Who are we?
We are Master’s-level Occupational Therapists passionate about improving mental health in the workplace. Occupational therapists (OTs) are regulated health care professionals who work with individuals and organizations to enable engagement in meaningful, purposeful lives. OTs have a functional, holistic lens, enabling occupations by considering the individual (physical and mental health components, roles, responsibilities, etc), the tasks/roles they wish to complete, and the physical and social environment in which they live/work.
We believe the health and wellness of employees and the work environment are affected by a variety of interacting factors. Workplace productivity and engagement are influenced by the workplace culture, perceived levels of support, the physical workspace, and individual physical and mental health.
Laura is an innovative and compassionate occupational therapist passionate about making systematic change with the potential to benefit many people. Laura obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Kinesiology from McGill University and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto. Laura has been interested in workplace mental health for many years, and has conducted research on disability and equity in the workplace, as well as employer’s perspectives on the new Canadian National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Laura currently writes monthly for a blog called AccessTO (visit accessTO.ca) which highlights a barrier-free Toronto by showcasing physically accessible restaurants and venues in the city. Laura also works clinically as an Occupational Therapist in helping individuals age safely in their homes, and helping individuals return to work after a physical or mental health leave of absence. To take care of her own mental health, Laura coaches swimming, practices yoga and enjoys relaxing with a cup of tea.
Connect with Laura on LinkedIn here.
Lydia is a highly motivated, enthusiastic occupational therapist, who focuses on working with others so they can live purposeful, meaningful lives. Lydia completed her undergraduate degree at Queen's University, where she obtained a Bachelor's of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Drama. She completed her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Lydia has a plethora of professional and volunteer experiences working with individuals of all ages with physical and mental health challenges, including children with cancer, young adults on the autism spectrum, and adults with schizophrenia, dementia, brain injury and stroke. Lydia currently works providing support to individuals returning to work after a leave due to physical or mental health. She also writes for the blog AccessTO, and publishes regular reviews of wheel-chair accessible restaurants in Toronto. In her spare time, Lydia sings in a choir, practices yoga, volunteers for Camp Oochigeas, and cooks delicious meals.
Connect with Lydia on LinkedIn here.