Volunteers are an integral component of CAOT’s success, helping the Association further its mission of advancing excellence in occupational therapy. In turn, contributing to a CAOT committee, board or workshop can provide a valuable work and social experience that generates a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction. Volunteer roles come in a wide range of time commitments and responsibilities. Here is a list of opportunities for CAOT members to consider:
Run for the Board of Directors. If you have a vision for occupational therapy in Canada and want to affect positive change on a national level, consider responding to a call for nominations for a CAOT Board of Directors position. The Call for various roles across Canada comes out each fall. Make inquiries at firstname.lastname@example.org
Represent CAOT on a coalition or task force. CAOT relies on volunteers with expertise in key areas to represent the association; to engage with government influencers at all levels, other health professionals and consumers. For more information please contact email@example.com
Volunteer at CAOT Conference . CAOT’s conference is the annual gathering of the occupational therapy profession and an ideal opportunity to network and learn by taking on a volunteer role. Find out more about CAOT conferences and send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Become an Author/Writer. There are several avenues to contribute to the body of knowledge of occupational therapy as an author and writer:
- Submit a book proposal for review by CAOT Publications.
- Submit a manuscript to the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy (CJOT) , using guidelines and resources available online.
- Respond to a call for papers to contribute to CAOT’s practice magazine, Occupational Therapy Now (OT Now) .
- Respond to the Call for Papers for the annual CAOT Conference and submit an abstract for review (Fall).
Become a Reviewer . Apply your expertise to posted opportunities and gain valuable insight into the workings of the profession.
- Accreditation reviewer .
- Content reviewer for a CAOT Publication .
- Conference abstract reviewer. Each year, a team of subject experts evaluate submitted abstracts, to select those to be featured at the annual CAOT Conference. Interested? Inquire at email@example.com
Become a Presenter . CAOT Professional Development delivers workshops and webinars on topics that translate knowledge and advance practice.
Contribute to an editorial board. Watch for a call for editorial board members for CJOT or OT Now , posted as opportunities arise. From time to time, OT Now topic editors are sought to evaluate articles for publication suitability.
NOTCE item generator . Participate in an item generation workshop for the National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) , to create exam questions and cases. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Join an Occupational Therapy network. Consider involvement with a core group of members and associates with similar interests.
Become active in a CAOT chapter . CAOT-BC and CAOT-QC are supported by a regional Advisory Committee to promote information sharing and coordinated planning on provincial occupational therapy issues. Watch for a call for committee members in OT Weekly and chapter communications.