Advisory Committee

The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee promotes information sharing and coordinated planning on provincial issues related to occupational therapy to further the development of the profession. 

Patricia Mortenson Katerina Dikeakos Emma Miller Lauren Haazen
Patricia Mortenson
Paediatric Representative
Katerina Dikeakos
Mental Health & Chronic Pain Representative 
Emma Miller
Interior Representative

Lauren Haazen
North Representative

Rozmin Irani Shelly Dornian Sandy Daughen Donna Drynan
Rozmin Irani
Vancouver Representative 
Shelly Dornian
Fraser Valley Representative
Sandy Daughen
Vancouver Island Representative
Donna Drynan
CAOT Board Director, BC
Jessica Irish
Sarah-Lee Collins
University of Alberta 
Jessica Irish
UBC MOTII

Nicole Carlson
UBC MOTI


Do you want to reach the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee? Send an email to CAOT-BC .

Purpose:

The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee provides consultation, advice, and support to CAOT with respect to provincial issues related to occupational therapy to advance excellence in the profession. The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee promotes information sharing and coordinated planning on provincial issues related to occupational therapy to further the development of the profession.

Frequency of Meetings:

The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee shall meet two (2) to four (4) times per year (teleconference, webinar, in person). Each Advisory Committee member will also attend or facilitate a minimum of two (2) regional Community of Practice or Practice Network meetings per year with the purpose of liaising and information sharing with members of their represented region or practice area. 

Reporting: 

The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee reports to the CAOT-BC Managing Director.  Copies of minutes of the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee meetings will be retained by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Advisory Committee members will also create a one-page annual update at the end of each fiscal year (due by September 1st). This will be used to inform the Board on the activities of the Advisory Committee and BC chapter, and will also help in future strategic and budgetary planning.

Membership Composition:

The CAOT-BC Advisory Committee is comprised of one (1) representative from each of the five (5) health regions of British Columbia:

  • Vancouver Island
  • Vancouver
  • Fraser Valley
  • Interior
  • North

As well as one (1) representative from each of the following practice areas:

  • Mental health and substance use
  • Paediatrics

The CAOT Board Director from British Columbia, CAOT-BC Managing Director and other regional staff shall participate in the CAOT-BC Advisory Committee meetings. In addition, the following student representatives shall participate: one (1) first year UBC MOT representative, one (1) second year UBC MOT representative, one (1) University of Alberta representative.

The Advisory Committee shall have three executive officers comprised of a Chair, a Vice Chair and a Secretary, as decided upon by members of the Advisory Committee. 

The Advisory Committee’s members shall serve for two-year terms.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Chair

  • To chair meetings of the Advisory Committee;
  • To represent CAOT at meetings with members, as required;
  • To represent CAOT at events and functions in the province or territory, as required;
  • To facilitate the completion of a one-page annual update at the end of each fiscal year.

Vice Chair

  • To assist the Chair as needed.
Secretary
  • To take Minutes at the Advisory Committee meetings;
  • To prepare and circulate Minutes to committee members for their review and approval; and
  • Submit the final copy of the Advisory Committee meeting Minutes to CAOT-BC regional staff within one (1) month of the meeting.
Advisory Committee Members 
  • To facilitate or attend a minimum of two (2) regional Community of Practice or Practice Network meetings per year with the purpose of liaising with members of their represented region or practice area;
  • To prepare a report based on discussion at their respective Community of Practice or Practice Networks meetings and deliver this report at Advisory Committee meetings;
  • To provide input into priorities and action for the work of CAOT-BC;
  • To participate in CAOT and CAOT-BC sponsored events, as required;
  • To promote the development of the occupational therapy profession in BC;
  • To contribute to a one-page annual update at the end of each fiscal year;
  • To evaluate the work of the Advisory Committee on a regular basis and to work towards continuous improvement; and
  • To participate on time limited sub-committees as required (e.g. CAOT-BC Grant Selection Committee).
Student Committee Members
  • To liaise with classmates of their represented class to promote communication of information and participation in CAOT and CAOT-BC initiatives;
  • To prepare a report of relevant information and activities from their represented classes and deliver this report at Advisory Committee meetings;
  • To provide input into priorities and action for the work of CAOT-BC;
  • To participate in CAOT and CAOT-BC sponsored events, as required;
  • To promote the development of the occupational therapy profession in BC;
  • To contribute to a one-page annual update at the end of each fiscal year;
  • To evaluate the work of the Advisory Committee on a regular basis and to work towards continuous improvement, and
  • To have one student member participate on time limited sub-committees as required (e.g. CAOT-BC Grant Selection Committee).
CAOT-BC Staff
  • To prepare and disseminate the meeting agenda and other material to members (with Chair);
  • To provide input into priorities and action for the work of CAOT-BC.
Board Director
  • To prepare for and attend each meeting;
  • To provide input into priorities and action for the work of CAOT-BC;
  • To monitor activities of CAOT-BC to inform reports taken to the board.
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