Fieldwork Education Awards

The Fieldwork Education Awards recognize the invaluable involvement of the many preceptors, site fieldwork coordinators, and partner organizations in our clinical community who contribute to the MScOT program and the education of our students. We honoured our outstanding clinical community for their contributions at an awards ceremony on February 21, 2024 where award recipients were presented with letters and certificates to acknowledge their valued impact, based on our students’ nominations. Attendees joined the celebration at both campuses (St. George Campus and Mississauga Campus) and online.

At this event, we recognized contributions during the 2023 calendar year.

Find photos from the awards celebrations here.

Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award

105 clinical educators received a Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award recognizing their outstanding teaching during a fieldwork placement or course.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:
Ainslie Lowes​ Alanna Davis​ Alexandra Malkin​ Alison Barker​ Alison Ha​
Alissa Fingold​ Amanda Musto​ Amy Szeto​ Andrea Blake Ariel Berdock​
Bismah Khalid​ Brianna Marshall​ Brittany Nolan​ Calvin Leung​ Catherine Kerry​
Cathy Choi​ Chelsy Martin​ Cheryl Tanaka​ Christian Blake​ Christine Button​
Cooper Dupre​ Cynthia Brandt​ Dana Henderson​ Daniel Moreau​ Danielle Genders​
David Gradziel Diana Sondergaard​ Diane Cirone​ Dr. Shelley Chow​ Ellen Flanagan​
Elliot Tung​ Elyse Goodfield Emily Smolej Emma Manalo​ Erin Fraser​
Erin Kirk Fiana Lu Frances Lau​ Hailey Benedict​ Hannah Woolley​
Jackie Robinson Jameela Lencucha​ Jean Clow​ Jenna D’Sylva (Ware)​ Jennifer Burnside​
Jennifer Ireland​ Jennifer Pare​ Jennifer Wickenden​ Jennifer Moebs Jessica Miguel​
Joyce Lee​ Juana Lepelli​ Julia Corsini Kapilan Kulasingham​ Karen Yu​
Katherine Reece​ Kathleen Lawrence Katrina Hill​ Kristin Collins​ Kristina Marchiori​
Laura Allen​ Lauren Lipkin​ Lauren Sacks​ Leonithas Meridis Lily Nguyen​
Lisa Artero​ Lisa Palmer​ Lori Canes​ Lori Howell ​ Lynn Roberti​
Maha Wakim​ Mai Landau​ Mandy Leung​ Mara Lesczyznski Maria Mariadasan​
Marlene Adams​ Marni Herskovitz​ Meaghan Walker​ Melanie Carvalho​ Mindy Simon​
Myra Del Rosario Nalisha Noel​ Natasha Stekel​ Rebecca VanderBurgh​ Regan Chau-Stacey
Sandeep Marwaha​ Sara Montesano​ Sara Salahub​ Sarah Hanna​ Sarah Hobbs​
Sarah Mills​ Sarah Thorne​ Seema Zerafa​ Serena Egidio​ Sharon Chan​
Sharon Smith Sharon Wu Shelley Vaisberg​ Simon Kim​ Souling Chan​
Stacey Connors​ Stephanie Farrow​ Tam Bui Tickalyn Martin​ Vidya Umaibalan​

Exceptional Fieldwork Teaching Award

This award is given to an individual who has consistently excelled as a fieldwork preceptor and/or site coordinator over many years, providing superior learning experiences for a variety of student learners. In addition, the award winner has promoted and encouraged excellence in clinical education within their facility.

Congratulations to Stacey Zammit from William Osler Health System.

Stacey has shown leadership, dedication, passion, and expertise in all her work with student occupational therapists and is an exemplary contributor to our MScOT program.

Fieldwork Education Awards 2022

This year’s awards recognized contributions during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award

104 clinical educators received a Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award. 
Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Hannah Albrechtsons Sonia Anderson Natalie Antonacci  Kelsey Ashley Seema Bell
Janet Bernstein Jacquelyn Bonneville Rebekah Boscariol Jennifer Burnside Melanie Campos
Jessica Casey Sabrina Chagani Winnie Chan Nancy Chen John Cho
Catherine Chuang Jennifer Crouchman Elizabeth Cruchley Jacqualyn Davies Patrice de Peiza
Myra Del Rosario Sabrina Deonarain Lynne Downey Aliya Drakes Michiko Estreller
Elaine Flood Erin Fraser Robin Gairns Trish (Patricia) Geisler Janine Goldie
Emma Greenberg Meeta Gugnani Karima Hassam Naomi Hazlett Lise Heroux
Leslie Hopkins Lori Howell Laura Howson-Strong Darlene Hubley Jaclyn Jacobs
Jennifer Joachimides Sonia John Gabi Kaplan Farah Kassam Salma Kassam
Mhairi Kay Theresa Kennedy Navdeep Khangura Laura Khoo Lucy Kilby
Katherine Kinney Tal Klachook Amanda Landry Patrice Lindsay Julia Liu
Jonathan Lo Lauren Marcus Tickalyn Martin Julie Mazzuchin Sheri McClement
Meridith McClenaghan Rebecca McGuff Leonithas Meridis Jennifer Moebs Kim Mullens
Amy Nesbitt Laxee Nithiyananthan Theo Ortega Holly Pearson Angela Perovic
Stephanie Phan Tisha Rhooms Maureen Riley Kait Robbins Lauren Rutka
Nadine Salz Sarah Sheffe Danika Sherman Leora Shuval Jay Skaria
Laura Stanley Carly Stier Erika Sy Martina Sykula Tammy Tang
Laura Thompson Mayleen Torres Estrella Tse Svedlana Tzanakakis Vidya Umaibalan
Rebecca VanderBurgh Megha Vatsya Lauren Ward Jenna Ware Sheri Watson
Barbara Wilson Hyla Wise Mariam Youssab


Exceptional Fieldwork Teaching Award

Congratulations to Jennifer Joachimides, Unity Health Toronto – Providence Healthcare.

