Each year, WOTA honors individuals in the community who have made significant contributions to the field of occupational therapy. This is our opportunity as an organization to celebrate the achievements, skills and dedication of our fellow occupational therapy practitioners, students and community members. You can contribute by nominating someone you know who shines in their work and who makes a difference in the lives of others.
The following categories provide context for the award requirements listed below.
You can nominate these special individuals for awards in the following categories. Members are nominated by their colleagues and are reviewed by the Nominations Chair or Board of Directors.
Lifetime Achievement Award
To honor a WOTA member who has demonstrated at least 20 years of sustained activity in occupational therapy. The nominee has made outstanding contributions to the profession in at least two of the areas described above. The nominee's contributions have markedly benefited the profession and WOTA.
Award of Distinction
To honor a WOTA member who has demonstrated at least ten years of sustained activity in occupational therapy. The nominee has made outstanding contributions in the profession in at least two of the areas described above.
Award of Excellence
To honor a WOTA member who has made outstanding contributions in at least one of the areas described above.
Award of Service
To recognize a WOTA member who has provided service to the association and/or profession through time or task limited activities.
Award of Appreciation
To recognize an individual or group of WOTA members whose services or contributions are clearly beyond those of normal professional duties or responsibilities in WOTA.
Collaborative Award of Appreciation
To recognize a non-WOTA member for his/her extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the profession of occupational therapy.
Lifetime Membership & Retired Member Award
To recognize a retired WOTA member who has demonstrated distinguished service in the field of occupational therapy, has retired from the practice of OT and has been voted into the WOTA Life Member class by the WOTA membership upon recommendation from the Board of Directors.
Student Award of Excellence
To honor a WOTA student member who has accomplished more than a typical student while in an OT/OTA program. This student has gone above and beyond normal responsibilities of a student in the areas of volunteer work, gaining professional experience (including participation in a professional association i.e. WOTA or AOTA) and leadership skills.