Faculty Congratulations – Dr. Shaun Boe

Dr. Shaun Boe


Congratulations to Dr. Shaun Boe (School of Physiotherapy and Department of Psychiatry) who has been awarded the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Scholarship for New Career Scientists.   Dr. Boe has been given this prestigious scholarship in recognition of his work in examining basic and clinical aspects of rehabilitation to optimize functional recovery post-stroke with mentor Gail Eskes (Department of Psychiatry).

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Research Scholarship is a salary award intended for applicants with a Masters and/or Doctorate degree and with credential(s) in a regulated accredited health discipline.  The objective is to attract and foster cardiovascular or cerebrovascular investigators from a variety of health disciplines.  Each application is considered to be a joint submission by the applicant and the identified mentor.

To learn more about this award, read the full story on the PT Matters blog.

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Impact Faculty Leadership Award – Megan Riordon

Dr. Anita Unruh and Megan Riordon pose with the Impact Award pennant

At the recent Dalhousie Student Impact Awards, Pharmacy student Megan Riordon was honoured with the Faculty Leadership Award for Health Professions. The award is presented to a student in good academic standing in each Dalhousie Faculty who exemplifies the highest level of passion for their discipline, takes initative in creating new opportunities and encourages their peers to engage in Faculty events. Winners positively impact other students and the reputation of their Faculty at Dalhousie and outside of the classroom.

Megan was recognized for her contributions to the Pharmacy Grad Class 2012 committee as fourth year class representative, her participation in organizing charitable events as a member of the Dalhousie Student Pharmacy Society, her participation in Dalhousie intramurals, being a member of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists and a delegate on their national council and assisting with a national student conference to be held in Halifax for Pharmacy Development Week 2012.

Congratulations to Megan on all her achievements!

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Celebrating Teaching and Research Excellence

At the recent Spring Full Faculty Meeting, awards were given to three individuals in recognition of their contributions to teaching and research in the Faculty:

The Faculty of Health Professions Teaching Excellence Award – Dr. Carolyn Campbell – Social Work – this award honours an outstanding teacher who embodies the finest aspects of exemplary teaching.  Carolyn has been an exemplary teacher, a leader in the development of the School’s curricula and has published widely in the area of pedagogy.  She has been extensively involved in committees at both the School and Faculty level during her career at Dalhousie, and is also involved in community development work.

The Faculty of Health Professions  Senior Research Excellence Award – Dr. Gail Tomblin-Murphy – Nursing - this award reccognizes outstanding research that leads to significant progress in the understanding and/or management of a health-related problem, contributions to a health related field and overall excellence.  Gail has developed an extensive program of research in the area of Health Human Resources with funding from several national and international agencies.  Gail is also the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Health Workforce Planning and Research, Associate Director – Research and International Affairs, School of Nursing.


The Faculty of Health Professions Early Career Research Excellence Award – Dr. Joan Versnel – Occupational Therapy - this award is given to a faculty member who, in the first seven years of their appointment at Dalhousie, has demonstrated outstanding research that leads to significant progress in the understanding and/or management of a health-related problem.  Joan’s research focuses on adolescent/young adult self management with particular interest in the learning principles, families interest in the learning principles and how families negotiate self-management responsibilities.  Joan is co-principal investigator on the PHAC project “The everyday experience of living with and managing a neurological condition:  The LINC Study.”

The Faculty of Health Professions Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research – Mr. Mark Issa – Pharmacy - this award is to reward excellence in research performed by graduate students within the Faculty of Health Professions.  Mark will defend his thesis in the summer of 2012 and will have the distinction of being the first MSc Pharmaceutical Science student to graduate from the College of Pharmacy.  Mark received his award at the conclusion of the IHRTP Graduate Research Day from Dr. Anita Unruh who noted that Mark had shown remarkable enthusiasm, ability and initiative throughout the course of his program in Pharmacy.


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Dalhousie Student to Run 5K event years after suffering brain injury


Kendra Gottschall, who recovered from a serious head injury, will run the 5K race in the Blue Nose Marathon this weekend in Halifax. (ADRIEN VECZAN / Staff-Halifax Herald)


Kendra Gottschall, MSW and former BSW student is featured in this article on the front page of the Herald, telling her story of brain injury and running this weekend in the Bluenose 5km!

For the full story:


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Kelly Bang Memorial Lecture

The Raging Grannies singing their special songs

Honoured lecturer Dr. Carole Roy being thanked by Dr. Robin Stadnyk from the School of Occupational Therapy

On Wednesday, May 9, 2012 the School of Occupational Therapy held the annual Kelly Bang Memorial Lecture. The lecture, titled “The Raging Grannies: Engaged, Outspoken and Creative” was given by Dr.  Carole Roy. The audience of nearly 100 was also treated to the creative songs written and performed by the Raging Grannies of Halifax.

