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News from Member Organisations March 2021 - Canada

CAOT congratulates Andrew Freeman, who has been elected as the new WFOT Programme Coordinator Practice Development. Given his election, Andrew has stepped down from the CAOT Board of Directors as WFOT Director. CAOT extends our sincere thanks to Andy for his energetic, thoughtful and extensive contributions to CAOT’s board and wishes him well in his new role!


The global occupational therapy community is invited to CAOT Virtual 2021, with over 100 hours of leading-edge, relevant, and practical sessions that will give every attendee something to take back to their practice. If you are a current member of the national occupational therapy association in your country, you are eligible for member rates, with proof of membership. Register before March 31st to get best rates!


A public education campaign has launched, with the aim of creating demand for occupational therapy services by increasing the public’s understanding of how OTs can help. A new bilingual website, https://oteveryday.ca was introduced along with three public-facing social media accounts. The site content is initially focussed on OT stories related to Aging in Place and Mental Health, and will expand to look at other occupational therapist roles in the coming months. A series of ads is being tested on digital and print platforms to assess audience impact.

Free access to the five-module webinar series “Pathways to resilience: Strategies for a world in upheaval,” has been extended indefinitely, so that as many as possible will benefit from renowned occupational therapist Rachel Thibeault’s look at resilience. Her work provides a valuable resource for all those going through rough times, and those providing support. There have been over 52,000 viewings of the webinars to date, from a large and appreciative international audience. The series was recorded in both English and French.

CORECOM, January 2021 project update available. CORECOM is a national collaborative initiative to develop a single competency document that will outline entry to practice competencies and describe competencies used throughout occupational therapy practice in Canada. CAOT is one of the tripartite steering committee members. The French-language equivalent is CANCOM, un document de compétences unique pour les ergothérapeutes au Canada.