Friday, 9 December 2016

Volunteers Needed- Rehab Equipment Expo

Can you help Rehab Equipment Organizers on Januray 6, 2016?

Ian Denison is seeking 10 volunteers for the REE at the ROO.

When: Friday, January 6 2017
Where: Richmond Olympic oval
What: Help needed in 3 areas

Wayfinding - Attendees show up at the wrong entrance and need directing to the right entrance

Lansdowne Skytrain station – Arrangements are in place for satellite parking and a shuttle service between the station and the ROO. Volunteers are needed to give out parking passes and provide direction.

Other general duties- TBD on day of event

The volunteers will be moved from station to station at regular intervals.
Requirements: English speaking and prepared to spend some time outdoors.

The minimum shift is 4 hours and will include a 40 minute break to view the exhibits. View a programme of last year’s event anddetails of the volunteers duties.

Contact  Ian directly if you can help- 

CAOT-BC is on Facebook!

CAOT-BC has launched a new Facebook page as another social media tool to connect and grow our OT community. We will share OT news, opportunities for OT, RFPs and much more. 
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On Twitter? you can follow us there too @CAOT-BC

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

OT in the News: Reducing Social Isolation for Seniors

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Occupational therapist Sheralyn Manning describes the intergenerational program at Youville Residence in Vancouver. The program pairs children from a local daycare with residents of the nearby long-term care facility with the goal of facilitating community engagement. Read more

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Monday, 5 December 2016

Practice Network Chairs Needed!

CAOT-BC is looking for dedicated volunteers to take on the following roles: 

  • Pediatric Practice Network - 1 chair or 2 co-chairs
  • Neurology Practice Network - 1 co-chair

Chair/co-chair duties include: 
  • Setting meeting dates and times
  • Setting meeting topics
  • Responding to inquiries from group members 
  • Coordinating guest speakers, if applicable 
  • Chairing meetings 
Practice Networks generally meet 2 - 4 times per year. CAOT-BC provides support in planning meetings, managing registration, use of teleconference and webinar platforms, and advertising.

Questions? Interested in taking on a chair or co-chair role? Send us email at:

Friday, 2 December 2016

ICBC OT Service Provider Update

A message from ICBC to OT Service Providers:

ICBC is making changes as part of our commitment to continuously improve services that support business partners like you.

In April we launched a new process to streamline the way our service providers submit their invoices and reports.  The first groups to participate provided feedback that allowed us to make important adjustments and improvements to our procedures.  Our plan is to expand this process to occupational therapists, but first we need to address your requirement to password-protect reports.  We are considering TLS secured tunnels, however, in order to move forward we are enlisting your assistance to provide us with your email address and one IT contact name per organization.

We also plan to align the advanced skill set of the OT with the requirements of the HDP customer.  Please review the list below and send us an email identifying which categories you, or individual occupational therapists in your organization, have experience in supporting:

•             Paraplegia
•             Quadriplegia
•             Head injuries with positive neurological
•             Amputees
•             Brachial plexus
•             Deafness
•             Blindness
•             Orthopaedic injuries or other permanent
               injuries that require vocational training
•             Infants—with severe injuries
•             Geriatrics—with severe injuries

To submit the requested information, please follow these guidelines:

1.  Respond by: December 19, 2016
2.  Send to:
3.  Subject line: OT Email & Skill Set Information

Your reply to ICBC should include the following:

-Your email address
-The name of one IT contact per organization
-OT name followed by a list identifying advanced skill set/experience categories

The tentative implementation date for the streamlined invoice and reporting process is early February 2017.  Submissions received after December 19th will be processed based on resource capacity at the time of receipt. 

We appreciate your assistance, and look forward to sharing more details as we get closer to introducing these enhancements.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

OT in the News: Occupational Therapy for Pain Control

While addressing the opioid crisis, Canada’s chief public health officer named occupational therapy as an equally effective form of pain control.

Watch video

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Assistive Technology Provision Survey: Knowledge and Confidence for AT Provision


Dear Clinicians,
We are interested in learning about your knowledge and confidence for assessment, selection, set up, training, and evaluation for a variety of Assistive Technologies. You could win a $100 CAN Visa gift card as a thank you for your feedback.
You are invited to participate in a research study evaluating knowledge and confidence of Occupational Therapists in AT Provision. Participating in the study is simple:
  1. Click on the link at the bottom of this email to begin an online survey; and
  2. Review the consent document at the start of the survey; and
  3. Complete the online survey by December 9, 2016.

Who can participate? Occupational Therapists or graduating OT students working who have completed assessment, selection, set up, training, or evaluation of assistive technologies within the past 10 years. If you do not meet these criteria, please consider forwarding this email to any colleagues who do.

