OT Works! is hiring!

OT Works! is expanding services in Vancouver, Fraser Valley and Victoria!

We have open positions for Experienced Occupational Therapists in Vancouver and Fraser Valley, and for recent grads in Victoria and Fraser Valley.

If you know someone that would be a great fit for these roles, please share this post!

If you’d like to apply, please check our Careers page for more information.

OT Works! is the organization of choice for occupational therapists who want to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Since 2000 our team has grown due to our commitment to our values and our people. We care about the people we serve and the people work alongside. Our therapists and clients are treated as individuals, not numbers. We are passionate about what we do and foster an environment where you can be inspired and be inspiring.

Apply today!

Run for Water: Providing clean water to communities in Ethiopia

For the fourth consecutive year, OT Works! Team participated in Run for Water, a run, walk and bike challenge with the goal of providing clean water to at-risk communities in Ethiopia. 
OT Works! Team members and their families ran, walked and biked on their local communities following the current restrictions and guidelines of BCCDC. 
Together, our team completed 111 activities during the month of May, and we covered almost 1,100 kilometers.  

Run for Water sponsors provide clean water for life for one person for each completed activity.  
In addition to our team’s efforts, OT Works! also donated $2,450 to the event, what made us the  number one team in the donation amount for the event! 
In total, OT Works! raised funds to provide clean water to 181 people in Haro, Ethiopia. 
 
Our collective results were great, and our team members also had some outstanding individual accomplishments. Here’s some of our team’s highlights: 

  • Our Coordinator, People & Services, Milena Duarte, was the second place overall in the challenge for bike rides. She completed over 320 kilometers, and did one long ride of 110 kilometers in one day! 
  • Our associate Stephanie completed 21 runs during the challenge, covering 124 kilometers in total. 
  • Jaclyn Penner, one of our OTs, ran or biked 81 kilometers, and entered 12 different activities. 
  • Our OT Julia Pereira ran a total of 79k over 13 runs. 

    Way to go, OT Works! Team! 

OT Works! believes that we have a role to play in making the world a better place. We are committed to building a sustainable society that acknowledges our individual and collective impact on the natural world and environment. 

We look forward to participating in 2022 Run for Water event.

From left to right, top to bottom: Randy and his beautiful family on a walk on the North Shore; our Business Director, Jason and his family biking on Stanley Park; Janet and her partner run in PoCo; Melissa after a run in Vancouver; and Milena during a bike ride in Delta.

World Health Day 2021

OT Works! supports World Health Day and efforts to build a fairer, healthier world.  On April 7, 2021, we recognize and remain committed to overcoming inequities that exist in health care. 

In our practice and beyond, we strive to work together and act beyond borders.  We also support the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (CAOT) which advocates for improved access to occupational therapy services for Canadians.

For more information, visit World Health Day 2021.

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Managing Mental Health and Chronic Pain: Resources to Help

Take care of your health.

COVID-19 has been hard on us all. Connect with resources and people to better manage your mental health and chronic pain during these tough times.

We’re here to help.

Our occupational therapists are skilled in treating clients with mental health concerns and chronic pain during occupational disruption.  To learn more, contact us.

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OT Tips for Working from Home

Occupational therapists recommend a balanced approach when managing your health while working from home.  They consider the physical, cognitive, emotional and environmental demands that affect wellbeing at work.  Here are some OT tips to take care of yourself while working from home:

  • Start by improving your ergonomic set up to address posture.   
  • Remember to take microbreaks.   
  • After work, engage in activities that bring you a sense of calm.   

Building good habits is essential to feeling successful at work.  You can read more on how to improve how you work from home in this article by The Signal.  

Get Started with an OT  

Could you or someone you know benefit from an OT assessment? All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and have additional training in areas such as mental health, brain injury rehabilitation, home safety and chronic pain.  

We are here to help after an injury or a motor vehicle accident.  Contact us today!  

Email: referrals@ot-works.com  

Phone:  604.696.1066 ext. 1000    

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Sports and Leisure for a Durable Return-To-Work

Practicing dance moves can be a step in the right direction when returning to work after an injury. Sports and leisure activities build skills and endurance that are often transferrable in the workplace.  Our occupational therapists sometimes incorporate sports and leisure activities into treatment plans so workers return to their jobs in a timely and safe manner.  This increases workplace productivity, decreases the number of absences and can reduce worksite accidents. 

How OTs Use Sports and Leisure for Return to Work 

When Melissa Ferguson, OT, first meets with a client, she wants to know, “What are some of the important activities for you in your life?”  She asks her clients why they enjoy those activities.  She chooses to focus on what lights her clients up and gets them excited, even when an injury feels like a barrier to participating.  She uses task analysis to create a step by step breakdown on how to achieve a chosen final goal.   

Through a gradual progression in frequency and intensity, Melissa helps her clients discover what they can do, rather than focusing on what they can’t.   

The Benefits of Sports and Leisure  

Melissa’s clients build up sports and leisure routines before returning to work.  As a result, her clients arrive at their jobs better prepared with skills in stress and pain management as well as community activation and ergonomics

Exercise and hobbies can improve both physical and psychological functioning when they become regular, personalized practices for a variety of reasons.  They allow us to connect with members of our community.  They foster a feeling of accomplishment and confidence.  Sports and leisure also: 

  • develop habits to build structured routines 
  • hone motor skills 
  • prevent and improve back problems, especially through low-stress aerobics like walking and swimming 
  • reduce chronic pain through yoga, Pilates, and strength training 
  • support independent living for seniors and prevent falls 
  • release tension caused by repetitive tasks and desk set-ups 
  • foster mental wellbeing 

Additional Resources 

Educating yourself is a great first step to returning to recreational activities.  Below are resources you can turn to for more information. 

