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Holland Bloorview clinical staff recognized for exceptional fieldwork teaching
(Photo: Featured from left to right: Darlene Hubley, Janet Bernstein, Jennifer Crouchman, Trish Geisler, Salma Kassam. Not featured: Lori Howell, Laura Howson-Strong, Amanda Landry, Sheri McClement, Laura Thompson, Rebecca VanderBurgh)

 

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital honours 11 occupational therapists (OT) receiving the annual student/faculty-nominated Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award from the University of Toronto.

Holland Bloorview celebrates 11 OT clinicians named recipients of this year’s Fieldwork Educator Recognition Award.  The award, granted through the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy (OT) at the University of Toronto, is student/faculty-nominated, honouring outstanding teaching and mentorship through block fieldwork supervision.  Darlene Hubley, interpersonal education leader (IPE) within the Teaching and Learning Institute at Holland Bloorview, is one clinician recognised for her outstanding IPE facilitation during the 2021-2022 academic year.

“I feel very honoured. I think what’s very special about this award is that it’s a student driven award,” says Darlene. “It’s a reflection of how impactful or important the clinical learning experience is for students. It’s recognition for all of Holland Bloorview that our environment is meeting and supporting the needs of learners and contributing to the success of the next generation of healthcare providers.” 

The 10 OTs receiving the award along with Darlene are:

  • Janet Bernstein
  • Jennifer Crouchman​
  • Trish Geisler
  • Lori Howell ​
  • Laura Howson-Strong
  • Salma Kassam
  • Amanda Landry​
  • Sheri McClement
  • Laura Thompson​
  • Rebecca VanderBurgh​

 

Darlene’s career with Holland Bloorview spans several decades, beginning with her work for the Bloorview School Authority in the integrated education and therapy program. She later on worked as a practicing OT clinician supporting the needs of Holland Bloorview clients in their community schools before transitioning into her current role as IPE leader. Darlene believes that the ability to approach teaching with compassion and authenticity and work as part of a collaborative team contributes to the welcoming atmosphere the hospital provides for students and trainees. Additionally, Holland Bloorview’s valued and longstanding relationships with several colleges and universities, including the University of Toronto, provide opportunities for a wide range of learners from different programs and help create a rich interprofessional learning environment.

“A key part of teaching is role modeling and giving leaners an opportunity to become role models themselves. So I think it is critical for students to see their preceptors or supervisors enact skills including clinical expertise, professionalism, communication, collaboration, teamwork and leadership and have an opportunity to practice and build their competencies within a collaborative atmosphere.”

When asked what inspires her to move forward in her career, Darlene says:  “I’m very fortunate to be working with people who want to make an impact on health and socials systems through education, and contribute to a better future for young people and that’s really energizing.”

To learn more about the Teaching and Learning Institute, please visit our website.