Access was founded in 1990 by Krista Carwana, BSR OT and Jo-Anne Chisholm, MSc. OT. The company was established in response to the need to provide comprehensive OT and PT services to adult clients with developmental disabilities who were transitioning into the community from facility based care. Krista and Jo-Anne worked closely with teams of other health professionals to create accessible and safe group homes for clients with complex medical needs across the Province of British Columbia. Over the years, the Access team has grown and has widened its scope to provide a range of therapy services to clients of all age groups and needs.
As a result of their work, Krista and Jo-Anne were jointly awarded the BCSOT Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award in 2002. This award is presented to OT's in British Columbia who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession through their Career. They continue to share in the management and direction of the company with input from the Access team.