My journey to the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) has not been a simple one but one that I’d like to share with you.
My story starts with the University of Ottawa, where I graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy- was yet to be a Masters at that point!. I returned to work in my hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, where I grounded my clinical skills working with an adult population in acute care hospitals, home care and a private clinic. Having enjoyed being a clinical preceptor for over 5 years, I chose to return to school and complete a Master’s in Education at the University of Ottawa.
It was on January 10th, 2010, while I was teaching at la Cite Collegiale, that I was very emotionally affected by my Haitian students who were devastated by an earthquake that was happening in their native country. That was the day I told myself that if I could do something to help, I would. And, I did.
My life changing adventure began soon after, in Haiti. I worked in Haiti as a physiotherapist, which eventually lead to working in Afghanistan as a Physiotherapy Supervisor, to Kenya as a Technical Advisor, back to Haiti as a Rehabilitation Coordinator and finally to Lebanon/Jordan to work as a Technical Unit Coordinator for the Syrian refugee situation. I lived many humbling experiences on these adventures which have brought much insight and reflection to my work and personal life. The desire to continue contributing to the global health sector in my home country has brought me to SPOT to pursue a PhD in Global Health and Rehabilitation.
I am delighted to join the new Global Health Research Initiative (GHRI) at SPOT in the position of SPOT Global Health Coordinator. My tasks will include, organizing the monthly Global Health Forum to bring together those interested in rehabilitation and global health for stimulating presentations and dialogue sessions, supporting global health activities at SPOT and liaising with students, faculty, clinicians and other partners interested in the area of rehabilitation and global health.
If you are interested in the work of the GHRI or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.