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Praxis Staff Spotlight: Scott Donia

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Meet Scott Donia! He’s the Knowledge Exchange Lead at Praxis, creating lay summaries and other content for Translational Research. Get to know him better below.


Describe what you do at Praxis

As the Knowledge Exchange Lead, my role is to help facilitate networks and share information through different forms of communication. This is to ensure that all the great work being done by Praxis and abroad is having the greatest impact that it can and that we are all working together towards the benefits of individuals living with a SCI.

Why does working in the field of spinal cord injury matter to you?

Knowing the positive impact that you can make. I started on the exercise and rehabilitation side with people living with SCI and the various approaches you can take to help someone improve their functional health and well-being is equally challenging and exciting.

What was the last series you binged?

It might not be the most recent, but the most frequently binged series is The Office. I’ve probably watched it 5+ times all the way through.

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Do you have a favorite quote?

“You’re off to great places! Today is your Day! Your mountain is waiting so…get on your way”. -Dr. Seuss and “We meet no ordinary people in our lives” – CS Lewis

What’s your favorite time of day?

Mornings. The day is full of potential and possibilities

What’s inspiring you in life right now?

Just how gorgeous it is out in BC. So many places to explore and have adventures.

What superpower would you want?

Flight. It would make travelling much faster/cheaper while still seeing the views.

The most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?

Bungee jumping in New Zealand, the third highest bungee jump in the world.

Mac or PC?

PC. My Macbook crashed 2 weeks before my Masters defense and I’ve never forgiven them.

Favourite podcast in the podcast pantheon.

Smartless with Jason Bateman, Shawn Hayes, and Will Arnett. They bring on various guests and just rip on each other. Sometimes educational, always a riot.

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How do you unwind?

Something active. It could be a run, a long hike, bike, skiing, sports. As soon as I’m doing that, my mind is free and relaxed.

Where did you grow up?

St. Catharines, ON

What’s some of the best advice you’ve given or received?

Be kind

What’s the question you’d like to be asked more?

Would you like to play with my puppy? Or What is your favourite dinosaur?

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