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British Columbia Citation Award presented
regarding National Occupational Therapy Month

National Occupational Therapy Month
Access occupational therapy to build the skills for the job of living


VANCOUVER, November 4, 2006 - Organizing the largest rehabilitation equipment conference in western Canada for people with disabilities, their families, and health care professionals is just one of the reasons Ian Denison is being honoured with a Citation Award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists.

Citation Awards are bestowed to recognize the significant accomplishments of an agency, program and/or individual within each province/territory that has contributed to rehabilitation, community health, self-help groups, provincial, territorial or municipal government initiatives in health care or other related programs. Citation Award winners will have demonstrated support of occupational therapy philosophy and their nomination will have been endorsed by their provincial/territorial organization.

Occupational therapy is an essential service in the continuum of health care in Canada. It enables people to lead productive, independent and satisfying lives by assisting them in activities of self-care, paid/unpaid work and leisure. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages to promote health, prevent disability and develop or maintain abilities.

Ian Denison is an expert on evaluating rehabilitation equipment, such as wheelchairs and scooters. He consults with clients, clinicians and manufacturers on product strengths and limitations in the area of mobility and other home health equipment. Ian has written many manuals, including Wheelchair Selection, Power Wheelchairs: A new definition and Power Wheelchairs: The next Generation. He has also advocated with third-party payors to minimize barriers to purchasing equipment and he has been a mediator with home medical equipment dealers for issues resolution.

As organizer of the Rehab Equipment Expo for over the past 12 years, Ian has enabled over 300 clients, their families, occupational therapists and other health care professionals the opportunity to receive information, talk with suppliers and see the latest in rehabilitation equipment.

Since 1992, Ian has authored 21 articles/research publications related to wheelchair mobility and is one of the most sought-after speakers in North America. He has presented over 35 papers, posters and workshops at events, including the International Seating Symposium and the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference.

CAOT Citation Awards are presented to recipients typically in and around October, which is National Occupational Therapy Month. This year's theme "Yes I Can!" communicates that all people can and should participate in their desired activities, regardless of age or abilities.

The Citation Award will be presented by the British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists to Ian Denison on November 4th, 2006 at the Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre, 7551 Westminster Highway, during the Annual General Meeting/Awards Luncheon.

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.


Contact:
Tanya Baglole
Communications Coordinator

Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Tel.: 1 800-523-2268, ext. 225, 613 523-2268, ext. 225
Fax: 613 523-2552
E-mail: communication@caot.ca

British Columbia Society of Occupational Therapists
Tel: (604) 736-5645
Fax: (604) 736-5606
E-mail: info@bcsot.org


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