Lo­cal schol­ar­ships sup­port women ac­tive in re­search and pro­vid­ing bilin­gual health care ser­vices: Meet Manon Guay

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TheLampe Foundation of the East­ern Town­ships is proud to have sup­ported hun­dreds of stu­dents since its in­cep­tion. Past win­ner Manon Guay is a great ex­am­ple of a bilin­gual young woman nav­i­gat­ing moth­er­hood and an ex­cit­ing ca­reer right here in the Town­ships. With chil­dren aged 15, 5 and 1, she is re­turn­ing to work this fall as an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the Fac­ulty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke.

up, Manon watched her mother re­turn to school to be­come a nurse while rais­ing her four chil­dren, con­vinc­ing her that it was pos­si­ble to have it all. She is quick to add that it was her fa­ther who en­cour­aged his wife and his chil­dren to con­tinue with their stud­ies and reach their ca­reer goals. Grad­u­at­ing McGill in 1992 in oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, she had al­ways known that she wanted to work in health care but hes­i­tated be­tween phys­io­ther­apy, speech ther­apy and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy. Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy’s broad fo­cus as well as the prac­ti­cal in­ter­ven­tions with clin­i­cal prac­tice fi­nally so­lid­i­fied her choice. She en­cour­ages young stu­dents to se­lect cour­ses that max­i­mize their op­tions. She also sug­gests tak­ing on vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ences or ac­com­pa­ny­ing a pro­fes­sional to ob­serve first-hand pro­fes­sion­als at work.

con­nected to the clin­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tion of her field, Manon’s ed­u­ca­tion con­tin­ues to a Masters in Re­search in 2008 and a Doc­tor­ate in Clin­i­cal Sciences in 2012 at the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke. Work­ing with a team fi­nanced by the Na­tional In­sti­tute For Aging she earned her post doc­tor­ate from the Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia (Irvine cam­pus) in 2013. Cur­rently a re­searcher, man­ager and pro­fes­sor, she an­tic­i­pates in the fu­ture re­sum­ing work­ing as a clin­i­cian with the home care team at the CSSS Mem­phrem­a­gog pro­vid­ing ser­vices to the el­derly. She re­mains fas­ci­nated by re­search into the needs of those over 90 years, a group grow­ing rapidly but for whom lit­tle re­search has been done.

was dur­ing Manon’s Masters that she was awarded the Jan and Diana Kuil­man Me­mo­rial Schol­ar­ship from the Lampe Foundation. She learned of the schol­ar­ship while re­view­ing po­ten­tial sources of stu­dent financ- ing on the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke web­site. “It was the first time that I had com­pleted an ap­pli­ca­tion for a bur­sary and I had to re­write the ap­pli­ca­tion sev­eral times since I wanted to write it in English. This helped me be­come more com­fort­able ap­ply­ing for bur­saries and was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence”. She is grate­ful for the financial help and for be­ing rec­og­nized by the Lampe Foundation.

Manon is just one of the hard-work­ing and in­spir­ing stu­dents that the Lampe Foundation has sup­ported in re­cent years. Please see www.lam­pe­foun­da­tion. org for schol­ar­ships be­ing awarded in the 2015-2016 year, and to sup­port lo­cal stu­dents through schol­ar­ships by do­nat­ing on­line via Canada Helps.

Manon Guay Schol­ar­ship.

is a past re­cip­i­ent of the Lampe Foundation

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