Occupational Therapists Recipients of Grants and Bursaries

The chairman of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec (OEQ), Mr. Alain Bibeau, visited Estrie this November to award two of the four research bursaries to students at the Université de Sherbrooke's school of rehabilitation who are conducting their work at the Research Centre on Aging of the CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS.


Ms. Julie Lacerte was awarded a bursary in the research bursaries, master's category for her work on accompanying a community organization in implementing APIC (Accompagnement personnalisé d’intégration communautaire). For Ms. Lacerte, this distinction was a nice form of encouragement. "It takes a long time to get feedback in research. I accept this award as a real shot in the arm."

Her research is entitled Implantation d’une intervention visant la participation sociale d’aînés présentant des atteintes cognitives légères à modérées : une recherche action (implementation of an intervention for the social participation of the elderly with light to moderate cognitive impairment: action research). It was recognized for its particular potential in the occupational therapy profession. Ms. Lacerte's work is being supervised by two professors and researchers at the Research Centre on Aging -  Mélanie Levasseur and Véronique Provencher.


The doctoral research bursary was awarded to Mélanie Ruest. The Ordre's chairman emphasized the elevated quality of her work and the relevance of her doctoral research project in health sciences, with a specialization in geriatrics. Ms. Ruest is pleased with the encouragement provided through her bursary, particularly considering that there is a link between the clinical work of occupational therapists and the research she is currently conducting entitled Algo (Algorithme clinique pour la sélection de l’équipement au bain) pour les intervenants œuvrant au sein de services de soutien à domicile québécois : étude du processus d’application des connaissances [Algo (clinical algorithm for selecting bathing equipment) for Québec's home support service workers: a study on knowledge application processes]. Her work is being led under the supervision of professors and researchers Manon Guay and Guillaume Léonard.

Finally, Mr. Bibeau awarded the knowledge transfer grant to the duo of Professor and Researcher Cynthia Gagnon and Clinician Kateri Raymond for the project entitled Réaliser les bonnes actions aux personnes atteintes de dystrophie myotonique en criant lapin (completing the correct actions for those suffering from myotonic dystrophy in a flash). This study is being led by Ms. Raymond as part of her doctoral studies in health sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke under the supervision of professors and researchers Cynthia Gagnon and Mélanie Levasseur.

(in collaboration with la FMSS / UdeS)

Photo: The recipients Kateri Raymond, Julie Lacerte and Mélanie Ruest

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