Dianna is a graduate of the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and has a Masters Degree in Health Administration from Central Michigan University. She has worked in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and has held front-line and management positions. She has taught as a clinical instructor, a sessional and guest lecturer, and at workshops and in-services. Additionally, she has presented podium and poster sessions at local, national and international conferences. Dianna holds a Clinical Associate appointment with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UBC. She was a member of the Clinical Appointment/Reappointment Committee for the School plus was a member of the Advisory Committee for the Occupational/Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Vancouver Community College. Over her career she has supported the work of the provincial OT societies and CAOT by chairing or sitting on committees for the newsletter, education, awards and conferences. Dianna is a long-standing board member for the Vancouver Resources Society. Dianna currently works in a full-time clinical position on the Spine Program at G.F. Strong Rehab Centre. Her commitment to fieldwork training is demonstrated through the placements she offers to occupational therapy and rehabilitation assistant students each year. Selectively, she does some private clinical consulting.
Acknowledgement of Dianna’s work includes: People First Award, Vancouver Coastal Health, 2013 2nd prize for clinical poster and the People’s Choice Award, 5th National Spinal Cord Conference 2012 Motivator Award, Vancouver Coastal Health OT Professional Practice, 2006 Bronze Award for fieldwork supervision, School Of Rehabilitation Sciences, UBC, 2000 Honorable Mention, McCreary Prize for Interdisciplinary Activities, UBC for Affiliation and Professional Practicum Program, 1998 Award of Distinction, British Columbia Paraplegic Association, 1996, 2015 Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year for CAOT-BC award.
About The Company
With her extensive experience in event planning from paid and voluntary work, Dianna launched her company in 1999 to organize courses for therapists. It has since become a trusted provider of quality continuing education for occupational therapists and physical therapists in western Canada: over forty workshops on topics such as neuro-rehabilitation, cognition, splinting, home modifications, power and manual wheelchairs, visual perception and Therapeutic Touch have been held. Invited faculty come from Canada, the United States, Israel and Australia. Lively discussions and rich interchanges are embedded in the face-to-face experience. Participants bring a wide variety of knowledge and clinical practice to contribute to the shared learning. Networking is a cornerstone opportunity.
Knowledge and networking to advance your practice
I love going to courses and conferences -- being awed by the expertise of the speaker; getting stimulated by new ideas; re-connecting with former colleagues; and making new friendships. It’s also refreshing to have a break from the usual work routine, to have time to ponder and reflect without competing distractions and to be challenged to look at different perspectives. These are the experiences I strive to create at my workshops.
To foster best practices in client care by providing continuing professional education in rehabilitation
Be the leading organizer of post-graduate courses for therapists in Western Canada
Support therapists to practice with competence and confidence through topical and practical education
Professional organization and learning environment
Expert faculty from local, national and international communities
Advocacy for the needs and interests of persons with disabilities
Knowledge as the key to growth and development