Staff Changes at National Office
Linda Alexander joined CAOT in June, 2001 as Finance Manager. In her new role, Linda will manage the day-to-day financial accounting and information systems for the Association. Linda has extensive experience from the small business and banking sector. She was employed by a small manufacturing company in Eastern Ontario as well as a major national bank before coming to CAOT.
With Linda's appointment, Steven Baal will be overseeing the membership, publications and finance divisions at National Office, and will be involved in special projects such as e-commerce on the web site and our non-periodics. Lisa Sheehan was promoted to Publications Manager and will be adding copyright, publication support staff supervision and increased production coordination to her responsibilities. Zena Nassar and Shelley Schleen have switched positions! Zena has moved to the position of Publications Rep and Shelley Schleen had moved to CPE Administrator but will also be providing administrative support to our periodical publications.
Fern Swedlove is our new CJOT editor as of September 17 when she will start work on the 2002 CJOT issues. Fern has extensive experience as an occupational therapist working in a variety of settings in the Winnipeg area. She has recently completed a communications program at the Red River College in Manitoba. Fern has published in CAOT periodics and nonperiodics and has been an active volunteer with the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists. Fern will be able to answer verbal and written inquiries in English and French.
On June 30, Geraldine Moore retired from her position as CAOT Director of Publications which included her responsibilities as editor of CJOT. She will complete the 2001 CJOT volume and assist Fern with her orientation. An emotional farewell party was held at the end of June where Geraldine's colleagues presented her with a lilac tree and a plaque with the following inscription:
Just living is not enough, said the butterfly
One must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower.
- Hans Christian Anderson
Geraldine was with CAOT for over 18 years. During her time, she saw CAOT become a full-fledge publishing house and was responsible for overseeing the development, production and distribution of over 15 books, self-instructional guides and manuals, including Enabling Occupation and the COPM. She will be missed by many of her authors and colleagues at CAOT, as Geraldine was an editor with a heart who went the extra mile to ensure that the integrity of her authors' work was always honoured. We wish her well in her future endeavours and plan to keep in close touch via e-mail, as will many of her authors!
On your behalf
Active Living and Diabetes: A Prescription for Change Among Older Canadians
This 30-month initiative is designed to promote the awareness of the risk of diabetes among older adults and to assist ALCOA member organizations to integrate diabetes education into their programs and services where relevant. This project, funded by Health Canada under the Canadian Diabetes Prevention and Control Strategy will focus on the importance of physical activity and healthy eating as a means to help prevent and control adult-onset diabetes. Louise Beaton, an occupational therapist from St. John's NFLD, will represent CAOT on the Advisory Committee. The first meeting of the committee was held June 18, 19, 2001 in Toronto, ON. Look for further reports in OT Now.
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September/October 2001 Table
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