Alumni Weekend 2019

Sharon Brintnell Lectureship Award in Advancing Occupational Therapy

What is a meaningful life? Enabling participation and activity for all individuals
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: 2-39 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, 8205 114 Street, Edmonton
Free lecture open to the public, reception to follow

Registration for this event has closed. For more information, please contact Rob Curtis at or 780-492-5731.

Distinguished Speaker: Dr. Mary Law, Occupational Therapist, Officer of the Order of Canada

Dr. Mary Law, PhD, O.C., has dedicated her career to enabling participation in everyday life for all individuals. Participating in what is considered meaningful activities to a person is vital to health and wellness. Dr. Law will present on her extensive work in research with children and youth and help us better understand what influences participation. She will also share a few examples of what enables participation and meaningful activities for adults. Occupational therapy enables and enhances participation through changing the environment—be it social, physical, attitudinal, economic and more—and helps individuals live meaningful lives.

The author of 15 books and over 250 articles, Dr. Law has received many honours nationally and internationally including the Muriel Driver Lectureship, the top award in Canadian Occupational Therapy; the Whittaker Award for pediatric rehabilitation research; Queen's University Legacy of Achievement Alumni Award and election to the American Occupational Therapy Foundation Academy of Research and Fellow, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. In 2018, she was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The University of Alberta is proud to host Dr. Mary Law, inaugural recipient of the Sharon Brintnell Lectureship Award in Advancing Occupational Therapy. This lectureship was established by the Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, to honour E. S. (Sharon) Brintnell, in recognition of her foundational work within the faculty, the department and the field.