Celebrating Leadership In Health Care In Saskatchewan

    Saskatchewan Residents receive CAOT/SSOT Citation Award

    REGINA, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Occupational
Therapists (CAOT) and the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists
(SSOT) are pleased to present Dan Cooper and Ron Knaus a 2008 Citation Award.
The Award, is to be presented at the SSOT President's AGM luncheon, which will
be held on September 26 at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre 2180 23rd Avenue,

    Dan Cooper is the Research, Quality Improvement & Special Projects
Manager Palliative Care Services in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region. He
recognized for his commitment to ensuring that occupational therapy services
were provided within the Regina Palliative Care program and for his creative
solutions to address the recruitment and retention issues of health care in

    Ron Knaus is the Executive Director of Saskatchewan Health Workforce
Planning. He recognized for identifying the role that occupational therapy can
offer within the province and supporting projects that can demonstrate that
potential, most notably a pilot project in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
and a pilot project in Saskatoon Health Region which helped to facilitate the
successful return to the community of adults with mental health problems
following hospitalization and enabled them to participate in meaningful

    The leadership of Mr. Cooper and Mr. Knaus demonstrates a profound
commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians. For this reason they are
have been awarded the CAOT/SSOT Citation Award for Saskatchewan for 2008.
    The CAOT/SSOT Citation Awards are presented annually in collaboration
with provincial/ territorial occupational therapy associations and are awarded
to organizations or individuals outside of the occupational therapy profession
who support health care or other related programs. The Awards are presented in
proximity to the month of October when occupational therapists celebrate
National Occupational Therapy Month. The OT Month theme of "Yes I can!"
communicates that all people can and should participate in their desired
activities, regardless of age or ability.
    Occupational therapy is a health profession concerned with promoting
health and well-being through occupation. Occupation refers to everything that
people do during the course of everyday life. The primary goal of occupational
therapy is to enable people to participate in the occupations which give
meaning and purpose to their lives.

    The Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists is a provincial
professional organization responsible for the regulation of occupational
therapists in Saskatchewan, and for the promotion and development of the
profession and its members. Visit www.ssot.sk.ca for more information.

    The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists is a national,
non-profit professional organization. CAOT, along with its provincial and
territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000 occupational therapists and
almost 1,100 students. For more information on occupational therapy, visit
www.caot.ca. To find an occupational therapist in your community, visit
www.otworks.ca and click on OT Finder.

For further information:

For further information: Graeme Burk, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, (800) 434-2268, ext. 225,
communication@caot.ca; Coralie Lennea, Executive Director, Saskatchewan
Society of Occupational Therapists, (306) 956-7768, ed@ssot.sk.ca

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