OT Alumni Network

Alumni Achievement Award

Nominations are now open for the University of Toronto Occupational Therapy Alumni Achievement Award.

Please consider nominating a U of T Occupational Therapy alumni who exemplifies excellence in education, practice, scholarly activity and/or service. Nominees will be considered for the following categories:

Early Career (10 years or less since graduation from the U of T Occupational Therapy Program)

Mid Career (11-29 years since graduation from the U of T Occupational Therapy Program)

Legacy (30 years or more since graduation from the U of T Occupational Therapy Program)

The award recipient will be announced and celebrated at the OS&OT Graduate Research Day and Thelma Cardwell Lecture on June 19, 2024.


About the Alumni Achievement Award

Nominations are based on evidence of the nominee’s outstanding achievements in one or more of the following categories:


  • Innovation in teaching methods that improve learning or practice outcomes
  • Development of new opportunities for student occupational therapy fieldwork education
  • Development of high impact educational programming for student, public, professional or policy audiences


  • Exemplary occupational therapy practice, consultation, or mentorship
  • Development of novel occupational therapy, interdisciplinary or community-based programs, interventions or guidelines that improve patient, client, population, or societal outcomes


  • Research that advances occupational therapy theory, practice or service delivery
  • Publications that advance occupational therapy and science (research articles, professional magazines, books, etc.)
  • Knowledge translation to practice or policy that advances health and wellbeing through occupation


  • Leadership in occupational therapy, interdisciplinary or public service organizations
  • Contributions to provincial or national professional, health or social policy development


  • An area of achievement not covered in the above categories
  • Advancing the ‘public good’ through a commodity or service made available to a patient population, consumer groups, a public agency, or the public at large

Nomination Form

To nominate an alumus, please fill out the online nomination form and upload the nominee’s abbreviated CV/resume (5 pages maximum). For more information, contact Mary Forhan at mary.forhan@utoronto.ca.

Thank you for contributing to this process and for celebrating the achievements of University of Toronto Occupational Therapy graduates.

Past Recipients

Award Year Alum
2022 Ellen Yack, Emily Ho, Jennifer Ho and Jenni Diamond
2021 Donna Drynan, Sari Grossinger and Janet Woodhouse
2020 Isabel Fryszberg
2019 Louise Burridge
2018 Liz Townsend
2017 Sharon Brintnell
2016 Dorcas Beaton
2015 Lynn Cockburn
2014 Beverlea Tallant
2013 Bonnie Kirsh
2012 Christie Brenchley
2011 Debra Anne Stewart
2010 Angela Colantonio
2009 Anne Agur
2008 Barbara Quinn
2007 Barbara Cooper
2006 Joanne Valliant Cook
2005 Wendy Campbell
2004 Pearl Gryfe
2003 Marilyn Ernst Conibear
2002 Marg Young
2001 Judy Friedland
2000 Pat Fisher
1999 Isobel Robinson
1998 Ann Strickland
1997 Thelma Cardwell
1996 Karen Goldenberg