Clare Richard has served as the OATA Chair for the past year. Clare started her engagement with the OATA as a York University AT student volunteer. Her volunteer commitments included working at Annual OATA Conferences, volunteering at OATA continuing education events such as the Knowledge Cafes and workshops such as Taking Care of AT Business. Clare received her AT Certification from York University in 2013 and completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Science with McMaster University in 2015. She is currently the Head Athletic Therapist with the York Simcoe Express Midget AAA team, works with Team Canada Karate and with George Brown College varsity athletes.
She presently treats privately at a local clinic in Newmarket. Clare has been instrumental in supporting past and recent OATA Candidates prepare for the national certification exam by developing and running a series of Pre-Certification learning modules. This was invaluable to those Candidates who had to wait to write the exam when the Covid-19 pandemic led to exam cancellations. Clare stepped up and took on the District Leaders (DLs) Liaison role. She organized monthly DL meetings with the Board to increase direct access to Directors and answers to issues, questions or concerns they were hearing locally. Clare has played a significant role in supporting the DL communications and launch of Facebook pages for each District. Clare took the lead on the OATA Wound Care App research project working with other AT clinicians engaged in field practice generating new data on AT competencies. Clare’s goal is to find solutions and makes things happen to benefit all members. Clare shared with us through her renewed Nomination application that she hopes to complete a number of projects such as launch of the OATA MasterMind Mentorship program.