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2021 SPA Awards Ceremony and Virtual Collaboration Day

April 30 - May 1, 2021

We are delighted that, in association with the SPA Annual General Meeting, we will be able to connect virtually to share and exchange insights and knowledge at our Virtual Collaboration Day and to celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of our awards recipients. Our physiotherapy community is fortunate to have the opportunity to engage with the talented and knowledgeable workshop hosts and panelists that are willing to share their knowledge and experiences to support attendees in their journey towards practitioner and workplace wellness. Details for each event are provided below. There is no cost to attend the sessions.

Please register as soon as possible to allow the organizing committee to plan for the events.

Register for all of these events as well as the AGM using this link.

All of the events will be hosted using a conferencing platform called Remo. Members that have used the platform have had a great experience. Join in early for the events and stay afterwards to reconnect with colleagues just like we used to at in-person events!




Come celebrate the SPA Awards! We will have two award presentations to honor the 2020 and 2021 recipients. You can attend either or both events with separate Remo (event) links. There will be social time before and after the presentations allowing attendees to congratulate and connect with the award recipients. Colleagues, family and friends are welcome to attend.

April 30, 2021

2020 Awards

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.           Cocktails and Appetizers (Grab a drink and snack and log onto the Remo platform. You can move around to the different tables and visit                                          with others)

        7:00 – 8:00 p.m.          2020 Awards Presentation

                8:00 – 8:30 p.m.           2020 Post-Awards Social (Feel free to stay and socialize in the 2020 awards event or move to the new event to join the 2021 awards                                                                presentation starting at 8:15 p.m.)

2021 Awards

7:45 – 8:15 p.m.          Cocktails and Appetizers (Grab a drink and snack and log onto the Remo platform.  You can move around to the different tables and visit                                         with others)

 8:15 – 9:15 p.m.          2021 Awards Presentation

 9:15 – 10:00 p.m.        2021 Post-Awards Social

May 1, 2021

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.                   Coffee/Social Time (Log in and try out the new Remo platform. Enjoy a coffee with colleagues while you move from table to table).                                                            The social time will move directly into the panel discussion at 9:00am.

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.                    Panel Discussion

10:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.            AGM (details available here)

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.                       Social Time/Get to Know Remo (Log into the 1st Workshop early to get comfortable in the platform and connect with other attendees)

1:00 – 2:30 p.m.                      Workshop - Addressing Racism in the Workplace: A Personal Step Towards Reconciliation

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.                       Social Time/Get to Know Remo for Workshop 2 Attendees

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.                      Workshop - Practitioner Wellness

Panel Discussion (9:00-10:30 a.m.)

We will host a virtual SPA panel discussion prior to the AGM. The panel discussion will include topics such as:

  • Current evidence related to practitioner wellness.
  • What are some essential practice skills for a more holistic practice?
  • How can organizations/businesses/employers support practitioner wellness during and after the pandemic?
  • How can physiotherapists implement evidence-based practice related to practitioner wellness into their own practice environment(s)?


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Dr. Scotty Butcher is a dad of 5, a Star Wars nerd, a physical therapist, and an Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, University of Saskatchewan. He teaches and studies exercise rehabilitation parameters and has recently begun a research program on the mind-body aspects of rehabilitation and strength training. He has recently certified as a mindfulness and meditation teacher and has a daily personal practice.



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Myranda Reimer graduated with her Masters of Physical Therapy in 2017 from the University of Saskatchewan after completing her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2014. With great passion, Myranda believes all females should have access to education and resources that provide information to support health, wellness and fitness. She has completed multiple pelvic health courses, courses specific to movement/exercise during pregnancy and postpartum. Myranda offers Holistic Women's Health Physiotherapy services with the integration of the biopsychosocial approach through her own practice. Myranda is a teaching assistant with Antony Lo in the course, The Female Athlete.


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Dr. Adam M. Stacey is Assistant Professor & Director with the University of Saskatchewan Psychology Clinic at the Department of Psychology and Health Studies.




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Adrianne Vangool is a physical therapist and yoga therapist. She is passionate about making physiotherapy and yoga accessible to all. This passion has driven her to start Vangool Wellness, where she focuses on addressing and eliminating the barriers that prevent people from taking part in yoga and from receiving physical therapy services. Vangool Wellness strives to offer a welcoming and culturally-safe environment that addresses historical health inequities due to colonialism, while making space for Indigenous wellness practices. Adrianne has experience in homecare and private practice settings, working with individuals with a wide range of injuries from musculoskeletal, neurological, chronic pain, vestibular dysfunction and more. Adrianne has a passion for spreading the joy and holistic benefits of yoga to those who are looking to restore balance in their life. With the addition of her children, she has a new appreciation for the rewards of finding that balance!



Workshop Afternoon (1:00-4:00 p.m.)

12:30 p.m. start with the presentation starting at 1:00 p.m. The session will end at 2:30 p.m.

