Riding to Better Health - New Brunswick resident receives CAOT/NBAOT Award for work with Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association

    FREDRICTON, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of
Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the New Brunswick Association of
Occupational Therapists (NBAOT) are pleased to present Ruth Carter a 2008
Citation Award. The Award, is to be presented at the Annual General Meeting of
NBAOT that will be held at Wu Conference Centre University of New Brunswick
(767 Kings College Road Fredericton, NB) on Friday, October 24, 2008 at 1pm.
    Ruth Carter is being recognized for her work with the Fredericton
Therapeutic Riding Association, an organization dedicated to providing
therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical and/or cognitive
disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down's syndrome and spinal
bifida. This program provides opportunities for individuals to learn to ride
while at the same time working on goals to improve themselves.
    Having trained as a nurse, Ruth has worked over the past 20 years in the
Fredericton Therapeutic Riding Association initially as a volunteer before
becoming Program Coordinator and then training to become an instructor. Two
decades on, Ruth has now become a mentor, helping to train new instructors.
    Ruth's leadership has been essential to the development and of
therapeutic riding in the province. She was instrumental in the formation of
the New Brunswick Therapeutic Riding Association and she assisted in the
development of therapeutic riding groups in the Saint John, Moncton and
Miramichi areas. Ruth also coordinated the East Coast Therapeutic Games.
    It is due to Ruth's passion, commitment and exemplary organizational
skills that many children and adults have had the opportunity to safely enjoy
and benefit from therapeutic horseback riding. The leadership of Ruth Carter
demonstrates a profound commitment to the health and well-being of Canadians.
For this reason she has been been awarded the CAOT/NBAOT Citation Award for
New Brunswick for 2008.
    The CAOT/NBAOT 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 New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists is a
professional regulatory organization that exists to advance quality
occupational therapy in the interest of public protection and to represent
occupational therapists province-wide by advancing standards of education and
practice and shaping health policy. Visit www.nbaot.org 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; Lilli Lin, President, New Brunswick Association of
Occupational Therapists, Cel: (506) 461-0979, (506) 650-6119, info@nbaot.org

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