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McIntosh ‘11 to Speak at Honors Convocation

McIntosh ‘11 to Speak at Honors Convocation

D'Youville will welcome Shenika McIntosh '11 to serve as the keynote speaker at Honors Convocation on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at Kleinhans Music Hall.   

Shenika McIntosh is a proud Bahamian who holds a master's degree in Occupational Therapy from D'Youville. Returning to Buffalo for the first time since her graduation, McIntosh is looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and revisiting the local food scene 

"I am ecstatic to return to Buffalo. I am eager to see the Buffalo landscape, eat real Buffalo wings, and to see the growth of D'Youville," says McIntosh. "I can't wait to thank some of my OT lecturers in person for their support and dedication to my education and professional growth."  

McIntosh has extensive experience in both physical rehabilitation and pediatrics.  

McIntosh has made considerable strides in advocating for her profession in the Bahamas. She is the founding member and president of the Occupational Therapy Association of the Bahamas (OTAB), which is a member of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists. She also serves as the delegate for the Bahamas for the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT).   

As a certified autism specialist, McIntosh is an ardent advocate for inclusive education, effective health screens, and community reintegration for those on the autism spectrum.  

Named to the "Bahamas 40 Under 40" list by Professional Services Bahamas, McIntosh is also a volunteer coach for Special Olympics Bahamas and was selected to travel to Abu Dhabi with the team for the 2019 World Games.    

Addressing the Honors Convocation attendees, McIntosh hopes her message of community, brotherly love, and purpose will resonate with everyone.   

"We all need to use our daily encounters as an opportunity to positively impact the lives of others," she reflects. "To use each gift and skill as an act of kindness. It is this same kindness that will be remembered and duplicated. It is this same kindness and sense of community that will change the world."  

McIntosh will also be on campus Thursday, March 5, at The Kavinoky Theatre. She will be discussing the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas. The event will be held from 3:00 – 4:00 PM and is open to the entire college community.