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Manitoba Citation Award presented regarding
National Occupational Therapy Month

National Occupational Therapy Month - October 2006
Access occupational therapy to build the skills for the job of living

WINNIPEG, October 5, 2006 - Leading the way to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis is one of the reasons the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada (Manitoba Division) is being honoured with a Citation Award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Manitoba 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.

Multiple sclerosis is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults in Canada. An estimated 55,000-75,000 Canadians have the disease. The Multiple Sclerosis Society funds 60% of all multiple sclerosis research in Canada with the mission to lead the way to finding a cure and enabling people affected by multiple sclerosis to enhance their quality of life.

The Manitoba Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada supports more than 800 members province wide who are diagnosed with or awaiting diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, as well as caregivers, health care professionals, students and others. Core services include support, information, referral, advocacy, education, funding, and consultation.

Manitoba's occupational therapists and the clients with multiple sclerosis they serve have benefited from the support received by the Manitoba Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. For example, through its Framework for Client Services initiative, information, contacts and financial resources for mobility aids, assistive devices and home renovations have been made available.

The Manitoba Division recognizes the value of occupational therapy to safeguard the health of Canadians. The Manitoba Division promotes clients to live as independently as possible, participate in work and leisure activities they find meaningful and make informed decisions. Through presentations, the Manitoba Division also educates personal care home staff, home care support workers and other health care professionals, occupational therapy students, massage therapy students and other interested groups.

CAOT Citation Awards are presented to recipients typically during 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 ability.

The Citation Award will be presented to the Manitoba Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in Winnipeg on Oct. 5 at the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Cohen Auditorium, 351 Tach Ave., at 5:30 pm.

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.

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

Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists
Tel: (204) 957-1214
Fax: (204) 775-2340
E-mail: msot@mts.net

Gwenda Nemerofsky
Communications Manager
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Manitoba Division
Tel.: (204) 943-9595, ext. 010
Fax: (204) 943-8444
E-mail: gwenda.nemerofsky@mssociety.ca


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