October, 2013

APATA Newsletter

First off I would like to extend an official APATA welcome to two of our new certification candidates - Angie Hurley (a student at Camosun College) and Megan Young (a student at Sheridan College). Welcome to our association and all the best in your journey towards certification.

Our APATA BOD is currently working on several important mandates including: the creation of Twitter and LinkedIn pages, and developing a database of continuing education providers. This database will make it much easier for individuals in each of our respective provinces to be able to contact/organize courses in the future. These initiatives are important to establish in this new digital age and are an easy and inexpensive way to promote the profession of athletic therapy throughout the Atlantic Provinces.

Our website is currently undergoing some unique technical difficulties after a recent “assault” from the Syrian Electronic Army (I couldn’t believe it when our webmaster told me either). Apparently there is a group of individuals that led a massive assault on various servers throughout the world to “get their message out there”. The attack was multi part and has apparently caused a lot of viruses and other computer lingo that I don’t understand and is affecting the main server that hosts our website. This was too unique of a story not to share with the entire CATA membership…hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.

Updates from APATA Members

Congratulations to Mark Kiervin, CAT(C) who accepted the position of athletic therapist with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.

Heather MacLeod, CAT(C) recently completed her BSc in Osteopathy from the Brtish College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, UK (a school that is accredited through the London Metropolitan University). Heather’s research paper was titled “a survey of Canadian athletic therapists – the impact of adding osteopathy to existing athletic therapy practices. Congrats Heather!

Finally, Tara Jackson also completed her Osteopathy research thesis in May with the collaboration of the Pediatrics Department of the Saint John Regional Hospital. For her work, Tara was the recipient of the William Garner Sutherland D.O. Thesis Award which was awarded for being the most representative thesis for the advancement of Osteopathy in the field of clinical research. In July, Tara also welcomed a healthy baby boy (Benjamin Jackson Richard). Congrats on all the exciting news Tara!

Colin King

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