Workshop - Addressing Racism in the Workplace: A Personal Step Towards Reconciliation

Practicing physical therapy within the sociopolitical context of Saskatchewan and Canada requires clinicians, interprofessional teams, health facilities and clinics to consider how responsive and inclusive their practice and health care environments are with respect to honouring equity, diversity and inclusion specific to Indigenous peoples. Our history of colonization, along with deep-rooted racism and discrimination that permeates all levels of society, requires that we take pause and clarify what our roles and responsibilities are in addressing racism and discriminatory practices that negatively and inequitably impact health and health outcomes among Indigenous populations. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and the associated Calls to Action, enhanced training is being offered across diverse undergraduate, graduate, and clinical disciplines and professions. SPA is excited to host a workshop to help equip physiotherapists with skills to address racism in the workplace and contribute to developing safe and healthy environments for everyone. 

Workshop Description: Based on an innovative educational approach, this session will be a combination of lecture format, role-playing, and small group debrief. Following a brief introduction, communication strategies for difficult conversations will be introduced. Participants will then apply these strategies using role-playing to simulate a clinical scenario depicting racial micro-aggressions in the workplace towards Indigenous persons, followed by a facilitated debrief.

Note: Registrants for this workshop should expect to experience some level of discomfort while the intent is to make space for courageous conversations.  

Speakers/ Facilitators

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Sarah Oosman is a physical therapist and an associate professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science, and a researcher with the Saskatchewan Population Health & Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU), University of Saskatchewan. She is a first-generation Canadian, a settler ally, and is committed to Indigenous community driven action research that leads to the development and implementation of culture-based, meaningful health promoting interventions across the lifespan. Sarah works closely with Métis and First Nation peoples and communities, as well as interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams. She is passionate about addressing health inequities through respectful relationships, partnerships, and safe, courageous conversations.

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Debra Beach Ducharme received a Bachelor of Education (1985) Post Baccalaureate (1996) and Master Degree (2009) from the University of Manitoba. Her passion is supporting her community through advocacy for revitalizing Indigenous worldviews, languages and culture. Her work experience has enabled her to develop a solid background in human resource management, curriculum and policy development accompanied by in-house training programs in restorative practices and reconciliation, conflict resolution and team building. As a board member with the Manitoba First Nations Resource Center (MFNERC), she was provided an opportunity to advocate for First Nation communities in forming a First Nation School Division. Presently, she is the Director of Indigenous Health Integration at the Ongomiiziwin Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. She works with the Deans in the five health colleges in implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action and the University of Manitoba’s 5-year strategic plan. Debra is Anishinabe and a registered member of the Lake Manitoba First Nation.

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Moni Fricke has been with the University of Manitoba for almost 20 years in a variety of roles including teaching and administrative leadership, most recently having been appointed the Director of the Office of Interprofessional Collaboration. Building on her clinical experiences working in remote communities in northern Manitoba, Dr. Fricke earned her MSc and PhD degrees with a focus on rehabilitation issues in remote First Nations communities. Throughout her career, she has been a strong proponent of the physiotherapist's role in interprofessional collaborative care, issues of health equity and social accountability.  



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Lisa Arcobelli is a white settler physiotherapist and graduate student at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy of McGill University. She has worked clinically for 14 years in a variety of clinical settings including acute care, out-patient care, in-patient stroke rehabilitation, out-patient pediatric rehabilitation, and general practice in remote northern Indigenous communities in Canada. Her graduate research focused on exploring content related to Indigenous Peoples in Canadian physiotherapy curricula. She is on the executive committee of the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and a member of the Global Health Division's Indigenous Health Subcommittee.


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Allana Beavis completed both her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) and Master of Science in Global Health at McMaster University. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto in 2014. She considers herself to be a generalist, having worked with clients that have a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory conditions. She is currently working at Community Therapy Services in Winnipeg, MB, in the Home Care and Northern Outreach programs. Through this agency, she provides fly-in consultative PT services to First Nation communities in northern Manitoba. She is passionate about addressing health inequities and the underpinning unequal power relations in society that create them. 

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Priscilla Flett completed her studies in Bachelor of Physical Education at the University of Manitoba in 2015 and continued her education there to complete her Master of Physical Therapy in 2018. Since graduation, Priscilla has been working at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre (MFNERC) in Winnipeg, MB. This organization provides physiotherapy service to school-age children in Manitoba First Nations communities. From growing up in a northern isolated community, Priscilla shows interest in Indigenous and global health.



Workshop - Practitioner Wellness

Access the event starting at 2:30 p.m. with the PhysioYoga Practice session starting at 2:45 p.m. The session will end at 4:00 p.m. Dress in comfortable clothing and you may want to have a yoga mat close by.

Linda Boryski will lead the session with a PhysioYoga Practice session.

Linda will then provide a workshop on practitioner wellness. Having experienced significant change and loss in recent times, Linda will share her journey and the strategies she used to contribute to her wellness as an individual, a practitioner and a business owner. 

Key takeaways from the session include tools and strategies for wellness from a Mind-Body-Spirit perspective. 

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Linda Boryski, Physiotherapist, Medical Yoga Therapist, Private Practice Owner. Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist in 1999, Linda competed at a national level in four different sports and medalled in two. She brings that same commitment to excellence and team work to Saskatoon PhysioYoga. Linda chose to elevate her Physiotherapy practice by completing her Professional Yoga Therapy certification, the first in Saskatchewan and one of only five in Canada.

Linda empowers independent learners, especially those who are proactive with their health and ready to go “ALL IN”. She guides them to take control of their lives, to make the changes they know  they can make and live the life they desire.