Long-time local physiotherapist Susan Edmonds has announced her retirement effective Dec. 21.
Before she retires, the community is invited to come out and bid her farewell at a retirement celebration at the Gibsons Physiotherapy Clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. hosted by Paul Wright and the staff of Coast Progressive and Gibsons Physio. Past and present patients, friends and the physiotherapy and medical community are invited.
Her service to Sunshine Coast residents has been almost continuous for more than 37 years since her arrival as a new graduate in 1975. Most recently her practice has been at the Gibsons Physiotherapy Clinic.
High school and her first year of university at Selkirk College were completed in Castlegar. Her parents, Art and Jean Craze, moved to Port Mellon at that time. Her first summer vacation with them resulted in employment with B.C. Ferries. She was then accepted into the PT/OT program at UBC’s school of rehabilitation medicine. Another vacation resulted in meeting a local fellow, Bruce Edmonds, whom she married after receiving her bachelor’s degree.
Her work places have included three years at St. Mary’s Hospital working with Ian Hunter and private practice as a contractor for Katie Angermeyer of the Caladrius Wellness Centre at the Farnham Road and Kiwanis Way locations.
Since January 2000 she has provided physiotherapy services for Wright at his Gibsons site. This clinic has benefited from Bruce Edmonds’ creative woodworking skills in providing several beautiful custom crafted pieces of rehabilitation equipment.
Susan was inspired to become a physiotherapist after receiving physio herself as a teen. She has enjoyed working with and getting to know the hundreds of patients she has treated over these years. She values her personal and professional relationships with her co-workers, fellow physiotherapists and the larger medical community of the Sunshine Coast.
The Edmonds family includes son Christopher and daughter Deanna (and her husband Bill Cook). Susan fondly recalls her days with the kids, parents and teachers of Jack and Jill parent participation preschool and Cedar Grove Elementary School. A love of the outdoors grew and continues to this day, with involvement in the Tetrahedron Outdoor Club for the family, and many forays into our local and B.C. wilderness areas. Immediate plans for retirement include more time for travel, dusting off the sewing machine and golf clubs and continuing to kayak, ski and ATV.