CSHT has it’s beginning in the late 1980s when a group of dedicated Canadian hand therapists recognised the need for a Canadian hand interest group to encourage shared learning among its peers. This stemmed from the idea that we needed a hand society that had its own identity and addressed the learning needs of its members in Canada. To discuss this possibility, along with other hand therapists, Marie Eason Klatt, Maureen Riley and Louise Kelly met at St. Joseph’s Health centre in Toronto in 1989. They sent letters to OTs and PTs across Canada to brainstorm this idea.
The first Canadian Hand Therapy Interest Group (CHIG) was created in 1989.
|Years||Executive Members||Significant Contributions|
|1990 - 1992||
Chair: Leslie Kennedy (Oshawa)
Vice Chair: Sandy Griffiths (Downsview)
Secretary: Sharon Cummings (London)
Treasurer: Linda Zappe (Kitchener)
|1992 - 1994||
President: Irene Kinach
Vice-President: Nathalie Brisebois
Secretary: Pearl Zaleman
Treasurer: Mary Ritchuk
The Executive was from Montreal.
|1994 - 1998||
President: Lynne Feehan
Vice-President: Joy Kirkwood
Secretary: Linda Smith
Treasurer: Grace Hoyrup
The Executive was from Vancouver.
|1998 - 2002||
President: Cathy Scott
Vice-President: Stacey Will
Secretary: Judy Morey
Treasurer: Abby MacLeod
Newsletter Editor: Desiree Kadelbach
Assistant Editor: Karin Hulin
The Executive was from Calgary.
|2002 - 2005||
President: Lucy Winston
Vice-President: Lisa Lazzarotto
Secretary: Virginia Tottenham
Treasurer: Audrey Cline
Newsletter Editor: Trudie Heron
Assistant Editor: Kath Wilton-Bennett
The Executive was from Toronto.
|2005 - 2008||
President: Wendy Tilley
Vice-President: Lorelle Zorrilla
Secretary: Cathy McCarthy
Treasurer: Gail Hamilton
Newsletter Editor: Judy Bradwell
Assistant Editor: Andrea Palahaniuk
The Executive was from Edmonton.
|2008 - 2011||
President: Carol Zimmerman
Vice-President: Michelle Street
Secretary: Kendra MacKinnon
Treasurer: Cindy Holmes
Newsletter Editor: Sharon Kingston
Assistant Editor: Sheryl Singer
The Executive was from Manitoba & Saskatchewan.
|2011 - 2014||
President: Karen Landry
Vice-President: Heather Griffiths
Secretary: Amanda Higgins
Treasurer: Sue Kean
Newsletter Editor: Kelly Ross
The Executive was from Nova Scotia & New Brunswick.
|2014 - 2017||
President: Trevor Fraser
Vice-President: Clare Palmer
Secretary: Kavitha Arasu
Treasurer: Rita Mak
Communications: Barb Duff
The Executive is from Vancouver.