Education pioneers awarded for leadership with the 2008 Michener Institute Honourary Diploma

    TORONTO, Oct. 28 /CNW/ - The Michener Institute of Applied Health
Sciences is awarding two education pioneers with Honourary Diplomas of Health
    Dr. Donald T. Stuss and Mrs. Sonja Bata will receive honourary diplomas
in recognition of their leadership in medical and public education, as well as
their innovative approaches to sharing knowledge. The contributions that both
Dr. Stuss and Mrs. Bata have made in advancing the applied health sciences
align with two of Michener's core values; creating opportunities and embodying
excellence - ideals that the recipients embrace in their own practices and
professional accomplishments.
    The recipients were selected by Michener's Board of Governors in May 2008
and the honourary diplomas will be conferred at Michener's annual graduation
ceremony on November 1, 2008. Michener Honourary Diplomas of Health Science
are awarded to individuals who demonstrate leadership and commitment to the
applied health sciences, as well as dedication to health care innovation and
the advancement of applied health sciences education.
    Dr. Donald T. Stuss is the Reva James Leeds Chair in Neuroscience and
Research Leadership. He is a University of Toronto Professor of Psychology and
Medicine (Neurology and Rehabilitation Science). At Baycrest, he serves as the
Vice-President Research and Academic Education and Director of the Rotman
Research Institute. He is being honoured for his commitment to applied health
care research, scholarship, and academic rigor.
    "The decision to recognize Dr. Donald Stuss for this award comes from his
many years of contributions to health care innovation," says Cathy Fooks,
Chair, Michener Board of Governors. "Dr. Stuss' illustrious career in health
care and his many research projects and articles, appearing in over 160
journals and chapters, make him an ideal candidate for this honour."
    Mrs. Sonja Bata is involved with many charitable organizations and has
received a number of awards for her work in the community. Her lifelong
fascination with shoes led to the creation of The Bata Shoe Museum featuring
footwear from all over the globe. In 2007, The Bata Shoe Museum and Michener's
Chiropody Department created The Healthy Feet Exhibit, featuring orthotic
artifacts and foot care displays. Mrs. Bata's special knowledge of the history
of shoes, together with her historical insight of shoemaking translated easily
into an exuberance and passion for educating the public. She is being honoured
for her service to the Chiropody community and contributing to the applied
health education of Michener's chiropody students.
    "Sonja Bata's vast knowledge of footwear, interest in foot care and her
passion for culture, people and education have led to her nomination for this
award," says Fooks. "Sonja Bata's experience of shoe manufacturing married
perfectly with her natural awareness of foot anatomy and made the partnership
a very special one in Michener's history."
    Past honourees of Michener's Honourary Diploma of Health Science have
included luminaries such as Dr. Amitai Ziv, founder and director of the Israel
Centre for Medical Simulation and Pediatrician at Hebrew University,
Dr. Robert Byrick, Clinical Anesthesiologist at St. Michael's Hospital,
Dr. Daniel Klass, Director and Associate Registrar, Quality Management at the
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Dr. Sheela Basrur, Chief
Medical Officer of Health and Assistant Deputy Minister of Public Health for
Ontario, Dr. David Naylor, President of the University of Toronto, and
Dr. Diana Schatz, founder of The Michener Institute for Applied Health

    About The Michener Institute
    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated applied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound and magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI). In 2008 the Michener Institute is commemorating its
50th anniversary by celebrating educational excellence and inspiring health
care transformation.
    Interprofessionalism, patient-centred learning and simulation-enhanced
education are essentials of the Michener academic experience for over 5,000
full-time, part-time and continuing education students. The Michener Institute
is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of Health
and Long-Term Care and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.
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