It is with great sadness that we take this moment to remember Heather Stearn, a valued member of the Royal University Hospital Occupational Therapy Department. Our colleague and friend, Heather Stearn lost her valiant battle with cancer on January 8, 2012.

Heather completed her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Alberta in 2005 and joined RUH OT in 2009. She was a valued team member who made her presence known in RUH in a short time and will be missed by all who knew her.

Heather was a thorough and dedicated Occupational Therapist, her clients felt at ease with her open and honest approach. She was a strong client advocate and always went above and beyond for her clients and coworkers.

Heather is remembered by her colleagues and patients for her vivacious personality. The over-the-top personality that we came to know and love is greatly missed in Occupational Therapy and on the wards where Heather worked.

Heather’s permanent smile, laugh and constant need for high-fives were infectious. She loved being an Occupational Therapist, loved her caseload and working on the orthopaedics team. This is indeed a great loss for Occupational Therapy and the community as a whole. Whether you knew Heather for an hour or a lifetime, she left an impression.

Take time to remember Heather and know that every time you give someone a high-fi ve you would have given her a day’s worth of joy!