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.


Nomination and Narrative Froms

Award nomination deadline is December 1st.

Recipients

2019 Recipient

Debra Froese
Debra is recognized for her visionary leadership role with Alberta Health Services that has significantly enhanced the practice, scope, and role of occupational therapists in Calgary and the province. Debra applies a unique occupational therapy lens when collaborating with front-line practitioners and forming communities of practice. Her committed support of future leaders has inspired students and colleagues alike, as a champion of student placements in non-traditional occupational therapy roles, as an early adopter of new teaching technologies and techniques and, in the formation of a leadership mentoring program at the University of Alberta. Debra has contributed extensively to occupational therapy’s body of evidence-based knowledge through committee representation, development of practice resources and supports, and educational outreach. Her important work is sure to provide a legacy of occupational therapy excellence.

Kim Barthel
Kim Barthel is recognized for her profound educational contributions to the profession, specifically in raising awareness of the unique perspective that occupational therapy brings to the field of caring, through the relational component of practice. As an expert on trauma, attachment, addictions, movement and learning, Kim has integrated research from all of these areas and has presented it in a way that empowers practitioners to advance in their understanding and practice using a multi-disciplinary lens that recognizes the whole person. Kim has authored two books and contributed to occupational therapy texts, bringing her deep understanding of neurobiology and sensory processing to diverse populations in a variety of settings in Canada and around the world.

Past Recipients

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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