OSOT Volunteer Opportunities

The Society could not achieve what it does without the good will and expertise of its members' contributions. The Society is committed to enabling a mutually beneficial volunteer experience and our goal is to ensure that a volunteer role gives back to you too!

Updated June 2024


Join OSOT Board Standing Committees

OSOT is welcoming up to four non-Board members to our Human Resources, Finance, and Nominations & Awards Committees. If you're an OT or OTA in Ontario with a passion for governance, or a professional with expertise in finance and/or human resources, apply today. Contribute to decision-making, network with colleagues, and gain valuable committee experience. Submit your resume and statement of interest to Shadia Balram, Governance and Policy Coordinator. Learn more .
Application deadline: July 15, 2024.

Volunteer Opportunity for Seating and Mobility OTs
Together, OSOT and Motion are currently recruiting occupational therapists who prescribe mobility devices to provide feedback on an education program for training clinicians in this practice area. The initial time commitment is a maximum of three hours over two months with the opportunity to participate in additional activities if interested. Participants will review the content and lesson plans, offering feedback on the materials' structure and content. Ideally, we are looking for a mix of participants, those new to seating and mobility, and those who are experienced. If you are interested in exploring this volunteer opportunity, please contact OSOT’s Director, Strategic Partnerships and Practice, Seema Sindwani.

Note: The educational programming will be delivered collaboratively by OSOT, Motion, and potentially other participating equipment vendors. Participants will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Join OSOT’s Strategic Advocacy Team
The Strategic Advocacy Team is looking for volunteer members to act in an advisory capacity to provide recommendations relating to emerging trends, policy evolution, research/evidence, and emerging legislative issues impacting occupational therapy and healthcare. The team supports strategically and proactively furthering our profession’s advocacy agenda and activities. Virtual meetings take place 8-10 times per year. If you are interested, please send your resume and statement of interest to Marnie Lofsky, Executive Director.

Join OSOT's Older Adults and Long-term Care Homes Teams
Are you looking for a way to get involved with your professional association, develop leadership skills and further the profession? If you work with older adults, or in long-term care homes – our teams are currently recruiting members! Contact us with questions or to express interest.

Seeking Mentors for General Tips & Strategies for Exam Writing
Help us help the occupational therapists of tomorrow! We’ve been receiving more requests from student occupational therapists and internationally educated OTs for support in preparing for exam writing. If you have some tips and guidance to share with your future colleagues with diverse learning styles and consent to being contacted by them, please register here.

Join Our OTA Working Group
With changes to OSOT’s Bylaws as of October 2023, we are preparing to welcome occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) as members later this year. We are creating a working group including both OTs and OTAs to identify OTA needs in order to plan for registration, professional development, and resource development. If you currently work with OTAs, for example as an educator, supervisor, or colleague, and are interested in joining the working group, or know an OTA who would be interested, please osot@osot.on.ca. The group will meet 5-6 times virtually between February and July with meetings held between 12:00pm – 1:00pm once a month.

OSOT Home and Community Care Sector Team
Contribute to OSOT's monitoring and identification of issues affecting occupational therapy practice in Ontario’s home and community care system. Interested? We request that members submit a CV and a brief statement of interest. Contact us.

OSOT Long-Term Care Homes Team
OSOT's Long-Term Care Homes Team works to support our advocacy to increase access to OT services in long-term care homes. With new funding policies in homes, we want to promote the important roles OTs play in supporting resident's quality of life and ability to participate in occupations that are meaningful to them and to assist homes to meet the performance indicators on which they are measured. Additional members are welcomed, your insights and experience can help! Team meets by teleconference/Zoom approximately monthly. Interested? We request that member submit a CV and a brief statement of interest. Contact us.

OSOT Hospital Team
The Hospital Sector Team works to monitor, identify and address issues affecting occupational therapy practice in hospitals across Ontario to ensure that an occupational therapy voice is heard. The team is looking to add another member, preferably outside of the GTA. Interested? We request members submit a CV and brief statement of interest. Contact us.

OSOT Primary Health Care Team 
The Primary Health Care Team is recruiting new members! The Primary Health Care Team monitor, identify and address issues affecting occupational therapy practice in the primary care sector across Ontario. Interested? We request members submit a CV and brief statement of interest. Contact us.
 
Support a Prospective OT Student to learn more about our profession - offer to meet with or have a student shadow you
Can you share what you've loved about your career, what your day to day work looks like and help someone better understand OT? We get frequent requests from individuals considering a career in occupational therapy to meet with OTs, to be able to interview someone over the phone or to shadow their practice for a few hours. We're keen to help students ensure this is the right profession for them and to attract those that are interested. Can you help out the odd time? If so, update your online member profile to indicate that you're willing. Once you login, click on the "My Profile" link at the top of the page and then go to the "Practice Information" section and "Release of Information" sub-section to update your preferences.