Sustaining Our Growth
From 1998 to 2003, the Mobilizing for the Millennium campaign raised $638,000. This amount allowed us to equip and furnish new classrooms, laboratories and our new main office and reception area.

We thank the alumni and other donors who helped us to achieve this substantial level of success. In November 2005, a donor wall acknowledging those who have contributed to the school was unveiled. The donor wall is located inside the 771 McDermot Avenue entrance to the school.

We continue to look to the future to sustain our growth and invite you to consider being a part of this initiative by giving to our Endowment Fund, our Capital Development Fund, scholarships and bursaries for students, or the Juliette Cooper Lectureship in Rehabilitation Science.

The School Today - Our Growth

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences has grown and changed significantly over the past several years. There are now three health professional programs. In 2002, Respiratory Therapy became a part of the School joining the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy programs which have been in existence since 1960. In 2002, the programs in Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy were approved for increased enrolment. Each of these programs is now able to admit 50 students per year. In 2003, the Occupational Therapy program became a professional Master's degree program with students admitted to the program following a first degree.

The Master of Science (Rehabilitation) degree program has also grown and changed since its inception in 1992. This program is a thesis-based graduate program to develop skills in basic and clinical research directed toward prevention of disability, improvement and restoration of functional capability and alleviation of pain associated with injury and disease. Full-time, part-time and occasional students participate in this program.


Considerable work has been done over the past 10 years to address infrastructure renewal. Through a combination of funding from the University and the funds raised through the Mobilizing for the Millennium Campaign, parts of the building at 771 McDermot Ave. (now known as the Medical Rehabilitation building--formerly the Medical Library building) have been renovated. In 1998, phase one of a three-phase plan to convert space vacated by the Medical Library for the programs in Medical Rehabilitation was completed. This renovation included the development of five new classrooms with practice skills areas for teaching physical therapy modalities, activities of daily living, mobility training and splinting. Money raised through the Mobilizing for the Millennium Campaign paid for advanced audio visual technology in these classrooms and for much of the equipment needed to teach various practice skills modules.

In 2002, phases two and three of the plan to convert space in the Medical Library building was completed. A significant area of the main floor of the building has been renovated to create offices for faculty and staff, a reception area, confidential storage, and a conference room. The basement level which formerly housed the Bannatyne bookstore and a cafeteria has been renovated into an Exercise Laboratory, an Assistive Technology Computer Laboratory and three seminar rooms. Money raised through the Mobilizing for the Millennium Campaign paid for all of the furnishings, equipment and audio visual enhancements not included in the renovation allocation provided by the University.

In 2007, phase four of the plan to develop space for the School was completed. New space on the second floor of the Medical Rehabilitation building includes three new seminar rooms, a laboratory, a conference room and new offices.

Building for the Future

To sustain our growth and continue to build for the future, we have established new goals related to research, support for students and development of facilities. An investment in the College of Rehabilitation Sciences is an investment in the future of occupational therapy, physical therapy and respiratory therapy.

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Campaign Plan Fund Priorities

Fundraising Goal $1,000,000

  1. Research and M.Sc. (Rehab) Graduate Program

    There is a need to develop infrastructure to support advanced graduate study.

    The growth in faculty research and the M.Sc. (Rehab) program have highlighted the need for a research unit with computer workstations and workspace to accommodate research assistants and graduate students. Approximately 2500 square feet of space is needed to provide a suitable teaching and learning environment for M.Sc. (Rehab) students and research assistants.

  2. Scholarships and Bursaries for M.Sc. (Rehab) Students

    Entry and other scholarships/bursaries for M.Sc. (Rehab) students would help to offset financial costs of returning to university to develop research skills. Therapists who register in the M.Sc. (Rehab) program are most often practising professionals who must leave well-paid positions in order to return to their studies. As adults often with family and other responsibilities, there is little incentive to pursue further study even though there may be a strong desire to do so in order to develop research capabilities. New bursaries and scholarships to support these students are needed.

  3. Juliette Cooper Lectureship in Rehabilitation Science

    Honouring Dr. Juliette "Archie" Cooper's contributions to the University of Manitoba, the Juliette Cooper Lectureship in Rehabilitation Science is designed to promote research excellence in the disciplines of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Respiratory Therapy. The lectureship will support visits of national and international scholars who are outstanding researchers in areas related to rehabilitation and which advance knowledge in the fields of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Respiratory Therapy.

  4. Endowment Fund Priorities

    The School of Medical Rehabilitation Endowment Fund was established at the University of Manitoba in 1988. The purpose of the Fund is to support the development of the School through its various constituencies - students, faculty members, support staff and alumni. Interest accrued from this fund is used to provide 18 student bursaries per year plus support for projects that will enhance the School and its mission such as projects related to innovative teaching methods, staff development, or funds to support research.

    Currently (Jan. 2008), approximately $395,000 has accumulated in the Fund as a result of donations, student pledges of support and accumulated interest. It is our goal over the next five years to double the amount in the Endowment Fund in order to increase the amount of accrued interest that is available for distribution to bursaries and projects.

  5. Facilities Development

    General School
    Currently, the College of  Rehabilitation Sciences is located in four areas: the newly renovated Rehabilitation Building, the Old Basic Sciences Building, the Isabel M. Stewart Building and the Rehabilitation Centre. It's a long term goal of the School to consolidate all the programs under University space, preferably at the Rehabilitation Building site. The Isabel M. Stewart space and the Rehabilitation Centre space are rented from the Health Sciences Centre of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and are located a distance away from the main School facility. Space in the Old Basic Sciences Building is temporary due to the condition of the building.

    In order to consolidate the activities currently taking place in the Isabel M. Stewart Building, the Rehabilitation Centre and the Old Basic Sciences building, additional University space is needed for offices, research laboratories and classrooms. Once the space is designated, it will need to be renovated and suitably equipped.

    Practice Skills Teaching Space
    There is a need for the development of a new practice skills teaching laboratory for transfers and wheelchair management. Currently room R236 doubles as a large classroom and a practice skills teaching area. With larger numbers of students there is a need to increase the seating capacity of the room. This could be achieved by moving some of the practice skills teaching equipment, specifically the hospital beds, into a new space designed for teaching/learning practice skills. A new purpose-built space would also reduce timetable conflicts and increase the availability of time for remedial tutorials and practice sessions.

    Ergonomics Assessment Unit
    Another goal related to the development of practice skills is for the development of an ergonomics assessment unit for office, industrial and agricultural work. This unit could support teaching/learning activities and provide resources and infrastructure for research.

Last Updated January, 2008


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