Kelly Bang was a nationally known occupational therapist, lecturer, writer, artist, and counselor for survivors of child and sexual abuse. In Nova Scotia she worked with the Inglis Street program of Abbie J. Lane Hospital in Halifax, the Recreation Association for the Disabled in Lunenburg, and Bridgewater’s Ark Industries providing sheltered employment for adults with mental and physical handicaps (as Director from 1980-1988). Kelly was a longtime volunteer at Second Story Women’s Centre, Bridgewater, and in 1989 she founded Nova Functional Assessments and Therapy Services Limited based in Lunenburg. The Kelly Bang Memorial Lecture was established by her family to honour those whose research, practice, teaching, and advocacy advance opportunities for women and other marginalized adults who are learning to live in their communities.

With some of the women who became the first Raging Grannies in Victoria, BC, Carole Roy walked for peace from Victoria to Nanoose Bay. She published the first book on the Raging Grannies to honour their creative activism. She values the long tradition of women’s collective acts of resistance. Carole received a Master in Women’s Studies from York University and a Doctorate in Adult Education from the University of Toronto. She currently teaches in the Department of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish.

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RSF-EARTHSPEAK is a non-profit foundation whose mandate is to work with communities in developing countries to increase services for people with cleft palate. Dr. Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird (School of Human Communication Disorders) and Cindy Dobbelsteyn (Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Centres) have been working through EARTHSPEAK with local partners in Portoviejo, Ecuador for 6 years. The local partners include the Department of Special Education, the Department of Health, the Rotary Club, Rostros Felices, the University of San Gregorio, Instituto Nacional de la Ninez y Familia, and the Fundacion Maria Claudia.  Together, these partners provide surgical, speech and language, dental, orthodontal, psychology and ENT/hearing supports to individuals who have cleft palate and their families throughout Manabi Province. Elizabeth and Cindy travel to Ecuador at least once per year. As often as possible, speech-language pathology students from the School of Human Communication Disorders accompany them as part of their clinical externship experiences. This year three students participated in the April mission: Allison Kavanagh, Emily Hastings, and Matthew Cochrane. They were involved in teacher and speech therapist training experiences, a parent training program, assessments of children with cleft palate, and organizational meetings. The students had the opportunity to observe several speech-language pathologists in their work in Ecuador and observe several cleft palate surgeries. The group had the unique opportunity this year to visit the Fundacion el Triangulo while in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. This program provides experiences in the arts to people with Down syndrome.

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In the News – Class II Project

Dr. Sara Kirk (Health and Human Performance) and the Class II team released the preliminary results of their study – which examined the effects of school policies on nutrition, physical activity, mental well-being, school performance and children’s overall health – at an event on May 10, 2012.  Both CBC and CTV news reported on the event.  Find more information on the CLASS II project, and links to the news videos on the CLASS II Website.

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In the News – Dr. Jeff Karabanow

Dr. Jeff Karabanow

Dr. Jeff Karabanow (Social Work) was recently profiled in Progress Magazine in recognition of his work with street youth here in Halifax and around the world. Read the full article here.

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SWOT Interprofessional Event


For three years in a row, Drs. Brenda Merritt and Marion Brown from the Schools of Occupational Therapy and Social Work have integrated an interprofessional health education (IPHE) learning assignment into their respective courses.  Within this assignment, groups of occupational therapy and social work students work collaboratively to develop an interprofessional plan to address identified challenges within a particular field of practice (e.g., sex trade workers, newcomers to Canada, older adults with dementia, wheelchair users in Halifax, Africville).  Each interprofessional group works collaboratively to create a poster presentation to communicate profession specific orientations to the field of practice and interprofessional strategies to address identified health challenges encountered by the client population. Additionally, the students share their reflective experiences of working in an interprofessional group.

During the fall of 2011, the student groups had two face-to-face encounters during class time to meet their interprofessional peers, learn about each other’s scope of practice, discuss profession specific analyses, and formalize a client-centered, interprofessional plan to address the identified challenges in
the field of practice.  The assignment culminated with a poster presentation, wherein approximately 18 interprofessional groups of students presented their posters to peers, faculty, and guests. Each year the poster presentation is filled with energy and enthusiasm.



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Scott Knowles Pharmacy Award

The Knowles Family (L-R Stanley, Scott and Jeff) with President Tom Traves at convocation in 2007.

There are many ways to honour the memory of a loved one.  Dalhousie alumnus Jeff Knowles (’07) and his father, Stanley (’74), mother Jean and sister Colleen chose to celebrate the life of their son and brother Scott (’07) by establishing the Scott Knowles Memorial Pharmacy Award.  A graduate of the College of Pharmacy, Scott passed away unexpectedly in 2011.  The award named in his honour will offer $4,000 each year to a New Brunswick student graduating from the College of Pharmacy who is returning to the province to practice in a community pharmacy.  To learn more about Scott and the award, read the story in Dal News.

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