Student Experiences


Katie Award


"As we spend much of our life working, finding a career that you genuinely are passionate about is important and the Therapist Assistant Diploma Program has offered that to me. This program came up while I was searching opportunities and I was immediately drawn to the location,opportunity for a new start, and exploring a career that helps others. Supported by your classmates and instructors in a safe learning environment, you grow as a person and a professional and there are not enough words to describe the sense of purpose you can gain from this program. Whether you decide to continue on with further education, remain a Therapist Assistant, or completely change careers, the variety of experiences, skills, and self-growth you gain from this program will carry you forward no matter what your future looks like. This program made a difference in my life, and I wish everyone who embarks on this journey all the best!” 

Katherine Woznow - 2019 Recipient of the Bonnie Thiessen Memorial Award 

"The Therapist Assistant Diploma program has given me far more than an education. By teaching a comprehensive, industry evolving curriculum, connecting the classroom to the community, and providing invaluable practicum opportunities, the program builds a framework of knowledge, tools, skills and confidence to transition seamlessly into a rewarding career as a Therapist Assistant. The program and the professors have helped me grow personally and develop professionally. I am proud to be a graduate of this outstanding program!"

Kim Domino - 2017 Recipient of the Bonnie Thiessen Award

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Two years ago, when I started the Therapist Assistant Program, my knowledge about rehabilitation was so limited. All I knew about rehabilitation was how physiotherapy helped in acute cases. I had no idea about occupational or recreation therapy. My knowledge started growing gradually after taking the first courses in the program. Recreation therapy changed the quality of my life, and I learned a lot of new skills to enjoy my leisure time. Recreation therapy gave me the experience to help people with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional limitations, and to make their lives more valuable through funny ways. Occupational therapy helps me to break down the barriers which impede me in my everyday activities, and to help other individuals to do that too. The most important thing I gained from this program are great relationships with lovely friends, and the priceless knowledge from our great and supportive instructors. By the end of this two years, I feel so lucky to be part of this group and I will miss you all.

Amnah, 2016 Graduate



This students verbal communication skills are a strong strength of hers. From the very first day of placement, the entire ACT team was incredibly impressed with her strong interpersonal skills, sense of initiative, and flexible attitude. She exuded confidence when interacting with our very challenging client-base, and worked hard to make sure each client was comfortable working with her. She was able to easily adapt to working with a large group of clients who varied widely in their presentations (including demographics, diagnoses, and cognitive functioning level).


Comment from Clinical Supervising Therapist


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"The Therapist Assistant program seemed unique from all of the other courses in healthcare. From the first day of classes I knew I was in the right program. The teachers are genuinely passionate about the profession, and more and more health care professionals are becoming increasingly aware of what a Therapist Assistant has to offer. From working in mental health, to working with children or in a hospital setting, this course provided me with all of the skills I needed to really make a difference in people’s lives. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone that wishes to do the same. "

Lynsy Burnett - 2014 Recipient of the Bonnie Theissen Award

"The Therapist assistant diploma program has given me a great base of knowledge and skills to gain employment quickly in my new career. Thanks to the great hands on instruction in class as well as during the practicums. I can now make a seamless transition from student to employee and feel confident in my contribution to any rehabilitation team."

Chris McIntyre - 2012 Recipient of Bonnie Thiessen Award

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"The Therapist Assistant Diploma has allowed me to step forward in my career and work towards making people healthy and happy by using the skills I have learned in the program. This is a program I recommend to anyone either as a career or as a stepping stone towards your next goal. I plan to further my education and become an Occupational Therapist, this course is what gave me the confidence to do that"

Alanna, TAD Graduate 2009