Award of Merit

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists acknowledges significant contributions to the profession by occupational therapists and non-occupational therapists through its prestigious service award called the Award of Merit.

Submit a nomination

Award nomination deadline is December 1st.

Recipients

2020 Recipients

Marlene Stern

Marlene is recognized for her significant contributions to the profession through her championing of numerous new occupational positions in Manitoba and innovative roles in existing departments. She has been a visionary leader in the occupational therapy community provincially as well as nationally.  

Angie Phenix and Kaarina Valavaara

Angie and Kaarina are recognized for their significant contributions to the profession through their work in response to the issues faced by Indigenous clients and therapists in Canada. They have become leaders through their publications, education and service to CAOT. Their voices are sought and respected within our profession.

Past Recipients

Debra Froese
2019

Kim Barthel
2019

 
Isabella Cheng
2018
                                                    
JAC OTA/PTA EAP
2017     
                                          
Marie-Josée Drolet
2017       
                                              
Kathy Corbett
2016

Elin Schold Davis 
2015

 
Christie Brenchley 
2015

Carol Morrison 
2015

Catherine Backman 
2014

Donna Collins 
2014

Catherine Vallée 
2014

World Federation of Occupational Therapists 
2013

Jane Davis 
2013


Brian Gomes 
2013


CAOT-BC Transition Team/Les Smith, Catherine Backman, 
Mary Wallace Poole, Mary Glasgow Brown 

2013

Deborah Rudman 
2013

Lieutenant-Colonel Markus Besemann 
2013

Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists 
2012

Noémi Cantin 
2013

Isabelle Matte 
2013

Canadian Physiotherapy Association
2012

Marcia Finlayson 
2011

Don Pollock 
2011

Health Human Resources Database Development for CIHI 
2011

Muriel Westmorland 
2011

Donna Klaiman 
2010

Sandra Hobson 
2010

Kathy Pringle 
2010

Dr. Karen Jacobs 
2009

The British College of Occupational Therapists 
2009

Paulette Bourgeois 
2009

Kristi Bridgeman 
2009

Edrich Richards 
2009

Dr. Gail Whiteford 
2009

Patty Brady 
2008

Canadian Institute for Health Information 
2008

Debra Cameron 
2008

Jacquie Ripat 
2008

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation 
2008

Johanne Desrosiers 
2008

Helene Polatajko 
2007

Elizabeth Townsend 
2007

Mary Clark 
2007

Jim Zamprelli 
2006

Mary Lou Boudreau 
2005

Isabelle Gélinas 
2004

Pat Leece 
2004

Jan Miller Polgar 
2004

Jennette Toews 
2004

Mary Egan 
2003

Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation 
2003

Heather Gillespie 
2003

Elaine Kuretzky 
2003

Moira Toomey 
2003

Lynn Cockburn 
2002

Raymonde Hachey 
2002

Kim Lenahan 
2002

Aileen Stalker 
2002

Geraldine Moore 
2002

Lesley Bainbridge, Heather Chilton and Randy Murphy 
2001

Rekha Chhatre 
2001

John Voyer 
2001

Bernie Bressler 
2001





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