Cathy Cuddington is a School of Rehabilitation Science staff member and clinician, and is well-respected for her leadership and dedication to physical therapy education. She was nominated in the Advocacy in Action category for the 2022 College of Medicine Staff Awards.
“In my experience, Cathy unfailingly demonstrates commitment, dedication, and accountability in all that she does. In addition, she is responsible, professional, and holds herself to extremely high standards of performance at all times,” wrote one nominator, who also described her “an ambassador for the school.”
Cuddington is an assistant academic coordinator of clinical education in Regina, where she is the liaison between the clinical community and the university to provide clinical experiences for Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) students. These placements are necessary to fulfill the clinical requirements for graduation.
Throughout her time at the school, Cuddington has supported the student learning experience in many ways and represented the school at the national level. She is involved in developing a clinical education assessment tool, implementing national student performance evaluation standards, supporting preparation for the successful MPT program accreditation review and serving on the school’s continuing education advisory committee.
Cuddington has also represented the profession on many boards and committees at the provincial and national levels, bringing back knowledge to strengthen the MPT program. For her leadership and dedication to the profession, Cuddington has received awards by both the Saskatchewan and Canadian physiotherapy associations.
We asked Cathy for her thoughts on receiving the Advocacy in Action Award.
The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.
What was your reaction when you learned you were named the recipient of this award?
Incredibly honoured and humbled.
What does it mean to you to be recognized in this way?
Knowing the incredible expertise that exists at the University of Saskatchewan, and the contribution to society, I can hardly believe I am in the same group as other award winners. It is something I will remember forever. Setting out on my career 35 years ago I could not have imagined this.
What motivates you to go above and beyond within your department/unit?
My work ethic is driven by a desire to give of myself to return the opportunity that has been bestowed on me through my education from the U of S. I wish to represent the university in a professional manner!
What work/professional accomplishment are you most proud of over the past year?
Helping students graduate having obtained clinical experience amid a pandemic.
What do you enjoy most about working for the college/university?