Michener Alumni News - Winter 2019                             
Welcome to the first issue of Michener's online Alumni News. We're thrilled to reconnect with you as you move forward in your career or begin a new chapter in your professional life. You'll see that our Alumni News offers continuing education opportunities, alumni profiles, Alumni Board updates and general news from the Michener community. You'll receive Michener's Alumni News four times a year delivered right to your inbox. We hope you enjoy this issue!
Celebrating 60 logo with 3 pictures, first picture of diana schatz signing a wall, second picture is a laboratory simulation, third image two employees signing a wall.
60th Anniversary Kick-off
On October 15, we kicked off Michener’s 60th Anniversary year and officially unveiled the new St. Patrick Campus lobby design. The event also served as a tribute to Dr. Diana Schatz, Michener’s founder, who attended the event alongside her family. A plaque was mounted on the wall near the auditorium entrance in the lobby and describes the process behind turning Dr. Schatz’s DNA sample into the design you now see when you enter the building.

The below links will take you to various elements of the celebration, including a video tribute to Dr. Schatz, a timeline of Michener’s history, a recording of the event and a photo album.

60th Anniversary Tribute Video
Michener Interactive Timeline
Celebration Event Photos
60th Anniversary Event Video
Alumni Association Board members holiday photo
Alumni Board Members
Front row (left to right): Ruvette Coelho, Eryl Fraser, Chelsea Mott, Raquel Rubinoff
Back Row (left to right): Sean McCluskey, Shelina Dhalla, Hollin Ng, Christine Nielsen, Michelle Lau
Absent: Nicole Coutu, Andy Hon, Kaleigh Timmins, Judy Tran, Eliza Ung
Alumni Association Board of Directors Update

The Alumni Association Board of Directors helped kicked off the 2017/2018 fall semester alongside incoming students at Michener’s Orientation. The Association sponsored a photo booth on the first day of the event and Board members had the chance to mingle with the new cohort at the Orientation BBQ.
Dr. Brian Hodges, Executive Vice-President of University Health Network

A Year in Review, and an Exciting Year Ahead

It’s hard to believe it has been three years since we became The Michener Institute of Education at UHN. We have accomplished so much in that time, and yet every day I have conversations with faculty, staff and students about new ways to advance health care scholarship. I can’t imagine a more dynamic work environment, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play a leadership role.
Faculty and staff who retired in 2018 and 2019
Coming and Going

It's always hard to say farewell to Michener employees and faculty, especially when some of them have been with us for 40 years! We wish the below employees well in their retirement and new endeavours.

Alice Chow - Director, Finance
Gail Rodrigues - Professor, Ultrasound
Don Bartlett - Manager, Clinical Education Relations
Aruna Kolhatkar - Professor, Medical Laboratory Services
Jim Tsourgiannis - Manager, Laboratory Services
Suzanne Allaire - Clinical Placement Coordinator
Garth Gayle, Director of Finance at The Michener Institute
We're pleased to welcome Garth Gayle to Michener as the new Director of Finance. Garth’s experience comes from the private sector, as well as his recent role as the Director, Corporate Planning at Centennial College.  

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Gertrude Pokoly, member of the first graduating class of The Michener Institute
Alumni Spotlight
In celebration of Michener's 60th anniversary, this issue's Alumni Spotlight is Gertrude Pokoly, a member of the first graduating class of The Michener Institute. We spoke with Gertrude by phone from her home in Rhode Island.

What do you remember from your time at Michener?
Twelve of us started out in a lab in the basement of the Toronto General Hospital. It was then called the Toronto General Hospital School of Medical Technology (TGHSMT).
Cannabis in background and text reading Webinar Series, Introduction to Cannabis
Continuing Education at Michener

Course Highlight
Introduction to Cannabis – Webinar Series

Intended for health professionals looking to gain an introduction to medical cannabis, this five-part webinar series will explore the history and science of cannabis, the regulations and legalities of use and the administration and education aspects of medical cannabis. Each of the five weekly webinars will be between 60 and 90 minutes long, with the final webinar being a panel discussion based on participants' questions. The series runs from February 12 to March 15.
Register before January 29 to secure the Early Bird Rate of $299 - a savings of $100 (regular price $399). Register for the webinar here
If you have questions about this webinar, or any Continuing Education course at Michener, please contact us at

Mental Health First Aid Workshop
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Mental Health First Aid Workshop in November, Continuing Education at Michener is offering the two-day workshop again in 2019. If you’re interested in attending the workshop and learning about techniques to use when interacting with those suffering from mental health, join our Continuing Education mailing list or follow Continuing Education on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn at @CE_MichenerUHN to receive updates about the workshop.

Read the story in UHN News about how Jennifer O’Leary, Michener faculty member and Clinical Liaison Officer, aims to use the skills she gained from the workshop in her everyday work.
2018 Michener Student Scholarship Recipients and 2 faculty members
Become a Donor and Support Michener Student Scholarships and Bursaries

On November 7th, Michener faculty, students, donors, staff and guests filled the auditorium for the annual Student Awards Ceremony, honouring Michener’s 2018 scholarship and named bursary recipients.

The generosity of our donors allows us to present awards that support learners in their studies and as strong health care professionals. During the ceremony, 63 scholarships and named bursaries were presented to remarkable students from Michener programs.

Through an initiative involving the Toronto General/Toronto Western Foundation and Michener, a new “Donate” presence to support Michener scholarships and awards is now live on the home page of

Click here to make a one-time donation to support Michener students.

Click here to make a monthly donation to support Michener students.

View photos from the Student Awards event.

Early image of Michener's lobby
Michener's updated lobby in 2018

Then and Now

Michener's 60th anniversary gave us a chance to look back on photos from our archives - and there were some gems! Take a look at how the Michener lobby has transformed from 1980 to 2018. Michener's lobby was renovated this past summer. The new space is bright and colourful with a food kiosk for staff and students.
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