OPA Special Awards2018-07-11T15:38:05+00:00

OPA SPECIAL AWARDS

2019 AWARD NOMINATIONS OPEN

Every year, members of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) recognize the contributions of their peers by nominating them for an OPA Special Award. Nominate a fellow member for one of five OPA Special Awards.

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2018 AWARD WINNERS

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KAREN STRIKE | Innovation and Advancement Award


The Innovation and Advancement Award recognizes a member who has been a trailblazer within physiotherapy and advances the science of the profession through innovating approaches in clinical practice, research, technology and education. The winner of this award is a leader and mentor in their field, exploring new practices while fostering new talent.

“Karen’s willingness to share her knowledge and passion on a national and global stage is internationally renowned; she is grounded in a commitment to make changes to our profession in a legitimate evidence based manner…”

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KAREN BRUNTON | Leadership and Advocacy Award


The Leadership and Advocacy Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the profession by increasing the awareness and value of physiotherapy to the public and/or health care community. The recipient of this award is a shining example of what it means to be a leader within the profession and health care environment; an ambassador for the profession who goes above and beyond in the areas of integrity, professionalism, advocacy, accountability and communication.

“Karen has been instrumental in the development and advancement of a community exercise program for people with physical limitations. Karen’s impact is felt across Canada. Thanks to Karen’s vision, leadership and advocacy this program has expanded across the country, improving the daily life of many.”

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LIAM DESSUREAULT | Outstanding Volunteer Award


The Outstanding Volunteer Award is given to an individual in recognition of their significant contribution to the profession, in a volunteer capacity, at a national, provincial or district level. This award recognizes the endless efforts of our wonderful local volunteers who generously contributed their time, passion and energy to numerous professional association activities, always demonstrating a positive and enthusiastic professional spirit.

“Liam is an advocate and mentor to students and colleagues. He is a shining star for our profession.”

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GREG SMITH | Student/New Grad Leadership Award


The Student/New Grad Leadership Award recognizes the contribution of a member enrolled in an entry-level physiotherapy program or who is in their first year of practice (new grad) who stands out as an emerging leader amongst their peers through their involvement in association activities and promoting of the profession.

“Our future is bright with students like Greg joining our profession.”

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The Awards committee revised the awards program in 2016 to align with the Association’s priorities related to leadership development and innovation within the profession.

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