April Rand, a Delhaven native who recently graduated from the Masters in Science Occupational Therapy program at Dalhousie University, received several major awards. - Submitted
Unexpected events can become wonderful opportunities. That was certainly the case for April Rand, a Delhaven native who recently graduated from the Masters in Science Occupational Therapy program at Dalhousie University.
“I really had no idea what the program entailed,” said Rand, “but looking back, I think it was meant to be.”
Though she always harboured a desire to work in the healthcare industry, Rand had never considered occupational therapy. After earning an undergraduate degree in microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie, she applied to Dalhousie’s physiotherapy program. Upon learning she had not been accepted, Rand entered the Occupational Therapy program on a whim. This whim turned into a decision well made, as Rand graduated at the top of her class.
It became evident to friends and family during the graduation ceremony just how successful Rand’s educational experience in this program had been.
“We all couldn’t believe it, as she was presented with one award, and then another, and then another,” said father, Reginald Rand. “They were all a complete surprise to us and to April.”
She received multiple awards recognizing her diverse achievements in her academics, work-placement programs, and as a member of her community of students.
Among the four awards she received were the Women’s Division Dalhousie Alumni Association Medal, recognizing her GPA of 4.14 as the highest of her graduating class, and the Yvonne Ling Class of 2007 25th Anniversary Award, which recognized her achievement as a top student, placement employee, and congenial member of her class.
Because of her success, Rand was offered a job before she had even graduated. She was approached by Alberta Health Services, which offered her a position as a Home Care Occupational Therapist.
“It’s exactly what I was looking for,” she said.
Rand accepted the position, and has since moved to Alberta with boyfriend Ian Brown, who recently earned his journeymen in plumbing. They both hope to eventually return to Nova Scotia.
“It will be a wonderful opportunity and experience for both of them,” said father Reginald Rand.