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October is Occupational Therapy Month– a time to celebrate our profession and put into motion a commitment to promOTe OT all year long!

We all have a role to play and can PROMOTE Occupational Therapy – to make OT more visible and better understood!! Together we CAN make a difference! Here are a few SIMPLE ways you can promOTe OT this OT month. Check off activities as you complete them, add your own, encourage your colleagues and have fun!

Print a copy of this checklist (look under News) and send your checklist to or for your chance to win great prizes!! (Submit before November 8, 2016).

Click here for OT-Month-Calendar


Ensure your email signature includes a clear reference to OT.
  • “Occupational therapy helps with skills for the job of living”, “Live your life to the fullest with Occupational Therapy”, “Want more OT coverage? Ask for it!”, Learn more about Occupational Thearpy at (website such as, or
Put your “I <heart> OT” sticker from CAOT on your water bottle.
  • If you received a mailing from CAOT in August, there was an aweome sticker
  • This is a great simple way to ignite conversation with others!
Follow MSOT on Twitter and/or “like” MSOT on Facebook
Write and practice your elevator speech
  • We need to have a clear and consise way of sharing what OT is with people we meet!
  • Need inspiration? Check out some others from this month’s newsletter
  • Not sure where to start? Check out the August MSOT newsletter (in Members only area)
Log onto the MSOT “Members Only” site
  • Check out the additional resources for MSOT members in the “members only” area!
  • Having trouble logging in ? Contact:
Organize or participate in a “Team OT” event!
  • What is “Team OT” you ask? OT’s participating in fundraising walks and events TOGETHER! (For example, on Oct 2 join Team OT at Run for the Cure, or donate)
Become a MSOT member!
  • Did you know you can join any time?
  • For only $100 you can become a MSOT member for an entire year!
  • Already an MSOT member? Recruit a colleague (or a few) to become members!
Attend the COTM and MSOT AGM on October 25
  • Your voice is important! Attend the AGM
  • A light supper will be served!
Attend an OT month event, or buy some OT clothing
  • Check out the OT month calendar and catch the energy and enthusiasm of the future of our profession by attending and supporting the events planned by our MOT students, such as the “sign party” fundraiser –
  • Buy an OT t-shirt or sweatshirt –
Share your OT success story

(you’ve all got tons!!)

 We know you’re doing a great job – we want to hear about it!

  • We want to inspire others about the valuable services OT’s provide to positively impact people’s lives!
Ensure your closest contacts really know what you do!
  • How would your family members, family doctor, neighbour, best friend…describe OT?
  • Make an OT Month resolution to ensure that they can describe OT well!
BONUS: Share what you’re doing for OT month and inspire others to “PROMOTE OT!” and do their part!


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is an essential health service dedicated to helping people achieve independence, meaning and satisfaction in all aspects of their lives. Whether it is in the home, hospital, community, school or private practice, occupational therapists are available to help.

The use of the term “occupation” refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life, or all the activities that occupy one’s time. The profession itself is built on the belief of strength and ability, and uses everyday activities (or occupations) as the foundation for supporting health and well-being through actions related to self-care, productivity and leisure. Source: CAOT (2012)