President’s Message, October 2013
This message comes to you as we prepare to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day on 27 October 2013.
World Occupational Therapy Day was first launched on 27th October 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.
The theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2013 is ‘Global Reach, Local Touch’, which is aimed at promoting the international impact of our profession at an individual, group, local and national level.
There are many ways to promote and celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day 2013. WFOT is pleased to provide promotional items such as posters, calendars, desktop calendars/screen savers, and cover art images for you to download and use on your social networking websites. Some of these resources are available in 5 different languages.
Many of these items have been designed exclusively for World Occupational Therapy Day 2013 and can be downloaded for free from the Resource Centre at the WFOT website www.wfot.org
Another celebratory activity which is linked to World Occupational Therapy Day is:
There are many other ideas for World Occupational Therapy Day available in the ‘Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day 2013’, which is available on the WFOT website.
As you enjoy your World Occupational Therapy Day celebrations, I ask you to consider ways in which you can help WFOT support the development and provision of services internationally.
Please consider supporting the work of WFOT by fundraising or making a donation. On many occasions WFOT is asked for assistance and it does not have the resources to respond or the assistance that can be provided is limited due to lack of funding. Many people may not know that WFOT delegates and the WFOT Executive are volunteers and give their time and expertise at no cost to the organisation. WFOT is currently funded through subscriptions from national associations and individual members.
Consider what you have gained from being an occupational therapist or what you have gained from receiving or being involved in occupational therapy services.
Your contributions will assist the development of the profession internationally. Payments can be made via a dedicated link http://tinyurl.com/WFOTdonate
I encourage you all to celebrate the World Occupational Therapy Day and showcase the profession to your community.
I would also like to share with you the developments for Congress 2014, which is now just 9 months away.
We were excited to have received over 3,000 abstracts for the congress which have now been reviewed, selected and transformed into a very exciting programme.
The WFOT Congress 2014 Programme features:
Not only that! We have Education Day (June 16), Pre-congress Workshops (June 17) and a Symposium for the Public (June 21).
WFOT thanks all those colleagues who are working very hard to bring you a stimulating and comprehensive Congress.
We look forward to welcoming you to Yokohama in Japan, in June 2014.
Please visit the Congress 2014 website at www.wfot.org for all the latest Congress news.
You can now follow WFOT on Twitter @thewfot
New address for WFOT Facebook
All WFOT resources are available at www.wfot.org
I look forward to hearing about your World Occupational Therapy Day celebrations, and to joining you at Congress 2014 next year.
Thank you for your continued support of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.
Professor E Sharon Brintnell
World Federation of Occupational Therapists