Class Notes

From your early days on campus you form a lifelong connection with your alma mater. Share your story and keep in touch with fellow grads. New job, baby, retirement, travel — we'd love to hear from you! 

  • 1950s

    The following class notes were submitted for publication in Rehab Impact 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

    “[My favourite memories are] the stories of taking anatomy with the med students, but mostly, the get togethers with classmates. I only worked until my daughter was to be born in 1959 and this was in North Battleford, SK.”
    Mary-Lynn Bowers (Houston)
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] cinnamon rolls at the 'Tuck Shop.' We made our mark on the campus because all 15 of us would be followed from building to building by our great dedicated teacher Nancy Rendall with her turban. [Since graduation, I worked in] general rehab, pediatrics, private practice and back to pediatrics. I ended my career opening a multidisciplinary Pediatric Program in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Currently, I volunteer in various ways and enjoy travel."
    Aline McMillan (Baril)
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memories are] dozing during Saturday morning massage class and the Tuck Shop. [After graduation, I] married, had children, and am moving across Canada.”
    Donna Ing
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memories are] classes in the Quonset Huts at the back of the U of A, and walking in mid-winter to Anatomy Classes. [Since graduation, I] taught Adaptive Swimming and was an Instructor for Handicapped Riding.”
    Esther Macdonald
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] my classmates—a fantastic group! [After graduation, I went on to complete] a Bachelor of Physical Therapy in Winnipeg in 1968 and an MSc at the University of Saskatchewan in 1972.”
    Sue Fife
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] as many as were possible of us climbing into one car to change classes. My less favourite memory is our instructor Nancy Rendell attending 'ALL' classes with us—as well as losing 10 lbs during final exams. Lots and lots of laughs in our little "white" building. [After graduation, I worked at the] Royal Alex for 1 1/2 years, then private practice until I retired, stopping a few years for both of my twin boys. I have done much travelling - Egypt, Vietnam, SA, etc. Meeting each year at Yellowpoint for 10 years with my physio classmates.”
    Marianne Roberts (Lindsay)
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] fun with classmates—Shirley Allin's jokes! [Since graduation, I’ve worked] as a PT at the University of Alberta Hospital, overseas in Austria, Switzerland, at CARS Calgary, as sole charge PT in Ashcroft and district for the Hospital and a Community PT in Abbotsford. [I earned a] bachelor’s degree at UBC.”
    Margot Ann Landels
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] great classmates who crowded into VW Beetles to get to WCB. [After graduation, I worked] general hospital duty to administration, mobile service around southern Manitoba, hospital and home care, and private practice on the island in BC, to retiring after 52 years of practice. A great time.”
    Shirley LePers (Dominy)
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “Too many favourite [memories] to pick—my favourite memory is my classmates—still my favourite people. I worked as a standardized patient, then as President of the College [of Physiotherapists]. Now, I am busy getting Rehab from wonderful graduates!”
    Berniece Malone
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956


    “[My favourite memory is] flirting with the Engineers in the other half of the Quonset Hut where we had some of our classes. I worked 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. as an out-patient physio in Ontario until I was 69 and I loved every minute of it (plus I was happily married to Bob Moar and had 5 beautiful children).”
    Shirley Allin Moar
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956

    “Both years we won the inter-faculty blood donor trophy—with 100% of the class donating. After raising a family and working as a PT for 30 years, I'm happily retired!”
    Elaine Roberts
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 1975

  • 1970s

    The following class notes were submitted for publication in Rehab Impact 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

    “Both years we won the inter-faculty blood donor trophy—with 100% of the class donating. After raising a family and working as a PT for 30 years, I'm happily retired!”
    Elaine Roberts
    Diploma Physiotherapy, Class of 1956
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 1975

  • 1980s

    The following class notes were submitted for publication in Rehab Impact 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

    “[My favourite memory is] graduating :) I am a physio and owner of the Edge Sport Physical Therapy Clinic in Calgary.”
    Barb Lindsay
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 1981


    “[My favourite memories are] CAB cinnamon buns, the get togethers, working on projects like BLOSAM (Barb, Lindsay, Orlene, Susan, Andrea, Marla), fluency pilot for children based on Dr. Boberg's Adult Program, and cadaver labs. I worked at Evelyn Unger School for Children with Language and Learning Disabilities then Edmonton Board of Health, Capital Health, Alberta Health Services clinical role, then Speech Language Consultant Manager of West Jasper Place Health Centre and returned to clinical (part time).”
    Andrea Guthrie
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1981 
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1998

    “[My favourite memories are] clinical placements, social events, Dr. Frank Wilson's classes on Laryngeal Issues! I work in pediatrics in Saskatoon.”
    Orlene Youck Martens
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1981
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1999


    “[My favourite memories were] camaraderie in our class,anatomy class and observing cadavers (and all the jokes and antics that went along with that!), and cinnamon buns at CAB!! I have had the opportunity to try my hand at many different things—worked in many clinical areas (mostly pediatrics), teaching, administration, private practice. Currently work as the Director of Professional Practice with our regulatory college and enjoying my 2 kids (one in high school and one in university), my husband and our 2 cats!”
    Susan Rafaat
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1985
    MSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1991

    The following class notes were submitted via our online submission system. Submit your own class note!

