OSOT Volunteer Opportunities

OSOT volunteer roles contribute to the work and accomplishment of the Society in meaningful ways!  The Society could not achieve what it does without the good will and expertise of its members' contributions! The Society is committed to enabling a mutually beneficial volunteer experience...our goal is to ensure that a volunteer role gives back to you too!

Here are some current opportunities that we have available - updated May 3, 2018

Host the OSOT booth at this year's People In Motion Show - June 15 - 16 at Variety Village, Scarborough ON

Do you have 3 - 4 hours to invest in the promotion of your profession? We're looking for occupational therapists to host the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists booth at the People In Motion Show . This year the show will be held at Variety Village . The People In Motion Show is a go-to resource people in the community with disabilities, their families, as well as seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals. It's an event that opens eyes to new technologies, new possibilities, new solutions... sounds like a good place for occupational therapists to be visible! We look to volunteer OTs to be the face of the profession, to interact with the public and to promote occupational therapy! OSOT will prepare the booth, resources and supplies! You are welcome to come before your shift or stay after your shift, to explore the exhibit hall and engage in your own learning. Interested? Email or call us! osot@osot.on.ca 416 - 322 - 3011 

OSOT Adult Mental Health Team
Help OSOT position occupational therapy as the mental health profession it is!  The Society has recently restructured it's Teams and has created 4 new Mental Health teams to more effectively promote OT and serve the needs of members working with a focus in mental health.  Whether you work in primary care, acute care, in a mental health facility or in the community - it you work with adults with mental health conditions and want to get involved in a new Team focused on advancing OT practice with this focus...the Adult Mental Health Team could be the volunteer opportunity for you!  View the Terms of Reference,   Interested?  Contact Co-chairs Anna Yarmon or Jaime Jones.

OSOT Research Fund Advisory Team

Are you a researcher?  Do you care about OT Research Funding in Ontario? We're engaging a new Team to advise the Board of Directors on strategic direction for the OSOTRF Grants program.  We've completed a 5 - year review of the grants program and have terrific input from members, researchers and other stakeholders and exciting recommendations for change and enrichment of the OSOTRF Grants program that we need to review.  We invite researchers, and clinicians to forward their expressions of interest to osot@osot.on.ca. 

OSOT  Seniors Mental Health Team

Do you work â€‹with seniors who experience mental health issues?  Our Team is recruiting new members!  Contribute to OSOT's monitoring and identification of issues affecting OT practice relating to seniors mental health, identifying needs of OTs practising with this focus and assisting the Society to address these.  Teamwork can be a terrific opportunity to contribute and to learn!  View the Team Terms of Reference.  Interested?  Contact Team Co-chairs Jennifer Siemans or Emma Saltmarche.

OSOT Board of Directors Finance Committee 

Are you an OT with a secret interest in Finance?  Could you bring a member perspective to our Board Finance Committee deliberations?  We're seeking a member who is not a Director to sit on the Society's Finance Committee to bring a member perspective to discussions and decision-making relating to the Society's finances.  This could be a terrific opportunity to develop some financial oversight skills and help ensure the members resources are well managed and spent wisely.  The Committee meets approximately 4 times a year by teleconference.  Contact Christie Brenchley or Lesya Dyk, Treasurer for more information.

Support a Prospective OT Student to learn more about our Profession - offer to meet with or have a student shadow you
Can you share what you've loved about your career, what your day to day work looks like...help someone understand OT?  
We get frequent requests from individuals considering a career in occupational therapy to meet with OTs, to be able to interview someone over the phone or to shadow their practice for a few hours or more.  We're keen to help students ensure this is the right profession for them...and to attract those that are interested.  Can you help out the odd time?  Let us know at osot@osot.on.ca.
OSOT Awards Team
Does recognizing OTs for the amazing things they do excite you?  Help us celebrate our profession!  OSOT seeks a Chair and membership for a new membership Team!  Established to lend member insight and recommendation to the Society's member recognition programs and awards, the Awards Team will review current OSOT awards and procedures and make recommendations for change, additions, additional opportunities/ways to recognize member accomplishment.  If you're keen to celebrate all that OTs do...this Team's for you!  Like other OSOT Teams, work will predominantly involve teleconference meetings, facilitating participation from across the province!  Contact Christie Brenchley for more information.

OSOT Hospital Sector Team Chair
We wish to keep a focus on hospital-based practice and the needs of members working in Ontario hospitals big and small!  Our Hospital Sector Team helps OSOT do just that!   Consider a leadership role with a focus on a sector in which you work and care about!  Consider the Terms of Reference and the opportunities and challenges of our hospital sector - could be a terrific opportunity to work with others to support colleagues and to promote visibility of occupational therapy in this sector.  Intrigued?  Contact Christie Brenchley for more informaton and background on OSOT Teams to support your decision-making.


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OSOT Workshop Volunteer - "Understanding, Justifying and Evaluating Your Prescription of Seating and Mobility Systems" Presented by Sheila Buck OT Reg. (Ont.) in Thunder Bay ON on September 12, 2018.

We are looking for an occupational therapist in the Thunder Bay area to host our seating and mobility workshop. OSOT will do all of the prep work and make sure all items for the workshop are sent up to the venue. Our volunteer would be required to set up/tear down participant place settings, speaker table and set up/tear down/manage registration. This volunteer will have the opportunity to attend the workshop free of charge when host duties are completed. If this is an opportunity that interests you, please contact Cassandra Venere, OSOT Administrative and Events Coordinator at cvenere@osot.on.ca or call (416) 322 - 3011 ext 230.