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OT Nominees

2023 – 2024 Occupational Therapy Preceptor Award Nominees

Commitment to Clinical Education

Winner – Linda Smith – Health Sciences North

Linda Smith has worked at Health Sciences North for the past 20 years. Linda most recently transitioned to the role of Coordinator of Diabetes, Bariatrics, Ophthalmology and Nutrition Counseling where she supports the coordination of placements for nursing and allied health clinicians. Linda was nominated for the Commitment to Clinical Education by a student because she is always willing to have learners on placement with her and is a preceptor that all OT students wish for when entering placement. She is an excellent example of an OT that goes above and beyond for students’ learning. She carries herself with such confidence and kindness that radiants in the clinic. She uses her experience and knowledge to follow best practices for patient care and is a great advocate for students and for the profession. 



  • Linda Smith – Health Sciences North
  • Valérie Beauchamp – Health Sciences North
  • Deanna Rose – One Kids Place (Parry Sound)
  • Heather Lees – Sault Area Hospital
  • Niko Gregorin – North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Anabelle Mann – Sensenbrenner Hospital
  • Breanna May – North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Kim Parsons – Pioneer Manor
  • Kristi MacWilliam – FIREFLY

Innovative Preceptor Award

Winner – Sarah-Jane Mason – One Kids Place (Huntsville)

Sarah-Jane is an Occupational Therapist at One Kids Place (OKP) in Muskoka. Sarah-Jane currently supports children aged 0-21 in school, daycare, and community settings. She additionally is qualified and completes Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessments as requested from pediatricians in the area to support Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnostics. Sarah-Jane was nominated for the Innovative Preceptor Award by a previous student who praised her for being so adaptable and creating unique ways that this student could continue with her placement while supporting a sick family member at home. Sarah-Jane also demonstrated being an innovative OT by striving to adapt equipment to clients needs so they are able to participate in school-based occupations and create equal accessible opportunities to learn. One example involves a client who could only type with their feet due to dystonia in their upper extremities and Sarah-Jane liaised with a vendor who was able to create a specialized keyboard stand.



  • Sarah-Jane Mason – One Kids Place (Huntsville)
  • Sophie Stasyna – FIREFLY

Interprofessional Collaborator

Winner – Mavia DeNoble – Pioneer Manor

Mavia is an Occupational Therapist working in one of the largest long-term care facilities in Northern Ontario. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work in many different settings, but has had a particular interest and focus in geriatrics. She is a Geriatric Assessor working with a wide range of complex residents focusing on restorative programming and complex seating assessments. Mavia strives to develop relationships with other disciplines in order to improve and provide the most comprehensive care to residents. She takes time out of her busy schedule to form these therapeutic relationships that increase the quality of life of the residents she works with. Mavia encourages students to seek out inter-professional activities and is open to having students shadow many different disciplines that interact with OT’s.




  • Mavia DeNoble – Pioneer Manor
  • Heidi Resetar – Maamwesying North Shore Community Health Services
  • James Pelchat – St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre
  • Lisa Hartman – West Parry Sound Health Centre
  • Carly Charbonneau – Cochrane Temiskaming Children’s treatment centre

Northern Ambassador

Winner – Monique Jardine – North Bay Regional Health Centre

Monique Jardine is an Occupational Therapist working with adults in an in-patient mental health rehabilitation unit at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC). Monique has worked at NBRHC for 20 years, and has enjoyed mentoring students for the majority of her career. By promoting a culture of respect and teamwork, Monique contributes to the holistic development of learners and enhances their overall educational experience. Monique enjoys engaging in activities that involve being out in nature, and she looks for ways to engage students and patients in these meaningful activities that support social engagement, healthy lifestyles, and building inner capacities.



  • Monique Jardine – North Bay Regional Health Centre
  • Christine Labelle – Home and Community Care Support Services
  • Valerie Fecteau – St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre