Patti Erlendson


Patti Erlendson
Patti began online instructing in 2006, when she co-facilitated RSOT 553: Developing Effective Programs in the UBC Master of Occupational Therapy program, a course in which she continues to be a facilitator. Later that year she facilitated a section of RHSC 583 on ‘Leadership and Management’ and she joined the RHSC 507, ‘Developing Effective Rehabilitation Programs’ facilitation team in 2007-08.

Patti graduated as an occupational therapist in Montreal Quebec and has worked clinically in a variety of settings from pediatric residential care, rehabilitation and a neurological ICU. Her interest in providing better-coordinated care across the continuum led to her interest in management.

Patti has held several leadership positions over her career. She retired in 2016 from the regional Occupational Therapy practice leader position for Vancouver Coastal Health. She was responsible for occupational therapy practice throughout the region; including community based mental health, home care, residential, rehabilitation, community hospitals and tertiary care hospitals.

The primary focus of Patti’s work at Vancouver Coastal Health was the standardization of practice that is evidence based. This work required up-to-date research information as well as skills and abilities in change management, team building and collaboration. It was an ongoing challenge and there was never a dull day at work. Writing business cases to support program improvements, and to justify existing programs and propose new programs was ongoing.

Patti completed her Master’s in Health Administration in 2002 and she was a student in the first web-based course offered by the School of Health Care and Epidemiology.