Karen Goldenberg was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2014.

Karen Goldenberg is named a Member of the Order of Canada "for her role in advancing research and practice in occupational therapy, and for her leadership of social service organizations."

Karen is a visionary leader and creative force in the profession and in society. Throughout her diverse career in community care and social entrepreneurism, Karen has always been an “OT First”. As her Order of Canada citation indicates, she has been instrumental in placing occupational therapy as an integral and leading force in health and community care.

Karen’s contributions to community organizations and health care institutions are truly exceptional, diverse and far too numerous list here. Karen was co-founder and long-standing leader of Community Occupational Therapy Associates (COTA), the first community-based not-for-profit occupational therapy organization in Canada. Karen helped establish the Canadian Occupational Therapy Foundation (COTF) and contributed her expertise as a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists Executive Committee. Karen has also been a board member of the United Way, an executive of the former Addiction Research Foundation (now Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), and Special Advisor for Long Term Care Reform for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Rachel Thibeault was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2012.

Click here to read an and interview with Rachel

Helen DeLaporte was awarded on December 29, 1986.

Teacher, author, Director and first President of the International Council For Exceptional Children, she is the founder of the internationally acclaimed DeLaporte Educational Clinic in Toronto, which assists people of all ages with learning problems and trains those who wish to teach in this field.

Barbara E. Reesor was awarded on June 25, 1984.

Having begun in occupational therapy just after the war, she has served in turn at the Rideau Regional Centre and the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She is founding president of the Therapeutic and Educational Living Centre in Ottawa, the first of its kind in Canada, to rescue the blind and deaf from so-called retardation and open to them a new life.

Elaine May was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1976.
An occupational therapist who has devoted many years of her life to the welfare of adults with disabilities, more especially by providing for their re-integration as productive members of society. Read and oral history done by her granddaughter, who is currently a practicing occupational therapist.