On Thursday, November 29, McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy proudly hosted Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, McGill Master of Rehabilitation Science and Doctor of Rehabilitation Science graduate. Mrs. Johnston joined Associate Dean of the School, Annette Majnemer, as well as faculty, staff and friends, as keynote speaker at the 2012 Edith Aston McCrimmon Lectureship. Earlier the same day, Her Excellency, together with Vice-Principal of Health Affairs and Dean of Medicine David Eidelman, also inaugurated the School’s Benefactors’ Lounge, a space inspired by McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor Heather Munroe-Blum during her keynote address at the 2010 Edith Aston McCrimmon Lectureship.

The Edith Aston McCrimmon Lectureship was established in 2009 thanks to several donors to celebrate leadership and vision, key attributes of the spirited and determined McGill professor  and alumna after whom it is named. The lecture series unites professors, practitioners and students to be encouraged by visionary leaders in the field.

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy today consists of 11 high calibre programs attended by some 700 students and recognized internationally, as well as a corps of exceptional teachers, practitioners and researchers. The first Canadian Bachelor of Science program in Physical and Occupational Therapy was offered at McGill. The School is also home to the country’s first PhD program in Rehabilitation Science.

McGill’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy continues to grow in step with health care needs in Quebec and beyond. Today, 300,000 Canadians live with stroke-related impairments, while 7.7% of Canadian children live with a developmental disability. These are just two of many conditions related to chronic conditions and disabilities that underscore a growing demand for rehabilitation services and expertise.




December 12, 2012