CAOT-BC Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award Nomination

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – British Columbia will recognize members living in British Columbia who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession throughout his or her career. Only one (1) award will be granted each year. Nominations for this Award will be considered annually but the Award will be made only when recognition is merited in accordance with stated criteria. Nominators whose nomination is unsuccessful in a particular year may allow the nomination to stand for a maximum of three successive years.

Criteria for Selection

Nominations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominees shall be individual or life members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists currently living in British Columbia.
  2. Nominees shall have worked as an occupational therapist for a minimum of five years.
  3. Nominees shall be making, or have made contributions that influence the profession, directly or indirectly, in at least one of the following areas:
    • Demonstrating dedication to education and guiding, supporting and encouraging the development of occupational therapy students;
    • Demonstrating expertise or innovation in one or more practice areas in roles in academic or practice education, consultation, administration or research;
    • Developing an innovative occupational therapy practice or working extensively with community/client groups;
    • Making a sustained commitment to the profession by acting as a leader and a role model.
  4. Nominees must not be a current Board member or employee of CAOT.

Nomination procedures

  1. Individual CAOT-BC members or a group of members are eligible to submit nominations. Self-nominations will not be considered.
  2. Nomination forms must be submitted through the link below.
  3. An electronic version of the signature form must be downloaded below and submitted with the nomination.
  4. The narrative must include explicit examples of the nominee’s contribution to the profession of occupational therapy, as contributing evidence of, and reasons for, the nomination of the candidate.
  5. The narrative is not to exceed three (3) typewritten pages, single spaced, one-inch margins, 12 point, Arial font. Additional information will not be considered.
  6. Nominators whose nomination is unsuccessful in a particular year may allow the nomination to stand for a maximum of three successive years.
  7. Nominations are to be received by December 1st. All those received after December 1st will be considered for the following nomination year.

Required to complete the online nomination form

About the nominee: name, address, number of years of sustained activity in occupational therapy. Optional: CAOT-BC Member #.

Nominee narrative: The purpose of the narrative is to describe why the candidate was nominated for this award and to highlight the exceptional contributions of this occupational therapist. The narrative must include explicit examples of the nominee’s contribution to the profession of occupational therapy, as contributing evidence of, and reasons for, the nomination of the candidate. The narrative is not to exceed three (3) typewritten pages, single-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point, Arial font in word or PDF format (name of file: First name_Last name_BC_nom.doc or .pdf). Additional information will not be considered. The narrative should include:

  1. Educational background

  2. Summarized work experience
  3. Nominees shall be making, or have made contributions that influence the profession, directly or indirectly, in at least one of the following areas:

    • Demonstrating dedication to education and guiding, supporting and encouraging the development of occupational therapy students;
    • Demonstrating expertise or innovation in one or more practice areas in roles in academic or practice education, consultation, administration or research;
    • Developing an innovative occupational therapy practice or working extensively with community/client groups;
    • Making a sustained commitment to the profession by acting as a leader and a role model.

About the nominator: name, address, CAOT Member # and signature form. Download and complete this signature form. Scan or take a picture of it as you will be required to upload it. 

Complete your online nomination

Read the selection criteria and form of the award

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