ABOUT - Donna
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT National and BC Division)
College of Occupational Therapists of BC (COTBC)
Designated Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) Professional and RHF Accessibility Professional Network (APN) Member
Home Modification Occupational Therapist Alliance Member (HMOTA) - hmota.net
Donna J. Franz has worked for persons with disabilities for over 25 years as an Occupational Therapist (OT).
REHABILITATION AND DISABILITY MANAGEMENT
Donna's career has spanned 3 provinces, several hospitals, hand clinics, and private practices, as well as in Disability Management. Donna has worked on a Spinal Cord Rehab team, with persons who have Orthopedic injuries , repetitive strain, Rheumatic Diseases and Chronic Pain. She has worked in Hand Therapy and in Mental Health, i.e. Anxiety, Depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Donna has worked as a Rehab Consultant and Disability Management Advisor for over 10 years, assisting employees with their recovery and early safe graduated Return to Work. She understands how a person's limitations and/or medical restrictions match job demands .
Donna has collaborated on many multi-disciplinary healthcare teams (e.g. physicians, social workers, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, psychologists) and with numerous stakeholders e.g. employers, insurance companies (ICBC, Worksafe BC, GWL~ now Canada Life).
Donna has educated university and college students on a group and 1:1 basis, throughout her career. She was a guest lecturer at Okanagan College and conducted workshops. Donna has co-created a Pain Management Program for clients with chronic pain, educated hospital staff on safe and proper lifting techniques, and has mentored new grads.
Donna's studies of ergonomics began in 1990s. She has conducted numerous assessments and interventions using best practices, assistive technology, and adaptive equipment. She focuses on teaching clients the principles of ergonomics so they understand fully the rationale for her recommendations.
Donna is passionate about universal design and accessibility for inclusion. Donna teaches ways to include energy conservation and joint protection in design. In 2019 Donna became a Designated Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) Professional and is a member of the Accessibility Professional Network.
On a personal level, Donna has experienced the impact that disabilities have on a family, as her sibling has a learning disability and for most of their life had a congenital visual impairment (recently improved with eye surgery). Donna understands some of the challenges families face and feel when a loved one has sensory sensitivities, and she knows first hand the benefits of sensory calming environments in the home and community, that can help the whole family.
TRAVEL AND CULTURE
Donna has a passion for travel. Donna grew up in the multicultural city of Winnipeg,that annually celebrates its cultural diversity with "Folklorama". Diverse cultures have always been a part of her life; to date she has traveled around the world with the exception of crossing the Bay of Bengal. Prior to moving to the Okanagan, Donna lived in Qatar, where she experienced "40-50 degree heat" and a wealth of cultures, while living in a housing compound comprised of 37 nationalities.
Donna loves Bees !
BEE FUN FACTS ~ The beehive is a symbol of industry and co-operation. The efficiency of the hexagon shaped honeycomb created by the honeybee has inspired humans in the creation of buildings, transportation, and storage.