Program Committee


Maureen Story (Conference Chair), BSR (PT/OT), Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Maureen Story

Maureen Story is a Physical and Occupational Therapist who has worked in the field of Positioning and Mobility for over 30 years in both private practice and most notably at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, B.C. She was part of the team that developed and implemented the Positioning and Mobility Clinic at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. She is a clinical instructor at the University of B.C. She has presented at numerous conferences both Nationally and Internationally. She has been involved in a number of research projects including development of the Seated Postural Control Measure. She has been involved in international health projects in both India and China. Most recently she provided training and guidance to the staff at Guangzhou Children’s Hospital to assist them in developing and opening the first pediatric seating clinic in mainland China. Maureen has been a member of the International Seating Symposium committee since its inception in 1983 and has be Co-Chair since 2000.

 

Catherine Ellens, BScOT, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Catherine Ellens

Catherine Ellens is an occupational therapist who has worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children on the Positioning and Mobility Team since 1997 and has been the team leader since 2014. Catherine graduated from the University of British Columbia with her B.Sc in OT in 1997 and is currently Clinical Faculty at the University. She has presented at the ISS in Canada and the US. Catherine has coordinated and taught many student placements and clinics and has won awards as a result of her work. Catherine has been a member of the ISS Vancouver committee since 2008.


 

Roslyn Livingstone, MSc(RS), OT, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Roslyn Livingstone

Roslyn Livingstone is an occupational therapist who has worked on the Positioning and Mobility, and Assistive Technology Teams at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver for more than twenty years. Roslyn originally graduated as an OT in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985 and completed her Masters in Rehabilitation through McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2008. Roslyn has presented at the International Seating Symposium, European Seating Symposium and RESNA on topics related to positioning, assistive technology and power mobility. She has also published on these topics in peer reviewed journals including Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology and Clinical Rehabilitation. Roslyn has been a member of the ISS Vancouver committee since 2010.

 

Jo Nam, BComm, Sr. Education Manager, Interprofessional Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

 

Advisory Committee


Jaimie Borisoff, PhD, Canada Research Chair, BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC Canada; PDG Mobility, Vancouver, BC

Jaimie BorisoffDr. Jaimie Borisoff is the Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation Engineering Design at the BC Institute of Technology, an Adjunct Professor at UBC Occupational Therapy, and a Principal Investigator at ICORD (International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries). His lab performs rehabilitation engineering research and development on assistive and therapeutic technologies for people with disabilities. His projects include the development of dynamic wheeled mobility devices that allow users to quickly change their wheelchair configuration to suit different daily activities (e.g. the Elevation™ ultralight wheelchair), and a supported-walking exercise machine for improved cardiovascular and locomotor outcomes after spinal cord injury.

 

 

 

Debbie Field, MHScOT, PhD, Occupational Therapist, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Debbie Field

Debbie Field, an occupational therapist with over 30 years experience, has expertise in assessment and provision of assistive technologies for individuals with physical disabilities. She is a member of the Assistive Technology and Positioning and Mobility Teams at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children and is Clinical Faculty at the University of British Columbia. Debbie also works with Access Community Therapists Ltd, providing community-based services to adults who benefit from seating and mobility technologies. Debbie completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of British Columbia where she evaluated participation and power wheelchair use for children and youth with mobility limitations and appropriate measurement tools. She obtained her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Indianapolis and her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Debbie has presented locally, nationally and internationally, and has published in peer-reviewed journals on power mobility, seating, and other assistive technologies. Debbie advances research evidence and promotes knowledge exchange that supports clients, their families and the health professionals and educators that serve them.