There have been four distinct phases in the evolution of the organization of Saskatchewan occupational therapists since 1955:

Sept 23rd, 1955

Saskatchewan Association of Occupational Therapy (Note: In subsequent meeting minutes the name was not consistent i.e. sometimes reference made to “therapists” sometimes to “society”. The stated purpose was: “…to promote the interest of Occupational Therapy here in Saskatchewan.” It was originally intended to be a place where Saskatchewan based CAOT members could come together, in later minutes there is discussion about allowing non-CAOT member occupational therapists to join.

November 5th, 1965

The Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists incorporated under the Societies Act 1959. This organization had five objectives:
a. To maintain an organization
b. To represent members
c. To establish and maintain standards
d. To operate a registry of members
e. To protect title

April 16th, 1971

An Act respecting the practice of occupational therapy was passed which was to come into effect July 1, 1971. The establishment of this act made Saskatchewan one of the first provinces in Canada to license Occupational Therapists. This established a second Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists. It was only after a two year period that the occupational therapists realized the need to abolish one of these organizations! On Sept 15th, 1973, Saskatchewan occupational therapists passed a motion that the Saskatchewan Society which was created in 1965 be: formally dissolved and that all assets be paid into the account of the new S.S.O.T., that was incorporated by the 1971 Act respecting the Profession of O.T.

August 15, 1997

Chapter 0-1.11, An Act respecting Occupational Therapists became law and replaced the 1971 Act. The Act specified that the organization set up by the 1971 Act “…is to be continued as a corporation.” Thus the actual Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists was maintained though it now had a whole new set of parameters for its organization and purpose. Saskatchewan therapists were given the ability to practice independently and had a corresponding increased focus on the regulation of practice and disciplinary matters.

 

Centennial edition of the NewSSOT- August 2005
Correction to: NewSSOT – The Changing Face of the Organization: 1965 – 1995 By Margaret Tompson

Mission: To protect the public through quality regulation of Occupational Therapy practice in Saskatchewan; to support the continuing competence of our members; and to promote awareness of Occupational Therapy Services

Vision: To ensure that all Occupational Therapy services are promoting the function and independence of Saskatchewan residents.

Functions:
a. Regulation
b. Professional Development of Members
c. Promotion and Enhancement of the Profession

Awards

 

SSOT Clinical Teaching Award
For the SSOT member who has provided outstanding training and guidance during clinical placements.

SSOT Clinical Training Award
The Clinical Training Award is given to the graduated student, who has shown exceptional qualities and outstanding performance in his or her fieldwork placements for the previous year.

SSOT Outstanding Contributions to the Community

This award is given for indirect utilization of occupational therapy skills for a community service.

SSOT Outstanding Contributions to the Society
This award is given for direct involvement with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists and/or the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists on behalf of the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists.

SSOT Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Occupational Therapy. This award is given for direct professional involvement through endeavors in the workplace, consulting, continuing education, professional education, and/or public relations endeavors in relation to the profession.

SSOT/CAOT Citation Award

This award is to acknowledge the contribution/accomplishment to the health and well-being of Canadians of an agency, program and/or individual within Saskatchewan who is not an occupational therapist.

SSOT Life Membership

This award is granted by the SSOT Council in recognition of outstanding service to occupational therapy in Saskatchewan.

Activities/events
Each year there are a minimum of two province wide activities: the annual general meeting and education day; and celebrations of occupational therapy week. Some years additional events are held such as OT Fun Run (see photo)

Publications

At a September 1966, members discussed the need for a newsletter. On November 19th, 1966, the first newsletter was circulated in the form of the annual report.

In 2010 a newsletter (NEWSSOT) is published six times annually. There has been one special historical issue of NEWSSOT. This was the July/August 2005 NEWSSOT which was a “Saskatchewan Centennial” issue and contained the following historical articles:

  • The Saskatchewan Saga – Story about efforts to get OT School

  • SSOT The Changing Face of the Organization 1965-1995

  • “Special Course” in Occupational Therapy: 1959-1969

  • Descriptions of the 3 CAOT Conferences hosted by SSOT

  • TV commercial story

  • Reminiscences of the Development of Occupational Therapy at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and in Regina