Attention Members: The 2021 OT Leaders and Legacies Annual meeting was held virtually on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 4-6 PM Eastern Time. You will receive an email notification when materials are posted to the website for review.If you would like to view materials from the 2020 annual meeting, please click here.
With great sorrow, we share the news of the October 31, 2021 passing of OTL&LS Treasurer and OT legend, Dr. Melanie T. Ellexson, DHSc, MBA, OTR/L, FAOTA.
We are saddened to share news of the passing of legendary Occupational Therapist Colonel (Retired)
Eloise B. Strand, MA, MHA, FAOTA.
Eloise B. Strand, MA, MHA, FAOTA.
The OT Leaders & Legacies Society will identify, honor, and fully engage a cadre of occupational therapy professionals who have demonstrated their leadership abilities and skills through service in a variety of civic and professional organizations. This broad community of established occupational therapy leaders will support and promote the profession through a variety of strategies. Members will design, lead, and participate in projects that honor OT history and social contributions as well as sustain and enrich the profession.
Who Are We?
We are a community of energetic, accomplished, senior and mid-career occupational therapy practitioners who are committed to the growth of the profession. We are not defined by what we have done in the past--we continue to be active in our communities and our profession.
We are leaders in
traditional and innovative or entrepreneurial practice
service to academic, professional, and civic organizations
Our members live in 3 countries and 38 different states; our careers span 20 to more than 70 years of activity. By joining together as a Society, we help build and maintain our professional community, advance the profession, and support civic communities.
What Do We Do?
We advance O.T. and contribute to our professional and personal communities jointly as well as individually. Our members' individual activities are described in their bios. A few of our current Society run projects are:
gathering and documenting the stories of OT living leaders
documenting and archiving physical representations of OT history
advocating for occupational therapy assistants
developing new formal ways to honor exceptional occupational therapy assistant students
collaborating with state and national organizations to provide service in support of occupational therapy
Some of our projects are accomplished solely by Society members. Other efforts are accomplished in collaboration with existing organizations. We continually explore ways to establish collaborative relationships with existing organizations in order to provide our members with opportunities to engage in meaningful projects. Currently, our partners include several state occupational therapy associations as well as AOTA. We support each organization in a different manner. For example, we worked with the leadership of the PTE honor society, we supported AOTA by recommending individuals to serve as members of a special editorial board, and we supported a state association by providing a panel of expert presenters for its OT month continuing education program. Read more about our recent activities under Society Updates and Accomplishments.
Put simply, regardless of the project, our overarching goals are to help our members find ways to continue to experience the joy of community and the satisfaction of contributing their leadership skills and knowledge to advancing O.T.
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