Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award

This lectureship was established as a memorial to Muriel Driver in honour of her many significant contributions to the profession of occupational therapy, from the time of her graduation from the University of Toronto in 1941 until her death in 1972. A brief résumé will give some idea of Muriel’s full and varied career, which began in 1941 when she became a home service therapist at the Toronto Curative workshop.

In 1943 Muriel enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, serving first as sole therapist at the Hamilton Military Hospital. This was followed by an overseas posting to the 22nd Canadian General Hospital in the United Kingdom as charge occupational therapist. Returning to Canada, she served at the Montreal Military Hospital as assistant to the charge therapist.

Following discharge from the Army in 1946, Muriel organized the first occupational therapy department at Runnymede Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Toronto, and in 1948 she became supervisor of the occupational therapy department at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. During her years at this hospital, Muriel attended the Warm Springs Foundation in Georgia and was awarded the post-graduate certificate in neuro-muscular disorders.

In 1954 Muriel returned to Warm Springs as Director of Occupational Therapy and Instructor in the Post-Graduate School. Muriel accepted the challenge of organizing and directing the special Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) course in occupational therapy at Kingston in 1959 and served as Director of the School throughout its existence. When Queen’s University established the occupational therapy educational program in 1967, Muriel was appointed Senior Lecturer, and at the time of her death in 1972 she was Assistant Professor and Senior Teacher in the Occupational Therapy Programme, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario.

Muriel gave many years of service to the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, as a member of various committees, as chairman of several including the Education Committee, and as an elected member of the Board of Directors. As the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists delegate to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, she represented Canada on its Council and during part of her term served as Chairman of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Publications Committee.

In addition to these contributions, she was the author of numerous articles published in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and in the journals of other health-related professions. Her enthusiasm for the advancement of occupational therapy and the stimulation which she provided were sources of inspiration of students, therapists and personal friends.

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists will honour a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession through research, education and the practice of occupational therapy by presenting the individual with the Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award.

Lectureship, Nomination and Narrative Forms

Award nomination deadline is December 1st.

Read the Collection of Muriel Driver Memorial Lectures – Sage Website


Award Recipients


2017 Award Recipient


Dr. Lili Liu 

Lili has made significant contributions to the profession of occupational therapy, higher education, and to the advancement of healthcare technology through her leadership roles in teaching, research, administration, service and mentoring. She has contributed to over 45 peer-reviewed publications, 175 peer-reviewed abstracts and scholarly presentations as well as other publications such as book chapters and technical reports. Her focus on gerontology and occupational therapy has led to innovations that enhance safety at home for seniors and increase productivity for health care aids in home care settings. Lili’s dedication and quality of work has been recognised many times and she has been active with several occupational therapy organizations throughout her career. Her innovation, support, and creativity continue to inspire her students, colleagues and occupational therapists in Canada and worldwide.

 

Past Recipients

 
Karen Whalley Hammell                   
2016

Isabelle Gélinas                         
2015

Bonnie Kirsh                             
2014

                                           
Claire-Jehanne Dubouloz                 
2013

Marcia Finlayson 
2012

Juliette (Archie) Cooper 
2011 

Lori Letts 
2010 

Annette Majnemer 
2009 

Nicol Korner-Bitensky 
2008

Terry Krupa 
2007

Mary Egan 
2006

Jan Miller Polgar 
2005

Johanne Desrosiers 
2004

Catherine Backman 
2003

Judith Friedland 
2002

Rachel Thibeault 
2001

Virginia Fearing
2000

Mary Ann McColl 
1999

Muriel Westmorland 
1998

Marie Gage 
1996

Huguette Picard 
1993

Elizabeth Townsend 
1992

Helene Polatajko 
1991

Mary Law 
1990

Anne Carswell-Opzoomer 
1989

Margaret Tompson 
1988

Sue Baptiste 
1987

Joanne Stan 
1986

Thelma Gill Sumsion 
1985

Sharon Brintnell 
1984

Barbara Saunders 
1983

Andrée Forget 
1982

Mary Judd 
1981

Isobel Robinson 
1980

Elizabeth B. Bell 
1979

Gail Gilewich 
1978

Barbara J. O’Shea
1976

Margaret Hood 
1975

Joy (Huston) Bassett 
1974

 
 
 
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