A group of students dedicated to promote educational, professional and social interaction among members of the Physical Therapy program at the University of Toronto. The objectives of the Association are as follows:
- To enable participation of members in the wider interests available within the University of Toronto.
- To promote public awareness of the roles of PT.
- To promote awareness of current professional and political issues.
- To promote awareness of members’ needs to the Rehabilitation Sector and to the University of Toronto.
- To organize activities for the members 6) To recognize and award the merit of individual members.
The committee as a whole acts as a vehicle of communication between the membership, the Rehabilitation Sector and the University of Toronto to support the educational and professional development of the members, to support the sharing of knowledge and research experience between members and other professionals or professional students and to encourage interprofessional teamwork.
Our current initiatives include planning a Spring social with the first and second years, Graduation Gala for the Class of 2017 and a student video for National Physiotherapy Month.
Sick Kids Toy Drive – December 2016
As the philanthropic initiative of the month students and their friends & family raised $1,260 to purchase toys for Sick Kids. Therapeutic toys and furniture was then bought by a few students who then delivered the gifts to the physiotherapy department at Sick Kids. A large portion of this money was raised by first year students who as a class donated money to put together.
“Exercising for a good CAAWS” – March 2017
On International Women’s Day, students participated in a yoga and bootcamp session led by two second year students to raise money for the Canadian Association for Advancement of Women in Sport. Students challenged each other to try new activities for a good cause.
Special Olympics FUNfitness – April 2017
U of T PT first year students volunteered with Special Olympics Ontario to conduct fitness testing for special needs high school student athletes who compete in swimming and basketball. Physiotherapy students were able to assess the range of motion, endurance, flexibility, and strength of students and give them exercises to improve their overall fitness! For a few years now students have volunteered at this great event.