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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