CAOT-North Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists – North will recognize members living in Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut 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:
- Nominees shall be individual or life members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists currently living in Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut.
- Nominees shall have worked as an occupational therapist for a minimum of five years.
- 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.
George has distinguished himself in the Yukon as an adaptable and solution-focused practitioner who is committed to creating structural change to support the occupational therapy profession in Canada’s North. His work in the Continuing Care division of Home Care in Whitehorse has led to greater efficiency and effectiveness in occupational therapists’ and occupational therapist assistants’ service delivery in long term care homes. He has also initiated improvements to ensure organizational support for new occupational therapists. George has personally supported many occupational therapists across the territory with seating assessments. He is well liked by colleagues and clients alike and is known for his commitment to client care- often going the extra mile to establish rapport, build trust, and meet the unique needs of Northern populations.