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Leading the way to healthy occupation

July 11, 2007

ST. JOHN'S, July 11, 2007 - Over 400 occupational therapists are gathering in St. John's from July 11-14 to discuss the latest research and trends to promote health and well-being through occupation. Join the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists at their annual conference, a forum for health care professionals to exchange innovative ideas and present leading-edge research.

The 4-day conference will feature insightful speakers and presentations on health care issues that are meaningful and relevant to all Canadians. Occupational therapists help people of all ages and abilities by allowing them to participate in daily activities.

When: July 11-14, 2007
Where: Delta St. John's Hotel and Convention Centre, 120 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL

Featured speakers for Wednesday, July 11

Opening Ceremony (St. John's Convention Centre, 101 New Gower) 18:00 - 19:30

The Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador
Mayor Andy Wells, City of St. John's

Keynote speaker:
Sister Elizabeth Davis - leader in health care, ethics and education. Sister Elizabeth entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1966. She is now a doctoral student in scripture at the Toronto School of Theology and teaches part-time at St. Augustine's Seminary. Her vast expertise includes the creation of the Health Care Corporation of St. John's and served as the first president and CEO from 1994 to 2000. She was also executive director of St. Clare's Mercy Hospital in St. John's from 1986 to 1994.

About CAOT
The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) was founded in 1926 and is a national, non-profit professional organization. It strives to advance excellence in occupational therapy practice and to promote access to quality occupational therapy services for all people of Canada. CAOT, along with its provincial and territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000 occupational therapists and almost 1,100 students.

For more details on the conference program, please visit the CAOT web site at www.caot.ca.

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Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All events are held at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Convention Centre. Please visit the Registration Desk to pick up a pass. A media room is available for interviews.

To book an interview or for more information, media representatives may contact:

Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
(800) 434-2268, ext. 225
(709) 683-6252 / (613) 867-9339 (cell)
(709) 739-6404 (Delta St. John's Hotel - Trinity Bay Room)

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