The OATA INSPIRE Award was created to pay tribute to ATs in the prime of their career who have clearly made and continue to make a significant contribution to “raising the AT profession up” to new heights and to new standards by their energy, drive, skills and leadership. 



                

      

Stef Moser played a significant role in the transition of the OATA Board into a high-performance, professional association through past executive roles at a pivotal time for the profession as it approached a renewed pursuit of regulation within an RHPA College. 

Stef’s leadership shifted management of the association into a high performance Board founded on strong governance principles while she championed the government mandated move to new by-laws and new incorporation to be ready for the Ontario proposed Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.  Stef championed over a dozen new Board Policy documents relevant to  best practices in Board accountability relevant to the terms and spirit of the by-laws.

As the OATA Director for Private Practice, prior to becoming Board Chair, Stef led a team to generate data so the AT profession could participate in the collection of professional health outcomes measurement captured in programs of care. As a leading Ontario clinic owner, Stef engaged with a sports medicine doctor in a published research paper dealing with concussions.  Bold, innovative, quick to lead and always at the forefront of challenges and opportunities to advance the profession, Stef made a tremendous contribution as Board Director and as a model clinical practice owner. Stef is well known regionally and nationally for her work with elite, competitive athletes including two PanAm Games and multiple World Championships for hockey and trampoline.  Stef is at the Tokyo Olympics now. 

Stef Moser was at the helm of the OATA as the profession began reaching out to various rehab professional regulatory colleges and associations to take advantage of the last opportunity – RHPA ‘grandparenting’ – to find a home for the AT profession within a regulatory college of like-minded health care professionals.  Once the CKO was established as the best option, Stef worked diligently with the Association’s GR team laying the ground work for what became the specialty/class option. Breakthrough thinking and breakthrough results can be attributed in large part to Stef’s leadership.

If all of that were not enough following her dedication to advancing the AT profession as a Board Director, she ran for election to the CKO Council where she served admirably as a Professional Council Member.

Stef Moser you INSPIRE us!!   

Paul Papoutsakis played a significant role in the transition of the OATA Board into a high-performance, professional association through past executive roles as a pivotal time for the profession as it approached a renewed pursuit of regulation within an RHPA College.  Paul’s leadership shifted the association from a paper-based, volunteer group, meeting at local restaurants or AT homes, onto a digital platform working with an association management firm securing the capacity for sound governance along with online registrations, online event management and more.

As the OATA Treasurer at that time, he was responsible for shifting the Association to audited financials and increased reporting and accountability.  Paul played a lead role in the transformation of the OATA annual conference to a Summit as co- chair on the committee and as a presenter bringing the National Ballet orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ogilvie-Harris and a principal dancer to the HIP Summit as keynote speakers. 

Paul went on to promote the AT role in expanding the sport medicine bandwidth by sharing insights to the Culture or Performance Athlete with the National Ballet of Canada during its 50th Anniversary.  Paul was featured with an injured dancer showcasing the AT role and recovery path for an elite athlete interviewed and broadcasted as an episode of the OATA podcasts HEALTH IN MOTION & AT BUZZCAST. 

If all of that were not enough to demonstrate his impact on the profession, his ability to shape and change the lives of others, he took his terrific role model status to new heights with a marathon volunteer effort working with a world-leader in professional competency measurement to define AT practice in Ontario.

Paul's contributions to OATA mandatory submissions to the Ministry of Health have been critical to laying the ground work for a breakthrough in data capture of AT competencies benchmarked against rehab professions.


Paul Papoutsakis you INSPIRE us!!  

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