Allison received her MSc. Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2012. She has since practised as a physiotherapist across the continuum of care, in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, in both Alberta and British Columbia. Her focus of professional development has largely been in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, rural & remote practice, and global health. Allison’s first experience practising as a physiotherapist in a global health context was in 2017 when she volunteered with Hillside Health Care Clinic in the remote southern district of Toledo, Belize, Central America. She then worked as a sole practice physiotherapist at Tofino General Hospital in Tofino, BC, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. That is, the unceded and traditional territory of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. Here, she began her journey towards developing cultural humility and more culturally safe practice. During this time, Allison participated in the Global Health Division’s Mentorship Program and volunteered as the Secretary for the Global Health Division, as well as participating as a member of the PABC Rural & Remote Committee, and a member of UBC’s PT Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Content Advisory Group with a focus on the education needs of physical therapy clinicians in rural and remote areas of BC. Allison is currently working for a not-for-profit community-based rehabilitation program for individuals with moderate to severe brain injury in Calgary, AB, and is the Chair of the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Kendra volunteered for the secretary position of the Global Health Division as the COVID-19 pandemic first gripped Canada. Sitting on her couch, unable to work at her job as a private practice physiotherapist, she was inspired by the connectivity of health around the world and wanted to learn more. While she considered jumping into further education in public health, the position of GHD Secretary seemed like a more logical first step.
Kendra has a BSc. in Kinesiology (2006) as well as her MPT (2015) from the University of Saskatchewan. Her interest in equitable access to health care was heightened while her MPT research team, under the direction of Brenna Bath, examined the regional supply versus demand of physiotherapy in Saskatchewan. After graduation, she loved working in public practice in her long-time home of Lloydminster, SK/AB, before family commitments brought her to private practice and B.C.’s Okanagan Valley. She has a knack for working with older individuals and youth as well as dancers of all ages. More than 20 years in Highland dance first opened her heart to Canada and the world. Now, she is looking forward to broadening her understanding of global health surrounded by the members of the CPA’s Global Health Division.
Lisa completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at McGill University in 2004. She has worked in acute care, in-patient stroke rehab, and out-patient paediatric rehab and spent several years living and working in First Nation Eeyou communities in northern Quebec. She is currently completing a Master's in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University, where her research is exploring how Canadian PT curricula are changing to reflect the priorities of Indigenous Peoples and their communities. She is also a member of the GHD's Indigenous Health Subcommittee.
Shelly is a neuro physiotherapist based in Vancouver, BC. She has worked with adult and paediatric populations in various neurological settings and is a strong believer in equal access to health care. She has advocated for the role of physiotherapy and exercise in health promotion and has been involved in several public health initiatives targeting access to health care issues in the community, both nationally and internationally. These include setting up a Parkinson's exercise group for those living on the outskirts of the Metro Vancouver area, setting up a rehabilitation programme for the Silver Lining Foundation in rural China and working with Crisis at Christmas to improve health care access for people who are homeless. In addition to achieving honours in her Physiotherapy degree, Shelly holds a 'Foundations of Global Health Specialization' certificate from Johns Hopkins University and hopes to complete a master's in public health in the future.
Susan is an orthopaedic physiotherapist based in Toronto, where she completed both her undergraduate degree in Physical Education and her Master of Science in Physical Therapy.
Aside from in Toronto, she has worked in private practice clinics in Australia and New Zealand, fulfilling her outdoor adventure dreams while gaining valuable clinical experience. Upon returning from living overseas in 2017, Susan found an opportunity to volunteer with A Better World Canada on a rehabilitation trip to Kenya in 2018, where she and a group of rehabilitation professionals worked alongside local therapists to assess and assign exercise programs to children with a variety of neurological conditions. This trip reminded her of her interest in global health, which had been at the back of her mind for years.
Also a passionate photographer, Susan travelled to Rwanda in 2019 to volunteer her storytelling skills for a local NGO assisting women with disabilities build vocational skills. As the Global Health Division’s communications officer, she hopes to expand her knowledge (and yours) of the scope of global health with respect to physiotherapy and beyond.
