Every year the Canadian Cancer Society, Manitoba Division offers the Robert A. Macbeth Traveling Fellowship to health professionals in Manitoba pursuing further training in the field of Oncology.
Over the years numerous recipients have benefited from the award and we would like to congratulate the 2012 recipients. They are:
Karen Dobbin studies, works, and lives in Winnipeg with her husband and teen-aged daughter. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and is now a 3-year survivor. Karen is very aware of the needs of cancer survivors including cancer rehabilitation following cancer treatment.
Karen has 27 years of experience as a physiotherapist in both hospital care and private practice. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Medical Rehabilitation in Physiotherapy from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation at the School of Medical Rehabilitation, University of Manitoba. Karen’s research focus is in the study of cancer rehabilitation following breast cancer treatment. Karen is working as a physiotherapist part-time in the area of lymphedema care and cancer rehabilitation.
Karen is honoured to be chosen as a recipient of the Robert. A. Macbeth Traveling Fellowship. She will utilize this fellowship award to attend two cancer rehabilitation conferences and workshops in the next 6 months. This further education in the area of cancer rehabilitation will enable her to continue to bring quality cancer rehabilitation to cancer survivors in the future.
Angela Reimer, Linda Doiron and Bev Dueck
Together all three nurses work at the Steinbach Community Cancer Program. The driving philosophy of this program is to provide direction and communication from oncologists to trained staff to enable people to receive chemotherapy treatments close to home. This has saved Manitobans millions of miles of travel and prevented long separations from family and supports. There are currently 16 CCP sites in Manitoba working in the CCP environment, means that nurses need to understand a variety of cancers and be familiar with a wide spectrum of treatments. Linda, Angela and Bev all appreciate the need for ongoing education, and will be attending the Canadian Nurses of Oncology (CANO) conference in order to expand their knowledge base, provide current information on new treatments, as well as provide new insights into the various support needs of people going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment.
Angela, Linda and Bev are grateful to the Canadian Cancer Society and the Robert A MacBeth Travel Grant, for making this learning opportunity possible.