It’s only been five years since she received her
Rehabilitation Assistant diploma, but Sarah Oosterom has already changed a number of lives for the better using her Cap U training. Hired immediately after her last practicum placement in the two-year diploma program, she’s helped a wide variety of recovering patients in both residential care and acute care hospital settings in Victoria and Calgary. Whether she’s teaching exercise classes to patients with many different diagnoses and injuries, designing take-home exercise handouts, or tracking patient progress, “I feel as though I can make a difference,” she says. “I feel good going into work every day.”
Looking back, Sarah credits Cap U’s outstanding
Rehabilitation Assistant program for her strong start in her chosen career. “There were many great aspects about the program, but what made it stand out is the expertise our instructors had in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. I learned about the many different avenues where this field can take you.” Another plus: small class sizes that created an intimate learning environment. “Cap U truly did feel like a community. Some of the friendships I made have become life long.”
Now Sarah’s building on what she learned at Cap U by undertaking a new challenge: studying for her degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary. Her Cap U diploma allowed her to enter directly into the third year of the program. While she finishes her degree, she works part-time at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, and during school breaks she’s back at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital, where she had her first full-time position. “Working in two different provinces, I’ve gained a whole new skill set and exposure to new learning opportunities,” says Sarah, who will graduate from the University of Calgary in April 2017. “Regardless of what I decide to pursue after this, being a rehabilitation assistant has been a very fulfilling job.”
“I didn’t grow up wanting to be a filmmaker,” admits Vancouver-based Josephine Anderson. However, the 29-year-old documentary filmmaker was recently selected as
one of four participants for the
NFB/CFC Creative Documentary Lab. This means she will develop a feature documentary with grant and filmmaking support from two venerable institutions - the National Film Board and the Canadian Film Centre.
Josephine, an alumna of the
Documentary Certificate at Capilano University, was born in Nova Scotia, moving to Vancouver when she was still a child. She first completed an undergraduate degree in English Literature, later attending Capilano University.
Josephine says she initially wanted to be a writer. But over the course of her education, she began to develop an inclination towards documentary filmmaking and decided to enroll in Cap’s doc program.
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When Coquitlam native
Neelamjit Dhillon opens for acclaimed South African musician
Abdullah Ibrahim on Sunday, June 28 at the
TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, his global outlook on jazz will be in good company.
Neelamjit’s involvement in this year’s Jazz Festival includes being part of an installation entitled Pendula outside the Vancouver Art Gallery. Created through a collaboration with UBC, the installation will combine visuals, audio and improvisation to create
a multimedia experience. He will also be speaking at
Time Changes: Improvisation, History and the Body, an academic symposium presented by UBC and the International Institute for Critical Studies and Improvisation. As a speaker, he will be discussing an installation that he produced as part of his doctoral
studies. He will round up his Jazz Festival experience with a performance at one of Vancouver’s most well-known venues.
“I get the esteemed honour to perform at the Vogue, a venue I have been to many times to so many great concerts over the years, to open for an absolute jazz legend, Abdullah Ibrahim, and get to be part of this movement on jazz that involves global influences” he says. “He comes
from South Africa and has always woven that cultural experience into jazz. I was honoured to be invited to open for him, because my music does the same within my own framework of Indian classical music and jazz, and my identity as a Canadian.”
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