UOTA Bonnie Held Award of Service
Purpose: To give recognition to an Occupational Therapy professional that has demonstrated excellence in service to- OT practice, the UOTA organization and the community.
2020 Recipient: Vanessa Rapier
Vanessa has demonstrated extraordinary service to the Utah Occupational Therapy Association (UOTA) throughout the past few years in her work on the annual conference committee, first as a committee member and then becoming the chair in 2020. When agreeing to chair the committee, COVID-related state legislative mandates were not yet in place which would require UOTA’s annual conference to move from a live event to a virtual format. Virtual conferencing was uncharted territory for the Association, and Vanessa took initiative for this steep learning curve as she navigated the planning and running of the first UOTA virtual conference. She also represented the UOTA to join with other western states for a joint collaborative annual conference effort which became the Mountain West Virtual OT Conference. Not only was 2020 the year for UOTA’s first virtual conference, but also the first year to partner with neighboring states for an annual conference. The UOTA annual conference committee was in good hands as Vanessa demonstrated very capable leadership and organization skills. Throughout the entire process, Vanessa maintained her calm, steady, and positive manner while negotiating conference planning in the midst of moving her own school OT practice to a remote format and attending graduate school. The UOTA is very grateful to Vanessa for her service in 2020 and for agreeing to chair the conference committee again in 2021.
Past Award Recipients