CSHT Executive Committee

The executive committee of CSHT is a voluntary group of 5 members as listed below. The committee is based regionally and changes location every 3 years.

The executive meets approximately once per month (or as needed) to review ongoing society issues and prepare for newsletter publications (Quarterly).

We are open to your comments and feedback and look forward to further developing and strengthening of CSHT. The term of the current executive runs from 2014-2017.

Marie Eason Klatt
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist


Marie graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.Sc. (O.T.) and holds a current registration to practice in the Province of Ontario as an Occupational Therapist. She has been a Certified Hand Therapist since 1998. Marie served as an elected Council Member with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO) from 2004 to 2010 and again from 2013 to 2016. She has held numerous appointments as committee chair for COTO and served one term as president of the college. She has served as the Canadian Delegate to the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy since 2012.

She is employed at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, (Toronto), as the Advanced Practice Clinician – Hand Therapy. Her clinical practice primarily focuses on the rehabilitation of individuals of all ages who have functional impairments of the hand and upper limb. She holds a status appointment with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto as a lecturer. Marie graduated with a Masters of Science in Community Health from Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto focusing on health practitioner education in 2012. She has presented both nationally and internationally at peer reviewed conferences in the areas of hand rehabilitation and health practitioner education.

Susan Hannah
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist


Susan graduated in 1988 from the University of Toronto in Occupational and has worked in the field of hand therapy and upper extremity injury and rehabilitation for over twenty years. She graduated with a Masters in Education from OISE in 2008. She is certified in Hand Therapy and has presented at various national and international forums. Susan has also published a variety of papers in the Journal of Hand Therapy and the Journal of Hand Surgery.

She worked in the Toronto Western Hospital, Hand Program for 17 years before moving to Altum Health (University Health Network) in the Hand and Wrist Specialty Program. She is Education Lead for the Arthritis Program at UHN and is a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Toronto. Susan is also Student Placement Lead for OT and PT across 10 sites of Altum Health, coordinating student placements from across the Ontario.

Susan is a passionate traveller with family and friends, cyclist, hiker and food lover!

Maureen Riley
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist


Maureen graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at McGill University in 1984. She moved to Toronto to work at the Worker’s Compensation Board Downsview Rehab Centre, where she developed her passion for Hand Therapy when she joined the Hand Clinic. She moved to St. Joseph’s Health Centre, then on to St. Michael’s Hospital, where she has worked for 22 years. She received her certification in Hand Therapy in 1996.

Maureen works as an Advanced Practice Occupational Therapist in the Outpatient Hand Program at St. Mike’s, Toronto’s downtown Trauma Centre. Maureen completed the ACPAC (Advanced Clinician Practitioner in Arthritis Care) Program through the University of Toronto in 2009, and now runs a therapist-led Advanced Practice Hand Clinic at St. Michael’s. Maureen has collaborated on presentations at ASHT, IFSHT and CSHT. She holds a status appointment as Lecturer at the University of Toronto. In her spare time, Maureen is the mom of 2 teenagers and enjoys making stuff with her hands, including cakes, clothing, and new this year: felted mittens!

Lonita Mak
Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist


Lonita graduated from the Occupational Therapy program at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1983.

She immigrated to Canada with her family and joined the Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network Hand Program in 1989. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1993, and became a Certified Hand Therapist in 1998.

Lonita has a status-only appointment at the rank of lecturer at the University of Toronto – Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and is actively involved in both academic and clinical teaching. She has published several articles in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Journal of Hand Therapy.

Lonita enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.

Communications Director
Sarah Hobbs


The CSHT Newsletter Editor is a new position which involves co-ordinating, developing and writing the CSHT Newsletter which is published on a quarterly basis. The Newsletter Editor will also liaise with our valued Advertisers and will report to the CSHT Executive but is not a member of the Executive body.

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Hobbs has agreed to be CSHT Newsletter Editor from June 2020 until June 2021.

Sarah Hobbs is an occupational therapist working in Victoria, B.C., and previously based in Toronto. She obtained her professional masters from McMaster University. She is excited to be taking on the role of CSHT Newsletter Editor (In Hand Editor), and support the sharing of stories, events and clinical information from across the Canadian hand therapy community (and beyond!). In her spare time, she is learning how to ocean kayak.

Interested in submitting content to the CSHT Newsletter? Please refer to our guidelines.

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