Staffing Announcement: Deputy Registrar Leaving for New Opportunity

Andrea Bowden is leaving the College executive team on July 23, 2022 to take on a new opportunity.

Andrea joined the College in November 2014, seconded from Island Health Authority to develop the College’s practice advisory services. In August 2017, Andrea accepted a permanent position as the Director, Policy and Practice and moved onto the Deputy Registrar role in March 2019. In her various roles with the College, Andrea was dedicated to service excellence and was key to the successful development of our practice advisory services and transition to a new standards framework. Andrea also capably represented the College on several collaborative projects with our regulator colleagues and external partners.

We will all miss Andrea’s warmth and energy, her attention to supporting a positive team culture and her contributions as a respected and caring member of the COTBC team.

On behalf of the COTBC, we wish Andrea all the best!

Staffing Announcement: New Manager for QAP

We are pleased to welcome Heather Burrett, who ​has joined the College team as the Manager, Quality Assurance Program. Heather brings a breadth of experience in ​occupational therapy ​clinical services, leadership and practice support.

She has been involved in our COTBC program as a case writer since the inception of our Case Development Sub-Committee. Recently, we contracted Heather to lead the case writers team and coordinate case development activities for the Annual Continuing Competence Review. Her knowledge of quality assurance and continuing competence will build on the solid foundation of COTBC’s Quality Assurance Program.

In her new role, Heather also supports the practice advice team at the College by answering practice questions from occupational therapists. She assists in the revision and creation of resource documents for occupational therapy practice in British Columbia.

Heather graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. O.T. in 2003 followed by a Master, Rehabilitation Science in 2011. Her background includes more than 15 years working clinically as an occupational therapist in acute, rehabilitation and private practice. Most recently, Heather was the Professional Practice Leader for Occupational Therapy at Providence Health Care in Vancouver where she was accountable for the overall delivery of professional, clinical and academic occupational therapy services across multiple practice areas and sites.