CAOT-BC Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia will recognize members living in British Columbia who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession throughout his or her career. Only one (1) award will be granted each year. Nominations for this Award will be considered annually but the Award will be made only when recognition is merited in accordance with stated criteria. Nominators whose nomination is unsuccessful in a particular year may allow the nomination to stand for a maximum of three successive years.

Criteria for Selection

Nominations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominees shall be individual or life members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists currently living in British Columbia.
  2. Nominees shall have worked as an occupational therapist for a minimum of five years.
  3. Nominees shall be making, or have made contributions that influence the profession, directly or indirectly, in at least one of the following areas:
    • Demonstrating dedication to education and guiding, supporting and encouraging the development of occupational therapy students;
    • Demonstrating expertise or innovation in one or more practice areas in roles in academic or practice education, consultation, administration or research;
    • Developing an innovative occupational therapy practice or working extensively with community/client groups;
    • Making a sustained commitment to the profession by acting as a leader and a role model.

Download the CAOT-BC Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award Nomination Form.

Visit the CAOT-BC General Information page.

2018 Recipient

Stephen Epp

Stephen is well-known in the British Columbia occupational therapy community for his work in mental health and addictions at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), where he has supervised over 60 occupational therapists across acute, community and tertiary programs. He is passionate about creating pathways for people to live beyond their illnesses and recover meaningful lives through individual, group, peer and community-based interventions and approaches. To this end, he has developed several psychosocial rehabilitation programs for people living with mental illness and substance abuse disorders in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Stephen initiated the CAOT-BC Special Interest Group on mental health which has facilitated the collection of ideas and the identification of gaps in occupational therapy service to advance the mental health agenda in BC.

Past Recipients

Patti Erlendson

Susan Forwell

Dianna Mah-Jones 

Susan Bonney

Sarabjeet Charchun 

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