Joy Sommerfreund, BOT, MEd
Previous member, Advisory Committee, Ontario Pharmacy Research Collaboration
Retired Occupational Therapist
Public Member, Council of Ontario College of Pharmacists
Joy Sommerfreund is a retired occupational therapist whose career in pediatrics has spanned three decades — as a clinician at Child and Parent Resource Institute and Thames Valley Children’s Centre; then as a lecturer at the University of Western Ontario; and, after returning to Thames Valley Children’s Centre, as a member of the leadership team where she was responsible for a variety of specialty programs. Each of these facilities also provided opportunities for her to participate in research activities.
As a practising occupational therapist, Joy also became engaged in the area of professional self-regulation and protection of the public interest. She was very involved with the Transitional Council and then the Council of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, serving three of her 14 years on the Council as President. During her tenure with the College she was involved in all aspects of self-regulation and protection of the public interest.
Since leaving the profession of occupational therapy, Joy was appointed, in September 2009, by the Government of Ontario to sit as a public member on the Council of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. She has participated on many committees, including Registration, ICRC (Investigations, Complaints and Reports Committee), Discipline, Accreditation, Fitness to Practice, Professional Practice, and most recently, the Executive Committee. She has also chaired the Communication Committee.
Joy values bringing the public perspective to the table and appreciates the respect and acknowledgement from other Council members for the input of public members. At the same time, through this experience, her knowledge and appreciation for what pharmacists are able to do as members of the healthcare team have increased tenfold.
Joy obtained her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy from McGill University and her Master of Education Degree from the University of Western Ontario (now Western Ontario University).
We thank Joy for her contributions to OPEN and her guidance as a member of our Advisory Committee.