Introduced a monthly newsletter (originally in print – called “The Link” then moving to digital); established physical office space and grew the OSOT staff team to 5-full-time staff; created hundreds of professional development opportunities through workshops, webinars and the annual conference; increased member benefits to include liability insurance, group benefits, mentoring programs, and too many practice resources to count.
Grew the OSOT Membership from a few hundred to over 4,500.
Continued to evolve the Society and in the mid-2000’s the Board of Directors began to shift from a management-oriented Board to a governance Board and the development of the first OSOT Strategic Plan.
Hired OSOT’s first government relations consultant and engaged in professional promotional campaigns, engaged in strategic partnerships with major organizations in key sectors such as seniors’ health, the auto insurance sector, and rehabilitation.
Was a member of many organizations including: Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Professional Associations, Occupational Therapy Ontario Collaborative, En-Age Advisory Council, Strategic Advocacy Team, Ontario Council of University Programs in Rehabilitation Sciences, Coalition of Ontario Regulated Health professional Associations, Rehabilitation Care Alliance, various working groups, task forces, and focus groups.
Sat on a 20-member panel in 2019 to provide recommendations to the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services on developing the Ontario Autism Program.
Received many awards including: Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Toronto in 2012; the Sustained Outstanding Service Contribution Award for excellence in teaching, also from the University of Toronto, in 2014; in 2015 she received the CAOT Award of Merit for significant contributions to the profession; and finally, in 2022, she has been awarded the CAOT Life Membership Award.
Published articles on OT role in primary care, re-entry to professional practice, and contributed to Judith Friedland’s book “Restoring the Spirt: The Beginnings of Occupational Therapy in Canada”.