September, 2017

Wendy Hampson


CATA 2017 Hall of Fame

I was very humbled by my Hall of Fame nomination and subsequent induction.  To be honoured by one’s peers and placed in the company of other such incredible Hall of Fame inductees, who I have always looked up to, is the epitome of recognition.

I have lived and breathed athletic therapy my whole career.  I have grown from and thoroughly enjoyed toiling behind the scenes on various committees at the CATA and OATA levels as well as on numerous games organizing teams.  It began in the ‘80s when I first joined the CATA education committee as well as helped to form the fledgling OATA.  As athletic therapy struggled for professional recognition I was proud to do my part educating the medical professionals and the public in Sudbury about who we were, where we fit in, and how to manage injured athletes.  Sudbury hosted numerous provincial, national, and international sporting events in the ‘80s and ‘90’s and I was always ready and willing to be part of the organizing teams because I loved the stimulation of constantly learning something new, being able to help to create a legacy, and volunteering to work at something that mattered.

One of the most important committees I worked on was the CATA Ethics committee.  I’ve always tried to be a “by the book” athletic therapist and I felt it very important to take up the torch of Ethics Chair and bring it to the next level.  The other committee that I found left an indelible mark was the CATA Exam Review Committee now known as CBoCAT.  This committee hit the personal and professional buttons that I wanted at the time offering me the opportunity to challenge and be challenged by a highly respected group of my peers, to help move athletic therapy forward, while at the same time having loads of laughs.  I have always volunteered believing that it gives back tangible rewards for one’s efforts.

There are a few key people in my life who were my steadfast supporters and mentors who deserve recognition.  First and foremost, I could not have done all these activities without the continued and unwavering support, sage advice, and extreme patience of my husband Jim Jussila.  He was my go to person for just about every conundrum, worry, and success and kept the home base going while I traipsed off to various games hither and yon.  As well, I want to thank the dynamic duo of Dr. Sandra Knox and Dr. Patricia Pickard, professors and Athletic Directors at Laurentian University, who had the courage to create an athletic therapy clinic out of nothing and against all odds, and then to hire a young female fresh out of school into, what was in 1978, a traditionally male dominated emerging profession.  And finally, the irreplaceable mentors of my Sheridan College professors Anne Hartley and Barry Bartlett.  They were always there for me on the other end of phone when I was stuck and didn’t know what to do.

Thank you with all my heart to the CATA for this recognition.  I could not imagine having done any other career.


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