ConnOTA Annual Awards

Award of Merit

To recognize individuals who have attained outstanding accomplishments in clinical practice, research, leadership or innovation and whose body of work is considered exemplary and influential by peers. 


  • Current ConnOTA Membership.
  • Current licensure as an OT or OTA in the State. 
  • Evidence of accomplishments that are deemed exemplary and influential in the practice of OT.

Award of Service 

To recognize individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the mission and strategic goals of  ConnOTA and the practice of occupational therapy in the state through community leadership or advocacy.


  • Current ConnOTA Membership.
  • Five years of experience as OT or OTA.
  • Evidence of significant service to the state association or community organizations in the form of leadership or advocacy for the profession and/or clients.

Fieldwork Educator Award

To recognize exceptional clinical teaching by occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants that promotes ethical and evidence-based practice and professional advocacy in students.


  • Current ConnOTA Membership.
  • Minimum of five years of practice as a licensed OT or OTA.
  • Proof of at least 2 years of supervision of a Fieldwork Level II student from an accredited OT or OTA program within the State. 

Emerging Leader Award 

To recognize an occupational therapy student or an early practitioner (5 years of experience or less) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership at the local or organizational and state or national levels. 


  • Current ConnOTA Membership.
  • Student: He/she must be enrolled currently in an occupational therapy (OT/OTA) program within the state. 
  • Practitioner: He/she must have practiced occupational therapy within the State for 12 months.

Award of Clinical Excellence

To recognize an OT or OTA who has demonstrated excellence, vision, and clinical expertise within the field of Occupational Therapy.

  • The equivalent of at least 5 years clinical practices as an OT or OTA.
  • Current ConnOTA membership.
  • Demonstrated commitment to provide excellence in clinical services and facilitates/implements change in a positive manner.
  • Strong contributions in peer/student mentoring/supervision and interdisciplinary collaboration thru promoting strong relationships that support a high level of trust and credibility and which encourage innovation and excellence in others.
  • Active participation in innovative personal/program development activities within the work place which has facilitated advancements in the provision or quality of Occupational Therapy services.
  • Recognized by peers as demonstrating strong leadership qualities, inspires others and is seen as a role model for current and future Occupational Therapy Practitioners.

Presidents Award

A distinct award given to a ConnOTA member of the President's choice. This may not be awarded annually as it is left to the discretion of the President. The purpose is to recognize a practitioner who exemplifies leadership skills and is focused on the betterment of the organization. 

  • Current ConnOTA Membership.
  • He/she must have practiced occupational therapy within the State for 12 months.

Award Nominations are accepted through February 15, 2019  Awards will be presented at the annual conference in March. 


To see past award winners by year, click here

To see past award winners by category, click here.