Executive Director - Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists
Christie Brenchley is the Executive Director of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists. An occupational therapist herself, Christie’s clinical background was in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, a focus in which she practiced for 10 years before joining OSOT in 1991. As Executive Director, Christie has the privilege of working with occupational therapy leaders who contribute to the society as board directors, team members and volunteers to advance the profession of occupational therapy in Ontario and to serve, represent and support members with a goal to ensure that occupational therapy in Ontario is a vibrant profession that is well-known, respected, valued and easily accessible across the health care continuum. She is proud to be aligned with an organization whose mission statement is 'Together, we lead the profession of occupational therapy in Ontario by providing vision, voice, visibility and value.'
Valerie Wright-St. Clair, PhD
Auckland University of Technology
Valerie is a registered occupational therapist with 22 years of experience as an educator at the Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand; and previous practice experience in gerontology, rehabilitation, mental health and neurology. She is Co-Director of the Active Ageing Research cluster, Person-Centred Research Centre, and Associate Professor within the Department of Occupational Science and Therapy. Valerie’s teaching includes research for evidence-based practice, older adult health and wellness, ethical reasoning, and practice philosophies across undergraduate and postgraduate health professional programs. Her research projects span the fields of gerontology, occupational science, cross cultural research and interpretive phenomenology. She holds a particular interest in how elders’ participation in everyday activities influences longevity, health and wellness; elders’ integration and participation within communities, and understanding the meaning of what people do.