    “So many good memories of those undergraduate and graduate years, but especially classmates. [I am now] retired (well semi) this past summer after a wonderful career. I enjoyed working with all age groups and disorder types at one time or another; hospital, rehab centre, schools, community health, private practice.”
    Noëlla Basque (Latouche)
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1980
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1999

  • 1990s

    The following class notes were submitted for publication in Rehab Impact 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

    “We all worked hard and played hard, made some great friends and the degree helped me land a job with a great company in which I have been with for 25 years. I have worked for the WCB for 25 years, I am a health-care consultant for this organization now. I am happily married and have 3 wonderful children.”
    Calvin Haws 
    MSc Occupational Therapy, Class of 1990

    “[My favourite memories were] camaraderie in our class,anatomy class and observing cadavers (and all the jokes and antics that went along with that!), and cinnamon buns at CAB!! I have had the opportunity to try my hand at many different things—worked in many clinical areas (mostly pediatrics), teaching, administration, private practice. Currently work as the Director of Professional Practice with our regulatory college and enjoying my 2 kids (one in high school and one in university), my husband and our 2 cats!”
    Susan Rafaat
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1985
    MSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1991

    “I really enjoyed my anatomy and neuroanatomy instructor Dr. Walji. He made 'colouring' the body fun! I've worked 20+ years as a pediatric OT in schools and community rehab. I received my MScOT last year and now teach at MacEwan University and also consult as a wellness coach.”
    Sharon Chatenay
    BSc Occupational Therapy, Class of 1991 
    MSc Occupational Therapy, Class of 2015


    “[My favourite memories are] preparing for practical exams, working together to succeed, and Anatomy Class—still fascinated. I am working for a small ergonomics firm, EWI Works, conducting office and industrial ergo assessments. I injured my back which lead to a new opportunity in ergonomics.”
    Sandra Thomsen (Wissenger)
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 1996

    “I remember the learning in labs more than lectures, I remember lunches on the lawn and upstairs in the student lounge. I remember wondering why our gross anatomy lab was scheduled for after lunch. I remember the long trek from Corbett Hall up to the Pharmacy Dentistry building and I see there is now an overstreet pedway connecting the Heritage Medical Building to the Education building. I remember our class having weekend gatherings where we played pool and occasionally wore togas. I have lived and worked in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Calgary, Sudbury, a second time in Grande Prairie and most recently in Lloydminster. I have two cats, an aging standard transmission SUV and on Thanksgiving I'll be getting married.”
    Lisa Schaffrick
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 1996

    “[My favourite memories are] CAB cinnamon buns, the get togethers, working on projects like BLOSAM (Barb, Lindsay, Orlene, Susan, Andrea, Marla), fluency pilot for children based on Dr. Boberg's Adult Program, and cadaver labs. I worked at Evelyn Unger School for Children with Language and Learning Disabilities then Edmonton Board of Health, Capital Health, Alberta Health Services clinical role, then Speech Language Consultant Manager of West Jasper Place Health Centre and returned to clinical (part time).”
    Andrea Guthrie
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1981 
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1998

    “[My favourite memories are] clinical placements, social events, Dr. Frank Wilson's classes on Laryngeal Issues! I work in pediatrics in Saskatoon.”
    Orlene Youck Martens
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1981
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1999

    The following class notes were submitted via our online submission system. Submit your own class note!

    “So many good memories of those undergraduate and graduate years, but especially classmates. [I am now] retired (well semi) this past summer after a wonderful career. I enjoyed working with all age groups and disorder types at one time or another; hospital, rehab centre, schools, community health, private practice.”
    Noëlla Basque (Latouche)
    BSc Speech Pathology and Audiology, Class of 1980
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 1999

  • 2000s

    The following class notes were submitted via our online submission system. Submit your own class note!

    “Lots [of favourite memories] - meeting great people. I have been working at GRH [since graduation].”
    Mona Iyizoba 
    BSc Physical Therapy, Class of 2005

  • 2010s

    The following class notes were submitted for publication in Rehab Impact 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.

    “My favourite memories are of beginning of the year barbecues, complete with fantastic food, an opportunity to meet people from other disciplines, and a chance to win an iPad. I also loved the free rehab med swag there! I finished my degree in July, and moved to the States (Oregon) at the beginning of August. I am currently working in a school district in Portland, as a Speech-Language Pathologist.”
    Christy Woodruff
    MSc Speech-Language Pathology, Class of 2015


    “When I was able to bring my 17-year-old border collie dog to a demonstration in Corbett Hall put on by the Animal Rehab Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. After graduation in 2015, I have gone on to complete continuing education in Canine and Equine Rehabilitation through the Animal Rehab Division. I currently work in Calgary at the Canine Fitness Centre treating post op, geriatric, neurological and sporting dogs, as well as Oxtoby Equine treating high performance riding horses.”
    Sandra Oxtoby 
    MSc Physical Therapy, Class of 2015

    “I really enjoyed my anatomy and neuroanatomy instructor Dr. Walji. He made 'colouring' the body fun! I've worked 20+ years as a pediatric OT in schools and community rehab. I received my MScOT last year and now teach at MacEwan University and also consult as a wellness coach.”
    Sharon Chatenay
    BSc Occupational Therapy, Class of 1991 
    MSc Occupational Therapy, Class of 2015