MSOT promotes the profession of occupational therapy by providing awards of recognition to occupational therapy students and practicing occupational therapists.

If you have questions related to the MSOT Awards & Nominations, please email:

25 Year Membership Acknowledgement

Each year, special recognition is given to current MSOT members to acknowledge their 25th anniversary as an active member of MSOT. Recipients are presented a certificate of recognition and a small gift of appreciation at the OT Celebration Night. One long-serving member will also receive one year free membership dues.

Professional Development Bursary

In 2023 the MSOT Board is offering up to 10 Professional Development Bursaries.

Complete the form on the link above by August 1, 2023. If more than 10 applications are received a draw will occur on August 2, 2023 and recipients will be contacted by the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation to receive the funds. Recipients will also be announced at the OT Celebration Night from a random draw of applicants. This award of $200 supports MSOT members in funding previously attending professional development. It is for professional development done in the previous year (October 1, 2022-August 1, 2023).

Mary Judd Research Award

The Mary Judd Research Award is designed to encourage and contribute to the growth of research on occupational performance and occupational therapy within Manitoba. The winner receives up to a maximum $1,000 in financial support towards their research.

MSOTRF Presentation Award

The MSOTRF Presentation Award provides financial support towards the presentation of original research findings by occupational therapists presenting at a national or international scientific meeting.

Outstanding OT Award

The Outstanding OT Award was established in 1989 as a means to honour a MSOT member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession (MSOT Board members are not eligible while in office).

MSOT Award for Professional Excellence in Fieldwork

The award is presented to the recipient at OT Celebration Night.

Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists Research Fund (MSOT-RF)

The MSOT Research Fund supports several key activities and programs at the including:

  • Working in partnership with the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation
  • Offering the:
    • Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice Award
      • Granting an award of $100.00 to the University of Manitoba Occupational Therapy student with the highest marks in the “Research Methods for Evidence Based Practice” course.
    • Mary Judd Research Grant
    • Presentation Award

Presentation Award

  • Offering occupational therapists presenting at national or international scientific meetings the opportunity to win an MSOTRF Presentation Award.  A minimum of one award of at least $500.00 is available annually.
  • Application form:   MSOTRF Presentation Award

The Mary Judd Research Grant

The Mary Judd Research Grant was created to encourage and contribute to the growth of research on occupational performance and occupational therapy and remains an important part of professional development for many of today’s occupational therapists.

Each year, an award of up to $1,000.00 is presented to a member of either Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists or the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists conducting research in Manitoba.

Research projects must be directly applicable to the science of occupation and/or the practice of client-centred occupational therapy, be innovative, demonstrate originality and stand-up to scientific scrutiny, demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach and consumer participation and be conducted within Manitoba.

Research projects must not be initiated prior to the completion of the grant review process, which can take up to 3 months.

Applications must be submitted to the MSOT offices no later than 4:00pm on the first Monday of November to be eligible. Late entries will not be accepted.

For more information, download the MSOTRF Mary Judd Policy (Oct. 23, 2017)

Make an online donation to the Mary Judd Research Grant

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