Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy within the Military and Veterans Affairs Canada Network (MAVAN)

Background:

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) advocates on behalf of occupational therapists and their clients to government, policy makers and third-party payers so that they understand how essential occupational therapy services are when they are making significant decisions that affect our profession. One of the key areas for advocacy currently includes:  Increasing the use of occupational therapists within the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada, especially in areas of primary health care, physical and mental health services. Amongst other CAOT initiatives, members have formed a networking group and are collaborating to address a number of issues.

Vision:

To connect CAOT members across Canada who have an interest in occupational therapy within the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada in order to:

  • decrease feelings of isolation and enhance collegial support amongst CAOT members
  • promote and facilitate research in the area of military and veterans affairs
  • share resources
  • provide a platform for clinicians to network and discuss practice-related issues
  • advocate for the role of occupational therapy within the Canadian Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada

Members of MAVAN:

Helen Brown, Ontario, (Co-chair)
Liz Taylor, Alberta, (Co-chair)
Marie Brine, Prince Edward Island
Teresa Caprini, Ontario
Philip Leadbeater, Ontario
Leslie Amundson, Alberta
Brittany Kolodziejak, British Columbia
Ashlee Bardel, British Columbia
Tracey Sanders, Alberta
Sarah Gallant, British Columbia
Laura Mee, Ontario
Marika Paquin, Ontario
Shannon Becker, Ontario
Marcia-Lisa Dennis, Nova Scotia

 

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