Rising Star Distinction Winners: 2017/2018
Hillary has always strived to help children reach their full potential. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree at the University of Toronto, Hillary was already heavily involved in the special needs community. She worked with children at a hydrotherapy pool, on a cheerleading team, and coordinated a community day of adapted physical activity and sport. Hillary continued to volunteer and gain experience with this population in Toronto during her schooling, but it was her final 5-week clinical placement that solidified her passion. Since graduating she has taken numerous continuing education courses to develop her clinical tool box. Hillary has taken on three separate part time paediatric positions as well as starting her own practice in order to gain as much experience as possible in this complex field. Hillary works in a private paediatric clinic, out in the community performing home visits, in a multidisciplinary paediatrician’s office, and on the research team at Holland Bloorview. Hillary strongly believes in promoting the profession, collaborating with colleagues, and providing education to parents on typical childhood development, and has implemented developmental workshops with community partners. Hillary feels so fortunate to be doing what she loves, and wants to thank her mentors in the community who have provided her with amazing support, insight, and knowledge. Hillary looks forward to continuing to work with inspiring families and clinicians in this incredible field of paediatric physiotherapy.
Lauren graduated from the Masters of Physical Therapy program at the University of Manitoba in 2017. She has always had a passion for working with children, and knew before entering university that she wanted to work in paediatrics. Over the past 5 years, Lauren gained experience by volunteering as a swim instructor for SwimAbility Manitoba, which provides weekly one-on-one swimming lessons for children with special needs. This opportunity stoked her passion and further motivated her to pursue paediatric physical therapy. In her last year of school, Lauren excelled at a clinical placement in school therapy services, allowing her to work with children and youth with a large variety of neurological and orthopaedic conditions. This setting was of great interest to Lauren as it was motivating and uplifting to assist children, their families, and invested school teams in accomplishing their goals. Lauren has since begun working in the school therapy setting, as well as in private practice. She looks forward to continuing her learning and growth as a paediatric physiotherapist in the years to come.