Lucy recently completed her Master’s of Physiotherapy at the University of Toronto in 2019. As a new graduate, Lucy is interested in exploring all aspects of physiotherapy, especially learning more about global health. When she is not practising as a therapist, she is moonlighting as the outreach manager of a non-profit organization providing STEM education to low-income students. In her free time, Lucy enjoys engaging in different fitness classes, such as Zumba and hip hop, as well as thinking about life by the waters and watching airplanes fly by, dreaming of her next vacation. One day, Lucy hopes to work in health policy or for the UN!
Knowledge Translation Representative
I have graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago in Movement Science (2005) prior to completing my Master’s in Physiotherapy at the University of Ottawa (2009), where I decided to skip my graduation day to escape to Benin and volunteer at the CAORF for three months (2009). This experience solidified my love for global health. I then briefly worked in private sport med clinic (2009-2011) and decided to leave again with Handicap International for an emergency mission in Ivory Coast (2011). Upon my return, I made a drastic change to only pursue neuro traumatic complex cases (I think it had something to do with Ivory Coast!). Since I have been working in a private community in neuro, teaching at the University of Ottawa, teaching continuing education, animating tele-rehab program with French senior in Northern Canadian Area (CNFS), and started my PhD (2016) to find ways to improve access of interventions for TBI patients. I am extremely happy to finally get back to Global health and hope to contribute to the global health research in any shape or form (global starts at home!).
On a more personal note, I love to travel and have a wonderful little two-year-old boy who I am so excited to share this world with! I also speak French.
Indigenous Health Co-Representative
Allana completed both her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2014. She considers herself to be a generalist, having worked with clients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions. She is currently working at Community Therapy Services in Winnipeg, MB, in the Home Care and Northern Outreach programs. Through this agency, she provides fly-in consultative PT services to First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. She is passionate about addressing health inequities and the underpinning unequal power relations in society that create them.
If you have any questions about the Indigenous Health Sub-Committee or are interested in becoming involved, please send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Indigenous Health Co-Representative
Priscilla completed her studies in Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Manitoba in 2015 and continued her education there to complete her Master of Physical Therapy in 2018. Since graduation, Priscilla has been working at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) in Winnipeg, MB. This organization provides physiotherapy service to school-age children in Manitoba First Nations communities. From growing up in a northern isolated community, Priscilla shows interest in Indigenous and global health.
PT Student Representative
Sophie is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa’s physiotherapy program in French. She previously completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Kinesiology at Queen's University in 2019. During her undergraduate degree, she took courses in global and population health and completed an international exchange at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Her interest in global health was initially sparked through travel. To date, she has visited 25 countries and looks forward to adding to the list. Sophie is happy to be joining the GHD Executive Committee and excited to engage in ethical, collaborative, and sustainable global health work with like-minded people.
GHD Executive Role Descriptions
ALL Global Health Division (GHD) executive members are expected to:
Attend regular virtual meetings and not miss more than three (3) meetings per year. In the event of needing to miss a meeting, the executive member will inform the secretary in advance and provide a written update regarding their position and an update on all relevant outstanding action items prior to the meeting.
Regularly send information related to their position for posting on social media to the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s (CPA) Communications Specialist or the GHD Executive or Sub-Committee member responsible for posting on the GHD social media channels.
Assist in recruiting new GHD Executive, Sub-Committee, and general members.
Engage in public speaking about the GHD as opportunities arise.
As of June 2020, we are accepting Letters of Intent and CVs for the following positions:
- Chair Elect
Please e-mail your application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Anna Belay, Western University
- Katelyn Brooks, Queen's University
- Brooke Edwardson, Western University
- Joel Genyk, University of Manitoba
- Leigh Jefferies, Western University
- Sophie Laurin, University of Ottawa
- Zachary Moll, Western University
- Kajal Neto, McMaster University
- Ryan Pinto, Western University
- Moriah Thorpe, Western University
- Sara Abassbhay
- Vanitha Arumugam
- Kyle Curtis
- Ryan Pinto
- Isabelle Proulx
- Sara Abassbhay
- Lisa Arcobelli
- Allana Beavis
- Priscilla Flett
- Amanda Fortin
- Moni Fricke
- Katie Gasparelli
- Simone Gruenig
- Mia Legato
- Sarah Oosman
Take a look at our 2020-2022 Goals!
- Sara Abassbhay
- Susan Czyzo
We are currently accepting new members to all sub-committees. If you are interested in joining a sub-committee, please contact us at email@example.com.