Occupational therapy is an essential health service dedicated to helping people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Whether it is in the home, hospital, community, school or private practice, occupational therapists are available to help.
The use of the term “occupation” refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life, or all the activities that occupy one’s time. The profession itself is built on the belief of strength and ability, and uses everyday activities (or occupations) as the foundation for supporting health and well-being through actions related to self-care, productivity and leisure. Source: CAOT (2012)
In Manitoba, OTs were working in Brandon and Winnipeg by the 1920’s, marking the beginning of a society for occupational therapists. Our history continues with ongoing advocacy efforts and support to the profession of Occupational Therapy in Manitoba.