Lifetime Contribution to Clinical Education Award


The UBC Department of Physical Therapy Award for Lifetime Contribution to Clinical Education recognizes a Clinical Faculty member for significant contributions made throughout their career to Clinical Education through teaching of MPT Students on clinical placements, in the classroom, and/or in the community.

2019: Klari Varallyai

Klari Varallyai is the inaugural winner of this award.

If you have ever spent more than a few minutes talking with Klari you will know that she is passionate not only about physiotherapy but also about education. She has been a Clinical Educator to many students, and a mentor to many clinicians. Klari supports education initiatives in any way she can (for example she has personally guided a handful of high school students from Campbell River through university and into Physiotherapy school).

The Department is grateful for Klari’s many contributions to Clinical Education at UBC and for her commitment to the profession. She epitomizes what it means to be a life-long learner and teacher!

2020: Judit Spence

Judit has been a strong force in the physical therapy community. Her passion for all aspects of pediatric physical therapy has been witnessed by the countless families she worked with, her colleagues, and our students.

Throughout her accomplished career, Judit demonstrated unwavering support to student learning, clinical education and to the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC. She coordinated countless mentorships for our Master of Physical Therapy students. Through her talented and committed team of physical therapists she ensured quality learning opportunities to showcase pediatric care. Her service to our department spans teaching engagements (such as tutoring and lab instruction) and committee membership. Judit also identified innovative opportunities for collaborations, such as potential opportunities with the student-led UBC Physical Therapy & Research Clinic.

We thank Judit for her remarkable influence and support to our deparment throughout her career.