President's Address

Hello Everyone!

It's been a busy year over at the National Student Assembly. In the fall semester, we joined forces with PT Day of Service (PTDOS) - a global day of volunteerism by PTs, PTAs, and PT Students. The NSA acted as the only Canadian ambassador for the organization and our students joined with volunteers from ~80 other countries. Our NSA students ran food drives across the country to support their local food banks.

In November, our Exercise is Medicine team led a Step Challenge to Fight the November Blues. We had participation from seven universities, with U of T coming out on top! Congrats to all the participating students!

Finally, we have been in the process of overhauling our social media pages. Here's where you'll find updates on what we’ve been up to, as well as information on events, bursaries, and student opportunities. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on all things NSA.

Best of luck to all in 2020, I look forward to seeing to seeing you at #Congress2020!

Hailey Wilkerson
National Student Assembly

University Updates

University of British Columbia

Sledge Hockey Showdown: The Sledge Hockey Showdown is an annual one-day sledge hockey tournament, hosted by SportAbility, to fundraise for the continued development of sledge hockey in British Columbia. This was the 11th consecutive year of the tournament, and UBC Physiotherapy put forth a team again this year. Placing fifth of six, our first- and second-year students had a blast testing out their skills on the ice! 
(Submitted by Kirsten Ward, First-Year Rep)

University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba had raised money for Type I Diabetes and participated in the SunLife Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF. We had two MPT1 teams, one MPT2 team, and one staff team.
We had volunteered at Siloam Mission, which is a homeless shelter in Winnipeg, helping in the kitchen and sorting hampers just before the holidays. This was MPT1s.
The College of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Manitoba had a winter formal to celebrate the term being complete. MPT1s and MPT2s were involved.
(Submitted by Amy Lambert, First-Year Rep)

University of Saskatchewan

Social Events: Olympics, Amazing Race, Shinerama Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis, Fall Formal
Second-Year Students: two placements (October and January), Two six-week modules, Community Health Day in a low-income neighbourhood, and the Saskatchewan Physiotherapy Association sponsored a couple of ‘Lunch & Learn’s – Private vs. Public Practice Information Session and Resume Writing & Cover Letter Writing.
(Submitted by Brooke Pachal, Second-Year Rep)

The fall was busy with many social events planned for first and second years. We had our annual Shinerama campaign in September, which was a great success, a food drive for our local Saskatoon Food Bank in October, and a Fall Formal in November. The beginning of December was final exam time and then we enjoyed a restful Christmas break. We have started Module two and are excited for our first placement in April.
(Submitted by Haley Enns, First-Year Rep)

Dalhousie University

Both first- and second-year PT students have enjoyed a successful Fall semester at Dalhousie. Outside of class studies, students from both classes participated in an annual interprofessional fundraising event. This year, the School of Physiotherapy earned top honours by raising over $10,000 for a selected charity, Inclusive Movement – Halifax Dance. Students also participated in the Step Challenge facilitated by the NSA’s Exercise is Medicine group throughout the month of November. Currently, first-year students are working through their second semester of classes, while second-year students are returning to the school for their final semester following a six-week clinical placement. Wishing all students, faculty, and CPA members a wonderful season ahead! 
(Submitted by Justin MacLellan, Second-Year Rep and NSA Communications Executive)