ACOT Staff Changes
ACOT will be saying goodbye to our Complaints Director, Kerstin Hurd this month. Kerstin has been with ACOT for the past year and has done a fantastic job in the role. She is moving on for a promotion position with another organization, and we wish her every success in her new role.
Anna Yarmon joined ACOT on May 3, 2021, in the role of Acting Director, Policy & Practice, and will now be moving into the Complaints Director role effective June 14, 2021. Anna comes to us from Alberta Health Services where she worked as an OT on the Housing Support and Outreach Team. Her OT work, combined with her background as a public sector lawyer will serve her well in the Complaints Director role!
Welcome to Alanna Ferguson who will be backfilling Angela Sekulic’s Director of Policy & Practice position over the next 18 months while Angela works on updates to ACOT’s Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics and Bylaws. These changes will be necessary due to the requirements outlined in Bill 46, the Health Statutes Amendment Act, 2020. This will also provide the opportunity to incorporate updates in OTs’ core competencies developed during the CORECOM project.
Alanna will be working part time with ACOT through the summer, then moving to full time at the end of August. She comes to us with 19 years of diverse OT experience in pediatrics, teaching and research. Alanna is also a member of ACOT’s Competence Committee and will now support the Committee’s work.
Improvements Made to Online Continuing Competence Program Forms
After analyzing the inquiries ACOT staff fielded about the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) during renewal, we have requested that additional directions and expectations be added to the Continuing Competence Learning Plan forms in the online platform. Hopefully, this will assist registrants in knowing what type and how much information to include in their CCP submissions without having to rely on the CCP Resources. Login in to check it out – we will be seeking your input on these changes (and those made last year) via a survey expected later this summer.