Opening Ceremony 24 May

The ceremony started with the COTEC delegates parade with 18 member nations represented.

An article "Never forget Estelle! - American patron saint of Swedish occupational therapy" written by Anders Björnsson (PDF file) had been handed out to all participants in the delegate map.

The 9th COTEC Congress of Occupational Therapy was opened by Susanne Eberstein, First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament. Susanne Eberstein's Opening Speech (PDF file).

Susanne Eberstein - First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament

Anu Söderström, president of COTEC, and Inga-Britt Lindström, Congress Co-president, held Welcome Speeches.

Anu Söderström, COTEC president 

Stockholm City Voices sang wonderful songs for us: Never say never, Once in a lifetime, People over the world and Don't rain on my Parade.

Stockholm City Voices at the Opening Ceremony

At the end of the Cermony, Dr Rokho Kim, WHO, held his Keynote speech on Health and wellbeing through the diversity of occupation for future health development of European countries (PDF file).

Dr Rokho Kim - keynote speaker

Thanks for the Opening Ceremony contributions and thank you, all participants, for joining us at this congress!

Speakers at the Opening Ceremony

From the left: Susanne Eberstein, First Deputy Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Inga-Britt Lindström, Congress Co-president and Rokho Kim, WHO and Keynote speaker