board of directors

Lauren Leveille

Lauren Leveille

President; Director

Lauren works as a front line Occupational Therapist with adults in Addictions and Mental Health. She has always appreciated the flexibility that the profession offers and throughout that time she has also gained experience in a variety of other practice settings (i.e. Home Care, Acute Mental Health, etc). She also works as a private contractor for Veteran’s Affairs in her spare time and is on the Acupuncture Roster. Lauren started volunteering with SAOT’s Professional Advisory Committee in 2017 and is truly enjoys the opportunity to give back to the OT community. She loves talking students and her special interest areas are addiction, cognition, and chronic pain.

Taylor Guy

Taylor Guy

Chair, Education Committee; Director

Taylor works in long term care in Calgary and has previous experience in vocational rehabilitation. She is passionate about advancing the OT profession through SAOT and promoting the growth of Occupational Therapists in Alberta and beyond. She is honored to be a board member of SAOT and will serve as Chair for the Education Committee.
Diana van der Stoel

Diana van der Stoel

Chair, Professional Affairs Committee; Director

Diana is a practicing Occupational Therapist with experience in a variety of clinical areas. She currently works as a health educator and is particularly interested in enhancing the quality-of-life, and enabling the capabilities, of those diagnosed with dementia. Diana is passionate about enhancing and promoting the role of Occupational Therapy and being a part of the work that SAOT does.

Rosanna Wegner

Rosanna Wegner

Secretary; Director

Rosanna Wegner is currently the team leader for two Edmonton occupational therapy teams based in the community servicing adults with chronic health conditions. Her supporting role focuses on working with occupational therapists to build strong community and clinical skills to provide client-centred and effective care. Rosanna has over the years collected a broad range of clinical experience working in sub-acute rehab in USA and acute care (geriatrics, neurology, medicine, vascular surgery, outpatients). Rosanna is interested in most things OT, including past work organizing educational seminars for occupational therapists and allied health professionals to support clinical growth and advocating the OT profession from a public and government level.

Shaniff Esmail

Shaniff Esmail

CAOT Representative; Director

A licensed occupational therapist for 30 years, Dr. Shaniff Esmail is presently the Interim Chair and Professor with the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. He began his career as an occupational therapist at the Workers Compensation Board and before long took on a sole charge therapist position where he was responsible for establishing an occupational therapy department in a rural Alberta hospital. Soon he was lecturing in the undergraduate program at the University of Alberta, progressing to studies for a master’s degree and Ph.D. and an academic appointment. Over the years, Shaniff’s interests have included work evaluation; sexuality and disability health education for adults, parents and children; and teaching and curriculum development in the area of physical dysfunction. He has won numerous teaching awards and has a particular interest/focus in the interface between theory and practice. Dr. Esmail’s extensive volunteer service include CAOT Alberta board member, member of the CAOT Academic Education Committee, Past Chair of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy Academic Credentialing Council, Vice President of the Alberta Council of Professionals for Sexual Health; and Vice President of the Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health. SAOT is important to Shaniff as it is the voice of all occupational therapists in Alberta.

Mallorie Groves

Mallorie Groves

University of Alberta Student Representative; Director

Mallorie is in her first year of the MScOT program at the University of Alberta. Her volunteer experience with seniors, job shadowing of occupational therapists in interdisciplinary settings, and interest in health and wellness strengthened her passion to pursue a career in occupational therapy. Mallorie is looking forward to continuing connecting students and OTs, and supporting professional growth and development.

Robin Telasky

Robin Telasky

Executive Director

Robin has a communications background and has worked in a management capacity for non-profit organizations for more than 25 years. She has worked with SAOT since 2008 and is passionate about growing SAOT and the profession to its true potential.