Creative juices were flowing freely at Royal University Hospital over lunch on October 29 as members of Saskatoon Health Region’s Occupational Therapy staff poured their creativity into pumpkin carving.

The contest was part of a celebration held in honour of Occupational Therapy month.

“They wanted to make the usual OT month potluck celebration a bit more interesting, so as a group, the RUH Occupational Therapists decided to hold a pumpkin carving contest,” explained Alicia Carey, Practice Leader for Occupational Therapy for Saskatoon Health Region.

The Occupational Therapists first held a contest among themselves, and to make it a bit more interesting, they then challenged their support staff, social work, dietetics, physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology colleagues.

Carey was one of the day’s judges, along with Dalene Newton and Jenny Bartsch.

The winning pumpkin was carved by the social work group, whose creation was dressed as a social worker.

The runner-up pumpkin was carved by the speech-language pathology group.

Group with social worker pumpkin.

This group of social workers won the pumpkin carving contest with a pumpkin dressed like a social worker.

The winning Social Worker Pumpkin.

The winning Social Worker Pumpkin.

The second-place pumpkin by the Speech Language Pathologists.

The second-place pumpkin by the Speech Language Pathologists.

The Speech Language Pathology runner-ups

The Speech Language Pathology runner-ups.

The Occupational Therapy pumpkin carvers and their entries into the carving contest.

The Occupational Therapy pumpkin carvers and their entries into the carving contest.

The winners were presented with some special prizes – a Tim Hortons gift card, and a bucket of candy.