SAOT News & Events



Geraldine (Geri) Watson BSc OT University of Alberta (1981; Diploma 1978), President of Alberta Association of Occupational Therapists 1984-1986


The following is a statement read at theCanadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) National Conference on April 22, 2016 Banff Alberta:

This national gathering of Canadian occupational therapists is a celebration of our collective accomplishments and a time of recognition of the many who serve our profession across multiple roles and in leadership positions. It is therefore fitting for us to recognize one of our own, Geri Watson, a past president of the Alberta Association of Registered Occupational Therapists (AAROT), our former professional organization and a University of Alberta alumna, who died Tuesday afternoon [April 19, 2016].

Geri exemplified professional commitment and a concern for occupational therapy’s development and societal recognition throughout her career. She was a prominent player as AAROT President (1984-1986), in shepparding through the various bureaucratic gates the final stages of Alberta’s first professional legislation. Geri practiced for over 30 years in a variety of clinical positions in Alberta and eventually established her own company.Her legacy lives on through the status afforded our profession and her four children.

Her daughter Diane, who is also an occupational therapy graduate of the University of Alberta, authored a number of texts. Following her PhD, Diane went with her husband Greg, who too is an occupational therapists, to Australia. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Australian National Health Performance Authority. Geri’s three sons Drew, David and Don say they were raised by occupational therapists, perhaps some of you in the audience. Geri was a mature student in 1975 when she enrolled in the diploma program with her four small children in tow: a testament to Geri’s fortitude. Her classmates supported her in many ways and helped with the baby sitting. Later in 1981, Geri returned to the university and received her bachelor’s’ degree.

The family in paying tribute to their mother and the profession she loved, will do a flyby over the Banff Springs Hotel at 11:35. Weather permitting, they will perform some formation maneuvers in vintage Canadian military trainer aircrafts. The two trainers, known as Harvards were built in 1941 and 1952.These aircraft participated in Canadians efforts to train 250,000 pilots from the British Commonwealth during World War II. This was apparently one of Canada's largest military contributions to the war. Twenty sixteen is the 75th anniversary of these Canadian contributions and the Watson brothers did a memorial flight for the Canadian military just two weeks ago.

Drew, Geri’s youngest son will be the lead pilot and Diane his passenger. The second aircraft has been in the family for 30 years, previously flown by their father. It will be piloted by David and his passenger is brother Don. Please go outside to any terrace immediately after your session ends at 11:30 for this tribute to the occupational therapy profession and one of its most committed professionals, Geraldine (Geri) Watson.

Post Script: An overcast morning, eventually broke to reveal a blue sky as the two “big, yellow and noisy” Harvards emerged from behind Tunnel Mountain. Conference attendees and hotel guests were thrilled by the flyover performed by the Watson Brothers.


                                                                                                             E. Sharon Brintnell, Professor Colleague, friend and ground controller

                                                                                                                                      Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Alberta

2016 CAOT Annual Conference – Welcome and Thank You!


On behalf of SAOT, we are delighted to see you all here in Banff to participate and share in this 2016 CAOT Annual Conference. Greetings to members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and to all the practitioners, administrators, educators, researchers, and students here with us.


We also welcome conference presenters and look forward to hearing your perspectives, stories and insight on a variety of topics and issues.


We wish to pay special tribute to the organizers and volunteers, particularly our co-convenors, Jutta Hinrichs and Susan Mulholland, and the respective organizing committees. We acknowledge your hard work and recognize the valuable contribution that each of you have made to ensure a successful conference and a pleasant, educational and rewarding experience for all participants. You set the tone for the exciting events ahead of us in the next few days. Thank you.


Please take time to attend as many events as you can. Prepare yourself to be educated, challenged and inspired! This conference creates an opportunity to share and learn from each other. Take time also to enjoy the camaraderie this conference offers. Do get a chance to see beautiful Banff and take in the magnificent splendor of our Rocky Mountains.




2016-2017 SAOT Membership

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Upcoming SAOT Workshops!


Splinting Basic

Date: May 28, 2016 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Facilitator: Wendy Tilley, BscOT

Location: Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

To register, click HERE.


Motivational Interviewing Workshop - Level I

Date: June 4 & 5, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Facilitator: Donna Kerr, Kerr Creative

Location: Crestwood Community Hall, Edmonton, Alberta



Course 4 - Sensory Integration Intervention

Date: September 23 - 26, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and September 27, 2016 (8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Facilitator: Stefanie Bodison, OTD, OTR/L


      Demonstration Sessions: Unlimited Potentials Occupational Therapy, Edmonton

      Classroom Sessions: Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Edmonton South, Edmonton

Prerequisite:  Completion of SIPT Course Level 1

To register, click HERE.


Motivational Interviewing Workshop - Level 2

Date: October 29 & 30, 2016 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Facilitator: Donna Kerr, Kerr Creative

Location: Crestwood Community Hall, Edmonton, Alberta

To register, click HERE.



Alberta Mental Health Review Committee's report – Valuing Mental Health

On behalf of the Alberta Mental Health Review Committee, Dr. David Swann, presented Alberta Mental Health Review Committee's report – Valuing Mental Health – to the Honourable Sarah Hoffman, Minister of Health, for her consideration.
Valuing Mental Health is the culmination of six months of study and analysis, deliberation, and consultation with thousands of Albertans. The recommendations respond to a wide range of needs in both urban and rural communities, among culturally diverse groups including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people and communities, and among many other stakeholders.

Dr. Swann is the Liberal leader and MLA for Calgary-Mountain View, Co-Chair, Alberta Mental Health Review Committee. Click HERE to view the report.


Ready, Set, Launch!

SAOT launched an exciting new web-based resource.
Fatigue in the Occupational Therapy Workplace
-  Click HERE.



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