OT in the News 

More work needed on area health care

April 8, 2019 | Prince George Citizen

Todd Whitcombe calls for improved access to occupational therapy and physiotherapy through training in northern BC and UNBC. Read more

Burnaby Walk for Alzheimer's honours New West occupational therapist

April 6, 2019 | Burnaby Now

This year the Burnaby and New Westminster Walk honours occupational therapist Leila Jamal and the New Westminster Seniors Specialized Clinic. Read more

Punching out Parkinson’s disease in Kitsilano

April 3, 2019 | The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight interviews OT Allie Saks who offers exercise programs tailored for people with Parkinson's disease. Read more

Federal health minister says national task force on chronic pain first step

April 3, 2019 | News 1130

Occupational therapy identified as a key service for treatment of chronic pain, but cost and coverage solutions need to be part of strategy developed by new national task force. Read more

Burnaby doesn't have enough occupational therapists to staff new networks

March 26, 2019 | Burnaby Now

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ B.C. chapter says that while it supports the move towards these PCNs, “we are concerned that inadequate staffing levels will prevent successful implementation of this care model.” Read more

New CanAssist Devices in Prince George

November 22, 2018 | CKPG Today

Pat Hamilton, occupational therapist at the Prince George Child Development Centre comments on the benefits of new game and toy technologies received from CanAssist. Read More

Concussion treatment clinic opens in Kelowna

October 17, 2018 | Vernon Morning Star

The recently opened BrainTrust Canada Concussion Clinic partnered with P.A.C.E. (Progressive Activation and Concussion Education) co-developer and occupational therapist Rose Kristiansen. Read More

Trauma can change brain chemistry, expert says

September 11, 2018 | CBC News

Kim Barthel talks about early childhood trauma to Yellowknife justice officials. Read More

Play is a child's work

June 11, 2018 | The Squamish Chief 

Occupational therapist Tara Cain talks about starting her own clinic, what its like working with kids, and the benefits of practicing in an interdisciplinary setting. Read More

Moment in Time: Canada's First Occupational Therapy Program

February 21, 2018 | The Globe and Mail 

The Globe and Mail looks back 100 years to the day and commemorates our beginnings by highlighting the University of Toronto’s six-week program that gave 21 women skills to help injured soldiers get back to their regular, daily activities. Read More

Vaughn Palmer: NDP banks on its history lessons to get a grip on ICBC

Febaruary 7, 2018 | Vancouver Sun

CAOT-BC Managing Director Giovanna Boniface's gives statement at BC Government news release on ICBC changes. Read more

ICBC to cap ‘pain and suffering’ payouts for minor injuries at $5,500

February 6, 2018 | Times Colonist

CAOT-BC Managing Director Giovanna Boniface's gives statement at BC Government news release on ICBC changes. Read more

Exposure to fears can control kids’ anxiety, Victoria-based expert says

February 1, 2018 | Times Colonist

A recent Times Colonist article features occupational therapist Sean Boulet and his work helping children to overcome their anxiety. Read more

VASS making magic in the mountains

January 2, 2018 | North Shore News

Occupational therapist and Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports president Anne Buthane talks about running the skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability. Read more

B.C. doctor shortage to worsen as more physicians near retirement: study

December 11, 2017 | CTV Vancouver Island

Doctors of BC president Dr. Trina Larsen Soles calls for "more integrated models with occupational therapy and physiotherapy". Read More

Tips to Avoid Life's Slips, Trips

November 29, 2017 | Richmond Sentinel

Occupational therapist Rishma Dhalla discusses fall prevention strategies and Richmond's Fall Prevention Program in a recent article. Read More

Concussion app developed in the Okanagan

November 7, 2017 | The Daily Courier

The Progressive Activation and Concussion Education app was developed by Kelowna emergency physician Dr. David Rhine and Peachland occupational therapist Rose Kristiansen. “I was really upset that people who were really suffering, especially with persistent symptoms, didn’t seem to have the help or the knowledge within their care providers to help them get better,” said Kristiansen. Read More

Okanagan-built concussion app takes off

November 6, 2017 | Lake Country Calendar

Occupational therapist Rose Kristiansen and emergency physician Dr. David Rhine were featured in the Lake Country Calendar last week for their product, the PACE mobile app.  Read more

UBC students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy

October 20, 2017 | CTV News

A recent CTV News article highlights an online course and two workshops that are part of the UBC curriculum for occupational therapy and other health discipline students. Read more

Trail’s first sensory-friendly movie offers new choices for families

July 28, 2017 | Castlegar News
Trail-based occupational therapist Tamsin Snodgrass describes sensory processing and how the Royal Theatre in Trail has been adapted to provide a sensory friendly screening of the Emoji Movie. Read more

Healing hooves: Fernie group uses horses to promote mental health in kids

July 12, 2017 | The Fernie Free Press

Supervised by occupational therapist Renee Fairchild, the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club uses equine-assisted therapy to support children's mental health. Read more

$71,000 to bring two summer camps back

July 7, 2017 | BC Local News

Occupational therapist run program, Camp Jupiter, in Prince Rupert has received funding from Pacific NorthWest LNG, making it possible to support students with disabilities. Read more

UNBC researcher wins scholarship

July 4, 2017 | Prince George Citizen

CAOT-BC Advisory Committee member and UNBC postdoctoral researcher Alison Gerlach on being awarded the 2016-17 Banting Fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Read more

B.C. looks to fix staffing shortages in pediatric therapy

May 29, 2017 | The Abbotsford News

The Ministry of Children and Family Development recently released a request for proposal seeking a plan to recruit and retain pediatric occupational therapists, physiotherapists and speech-language pathologists. Read More  

New West family gets help from kids' charity

February 7, 2017 | NewWestminster Record

Variety - the Children's Charity approved 36 occupational therapy sessions for Ryker, a child diagnosed with severe ADHD. Ryker's OT has helped him to regulate his behaviour, engage in writing at school, and has helped his mother Shannon understand his sensory needs. “Without him going to these OT sessions, despite all the work the school has done, I don’t think that he would be in school." Read more

After a year of care in Canada, triple amputee returns to Ukraine

February 3, 2017 | CTV News

With the help of occupational therapist Sarah Cachecho, Mykola  Nyzhnykovskyi , a triple amputee, has learned "to  dress himself, feed himself, brush his teeth, do whatever someone has to do in their daily life.” Read more

Mental health funding plan's rejection lamented by Victoria agency head

December 22, 2016 | CBC News

Hazel Meredith, Executive Director of BC Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) speaks to CBC about failed talks between federal and provincial health ministers. She is "crushed" that negotiations to bolster support to those living with a treatable mental health condition. She discusses the very poor access to supports that help people with mental health issues -- citing occupational therapy and how it can lift some of the burden and pain of struggling with a mental health issue and provide hopeful outcomes for individuals.  Her calls to action include 1) targeted funding to the community and 2) low barrier access to support, which are both aligned with CAOT-BC key messages to government. Listen for more

Canada's chief public health officer addresses opioid crisis

November 19, 2016 | CBC News

While addressing the opioid crisis, Canada’s chief public health officer named occupational therapy as an equally effective form of pain control. Watch for more

Inviting community inside: Nursing homes take steps to stop social isolation of seniors

October 30, 2016 | Vancouver Sun

Occupational therapist Sheralyn Manning describes the intergenerational program at Youville Residence in Vancouver. The program pairs children from a local daycare with residents of the nearby long-term care facility with the goal of facilitating community engagement. Read more

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