This February and May we congratulated 11 MRSc graduates!

(From left to right: Ivonne Montgomery, Jessica Ariss, Louise Donnellan, Jenna Beaumont)

For her final project, recreational therapist Jessica Ariss examined Community-Based Recreation Therapy in Mental Health Recovery through an innovative participant driven arts program. She purposely joined the MRSc program “to contribute to research evidence in the field of therapeutic recreation and to improve my skills as a recreation therapist.” For Jessica, the best part of completing her Master’s was improving her critical thinking skills and conducting her research study.

Occupational Therapist Angela Chin completed a captivating major project Exploring the Experiences of School-Based Therapists Who Assign Tasks to Educational Paraprofessionals. Angela’s reason for pursuing the MRSc program is that she is “drawn to the process of learning” and that it “also provided a great opportunity for [her] to get involved on front end projects and initiatives in [her] field.”

Louise Donnellan’s final project explored Acute Care Occupational Therapists’ and Therapy Assistants’ Collaborative Practice. As an Occupational Therapist, Louise joined the MRSc program with hope to acquire knowledge and skills to inform and develop her clinical practice. “The [program] has encouraged me not to shy away from questioning established workplace practices and to change my assumptions that nobody likes change,” Louise explains.

A practicing Occupational Therapist in Germany, Anita Franken decided to join MRSc program because she “found [herself] challenged by…philosophical questions regarding the focus and nature of therapy but also questions regarding effective treatment.” Anita investigated the Ecological Validity of the SEMS (Systematic Assessment of Motor-Based Handwriting Dysfunctions). Despite completing a quantitative methods study, she reports that she “learned to appreciate qualitative research and better understand its importance in defining [her] professional focus.”

Regarding the MRSc program, registered massage therapist Robert Hemsworth describes it as “a staggered learning environment that was supportive, collaborative, and accessible.” After more than four years in the program, Robert’s hard work was reflected in his major project: Registered Massage Therapists’ Intention to Use Standardized Outcome Measures (SOMs). Robert also explains that he “is doubtful that [he] would ever have awakened such potential” without the MRSc program.

Ivonne Montgomery’s journey in the MRSc program led her to produce a major project on Applying Printing Like a Pro! in a School-based Printing Club: A Pilot Study. Ivonne’s passion for helping children is well reflected in her major project. She explains that the MRSc program’s “course work has helped [her] grow in [her] use and understanding of research” which left her feeling “more confident…in evidence-based practice.”

For physiotherapist Catherine Patterson, her major project, Physical Activity Experience of Children Post Liver Transplant: Developing a Foundation for Rehabilitation Interventions, has allowed her “to add to the evidence for rehabilitation practice in the transplant population.” She sees the MRSc program as a medium through which she is “able to create knowledge that [reflects] the needs of patients within the context of [her] clinical setting.”

Four course-based graduates completed their MRSc this spring: Speech Language Pathologist Jenna Beaumont, and Occupational Therapists Nathalie Carr, Daniel Han, & Emily Lee. Nathalie reflects feedback from other learners, that the program flexibility and opportunities to share experiences with learners from across the country were the best aspects of completing her MRSc.