Tribute Award for Partnership
Family, Functioning, Fitness, Fun, Future. Collectively, they’re called
the “F-Words,” coined by Dr. Peter Rosenbaum and Dr. Hans-Willem Gorter
of the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability at McMaster University.
They’re more than just words – they represent both a philosophy and a
program to support kids with disabilities to reach their potential.
The F-Words program is becoming increasingly popular in the global child development sector.
One of the program’s most active ambassadors, sharing the F-Words with
families and professionals around the world, is CanChild’s Rachel
As one of the lead researchers from CanChild, Rachel worked closely
with the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and
was instrumental in both advocating for the incorporation of the
F-words into the ministry’s reimagining of its services and in promoting
other CanChild tools to be used across Ontario. A respected expert, she
was invited to give a keynote talk, Service Development aligned to the
F-Words in Child Disability Framework at the International Changemakers
2023 Conference organized by KIDS Plus in Geelong, Australia.
Rachel’s mastery of the F-Words program is only one of her talents.
She has been an invaluable resource from her many roles with CanChild
for years, well-known as a collaborative colleague who helps people
everywhere to develop their child disability activities. Her
understanding of research methods and issues is praised widely and her
ability to offer support to people has gained her a solid reputation as a
teacher, speaker and workshop leader.
In her current role as CanChild’s Business and Engagement Officer
(and a Master’s-trained occupational therapist), she is a keystone in a
very important arch: connecting CanChild’s many outreach activities
across Ontario and Canada and around the world.
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