Welcome to Zi Mei Events

Zi Mei Events was established in 2008 as a provider of  quality, evidence-based professional development workshops for allied health professionals.

The business name – Zi Mei Events was created by Leisha Ward (an Occupational Therapist) and her sister while traveling together through China. During their trip they made small forays into the Chinese vocabulary, including the Chinese for older sister – “Zi Zi” and younger sister – “Mei Mei”.  Thus colloquially when introducing themselves together as older and younger sister – “Zi Mei”. It was thought to be an apt name for their new venture!  Although Leisha’s sister has decided to explore other adventures—the name continues.

 New …  New … New  … !!!

As we are nearing the end of 2022 … I am definitely looking forward to  a brighter 2022. Although COVID-19 is still with us, it looks like the vaccines will allow us a “new normal” and an ability to  travel (domestically and internationally) and gather together again.  This is very exciting as it does give more certainty to face to face workshops going forward. Lots of planning has been going on behind the scenes getting ready for a New Year … with 2022 having some new workshops, some new presenters and some new venues!  Unfortunately there is still some uncertainty re effectiveness of vaccinations, and new COVID protocols being experienced by some of our participants, so with this in mind we have made the decision to postpone our final two face to face workshops for 2021 and have a fresh new start for 2022.

The last month has provided me with lots of new experiences  … from using medical actors in our  Advanced – Occupational Performance Coaching workshop to learning about the roles of assistive animals, therapy dogs and the occupational considerations of owning a companion animal (pet) (Puppy Love ) .. it has been a busy few weeks. We also developed some some new surveys where we are interested in the feedback from potential participants, so that we can provide more targeted workshops that will meet the needs of  attendees. If you have not had a chance to complete … here are the links

Supporting the Occupational Role of Infants Survey Link
Embarking on the Autism Journey Survey Link

There are lots of workshops on offered for 2022, as well as some expressions of interest for new workshops in the pipeline. I look forward to hearing the feedback about these and hope everyone is excited about them as I am!
Videoconferencing/Online Format

Zi Mei Events is committed to provide high quality professional development, opportunities for participants. Please be advised that where workshops have been advertised/scheduled for a face to face presentation that there is no ability to link to the workshop via an online format or to record the workshop. Workshop presentation format is done in consultation with the presenter and due to either the content and/or multi-day format of the workshop, it has been decided that a face to face presentation is the best option for that particular workshop to proceed. If the workshop is unable to proceed on the advertised dates, it would likely to be postponed/ rescheduled and participants will have the option to move their registration to the new dates or receive a refund. It will not convert to an online even

Kind Regards,

Leisha Ward