OT Students Receive Travel Grants for the 2016 CAOT Conference

The McMaster MSc Occupational Therapy Program provided financial assistance to 4 student occupational therapists who were interested in attending the CAOT conference.  The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) Conference, “Inspired for Higher Summits” was held in Banff, Alberta from April 19 – 22, 2016. 

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded travel grants:

  • Chelsea Tidd (Year 1 student)
  • Cassi Starc (Year 1 student)
  • Annie Mo (Year 2 student)
  • Holly Robson (Year 2 student)

OT students share their CAOT conference experience in Banff, Alberta

Annie Mo CAOT ConferenceI am very thankful for being allowed the opportunity to attend the 2016 CAOT conference - it was a memorable experience both personally and professionally. Firstly, I have to mention the beauty of a location - wow! I was definitely fortunate for being able to see Banff, as I have not yet been to Alberta. In my application, I noted my interest in role emerging areas of OT and I was therefore very inspired to see all the presentations and posters regarding the current and ongoing expansion of OT. Some of the exciting issues that OTs are now addressing include poverty, homelessness, weight bias, "sanism" (the mental health equivalent of racism), PTSD in specific populations such as firefighters, and the continued marginalization of mentally and physically disabled individuals not only in the general population, but also in the academic world. These are all areas I am passionate about myself; on a personal note however, I was most touched to hear the Plenary session on obesity and a paper presentation on an auto ethnography of mental illness. These presenters were open and honest about their own experiences as patients and their subsequent growth into contributing members of the health care community due to overcoming and continuing to overcome their own difficulties. - Annie Mo (Year 2 McMaster, MSc(OT) Student)

The 2016 CAOT conferencCAOT2016(1)e was an amazing opportunity to connect with clinicians from across the country, as well as fellow students. Presentations at the conference were inspirational, informative and thought-provoking. The opportunity to learn about current research within the occupational therapy profession was invaluable. -
Chelsea Tidd (Year 1 McMaster, MSc(OT) Student)

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