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President’s Message



President’s Message for July 2014

As you are all aware we have just completed the 2014 16th WFOT World Congress and I am sure that anyone who has been involved in the Congress will never forget it. The week flowed like the water that surrounded us in Yokohama, Japan – cool, calm and seamless – and I want to congratulate everyone who has been involved. The feedback has been exceptional with over 6,000 delegates from in excess of 66 countries participating. Photographs and feedback will be available on the website soon. Planning for the next Congress is already well underway and I hope to see many of you in South Africa in 2018.

It is indeed a great honour to be elected to the position of President of the WFOT and I thank the WFOT World Council for having the confidence in me to undertake this work. I would like to thank each and every one of you who have offered your best wishes to me in person and via social media. Of course this will be a shift in focus for me having served as the Executive Director for so many years however I want to assure you all I will serve you, the profession and the Federation to the very best of my ability.

I am so excited to have an enthusiastic and talented Executive Management Team to work with me and I would like to introduce them to you:

*   Sue Baptiste, Vice President

*   Samantha Shann, Vice President Finance

*   Ritchard Ledgerd, Executive Director

*   Lyle Duque, Programme Coordinator (PCo) Education

*   Sue Coppola, PCo Research

*   Athena Tsai, PCo Standards and Quality

*   Sandra Bressler, PCo Practice Development

The work that has been done by those Presidents who have gone before me has provided a foundation and a vision for the future of the profession. It is my intention to build on this. Those of you that know me know that I believe that as occupational therapists we need to move beyond traditional boundaries and be leaders of progress. Occupational therapists are driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities and refuse to give up – and remake the world for the better. Based on this belief I am determined to continue to increase public knowledge of the uniqueness and effectiveness of occupational therapy as well as supporting my colleagues in increasing professional confidence.

The World Federation is an organisation of organisations and you, the members form the core of it all both at the national and international level – without you none of our professional organisations would exist. The effectiveness of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) depends on its being responsive to the professional needs, issues and requirements of its members as well as contribution to and collaboration with other international organisations. The work of the WFOT is built on co-operation, high ethical standards and mutual respect at all levels.

The WFOT relies on all of you to work with us in however small a way. As occupational therapists we are all familiar with the International Classification of Functioning where we focus on activities and participation. I urge you all to become involved, engaged and participating even in a small way with the work of the Federation. For everything you do towards the future of the profession you gain 10 fold back. I look forward to meeting many of you in person and as always I am happy to hear from you via email –


Marilyn Pattison

July 2014

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