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Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board


Health and Community Services


Section 3 of the Occupational Therapists Act, 2005


No Remuneration


Responsible for governing the regulation of occupational therapy in Newfoundland and Labrador.


The Board shall consist of five occupational therapists, elected in accordance with the bylaws. One of these elected members shall be elected as chairperson by the Board. The Minister shall appoint two persons who are not occupational therapists to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a Panel by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Health Care
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • General understanding of self-regulation
  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board experience
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Ability to identify a conflict of interest if one arises and make it known.
  • Strong reasoning skills
  • Committed and available to complete the required work

Time Commitments:

Board meetings generally last five hours and are held a minimum of four per year. An additional two hours in preparation for Board meetings is usually required to review the meeting package. In addition, members are required to attend the Board’s Annual General Meeting, any education sessions and strategic planning sessions. This generally requires two hours of meeting time five to six times a year with one hour of preparation work for each meeting.

Board members are expected to be a member of at least one of the committees of Board. The committees of the Board generally meet a minimum of four times per year for a two hour meeting; depending upon the nature of the work, committees may meet more often.


A person appointed holds office for a term of three years and is eligible to be re-appointed. Where a person appointed holds office for a period of nine consecutive years, the person is not eligible for appointment as a member of the council until the expiration of 12 months from the end of the year in which he or she was last a member.

Where the term of office of a member of the Board expires and a successor has not been elected or appointed, the member may continue to hold office until a successor is elected or appointed.

Vacancy Profile:

The Newfoundland and Labrador Occupational Therapy Board is seeking to fill 2 positions to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Grainger, Ms. Patricia DirectorMinisterial2013-09-192016-09-18
Patrick, Mr. Blair DirectorMinisterial2013-09-192016-09-18

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