Why participate? Contribute to a better understanding of gaps in clinical knowledge related to assistive technology, which may help to inform future opportunities for clinical education. Participants who complete the survey will also have the option of entering a draw for a $100 Visa gift card.
Visit the following link if you are interested in participating in this study:

Thank you for your consideration. If you would like more information about this study, please contact Emma Smith (

William C Miller, PhD, FCAOT; Ms. Emma Smith, PhD Candidate, Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of British Columbia; Dr. Jan Miller Polgar, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Western Ontario; Dr. Claudine Auger, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Universite de Montreal; Dr. Ben Mortenson, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of British Columbia.

Monday, 28 November 2016

cOnnecT with Allison Patterson

Interview with Allison Patterson, CAOT-BC Advisory Committee member 2016-2018

Why did you choose OT as a career?

I knew that I wanted to work in health care, but wasn’t sure of which discipline or area. I entered UBC at 17 in the science faculty. I considered medical lab science and then applied and was accepted for pharmacy in my 2nd year. A week into my pharmacy studies and I knew it was a poor fit. I spoke to the Dean and fortunately another student was able to take my place. I spent the next year working as a pharmacy assistant (oh, the irony) and doing some career counselling and volunteering. I started hearing about occupational therapy and realized I had a friend who just entered the program and a family friend who was an OT. Prior to this, hearing occupational therapy was like hearing the adults talk in Peanuts- I didn’t know what it was so, I just nodded and carried on! Luckily through career counselling and volunteering at Peace Arch Hospital I learned more about OT and I saw the potential as a career.
I applied for OT at UBC and had to scramble to get the final pre-requisites. I remember my application interview where I tried my best to talk about self-care, work, and leisure and using activity as treatment. I was accepted into the UBC OT program in September 1991, one of 35 lucky students. I remember the welcome events that first day and looking around and realizing that I was home – I belonged there.

Where have you worked over your career? Where do you work now?
I have enjoyed a lot of variety in my career, all with the same employer (currently named Island Health) in beautiful Victoria. I spent most of my clinical life in residential care where I developed skills and a love for assistive technology and seating. I was fortunate to work as a Practice Resource OT in Residential Care while carrying a clinical caseload.
In 2008, I moved into a supervisory position as a clinical coordinator with our Seniors Health program.
Since 2014 I’ve been involved in the development of the electronic health record at Island Health.
This year I moved into a new position as a clinical educator/project role with acute care therapy services in Victoria.

What has been your most interesting job?
I really enjoyed my work with assistive technology and seating, especially with clients with complex neurological conditions. Helping someone be more comfortable and able to participate in activities is so rewarding. I like the challenge and the gifts of technology. I was able to do a lot of work with coaching other therapists to learn seating assessment and treatment skills. It was very rewarding to see other therapists blossom in their own practice and help their clients achieve goals.

What do you like about OT?
I love the holistic view of OT. I loved getting to know what was important to my residents/clients.
I think OTs are natural leaders and we are being recognized for that over the past 10 to 15 years. I see more OTs in leadership positions and hear that our skills and perspective is valued. I’m not sure if it is our training, or our temperament, but we need to keep pushing forward and making contributions- both clinically and in leadership.

What is your personal philosophy about volunteering and giving back to the profession?

I’m proud to be an OT and feel it is a professional responsibility to contribute to the profession, whether it is by having students, by mentoring new staff, or volunteering with our professional organizations. I’ve been a member of CAOT since I was a student and have volunteered many times over the years. I have taken part in writing exam questions for the OT exam, joined the organizing committee for the CAOT conference in 2013 (in Victoria), and recently visited the BC Legislature with CAOT-BC. Like most volunteering, I feel I get as much as I give.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming an OT?
I’ve been lucky to talk to many people who are considering occupational therapy as a career. I am always happy to describe the many areas of practice for OT. From working with tiny pre-term infants, to people at the ends of their lives, in the public health system, private practice, or industry. I’m always excited to answer questions and give my interpretation of OT. It’s an art, it’s a science, and it is a GREAT career.

What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering)
I enjoy mucking in my garden, reading (I’m in 2 book clubs), hiking, and spending time with friends and family. I’m married (to my then-boyfriend from OT school days) and we have 2 children, aged 12 and 15.

Friday, 25 November 2016

CAOT-BC Award Nominations: Deadlines Approaching

CAOT-BC Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year
Know a CAOT-BC colleague who would be a candidate for this award? Read more about the selection criteria and submit a nomination by December 1, 2016.

CAOT Citation Award, British Columbia.
This award is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions and/or accomplishments to the health and well-being of Canadians by an agency, program or individual who is not an occupational therapist. If you would like to submit a nomination for this award, please review the nomination package. The deadline for submission is December 1, 2016.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Last Chance to Complete the CAOT-BC Satisfaction Survey!

Do you have 5 minutes? Let us know how we’re doing! Complete the CAOT-BC Satisfaction Survey and enter to win a $25.00 CAOT gift certificate!
Survey closes November 30th.