board of directors

Evelyne Pilger

Evelyne Pilger

President

Evelyne has worked over 30 years in pediatric Occupational Therapy and has owned her own practice since 1998. She is bilingual in French and English and was born and raised in Northern Alberta. Evelyne has volunteered with her professional organization since graduation. She has volunteered in many capacities, including the Awards committee, the Education Committee, as a board member and is currently the President finishing her last term.  Evelyne is passionate about Occupational Therapy and believes that SAOT is the vehicle to further advocate for the profession and support therapists in their careers. SAOT is evolving and expanding, and she is thrilled to be a part of the growth of this excellent organization.

Robyn Scott

Robyn Scott

Vice-President, Special Interest Group Liaison

Robyn currently works in the area of Child & Adolescent Addictions and Mental Health with Alberta Health Services. She has a passion for Mental Health across the life spectrum. In the past, she has worked in both community- and hospital-based settings providing services to transitioning youth, adults, and individuals living with developmental disabilities. She has an interest in sensory integration, facilitating skills-based groups and supporting individuals to pursue their interests.

Since joining the SAOT Board in 2014, Robyn has been honored to be a part of a group of like-minded individuals who advocate on behalf of OTs across our province.

Louis Joseph

Louis Joseph

Secretary

Louis has been working as an Occupational Therapist for last 17 years in several countries with multiple clinical areas including physical medicine and rehabilitation, mental health and program management. He has been working as an Occupational Therapist in Valleyview (Rural community in Northern Alberta) since 2009 providing services in acute care, long-term care, homecare, outpatient and early intervention. His great passion is to facilitate independence of people who experience dysfunction. His main intention is to advance OT profession through SAOT and to promote growth of Occupational Therapists in this province. To Louis, OT practice is an opportunity to be creative and innovative in problem solving. He is pleased to contribute to such an amazing profession.

Kristin Ward

Kristin Ward

Chair, Education Committee, Director

Kristin works in the area of pediatrics as a private practitioner. She lives in Vermilion and provides contract services to a large catchment in East Central Alberta and Lloydminster Alberta/Saskatchewan region. She has a diverse background including facility-based service delivery (acute care, community, continuing care), youth mental health, private practice in the area of WCB, job site analysis, and clinic-based return to work and her most current, pediatrics. She has an interest in the areas of sensory integration, and feeding and swallowing. Kristin is honored to be a board member of SAOT and will serve as Chair for the Education Committee.

Rosanna Wegner

Rosanna Wegner

Chair, Professional Affairs Committee, 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 Associate 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.

Celina Andrews

Celina Andrews

University of Alberta Student Representative, Director

Celina Andrews is currently pursuing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. Her former education includes a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. Celina also has volunteered with several organizations including The Steadward Centre and GoodLife Fitness. She is very passionate about helping individuals achieve their goals, and feels honoured to serve as a liaison between University of Alberta OT students and the SAOT Board of Directors. She is excited to be pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy and values the experience of being an advocate for OT through the SAOT.

Lauren Leveille

Lauren Leveille

Treasurer, 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.

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.