Occupational Therapy Professional Development Committee

Alex England, SAOT representative


Name & PDC Position: Alex England, SAOT representative

Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physiology

What made you pursue OT, and where do you see yourself going: I started volunteering with an adapted physical activity program in my undergrad degree, which sparked my interest in the rehabilitation field. I have had an interest in caring professions for a long time, but thought that Occupational Therapy (OT) was the right fit for me! I am still unsure what area of OT I would like to pursue in the future given the diversity of the field. However, no matter where I end up I look forward to working with diverse clients on areas that are meaningful to them.

What you enjoy most about the program: I enjoy the diversity of the OT faculty. It is great to have professors with various practice backgrounds and hear about their experiences in practice. Many classes also have clinicians come to guest lecture, which provides great insight to what OT looks like in different settings. 

Fun piece of information about yourself: I am a definite dog person! I have a labradoodle named Bear who is very sweet, but also very spoiled. In the future I would love to train a dog in animal assisted therapy!

One piece of advice to first year students: Don’t stress about doing all of the readings! I remember feeling overwhelmed with the large volume of required readings in the first semester. Over time realized that my time was better spent focusing on areas that I was unsure of, instead of trying to skim through all the readings.