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September, 2017

Lynn Bookalam

CATA 2017 Hall of Fame

Receiving the CATA Hall of Fame award this past June 2017 has been an extremely joyous and moving celebration that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life.

Being an athletic therapist, working at McGill University, volunteering for the CATA on committees, attending major games, and working in the community, was simply a way of life.

Significant events that were especially important to me included the first meeting of Quebec Athletic Therapists, which I believe was a turning point in our association’s early growth.  Participating on the Sport Medicine Council of Canada with doctors, physiotherapists, scientists, and administrators was a pivotal opportunity for the development and maturing of a community that provides health care assistance for Canada's finest athletes.  Working with local Montreal high schools, junior colleges, and with the grass root community was key in the advancement of sport medicine services at levels other than McGill University, which is where I was employed for 35 years.  Facilitating the creation of the McGill Sport Medicine Clinic which brings together the combined efforts of doctors, physiotherapists, athletic therapists, massage therapists, osteopaths, nutritionists, neuropsychologists, nurses, and scientists is a recipe required to assist our athletes successful prevention and care of injury.

In conclusion the CATA is a family of talented and dedicated athletic therapists that continue to make an extraordinary difference with today's athletic population.  I am particularly excited and very impressed by the tireless efforts of my younger colleagues that are taking our profession to the next level.  I would especially like to thank my long time colleagues Tara Sutherland, Wendy Hampson, and Francis Flint who nominated me for this great honour.  As well, a very special thanks to Helena De Fazio for her ongoing administrative assistance.  Helena, your efforts do not go unnoticed.   Also, thanks to my McGill colleagues Valerie Lam Hang and Tiffany Moey who joined me in Niagara Falls for the special celebration.  Ladies, you are the future.  And last but not least a huge thanks to my life partner Tracy Gallacher for always being by my side and teaching me about work life balance.  I will be forever grateful.

Wishing you all good health and happiness. Lynn Bookalam, a proud certified athletic therapist.

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