Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame Award acknowledges years of selfless dedication to the profession of athletic therapy.
Dr. Mark Lafave
Year Certified: 1992
Year Inducted: 2019
Professional Affiliation: Mount Royal University
Career Highlight: Was part of the first group at Mount Royal University to achieve the rank of Full Professor in 2012.
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Douglas C. Freer
Year Certified: 1977
Year Inducted: 2020
Professional Affiliation: Doug Freer and Associates
Career Highlight: Instead of a highlight, Mr. Freer would like to share a piece of advice with all new grads and Certified members; never stop learning. What has made this profession so great is the dedication and sharing of knowledge of members. One must learn enough knowledge that s/he can say with confidence, “I don’t know, but I will find out.”
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Member Emeritus Award
This award recognizes the prior contributions of a member that may still be contributing to the fields of athletic therapy or sports medicine, but who is no longer actively engaged in the day-to-day work of an athletic therapist (as defined in the Association Scope of Practice) due to retirement from active employment or a shift in career focus.
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Karen A. Holland
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Distinguished Athletic Therapy Educator Award
This award is presented to an association member in recognition of truly distinguished contributions to athletic therapy. Recipients of this award are exemplary educators in the athletic therapy realm, not only in traditional forums and teaching settings but have demonstrated leadership in community, national, or international education, involved in original research publication, and/or innovative teaching delivery or curriculum development.
Dr. Geoffrey Dover
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“Dr. Dover is passionate about the education of our students.... From when they first get here through to their graduation, and into the Master’s program for those that choose this route. He takes pride in helping the students achieve their goals.”
- Dr. Richard DeMont,
Athletic Therapy Program Director, Concordia University
“Dr. Dover has been a true mentor for me over the past 4 years. He has taught me much more than statistical analyses and scientific writing principles. Numerous times he has helped me define my life and professional goals, both on short and long terms.”
- Stephanie DiLemme, CAT(C), Graduate Student
This award recognizes members that have, through their actions, saved a life, prevented a serious accident or performed an outstanding emergency service.
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Chris' life-saving actions
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Click here to learn more about Savannah' life-saving actions
Rising Star Award
This award acknowledges newly-certified members that are making an outstanding impact on our profession through volunteering and/or raising awareness of the athletic therapy profession
Annual Scholarship Award
This award is given annually to a certification candidate to recognize athletic therapy skills, academic success, and potential leadership and commitment to the profession of athletic therapy.
Nathaniel K. Simon
George Borden Goodwill Exchange Bursary
The George Borden Goodwill Exchange Bursary is supported by Mr. George Borden retired Athletic Trainer and long-time friend of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association. The bursary is made available on an annual basis to CATA certified members or certification candidates travelling outside of Canada for the expressed purpose of collaborating with and/or learning from other professionals in sport medicine.
CATA Student Leadership Awards
This award is designed to honour certification candidates of athletic therapy enrolled in a CATA accredited institution who demonstrate exceptional leadership skills both in the classroom and in the community.
Mount Royal University
University of Manitoba
University of Winnipeg
L'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Eloi Grenier St-Amour
Review Article Writing Award
Consists of a paper reviewing research related to a specific topic that is pertinent to members of the athletic therapy community. The review paper will provide an overall education of the particular topic and must be appropriate to the field of athletic therapy.
“Review of Tart Cherry Supplementation in Improving Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Enhancing Recovery for Athletes.”
Dr. Laurie-Ann Corbin-Berrigan
“The use of electroencephalography as an informative tool in assisting early clinical management after sport-related concussion: a systematic review”
Research Article Writing Award
This award consists of original research, which has been conducted but has not been previously published or is not currently accepted for publication.
“Significance between Footwear Age and Injuries to the Lower Limb in University Female Rugby Athletes”
Dr. Colin King
Dr. Loriann Hynes
“An Exploration of Concussion Assessment and Management Knowledge in a Sample of Athletic Therapy Students”
This grant is presented annually to a Certified Member who wishes to pursue research in a topic area that will have direct benefit to the field of athletic therapy.
Dr. Nicole Chimera
“Can self-myofascial release to the triceps surae muscle improve ankle dorsiflexion and functional hop test performance?”
Volunteer Appreciation Awards
The Volunteer Appreciation Award recognizes individuals who have dedicated their time and energy to the Association by serving on one of the Association Committees.
Board of Directors
Program Accreditation Committee
Canadian Board of Certification for Athletic Therapy
Marketing, Sponsorship & Insurance Committee
Education and Research Foundation
Lynn Kathy Bookalam
Member Services Committee
High Performance Providers Committee
International Relations Committee
Long Time Member Recognition Awards
The Long Member Recognition Award recognizes members for completing 25 years of Certification with the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.
Ira Mattew Snytte