Meet Your NPAA Executive
National Physiotherapist Assistant Assembly Executive
Aurélie Dimadja, Past President (Bilingual)
Sandra Lamb, PTA Director, Board of Directors
Jason Coolen, PT Director, Board Liaison
Tracey Pierog, Alberta & NWT PTA Representative, Newsletter Editor and Education Officer
Amy has been working as a PTA for 18 years. She was the NPAA Atlantic Representation for 4 years, from 2009-2013. She had enjoyed her time and commitment as the Atlantic Representative as it had prepared her to embark upon this new leadership role for the PTA profession. Amy had decided to further her involvement by fulfilling the role of President of the NPAA in 2015. She was still actively involved as the Past President in committees of the NPAA and the CPA, however in July 2019 she became the President yet again.
Amy had graduated from the College of North Atlantic's Physiotherapist Assistant Program in 2000. She has been working as a Physiotherapist Assistant with Eastern Health, NL since September 2000. She is currently representing the Physiotherapist Assistants on the Regional
You can contact Amy at email@example.com.
Aurélie currently serves as the Past President of the NPAA. She completed the Occupational Therapist and Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma Program at Mohawk College in 2014. Since graduation, she has worked in various health care settings, such as long-term care homes, physiotherapy clinics, community care and hospital settings. Aurélie has worked with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, geriatrics, orthopaedic conditions, developmental disabilities, and the mental health population.
In her first year of the OTA/PTA program, the President of the NPAA at the time (Sandra Lamb) reached out to Aurélie about joining the NPAA as a Student Representative. After some consideration, she said yes; the rest is history. She wanted to advocate for PTAs and PTA Students on a national level. In addition, Aurélie is involved in community volunteering as a Board Member with Community Living Burlington and Contact Hamilton. She also serves on the Volunteer Executive Committee for Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Hamilton Chapter.
You can contact Aurélie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alberta & NWT PTA Representative, Newsletter Editor and Education Officer
Tracey Pierog has been working as a Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapy Assistant since 2016 when she graduated from the Therapy Assistant program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. As a student, she enjoyed a placement in GSICU/Burns at the University of Alberta Hospital, as well as a Research placement at the Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic. Because of these placements, Tracey is enthusiastic about all the opportunity that Therapy Assistants have in this emerging discipline.
The world of physiotherapy is still new to Tracey as she has a previous history in owning her own fitness/dance/yoga business in Edmonton. She enjoys many aspects of adult education and loves having students, along with being a student herself! Tracey is constantly working to improve her knowledge in Rehabilitation Studies and takes courses often. Currently working at the University of Alberta Hospital in the Medicine program, she has experience working in Long Term Care as well as Orthopaedics. With a passion for learning, she hopes to be a reliable source that other PTAs can go to, to better their practice. She is a representative of Alberta and NWT, as well the Newsletter Editor and Education Officer.
You can contact Tracey at email@example.com.
Atlantic Student Representative and Secretary
Janelle Walker is the Atlantic Provinces Student Representative and Secretary for the NPAA. She is studying at the Eastern College in the PTA / OTA program but is also currently on her first placement. She has made a switch from working for years at a bank with a BA. She had decided that she needed a big change in her life and career, and so here she is! Janelle joined the NPAA because she wanted to be involved fully with her new career, keep up on the latest information and be part of the community.
You can contact Janelle at NPAAStudentRepAtlantic@physiotherapy.ca.
Alberta Student Coordinator
Kayley Schnare is taking on the role of one of a Student Coordinator for the NPAA. She is a second-year Physiotherapist / Occupational Therapist Assistant student at the Medicine Hat College in Medicine Hat, Alberta.
You can contact Kayley at NPAAStudentRep@physiotherapy.ca.
Ontario Student Coordinator
Amanda Hackim is currently serving as a Student Coordinator for the NPAA. She graduated from the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant program from Durham College in June 2019. Within the two year program, she has been on four placements at retirement homes and clinics, working with elderly people, adults, and children. Amanda chose to enter the OTA/PTA program because her goal has always been to work with athletes and in the health care field to help indiciduals improve their overall well-being, function, and mobility, as well as reach their goal in therapy. She decided to become a member of the NPAA to advocate for PTAs, get involved nationally, and develop and expand herself within the profession. If you are interested in getting involved by writing a piece for our e-blast, please contact her to get more information.
You can contact Amanda at NPAAStudentRepOntario@physiotherapy.ca.
General Member Inquiries
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-387-8679.