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Tsering Wangmo

Colleen Tate Memorial Bursary

On January 30, the Department presented the annual Colleen Tate Memorial Bursary to Year 1 student Tsering Wangmo after receiving several nominations from her classmates. The award is presented to the student, chosen by his/her classmates, who is in good academic standing and who best exemplifies the qualities that Colleen was known for. These include being generous, kind-hearted, accommodating, and outgoing.

Congratulations Tsering!

Transforming Technology for Aging and Healthcare

As part of the University’s 2016 Spring Reunion Stress-free Degree Lecture Series, Dr. Alex Mihailidis will be presenting a free lecture for the public. "Disruption Ahead: Transforming Technology for Aging and Healthcare" explores new ways of thinking about the design of these technologies to realize their great promise for older adults.

May 27, 12:30 p.m.
Sidney Smith Hall, Room 2118
100 St. George St.


Congratulations to Mallory Ryan (MScOT’11)

Congratulations to Mallory Ryan (MScOT’11) who was recently awarded the 2014 Humanitarian Award by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Alumni Association. Mallory was recognized for her leadership in creating start-up initiatives including the founding of Dance Ability with her sister Jade Ryan (MScOT’13). Dance Ability is an inclusive dance program offering opportunities for students of all abilities to express their creativity through dance. It also enables other dance students and volunteers to enhance their understanding of diversity and inclusion. Listen to Mallory’s inspiring acceptance speech: Mallory’s Inspiring acceptance speech and read Mallory’s story on the UOIT website: Mallory’s story on the UOIT website

Posted October 8, 2014

Congratulations Karen Goldenberg, OS&OT Alumna, Awarded Order of Canada

Karen Goldenberg, an OS&OT alumna, is named a Member of the Order of Canada “for her role in advancing research and practice in occupational therapy, and for her leadership of social service organizations.”


Karen is a visionary leader and creative force in the profession and in society. Throughout her diverse career in community care and social entrepreneurism, Karen has always been an “OT First”. As her Order of Canada citation indicates, she has been instrumental in placing occupational therapy as an integral and leading force in health and community care.


Karen’s contributions to community organizations and health care institutions are truly exceptional, diverse and far too numerous list here. Karen was co-founder and long-standing leader of Community Occupational Therapy Associates (COTA), the first community-based not-for-profit occupational therapy organization in Canada. Karen helped establish the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) and contributed her expertise as a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Executive Committee. Karen has also been a board member of the United Way, an executive of the former Addiction Research Foundation (now Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and Special Advisor for Long Term Care Reform for the Ontario Ministry of Health.
These contributions and her many others make Karen a most deserving recipient of the Order of Canada. We are deeply proud of our friend and colleague!
To learn more about Karen’s many contributions, read the article written by alumna Aya Ortel et al., posted on the CAOT website.

Posted July 10, 2014

OT Alumni Honour Pat McKee on her Retirement

OT Alumni from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy together with faculty, staff, family and friends paid tribute to Pat McKee at a retirement reception at Hart House on June 19 2014. Professor McKee has had a most distinguished 27-year career at UofT as an educator, mentor, researcher, colleague and friend.
The presentations made at the reception documented Pat’s many accomplishments during her career, and highlighted the enormous impact she has had on the lives of many, and on OT practice in the areas of hand therapy, ergonomics, and musculoskeletal health. Alumnus, Gail Simpson was the MC, Dr. Susan Rappolt, Chair of the department, read an eloquently written letter of congratulations from President Emeritus, Dr. David Naylor; Dr. Judith Friedland (department chair 1990-2000) presented an account of Pat McKee’s numerous and sometimes amusing contributions.
Pat McKee Retirement Celebration
Lisa Lazzarotto spoke on behalf of the over 1700 students Pat taught since 1987 and Marie Eason Klatt spoke (and sang) on behalf of the Hand Therapy community. All attendees joined together to sing “Look Beyond” with lyrics adapted by Pat’s colleague and friend Lynn Cockburn with musical direction from Andrea Duncan. The formal program ended with an address from Professor McKee and her performance of an adapted version of “When I’m Gone” AKA “Cups”, accompanied by her daughter Alice Salamon. Musicians Catherine Wilson and Norman Hathaway contributed to the festivities with their beautiful piano and violin music.
Professor McKee said in her address “I’m quite overwhelmed. I’m incredibly grateful that you would say such wonderful things and give me such warm hugs. It’s been an awesome career.” She acknowledged the very important contributions of the clinical community in supporting the education of UofT’s OT students. “We could not do what we do without the support of our community.”
We would like to acknowledge and thank the large organizing committee of OT Alumni, and staff member, Nella Rupp, who planned the fun-filled celebration under the thoughtful direction of Professor Patty Rigby. They are Professor Anne Agur, Lorna Aitkens, Professor Andrea Duncan, Melissa Heidebrecht, Lisa Lazzarotto, Maureen Riley, Gail Simpson, Kate Turner and Chris Yuen. We would also like to thank the following MScOT students for their assistance during the reception – Brittney Dumouchelle, Alyssa Komar, and Ishanee Jahagirdar, and Jonathan Lo our volunteer photographer.
Please consider making a donation to honour Pat McKee through an award to support research by students/clinicians in the areas of hand therapy, arthritis or ergonomics (three of Pat’s areas of expertise). We would be pleased to accept your donation at
Please be sure to designate your gift to the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and note that it is a tribute gift to honour Pat McKee when you enter your credit card details. The University will send Pat a card to notify her of your thoughtfulness.