, CPA and in the community. The NSPA acknowledges the commitment volunteers make to the association to ensure the viability and profile of the profession. The Congress Bursary is intended to acknowledge this commitment and contribution to the profession, and reward a volunteer for their sacrifice of time and energy. A bursary of up to $2,000 will be available annually to a volunteer to represent NSPA at Congress.
Director, Sandy Rennie was announced as the recipient of the 2012 NSPA Award of Excellence. Sandy received the award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the physiotherapy profession in Nova Scotia, as an inspirational role model, teacher, mentor and leader. The NSPA Award of Excellence is given annually to a Nova Scotia Physiotherapist who:
- is a member in good standing of the NSPA
- has demonstrated outstanding contributions in one or more of the following areas: administration, clinical practice, education, professional contribution, research
Assistant Professor, Carolyn King was also successfully nominated by the NSPA Awards Committee for the CPA Life Membership Award. Carolyn has been an active volunteer, mentor, association promoter and volunteer recruiter extraordinaire throughout her career as a physiotherapist. She has volunteered nationally and in multiple provinces, has inspired many paediatric physiotherapists, and has a truly infectious enthusiasm for everything CPA. Carolyn will receive her Life Member award at CPA Congress in May 2012, in Saskatoon. The CPA Life Membership Award recognizes physiotherapists who have provided outstanding service of long duration to the profession and the Association. His/her peers must recognize the individual as having contributed to the profession and the Association through outstanding service. This significant contribution must be demonstrated over at least twenty (20) years of CPA membership and service to the profession and to the Association at a local and/or national level.
Activities that will be considered include:
- development of means to promote the physical therapy profession nationally
- leadership which serves to motivate others to become involved in professional activities
- involvement in raising of the Association within the physical therapy profession
Gail Wainwright was successfully nominated by the NSPA Awards Committee for the CPA Mentorship Award. Gail’s mentorship of students, clinical instructors, and other Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education across Canada goes well above and beyond her role requirements, earning her the respect and admiration of all with whom she interacts. Her approachable, yet tell-it-like-it-is personality has helped shape the careers of a tremendous number of physiotherapists in Canada. Gail will receive her Mentorship Award at CPA Congress in May. The CPA Mentorship Award recognizes physiotherapists who, through their inspiration and support, are actively engaged in the mentorship of other physiotherapists and act as role models for professionalism and volunteerism.
Members of the profession believe that:
· An individual can provide inspirational mentorship in a variety of ways at any stage of his or her career.
· Physiotherapists who role-model professionalism and volunteerism are often as inspiring to their colleagues and peers as the key leaders of the profession.
· Physiotherapists who mentor colleagues benefit both the individual and the profession.