Carol Kennedy Award

Spirit of the Award

Carol Kennedy has been a Physiotherapist and PABC Member for over 40 years.  Carol has been committed to excellence in her practice as evidenced by testimonials from her grateful clients. 

She has championed evidence-based practice by always utilizing the latest research to guide her treatments/assessments. She received the Golden Hands Award from the CPA Orthopaedic Division in 2015.

Carol has been a lifelong educator. She has taught extensively through the Canadian Manual Therapy Course System and has been both an examiner and Chief Examiner for the National Orthopaedic Exams. 

Carol has also taught specialized courses on the cervical spine locally through PABC and internationally.  More recently, she has been a Lead Instructor and Coordinator for the new Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (GCOMPT) at UBC.

Alongside her educator roles, Carol has been well known for her efforts in mentoring physiotherapists in individual and group settings to help them achieve their goals.

Carol has been one of our profession’s generational leaders and this award has been created in honour of that. This award will acknowledge those that demonstrate passion in clinical treatment, instructing and mentorship.

Award Intent 

To fund continuing education or research aimed at improving clinical skills and knowledge in the practice and/or teaching of physiotherapy.

Award Criteria

The applicant:

  • has been a member of PABC and is registered to practice in BC.
  • has been active in the profession for at least 5 years.
  • Can illustrate a commitment to the PABC community by educating and mentoring others.
  • will write a 1-page explanation of how receipt of this award will help attain professional goals.
  • will indicate what education or research sought.
  • will write an article for Directions on the knowledge gained from the funded education.

Candidate Selection

The PABC Awards Committee appointed annually by the Board will review the applications and make the selection based upon information provided to the committee.

No other information will be sought.

Form of the Award

  • The recipient will be funded $1,000 for continuing education or research related to the practice of physiotherapy.
  • Education to advance physiotherapy practice must be the intent of the recipient of the Carol Kennedy Award.
  • PABC will inform CBI Health that the Carol Kennedy award for the year has been given to the recipient. CBI Health will provide the recipient directly with the award funds.
  • The award is not transferable and must be used by the applicant.


In 2024, the Awards Ceremony will take place in-person at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre at the CPA Physiotherapy Congress 2024 in Vancouver on April 27th, 2024. 

Deadline to apply March 1st, 2024.

Application Procedure

Applicant to attach to this completed application form:

  • Cover letter by applicant to include:
    • The reason for application.
    • The intended use of the award.
    • The manner in which the applicant meets the Award Criteria.
    • The reasons why the applicant feels that he/she is uniquely qualified to receive this award.
  • Current CV.
  • Reference letter from a PABC peer.
  • Any other relevant documentation (e.g. copies of published articles, support letter from an interdisciplinary colleague).
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