Get Started with an OT 

All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and have additional training in areas such as mental health, brain injury rehabilitation, home safety and chronic pain. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from occupational therapy after a motor vehicle accident or other injuries, contact us today!  We are happy to answer any questions you may have. 

E-mail: info@ot-works.com 

Phone: 604.696.1066 ext 1000  

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Walk Daily To Improve Your Health

Slip on your sneakers and walk outside for 30 minutes every day.  Research demonstrates that a half hour of walking a day can improve your physical and mental health. Walking also has benefits for creativity and problem-solving.

In rehabilitation, our occupational therapists often include walking as part of activation as a way to achieve meaningful goals.  Activation is the process of returning to regular routines and activities after an accident or injury.

You can read more about the benefits of walking in this article by CBC News Vancouver.

Get Started with an OT 

Could you or someone you know benefit from an Occupational Therapist’s guidance? All of our therapists at OT Works! are certified with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC) and have additional training in areas such as mental health, brain injury rehabilitation, home safety and chronic pain. 

We are here to help after a motor vehicle accident or injury. Contact us today! 

Email:  referrals@ot-works.com 

Phone:  604.696.1066 ext. 1000.   

Meet Steven, Aman and Maren: Occupational Therapists

Welcome Steven Lin, Aman Ranji and Maren Kristensen to the OT Works! team.  They provide community OT services for individuals by implementing daily activities at home, work and in the community in order to foster increased independence.  All three of our new therapists are eligible to work on our contracts with WorkSafe BC, ICBC and Veterans Affairs Canada.  They also serve private-paying clients and those with extended health/disability insurance. 

Steven has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 13 years.  He has successfully treated clients with traumatic brain injuries and traumatic stress disorders.  He recognizes that every client has unique strengths and barriers and looks forward to problem-solving with his clients.  Steven serves clients in the Metro Vancouver region, including Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, and Surrey. 

Aman has a diverse background in physical and mental health and has worked in both private and public settings.  He is a Certified Work Capacity Evaluator (CWCE) and enjoys assisting clients as they return to work.  He aims to have positive meaningful interactions with each of his clients.  Aman also serves clients in the Metro Vancouver region. 

Maren has practised occupational therapy for 10 years in both British Columbia and Alberta.  She has a passion for working with clients recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Adjustment Disorder.  She is very experienced with Return-to-Work planning for clients with various injuries.  Maren serves the North Shore region, including North Vancouver, West Vancouver and Vancouver. 

Like all of our therapists, Steven, Aman and Maren are full registrants and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia (COTBC).   

Get started with an OT 

If you or someone you know could benefit from working with an occupational therapist, contact us today! 

Email: referrals@ot-works.com 

Phone:  604.696.1066 ext. 1000.  

OT Works! 2020 Virtual Holiday Party

The world was a different place in 2020, but at OT Works! we still had reasons to celebrate and being connected with our team is something that is very important to us!

To maintain everyone safe and healthy, we decided to host a Virtual Holiday Party in 2020. Although we were physically distant from each other, the connection between our team felt stronger than never!

The party was carefully planned by our Social (and fun) Committee: every person on our team received a Fresh Feast delivered to their door with a delicious dinner provided by a local company.
Our team members and their family were also invited to dress for the occasion: while some people chose fancy gowns, others preferred to wear a festive ugly sweater.

Our delicious holiday meal from the local company The Dirty Apron

We also had a fun game prepared by our Office Manager, Tammy, where we learned some curious fun facts and life experiences about each other.

Finally, OT Works! also hosted a Secret Santa – Socks edition, where our team members exchanged (by sending the gifts via post) cozy and cool socks to keep everyone warm during winter.

It felt great being connected, sharing a laugh, and spending such a wonderful time virtually with our team.
We are hopeful that in 2021 our Holiday Party will be in-person.

We feel privileged and honored to have worked with amazing clients and team this year. We look forward to meeting and helping others in 2021.

From our families to yours, we hope you have a Safe Holiday Season and a Joyous New Year!

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Giving Back to the Community

2020 was a different year for everyone.
More than ever, it is important to give back to our communities and to support initiatives that provide change and promote social justice.

As part of our annual efforts to give back to the community, OT Works! is pleased to support Vancouver-based Project Change Foundation for another year. Change is central to the philosophy of occupational therapy and our therapists facilitate change to promote health and recovery.

Project Change Foundation provides financial and other support to early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change.

In previous years, the Foundation has already provided grants and support to charities such as Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association, The Lipstick Project, Backpack Buddies, and Binners’ Project.

This year, Project Change was able to support two organizations: Inspire Community Outreach and Refugee Women’s Network.

Inspire Community Outreach is an incorporated non-profit social services agency providing evidence and culturally informed, family-centered education and programming, designed to meet the needs of those living with mental health issues and neurological/cognitive differences.
Read more about the Inspire Community Outreach on their website: inspirecommunityoutreach.ca

Refugee Women’s Network empowers refugee and new immigrant women with tools and resources to enhance and develop their skills through education to successfully integrate into Canadian society while still maintaining respective cultural values.
Read more about Refugee Women’s Network on their website: refugeewomensnetwork.org

Learn more about Project Change: projectchangefoundation.com

OT Works! also continues to support other organizations as they empower people in Canada and around the world, such as WWF, Plan Canada and Because I am a Girl.