Manitoba Schizophrenia Society Honoured with Citation Award - MSS Supports National Occupational Therapy Month Theme of "Yes I can!"

    WINNIPEG, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of
Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the Manitoba Society of Occupational
Therapists (MSOT) are privileged to present the Manitoba Schizophrenia
Society (MSS) with a 2007 Citation Award. The Award, to be presented at the
"Journey of Hope Walk" on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at the Assiniboine
Park, recognizes the significant contribution of an agency, program or
individual to the health and well-being of Canadians.
    Giving people who live with schizophrenia and their families a reason to
hope is at the core of the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society's vision. Their
values of respect for people, affirmation of consumers' rights and a
commitment to a multi-disciplinary approach are consistent with the values and
philosophy of occupational therapy - reasons why the Manitoba Schizophrenia
Society (MSS) is being honoured with a Citation Award.
    Schizophrenia affects an estimated one in 100 Canadians and their
families. It is a serious brain disorder that is characterized by delusions,
hallucinations, disturbances in thinking and withdrawal from social activity.
Founded in 1979, the MSS is a non-profit, charitable, community-based mental
health organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for those
affected by schizophrenia through education, support programs, public policy
and research.

    The Manitoba Schizophrenia Society has contributed to the mental health
system through encouragement of a recovery-oriented and consumer-focused model
of service delivery by advocating on behalf of people with schizophrenia and
their families. It has played an important role in the development of mental
health services in Manitoba and has positively influenced occupational therapy
practice through leadership, research and education.

    The CAOT 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 "Journey of Hope Walk for Schizophrenia" is an annual fundraising
event in Winnipeg to support the Manitoba Schizophrenia Society. Please join
the Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists when they present the Citation
Award at the Assiniboine Park Duck Pond at 2:30 pm.

    For more information on occupational therapy, visit To find
an occupational therapist in your community, visit and click on
OT Finder.

For further information:

For further information: Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator,
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, 1-800-434-2268, ext. 225,; Gina De Vos, President, Manitoba Society of
Occupational Therapists, (204) 957-1214,; Manitoba Schizophrenia
Society, (204) 786-1616

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