Ellie has practiced as an occupational therapist in pediatric settings since 2000, first in Ontario and now in British Columbia. She currently works as an occupational therapist at the Nanaimo Child Development Centre Society.
As a graduate from the Master of Rehabilitation Science program in 2009, Ellie has continued her involvement with the program as an instructor in RHSC 503 Reasoning and Decision Making. She enjoys the stimulation and challenge of the online learning environment, as well as the genuine support and connection felt with learners.
Ellie’s clinical and scholarly interests include pediatrics, cultural competence and family-centred practice. She feels that cultural competence, and its relationship to client-centred practice and clinical reasoning, is an exciting and evolving component of rehabilitation science in modern Canadian society. She published original research on this topic in 2011 in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, for which she and her co-author received the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ Golden Quill Award in 2012. She is also an item writer, in the area of child and youth health, for the College of Occupational Therapists of BC Exam Development Sub-Committee which is charged with creating the first continuing competence exam for occupational therapists in British Columbia.