Occupational Therapy Professional Development Committee

Ferron Olynyk, Co-President

Name & PDC Position: Ferron Olynyk, Co- President

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK

Undergraduate Degree: History, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

What made you pursue OT, and where do you see yourself going: There are lots of big and small reasons, but ultimately, it boils down to wanting to help people and improve access to healthcare. OT combines real-world, collaborative problem solving with inclusiveness and community building and I am so excited about all the possibilities in occupational therapy! At the moment, I think I want to end up in community practice, but this program has definitely taught me to keep an open mind…I never thought I’d enjoy splinting as much as I do!

What you enjoy most about the program:  There are many things I enjoy about the program, but one of the things I like most are the hands-on learning opportunities and hearing from client educators. Learning from someone who has gone through a particular experience, or getting to try a piece of equipment really takes my understanding to the next level.

Fun piece of information about yourself: I was a Canadian delegate on an international youth program — I got to visit Japan and live on a cruise ship for 5 weeks with 150 youth from around the world.

One piece of advice to first year students: You will hear this over and over — the marks don’t matter! Try not to worry too much about the grades and just focus on the learning.