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