Committee


Maureen Story (Co-Chair), BSR (PT/OT), Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Maureen Story

Maureen Story is a Physical and Occupational Therapist who has worked in the field of Positioning and Mobility for over 30 years in both private practice and most notably at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver, B.C. She was part of the team that developed and implemented the Positioning and Mobility Clinic at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. She is a clinical instructor at the University of B.C. She has presented at numerous conferences both Nationally and Internationally. She has been involved in a number of research projects including development of the Seated Postural Control Measure. She has been involved in international health projects in both India and China. Most recently she provided training and guidance to the staff at Guangzhou Children’s Hospital to assist them in developing and opening the first pediatric seating clinic in mainland China. Maureen has been a member of the International Seating Symposium committee since its inception in 1983 and has be Co-Chair since 2000.


David Cooper (Co-Chair), MSc (Kinesiology), Rehabilitation Technologist, Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

David Cooper

David Cooper is a Rehabilitation Technologist on the Positioning and Mobility, and Assistive Technology teams at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. Dave is a native of North Vancouver who studied Kinesiology (B.Sc. and M.Sc.) at Simon Fraser University. He has been working in seating, mobility, and other assistive technologies since 1978. First at the Medical Engineering Resource Unit, University of British Columbia until 1986 when he moved to Sunny Hill Health Centre. Dave was the Positioning and Mobility Team Leader from 1989 to 2014. He has had several appointments with RESNA, (Special Interest Group Chair, Publications Committee, Meetings Committee, Board of Directors, Professional Standards Board, 1995 Conference Co-Chair), and was a member of the Wheelchair Standards Ad Hoc Committee on Seating, Positioning and Ergonomics. He has served on several conference committees, most notably the ISS Vancouver committee since 1986, as Co-Chair since 2000.


Catherine Ellens, BScOT, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Catherine Ellens

Catherine Ellens is an occupational therapist who has worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children on the Positioning and Mobility Team since 1997 and has been the team leader since 2014. Catherine graduated from the University of British Columbia with her B.Sc in OT in 1997 and is currently Clinical Faculty at the University. She has presented at the ISS in Canada and the US. Catherine has coordinated and taught many student placements and clinics and has won awards as a result of her work. Catherine has been a member of the ISS Vancouver committee since 2008.


Roslyn Livingstone, MSc(RS), OT, Occupational Therapist, Therapy Department, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, Vancouver, BC

Roslyn Livingstone

Roslyn Livingstone is an occupational therapist who has worked on the Positioning and Mobility, and Assistive Technology Teams at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children in Vancouver for more than twenty years. Roslyn originally graduated as an OT in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1985 and completed her Masters in Rehabilitation through McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2008. Roslyn has presented at the International Seating Symposium, European Seating Symposium and RESNA on topics related to positioning, assistive technology and power mobility. She has also published on these topics in peer reviewed journals including Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology and Clinical Rehabilitation. Roslyn has been a member of the ISS Vancouver committee since 2010.


Jo Nam, BCom, Sr. Education Manager, Interprofessional Continuing Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC


Bonita Sawatzky, PhD, Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Bonita Sawatzky

Bonita Sawatzky is an associate professor in Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia, and works at ICORD, a research centre dedicated to Spinal Cord Injury. She obtained her PhD in 1998, in Applied Science in Kinesiology. She focuses her research on the understanding wheelchair propulsion both in children and adults - how to design chairs and teach people how to use wheelchairs effectively. She has published over 50 articles and given more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences. She supervises many graduate students in her lab and also teaches 1st and 2nd year medical students about the issues related to providing health care to patients with chronic conditions through the UBC's Health Mentors Program. She is served on UBC's Clinical Research Ethics Board for the past 8 yrs and recently now on the university's Senate.