Jennifer has demonstrated both a strong commitment to and a high level of skill in fieldwork teaching, supervising 27 students over the past 14 years.  She works with a diversity of learners at all stages and invests herself fully in students who excel, those who struggle, and all others. Jennifer has also been involved as a clinical lab instructor and is passionate about teaching hands-on skills. Fieldwork students consistently recognize Jennifer for her excellent clinical teaching skills. Here are comments from recent students:

Jennifer keeps up to date on important evidence-based practice considerations as well as innovative methods of adult learning which she implements in her various roles as an educator for students and colleagues. It is extremely rare to find an educator like Jennifer who has such a strong intrinsic desire for growth and learning that permeates through each and every education session and informal conversation.

Not only did (Jennifer) care for my learning, but the learning of others, as she also ran a hands-on transfer lab for all OT and nursing students on the unit…What made (Jennifer) stand out was her collaborative efforts, as she always treated me like a colleague and not “just a student”.

Jennifer has shown leadership, dedication, passion, and expertise in all her work with student OTs and is an exemplary contributor to our MScOT program.

Fieldwork Education Awards 2021

On February 19, 2021, we acknowledged the invaluable contribution of the many preceptors and site fieldwork coordinators in our clinical community who contribute to the MScOT program and the education of its students.

This year’s awards recognized contributions during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award

Fifty one clinical educators received a Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

Emma Adams Noosha Afshin Jah Carolyn Alma Tanya Alves
Sara Asadinik Kathlyn Babia Ariel Berdock Tina Cammalleri
Jordana Caruso Jessica Casey Samantha Chefero Kalaa Chockalingam
Myra Del Rosario Bryan DeMarchi Amie Enns Imelda Falco
Julie Famewo Reema Farhat Michael Flores Erin Fraser
Kelsey Gamble Elizabeth Gartner Yarima Gonzalez Jenna Gourdeau
Darlene Hubley Mhairi Kay Sharon King Cara Kircher
Isabel Lam Frances Lau Melinda Machado-Cayley Sherna Marcus
Meridith McClenaghan Shelan McCreery Jennifer Moebs Andrea Moss
Yonit Nisan Laxee Nithiyananthan Michele Patterson Annette Petersen
Anna Ponzani Shawn Shams Danika Sherman Lindsay Sinclair
Laura Thompson Kate Turner Faith Webster Kelli Young
Raghad Zaiyouna Farhana Zaman Stacey Zammit

Exceptional Fieldwork Teaching Award

Congratulations to Myra DelRosario, Trillium Health Partners – Credit Valley Hospital.

Myra has demonstrated a strong commitment to fieldwork teaching, supervising 22 students over the past ten years and coordinating placements for 73 students at Credit Valley Hospital over the past five years. Myra is also involved as a clinical lab instructor and as a member of our Fieldwork Advisory Committee.  Fieldwork students consistently praise Myra for her excellent clinical teaching skills and the provision of a superb learning environment. Here are comments from recent students:

I believe that Myra is deserving of this recognition award because through my placement she taught me the true value of reflective and reflexive practice. Not only is she a skilled occupational therapist with a busy schedule but she also ensures that her students have ample time to reflect on their learning. Not every preceptor will go as in depth with their students by challenging them to think about what they are doing and how they are performing. This greatly benefited my learning during placement and I will always appreciate the time that she invested in me.

[Myra] took so much time to teach us and allow us opportunities to have hands on learning. Excellent communication skills, great explanation of her actions and role of OT  -Made me feel very safe to ask questions, gave us resources to learn more, inspired me to want to learn more about pediatric [occupational therapy].

Myra has shown excellence, dedication, passion, and expertise in all her work with the university and is very deserving of this award!

Exceptional Fieldwork Partner Award

Congratulations to this year’s recipients:

CBI Health Group
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Unity Health Toronto – Providence Healthcare
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre – St. John’s Rehab Campus

Fieldwork Education Awards 2020
On February 20, 2020, we hosted the annual Fieldwork Education Awards and reception to acknowledge the invaluable contribution of the many preceptors and site fieldwork coordinators in our clinical community who contribute to the MScOT program and the education of its students.

This year, we recognized the following for the 2018-2019 academic year:
  • 93 clinical educators with a Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award, for providing outstanding clinical teaching recognized by our students and faculty
  • Estella Tse, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, with the Exceptional Fieldwork Teaching Award 
  • A group of clinical partner organizations with a special Fieldwork Education Recognition Award for going beyond expectations to support fieldwork education.  These organizations are Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab; Michael Garron Hospital; Mount Sinai Hospital; University Health Network – Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals and Toronto Rehab; Sunnybrook – St. John’s Rehab; Unity Health Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital and Providence Healthcare

Download the Awards Presentation and the Award Recipient List

Many thanks to Professor Heather Colquhoun and Alexandra Thompson (MScOT ’19) for opening remarks, to Professor Anne Hunt and Rhona Anderson for their clinical education presentation following the awards ceremony, to Siobhan Donaghy for emceeing the event so efficiently, and to the rest of the Fieldwork Team for all their work on this day and throughout the year: Professor Donna Barker, Andrea Duncan, Nella Campisi, Ted Myerscough,  and Deb Cameron.

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