Celebrate our clinical staff involved in research

The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CRIR) created in 2021 the Bonnie Swaine Recognition Award as distinction created in honor of Bonnie Swaine, CRIR’s scientific co-director from 2010 to 2020.

The purpose of this award is to:

  • To recognize the contribution of Clinician/Healthcare Professionals in the development of partnerships and the realization of CRIR’s research mission;
  • To promote the outreach of partnership research and the participation of Clinician /Healthcare Professionals in the mobilization of knowledge.


Minh-Thy Truong * WINNER *

Mihn-Thy is an Occupational Therapist in the Driving Evaluation and Vehicle Modification program at the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Center (LLMRC) of the CIUSSS West-Central of Montreal. She has shown more than a 20-year investment in research, partnership and knowledge mobilization. Since 2020, she implemented as a clinical supervisor a solution to measuring the effectiveness of the LLMRC’s driving program in regard to readiness of new drivers with physical disability, that continues today to influence the service offering for this clientele. Since 2009, she has been involved as a clinical supervisor for projects of McGill University Masters’ program at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (MSPOT). Notably, she is currently supervising her 4th group of students in a row for a total of 5 MSPOT groups and 21 students. Minh-Thy’s expertise and innovation expands beyond the CIUSSS West-Central to the community of driving specialists, academic researchers including students in rehabilitation sciences, and occupational therapists.

Kelly White & Cheng Zeng

Kelly and Cheng are both Occupational Therapists, working in the Youth Programs (0-7 y.o. and 8-24 y.o., respectively) at the Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Center (LLMRC) of the CIUSSS West-Central of Montreal. They are recognized for their considerable impact on improving and harmonizing pediatric services for children and youths living with a developmental coordination disorder (DCD). They have implemented an interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach to address the psychosocial needs of these young people and their families. They also disseminated their innovative practice at local and international conferences, but most importantly, have raised awareness about DCD in other programs and sectors surrounding these children and youths, including their schools and their community.


Deadline: closed
Final selection deadline by CRIR: closed
FORM (closed)


  • A $100 gift card (card of your choice)
  • Official certificate
  • Special invitation to attend a recognition dinner with Bonnie Swaine, other finalists and CRIR representatives.


  • To be eligible, a candidate must be a CRIR Clinician/Healthcare Professionals member in good standing at the time of application.
  • Submit your candidacy to the local committee (see below). Members of the local committee will evaluate their nominations, offer an honourable mention and submit one finalist to the CRIR head office.

How to apply for the Award

Fill the form including a 1-2 page cover letter discussing:

  1. Your Impact on the practice environment
  2. Your impact on outreach (rayonnement)
  3. Your impact on the training of the next generation
  4. Your demonstrated ability to work intersectorally
  5. The exceptional nature of your commitment.

FORM (closed)

*Most applications will meet some but not necessarily all of the criteria. In this case, follow the order but omit the superfluous criteria. Instead, focus on the criteria you can highlight.


  • A finalist will be selected by a local committee composed of CCOMTL clinical research managers clinical research coordinators, and site representatives
  • A “committee of wise persons” at CRIR’s administrative head office will select one of these finalists to receive the 2023 Bonnie Swaine Recognition Award.
  • The contributions of all finalists and the winner will be recognized throughout the year, both by CRIR’s administrative head office and by each institution in a locally defined manner.


  • Gina Mills, Assistant to the Director, Directorate of Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services
  • Suzanne Leroux, Program Coordinator, Directorate of Rehabilitation and Multidisciplinary Services, President of the CECM
  • Walter Wittich, Site Representative, University de Montréal, CRIR Researcher
  • Sara Ahmed, Site Representative, McGill University, CRIR Researcher
  • Lucas Gomes Souza, Clinical Research Coordinator, Directorate of Academic Affairs and Research Ethics
  • Chantal Robillard, Clinical Research Coordinator, Directorate of Academic Affairs and Research Ethics

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