Sharon Johnston graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966 as a physical and occupational therapist, and subsequently worked in the area of child psychiatry. When the Johnston family moved to Montréal, she completed her master’s and doctorate degrees in rehabilitation science. At the master’s level, she studied a more effective way of clearing the small airways of cystic fibrosis sufferers. Her doctoral thesis examined the coordination of respiratory muscles during normal speech, stuttered speech and singing. Her thesis resulted in the publication of scientific articles on respiratory mechanics.
During the past four years, I have met people with mental health issues and those who work in mental health care. The daily struggles experienced by those with mental illness were part of the ongoing conversations.
In celebration of International Women's Day, I would like to share experiences from the recent State visit to India that my husband, the Governor General, and I led, along with members of Parliament, and leaders from business, education, research and civil society. Both in Canada and India, and elsewhere in the world, whether for social or economic returns or both, women entrepreneurs are making our world better. I salute them on this International Women's Day!
03/07/2014 10:48 EST
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