Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Obituary

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Obituary

Article excerpt

Linda's Frances Rutherford Lecture in 1996 began with the words... "My name is Linda Wilson and I'm an occupational therapist. This sentence, for me is complete."

One of Linda's greatest wishes was that our profession would never lose its soul. This is reflected in these words: "I hope it [the Occupation Journal] helps the profession's journey, by bringing together again the heart and head of the profession". She said, "providing therapy for occupation" is essential to our practice. Linda was committed to serving and guiding the profession to respond sensitively and effectively to the continuing and changing occupational needs of our clients, and her implementation of the Essence of Occupation Award in 2017 for a second year student is a way of assuring that this legacy lives on.

Linda was a scholar. She completed her PhD at Otago University while Head of School (2003). Her interest in things historical was reflected in this thesis as well as her passion for the exploration of women's roles in a female dominated profession. …

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