Practice Guidance: Hospital and Community COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventative Measures

On October 14, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) posted the Hospital and Community (Health Care and Other Services) COVID-19 Vaccination Status Information and Preventive Measures Order.

Registrants are encouraged to review COTBC’s new Practice Guidance to learn how the October 14 Order may impact their practice.

2021 AGM: Registration and Call for Questions

COTBC’s 2021 AGM will be held Friday, November 5, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

In the continuing interest of safety and to best support registrants from across the province to attend, this year’s AGM will again be conducted virtually. Given the online format, participants will be able to observe the proceedings, and listen, but will not be able to talk directly to the presenters during the meeting itself.

The following is provided for your reference:

Your questions are important to us. If you wish to submit a question to be answered during the AGM, please email it to info@cotbc.org by 5 pm, October 26 and enter ‘AGM 2021 Question’ in the subject line.

Questions will be themed and where possible, answered during a scheduled Q&A portion of the agenda.

Additional notes:

Following the AGM, the College will upload a video of the proceedings to the website.

Planning is underway for a separate cOnnecT Forum. Historically, cOnnecT Forums are held in November. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the cOnnecT Forum is being postponed until the new year in hopes that we will be able to safely meet in person. Please watch for details.

We hope to see you on Friday, November 5, 2021, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

 

COTBC Observes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday, September 30, 2021, will mark Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation “to commemorate the history and ongoing trauma caused by residential schools and to honour those who were lost and the survivors, families and communities who continue to grieve.”

The September 30 date is also observed as Orange Shirt Day, promoting recognition of the colonial legacy of residential schools and commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

Our office will be closed on September 30 in observation of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On this day, staff will gather together to learn more about the tragic and painful history of residential schools and their ongoing impacts.

We encourage registrants to learn more about Cultural Safety and Humility. Visit BC Health Regulators’ website for a list of key learning resources.

Notice of 2021 Annual General Meeting

The College of Occupational Therapists of British Columbia is pleased to inform registrants that the 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held:

Friday, November 5, 2021, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Given the ongoing pandemic situation and to best support registrants from across the province to be able to attend, this year’s AGM will be conducted virtually. It will be conducted in accordance with the provisions set out under the Health Professions Act and the College Bylaws. The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Call to Order
  • Overview of the Agenda
  • Welcome and Introduction of the Board and Guests
  • Report from the Chair
  • Audited Financial Statements for 2020-2021
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Other Announcements
  • Adjournment

Members of the public, registrants, and committee members are welcome to join the AGM. Participants will be able to observe the proceedings, and listen, but given the online format will not be able to interact with speakers during the meeting itself. Participants who may have questions will be invited to submit them in advance for answering during the AGM Question and Answer Session. Details regarding submitting questions will be provided in later communications.

Additional notes:

  • Planning is underway for a separate cOnnecT Forum. Historically cOnnecT Forums are held in November. This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the cOnnecT Forum is being postponed until the new year in hopes that we will be able to safely meet in person. Please watch for details.
  • Materials, including the 2020-2021 Annual Report, will be provided in advance, by email.
  • The link to the virtual meeting will also be sent by email, closer to the November 5th date.

Further information and technical details will be provided. In the meantime, please mark the date, Friday, November 5, 2021. We hope to see you!

Call for Board Nominations 2021

Play an important role in the COTBC election by nominating the best possible candidate or decide to run for yourself.

Those who have served confirm it is a positive and rewarding professional experience. Registrant participation on the Board is a healthy reflection of the profession’s commitment to protecting the public.

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

For more information see COTBC Election Guidelines.

This year electronic ballots will be available again, and voting will open November 5, 2021.

COTBC Statement on COVID Misinformation

Occupational therapists occupy a position of public trust due to their knowledge and training in a specific field of health. Their ethical and professional responsibility is to provide information and advice that is factual, backed by science and directly related to their professional designation/scope of practice.

This responsibility extends to professional and personal opinions and statements about COVID-19 that are shared with others, including on social media platforms, online and in the media.

In response to concerns about COVID-19 misinformation, COTBC has published a statement. We encourage all registrants to visit our COVID-19 resources web page often for further updates.