$45,000 in scholarships awarded to 15 students

On August 30, 2023, the REA Foundation awarded 15 scholarships for a total of $45,000 to 15 students with disabilities, a record sum for REA’s Scholarship Program!

Each student received a $3,000 scholarship during the Foundation’s third scholarship awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all of our scholarship holders: Aicha Toure, Ariane Millette, Clautilde Tchouansi Tomaha, Connie Yuen, Éveline Claire Nguepi Nguimo, Gabriel Haineault, Gabriel Parent, Geneviève Gagné, Jason Lécuyer, Karla Mendoza, Kytrie Lavoie, Marc-André Gagné, Micah-Élie Labrecque, Mohamed Auda and Perry Ouy

We wish them great success in their studies!

Our generous partners

The Rea Foundation’s 2023 scholarships were possible thanks to the generous contribution of the Fondation Groupe Forget, the Fondation Jodoin Mamode, iA Financial Group and the Mirella & Lino Saputo Foundation. The wine provided during the awards ceremony was sponsored by the Roasters Foundation. Thank you to all our partners.

Scholarship for Dr. Aurélie Houle

The REA Foundation awarded a scholarship to Dr. Aurélie Houle to contribute to funding her fellowship.

This initiative will improve care for complex stroke patients.

The one-year fellowship will take place at the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department of the Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital, in Paris. This institution is renowned for its expertise in neurology and neurological rehabilitation.

Dr. Houle’s duties will include:

  • managing the care of complex stroke patients in the acute phase in the vascular neurology unit,   and following them from their intensive functional rehabilitation to their return home
  • working in specialized clinics for stroke patients who present one or more complications, such as spasticity, bladder sphincter disorders, vestibular disorders and cognitive impairments
  • participating in clinical research with Dr. Pascale Pradat-Diehl, specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, to study post-stroke cognitive deficits and neurorehabilitation
  • participating in research projects on neuromodulation at the Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders of the the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital
  • participating in departmental and neuroscience meetings to discuss subjects related to post-stroke rehabilitation and neurological rehabilitation in general

Upon her return, Dr. Houle will:

  • offer highly specialized care at the cutting edge of knowledge for neurorehabilitation and for complications from stroke  
  • work on intensive functional rehabilitation with stroke patients at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal
  • offer highly specialized services in diagnosis and treatment of complications from stroke
  • pursue her commitment to research by elaborating France-Quebec multicentric research projects to optimize knowledge in neurorehabilitation

A collaborative approach

Dr. Aurélie Houle completed her doctorate in medicine and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Université de Montréal. Next September, she will embark on a master’s degree in University Pedagogy for Health Sciences at Université de Montréal, so that she can specialize in the teaching of medicine.

She would like to be involved in training future physicians, and optimize knowledge-sharing between medical fields  and various health professions directly or indirectly involved in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

She also wishes to contribute to teaching patients and their loved ones about their disease and possible complications.

Thanks to the experience gained during this fellowship year, she would like to develop a fellowship program within the stroke program at the Institut Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal that would promote collaborations with other stroke rehabilitation programs nationally and internationally.

“Teamwork with the patient, their loved ones and health professionals is an integral part of my medical practice,” says Dr. Houle. “This collaboration is essential since, among other things, it makes it possible to offer an optimal interdisciplinary treatment plan adapted to the patient’s goals in terms of health, autonomy and quality of life. This principle of cooperation is particularly important in neurorehabilitation, a highly specialized field in physical medicine and rehabilitation that is of particular interest to me.”  

The REA Foundation is funding the fellowship of Dr. Stéphanie Jean

The REA Foundation has awarded a $41,000 scholarship to Dr. Stéphanie Jean to contribute to her fellowship.

This initiative will improve care for amputees and major burn victims.

The REA Foundation allocated a $41,000 scholarship to the fellowship of Dr. Stéphanie Jean. This training will enable the Institut universitaire sur la réadaptation en déficience physique de Montréal to offer the most advanced rehabilitation care to Quebecers who have sustained an amputation or major burns. Thanks to this scholarship, Dr. Jean will become the first physician in Quebec to offer this highly specialized care.

Her one-year fellowship will take place at the advance-care Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and its St. John’s Rehab Program, which offer leading-edge expertise and serve as a reference for amputations and major burns.

Dr. Jean will also pursue her learning at University of Toronto’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department.

Even more advanced expertise

The objective of this collaboration and training within interdisciplinary teams of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, surgeons, prosthetists and several others specialists is to draw on the best expertise in Canada to address various key problems:

  • Pain
  • Scars, contractures and wounds
  • Adjustment of prostheses and orthoses (to promote walking and autonomy)
  • Adjustment and mental health disorders
  • Etc.

These skills will be applicable in different care contexts, including immediate short- and long-term post-traumatic rehabilitation, as well as long-term outpatient follow-up.

Dr. Jean will participate in the rehabilitation of patients who have sustained major amputations, from the time they’re admitted to the rehabilitation centre, and provide them with follow-up after their return home, with the goal of promoting their integration back into the family and community. Moreover, she’ll be active in the rehabilitation of patients who have sustained major burns, from the time they arrive on the hospital’s major burns unit until their discharge. She’ll also provide follow-up at outpatient clinic appointments.

For the benefit of Quebec patients

“The care model for patients in Quebec is similar to Ontario’s,” says Dr. Jean. “So, the knowledge I acquire will be completely transferrable and applicable to Quebecers in need and will enable them to access the best expertise currently available.”

A native of Quebec City, Dr. Stéphanie Jean, specialized in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry), studied medicine at Université de Montréal, completing her degree in 2016. Driven by her passion for musculoskeletal problems and the complexity of neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, she studied this specialty at Université de Montréal, where she completed her degree in 2021. Dr. Jean also earned a Master’s of Biomedical Sciences from Université de Montréal. Her thesis was on assessment and the capacity to quickly restore functional walking potential in the first days following a traumatic spinal cord injury.

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