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The Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture is the highest ho-

nour that the Canadian Association of Occupational Ther-

apists (CAOT) bestows. The 2016 awardee was


Isabelle Gélinas

, Di-

rector of the Gradu-

ate Program at

SPOT, celebrated

for her outstanding

contributions to the

profession through

education, research

and the practice of


Congratulations to

Dr. Raphael Lencucha

, Assistant

Professor at SPOT, who was one of the lead authors on the

recent report, The Challenge of Tobacco Control in Sub-

Saharan Africa; The World Health Organization Frame-

work Convention, published by WHO in February 2016.

Dr. Lencucha drew from his experience researching whole-

of-government approaches to

chronic disease prevention to

contribute to the project.

Please save the date: join

us for the 2016 Edith Aston-

McCrimmon Lecturer. Dr.

Stephanie Nixon,

from the University of

Toronto’s International Centre

for Disability and Rehabilita-

tion (ICDR) Lab will discuss

the role of rehabilitation sci-

ence in improving the lives of

people with disabilities in

Canada and around the

world. Thursday November

24 2016, 4 p.m. at McGill’s

Faculty Club.


his year, the Occupational Science field in the

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate pro-

gram at the University of Western Ontario will be

celebrating its 10th anniversary. With on-going support

from the School of Occupational Therapy, this program has

attracted diverse graduate students who have conducted

novel and important research, contributing to the Canadian

and international development of occupational science.

While focusing on a range of topics, and employing a di-

versity of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, their

knowledge generation is underpinned by an occupational


Students have received numerous scholarships and

awards, such as Ontario Graduate Scholarships, Tri-council

doctoral awards, Ontario Trillium Scholarships, among oth-

ers. Their work has been published in a variety of occupa-

tion focused peer-reviewed journals, as well as within

invited book chapters. Students have also helped expand

interdisciplinary awareness of the discipline through bring-

ing an occupational perspective into journals from other

disciplines, such as The Canadian Geographer, International

Migration, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment

and Rehabilitation, Forum: Qualitative Social Research, Dis-

ability and Rehabilitation, among others. The presentation

of students’ theoretical and empirical contributions has also

been shared at a range of interdisciplinary and international

conferences, including annual meetings organized by Oc-

cupational Science and Occupational Therapy associations




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