FREDERICTON (GNB) – Premier Blaine Higgs has declared October as Occupational Therapy Month.

“Occupational therapists make a vital contribution to health care in our province,” said Higgs. “This month is an opportunity for us to recognize the important work they do and thank them for their dedicated service.”

Occupational therapy is a regulated health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being by enabling people of all ages and abilities to overcome obstacles and participate in activities. Many New Brunswickers depend upon their services.

“On behalf of our 450 occupational therapists in New Brunswick, we thank the Province of New Brunswick for recognizing and valuing the role that occupational therapy plays in promoting the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of New Brunswickers,” said Lilli Ju Lin, president of the New Brunswick Association of Occupational Therapists. “Occupational therapists are passionate about helping New Brunswickers of all ages overcome challenges to achieve their full potential with the activities of daily living that are important to them – be it at home, school, work, and in the community.”

The association is the professional and regulatory organization for occupational therapists in the province. It works to advance high-quality occupational therapy practice in the interest of public protection and to represent occupational therapists by advancing standards of education and practice and shaping health-care policy.