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Get Involved!

Thank you to the more than 300 members currently filling volunteer roles with CAOT.

CAOT couldn’t operate without the time, energy and skill that our members contribute to the association. Our mission of advancing excellence in occupational therapy would not move forward without volunteerism being central to the membership experience at CAOT. 

Volunteer roles come in a wide range of time commitments and responsibilities. Our ‘Get Involved’ page summarizes what CAOT has for you to consider.

To ensure that everyone has the opportunity to get involved and is informed about current and upcoming opportunities, we will post:

  1. Current opportunities:  These postings will have a position description that will help you determine if you are suited for this role and other pertinent details regarding the submission.
  2. Open call:  We truly value member volunteerism and would like to gather and hold your name and resumé in a confidential database so we can let you know if a volunteer opportunity arises that you may be interested in.

Current opportunities

Board nominations. CAOT is looking for potential candidates with initiative, creativity, foresight, and a keen desire to promote and manage the activities and affairs of the association. Answer the call and submit your name for one of the CAOT Board of Director positions December 1, 2018

The OTA and PTA Education Accreditation Program (OTA/PTA EAP) is looking for reviewers who are occupational therapists who speak English or are bilingual. The OTA and PTA Education Accreditation Program (OTA/PTA EAP) is looking for reviewers who are occupational therapists and particularly for those who are bilingual. A video and information about this opportunity is on the EAP website and please note the eligibility criteria to be a reviewer.


Product reviewer for CAOT’s Product Recognition Program. Share your expertise with others by reviewing a new or leading-edge assistive technology or product.  Help your colleagues and consumers to make more informed product choices by cutting through the clutter of available products and identifying those most worthy of purchase or referral.   Become a Product Reviewer


Mentors. We are seeking mentors as part of CAOT Mentorship on Demand. This new program allows individuals “mentees” to seek mentorship on demand. Mentees and mentors work together for a period of 6 months to address reflective goals established by the mentee and guided by the mentor. This experience is intended to open a new chapter in professional and, often, personal lives.  Please consider giving back by becoming a mentor.  Complete the mentor profile and brief survey online.


Open call

If you would like to get more involved in your profession, a volunteer role with CAOT may be of interest – to add to your skills, share your expertise, build your network or to allow you to give back to occupational therapy. Specific experience is needed for some roles and others are more general.   Add your name to our confidential volunteer database and upload your resumé

About volunteering at CAOT:

There is an opportunity for everyone to get involved with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists in a way that is meaningful to you: from moderating a session at CAOT’s conference to running for the Board of Directors, writing exam questions or meeting the public at a tradeshow.

Danielle Hogan – past Chair of the Certification Examination Committee (CEC).

“Such a phenomenal committee, such a wealth of experience there.”
“I’m actually making a difference…I loved being part of it.”
“Although I’d love to stay on, it’s nice to rejuvenate these committees with new members and get fresh new eyes on the exam – which is fantastic.”

Read Danielle Hogan’s volunteer story

Rose Martini – French Associate Editor of CJOT

I’m proud that I’m part of the team whose mission it is to improve the quality of a Canadian occupational therapy journal.”
“I find it very inspiring and I also find it very satisfying to see the results of the work, like when you see the manuscript published or the metrics of the journal going up. “
“Volunteering with CJOT has been, and continues to be, a wonderful, satisfying experience for me that I’d love to wish upon others.”

Read Rose Martini’s volunteer story

Isabelle Matte – Representative on the Certification Examination Committee 

“Moi je crois comme membre de l’association qu’il faut qu’on s’investisse pour la faire rayonner!”
J’ai rencontré des gens sur le comité, développé des liens d’amitié et des contacts précieux.”

Read Isabelle Matte’s volunteer story (available in French only)

Andrea McNeill – past Chair CAOT-BC Advisory Committee

“It’s been a wonderful journey. It promotes and builds confidence in the individual as well as the organization as whole.”
“Volunteering makes me feel fulfilled, very connected and supported and really happy to be involved in contributing in this profession and growing it.”

Read Andrea McNeill’s volunteer story

Sandra Hobson – CAOT Representative on the Joint Accreditation Committee (JAC)

“It’s very collegial and collaborative; it’s a very positive committee to serve on...I’m really enjoying it.”
“The work is all worth it because it’s enjoyable and it’s important. You feel that you’re contributing, that you’re making a difference, assuring potential students and their parents that the OTA/PTA programs are really good quality programs. “

Read Sandra Hobson’s volunteer story

Thank you to the CAOT members who shared their volunteer story with us.

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Thank you to Catherine Backman, Paulette Guitard, Denise DuBois and Mary Forhan for participating in this membership video.

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