Congratulations to Lori for receiving the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Fellowship Award. CAOT established this prestigious award in order to recognize and honour consistent and outstanding contributions to the profession of occupational therapy in areas of clinical activities, education, publication, research, or administration.
We asked Lori a few questions about her career as an occupational therapist, as well as her recent achievements and award.
I work at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre and the OASIS programs, in the combined role of Practice Coordinator and Clinical Resource Therapist. I facilitate practice by helping OTs have what they need to practice in an excellent manner.
It was an extreme honour to be recognized amongst past recipients, who are a pretty heady group! It's intimidating to compare your contribution to that group. Upon reflection, I think I've been opportunistic, being able to ride a succession of waves in practice – seating in the 80's, being converted to self-management in the 90's and beyond, seeing using research in practice evolve to evidence based practice to implementation science over the years. My career has allowed me the flexibility to pursue areas of interest. I see myself as a bit of a dabbler.
What's been great in my career is the never ending opportunity to keep learning. Whether it's been a new practice area, like seating, arthritis or self-management as outlined above, or more overarching approaches like interprofessional education, adult education or knowledge to practice, there is always something interesting to pursue. And the best learnings come from the flops!
Volunteerism is also something very important to me and I've had the opportunity to augment work learning with volunteer learning with a committee, board and leadership roles in disease based and professional organizations. So much is gained through volunteering and collaborating– learning, networks, relationships – and fun.
Though I have not had a clinical caseload for a long time, I am always inspired by our clients' stories – their struggles and successes. Lessons learned working with clients has taught me the most in my career. There's nothing quite like seeing the light go on in someone's eyes.
In recognition of OT month we are acknowledging our OT award nominees and winners. We would like to congratulate Lori for being awarded the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Fellowship for her passion, commitment and contributions to occupational therapy.