Peter Huijbregts Memorial Award

Spirit of the Award

This award is in memory of Peter Huijbregts, a Victoria Physiotherapist who was well known for his unwavering dedication to all aspects of his work.

His commitment to both learning and teaching was unsurpassed. Peter published over 40 papers, lectured and taught university internationally, wrote chapters in well-known physiotherapy texts, and served as editor of the Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, all while maintaining his own orthopedic practice. His long waiting list of patients was a testament to the quality and compassionate nature of his care.

Clinicians frequently looked to Peter for mentorship; he always made time to answer questions and engage in thoughtful discussion regarding physiotherapy.

Peter passed away suddenly in November 2010 at the age of 44. This loss was felt tremendously by many in our industry.

This award is a legacy to Peter’s significant contribution to the physiotherapy profession both locally and internationally through his teaching and research. It recognizes the same passion for knowledge, education, and research as a PABC member. We would like to thank Clover Hills Rehabilitation for providing the funding to continue this award.

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 10 years.
  • has made a positive contribution to his/her community in their profession as well as in his/her personal life.
  • 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 related to the practice of physiotherapy.
  • Education to advance the physiotherapy practice must be the intent of the recipient of the Peter Huijbregts Memorial Award.
  • PABC will inform Clover Hills Rehabilitation that the Peter Huijbregts award for the year has been given to the recipient. Clover Hills Rehabilitation 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, a support letter from an interdisciplinary colleague).
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