Creative Therapy Consultants (CTC) is a team of talented people working hard each day to make our clients' lives better.
The growth of CTC is designed to support the professional and personal growth of our people.
We believe a happy, healthy workforce is essential to ensuring our clients get the best care possible.
Paid on demand counselling for all staff in addition to extended health
We believe we cannot provide mental health care to others unless we take care of ourselves first.
Paid “Fee-Only” financial advice for all our staff
We want people to work for CTC because they love it, not because they are financially obliged to.
We support regular paid education for all staff
To provide the best care you need the best training.
We have team days and retreats
We believe a good team and culture requires constant work by all of us.
We run in-house yoga and bootcamps for our staff
Good physical health helps us be better team members.
Our benefits package includes Long Term Disability, Dental and Critical Illness, without any worker contributions
If one of our team needs help, we want to provide it.
We build professional development plans for our team members and we help them implement the plan
Our people are our greatest resource, and we want them to achieve their dreams.
Living Our Values
CTC is made up of people who love the natural world. We spend our weekends hiking, mountain biking. skiing, paddling and camping. We want to ensure we do all we can to protect the beautiful areas that make these activities possible. All our offices are powered by renewable energy. This may have a short term financial cost but we know will have a long term positive impact we can be proud of.
At Creative Therapy Consultants, we acknowledge that our offices are on “territory that is Indigenous and which has been and continues to be subject to the forces of land-based settlement” (Eve Tuck, Marcia McKenzie & Kate McCoy, 2014). We believe it is our responsibility, as settler-descendants, to educate ourselves on the histories of colonialism. We continue to navigate how to responsibly maintain relationships on the unceded territories where we live, work and thrive.
With this in mind, we acknowledge with gratitude that our offices are built upon the unceded traditional territories of the following Bands and Nations:
Westbank First Nation; Syilx Nation
Penticton Indian Band; Syilx Nation
OKIB (Okanagan Indian Band); Syilx Nation
T’exelc (formerly known as Williams Lake Indian Band); Secwépemc Nation.
Lheidli T'enneh; Dakelh Nation
Kitselas Gits'ilaasü and Kitsumkalum; Ts’Msyen/Tsimshian Nation
**In gathering information for this acknowledgment, we have come to understand that the term “Indian Band” may remain in the names of some Bands as a reminder of the unsolicited colonialism**
Where and how can I learn more?
For more information we encourage you to explore these websites and projects which are bettering communities around the province:
Okanagan Nation Alliance:
FinS (Fish In Schools): This project puts tanks of salmon fry in schools to educate children about our delicate ecosystem; this program is run through Okanagan Nation Alliance. Please click on the link below to learn more (Syilx Okanagan Nation Alliance, n.d.).
Penticton Indian Band:
K’ul group: “Our mission is to continue to help our people invest in projects that push our communities toward a prosperous and sustainable future. Through innovative programs, businesses, and ideas we are creating a system where the whole community is benefiting equally and where there is opportunity for everyone.” (K’ul Group, n.d.).
Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc:
This 6 million litre water storage project allows Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc to: “expand opportunities for economic development on reserve by providing 365 hectares (900 acres) of underserved and un-serviced reserve lands with increased access to water. The reservoir will also provide water flows to industrial fire protection standards.” (Casimir, 2020).
T’exelc has partnered with the Tŝideldel First Nation on a green energy project which turns slash piles into biomass fuel. This project aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by contributing slash fibre to Pinnacle Renewable Energy and Atlantic Power Corporation’s biomass-fired generating facility to provide thermal electricity for the community’s energy grid (Dyok, 2020).
Sm’algyax: Language revitalization program. Sm’algyax is a dialect of the Tsimshian Nation. This program aims to preserve this culture and language and pass on the knowledge to future generations (Kitsumkalum, A Galts’ap of the Tsimshian Nation, n.d.).
Elders Society: “Our purpose is to pass on our traditions through cultural practices. Seven generations from now, our “future” generations will have the knowledge taught in cultural fishing camps, hunting camps, berry picking, knowledge in our plants and what their medicinal purposes are, our language which is so important to who we are, drum-making, drumming, dancing, crafts as in beading, potlatch system, lineage, where we come from.” (Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, n.d).
History of Creative Therapy
In the summer of 1986 Hilary Drummond started Creative Therapy Consultants (CTC) with another occupational therapist. Hilary began by performing bio-mechanical foot assessments and providing foot orthotics, hand splints and other adaptive devices to clients. Within months the other therapist left to pursue other opportunities and Hilary started to market to the insurance industry. Over the next few years Hilary left the other jobs she had at local hospitals and by 1990 was working full time in private practice. In the early 1990’s Hilary began to do work for lawyers in the form of cost of care reports and functional assessments. Creative Therapy Consultants continued to grow and develop by providing different programs to a variety of payers in the Okanagan Valley.
Over the years CTC has contracted and hired a number of therapists, kinesiologists, rehabilitation assistants and office support. Under Hilary’s guidance it grew to a stable, thriving occupational therapy company that provided excellent service in the Okanagan area. In 2010 David McInerney joined the team and bought into the company in 2013. With his enthusiasm and vision the catchment area where service was provided increased to the north, and central areas of BC. Over the next three years Dave and Hilary worked together to build the company and in 2016 David bought Hilary out. Nadia Hudon bought into the company in 2020 as it continued to grow and prosper. Hilary continued to provide mentorship support and active guidance until the end of 2020 when she retired. Even with the challenge of Covid 19 David and Nadia have increased service provision and provide a supportive environment for clients, therapists and other staff working for CTC.
Hilary Drummond graduated from the University of Alberta in 1978 with a B.Sc. in Occupational Therapy. She then worked in a variety of settings in Alberta before moving to the south Okanagan in 1984. In 1986 Hilary started Creative Therapy Consultants (CTC) while working part time for the Arthritis Service, Penticton Regional Hospital and The South Okanagan General Hospital. She began performing orthopedic foot and hand consultations and providing clients with splints and orthotics. In the late 1980’s she began doing work for insurance companies and lawyers quitting her other jobs by 1990.
Over the next thirty years Hilary devoted herself to her professional career; volunteering for a number of professional boards and associations, she was invited on the inaugural college for Occupational Therapists in BC and developed programs for the insurance companies she provided services for. Over this time, CTC fluctuated between two full time therapists and up to ten full time therapists depending on the demands. Hilary was successful in getting new contracts while always keeping to her vision of providing excellent Occupational Therapy services in the south Okanagan Valley.
CTC is the longest standing occupational therapy practice in BC that is still owned and operated by occupational therapists. Hilary and David McInerney became partners in 2012 and Dave then bought Hilary out of the practice in 2016 when she took on a mentor role for CTC therapists. In 2020 she retired after working as an occupational therapist for 43 years.
"We believe that financial rewards are a bi-product of providing great client care and getting great client results. We meet regularly as a team, with the goal of improving the care our clients receive and the service our funders get. Financial outcomes are not how our company measures its success. We hope to be an example of how private business can be a force for good in our health care system" – David McInerney, Owner