Award Winners

2018 SAC Award Winners

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada is pleased to recognize the following award winners.

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2018 Winners

Lifetime Achievement Award

Judy Meintzer, R.SLP, SLP(C)

Eve Kassirer Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

Lynne Brewster, PhD, L.S.L.S., Cert. AVT.

Mentorship Award

Aravind Namasivayam PhD, S-LP(C)

Award of Excellence for Interprofessional Collaboration

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

CJSLPA Editor's Award

Development of a Tool to Screen Risk of Literacy Delays in French-Speaking Children: PHOPHLO

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C)
Phaedra Royle, PhD
Laura M. Gonnerman, PhD
Brigitte Stanké, PhD, M.O.A., M.Sc.Math.
Alexandra Marquis, PhD
Alexandre Herbay, PhD candidate

National Clinical Certification Exam Award

Allison Ames, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Lewis Smith, M.Sc., Aud(C)

Isabel Richard Student
Paper Award
(Below Doctoral Level)

Eleanor Campbell, BA, M.Sc. candidate

Student Excellence Awards

Kegan R. Stephen, audiology program, Dalhousie University

Katherine Morin, BMT, MTA, S-LP program, Dalhousie University

Megan George, S-LP program, McGill University

Andrew McCormick, audiology program, Western University

Ayesha L. M. Johnson, S-LP program, Western University

Andrea Lau, M.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP program, University of Alberta

Jaime Meunier, audiology program, University of British Columbia

Helena Burrows, S-LP program, University of British Columbia

Valérie Caza, S-LP program, Université Laurentienne

Valérie Coulombe, S-LP program, Université Laval

Francis L'Africain, audiology program, Université de Montréal

Karina Girard Laprise, audiology program, University of Ottawa

Jenna Tremblay-Leger, S-LP program, University of Ottawa

Maréva Savary, S-LP program, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Jenna Haji, S-LP program, University of Toronto

 


Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award Awarded to a member or associate of SAC (may be awarded posthumously) who has a long history of distinguished and dedicated service to both SAC and the professions of speech-language pathology or audiology in any area.

Nominees must have a minimum of 25 years of SAC membership and may be nominated by SAC members or associates or the general public.

Judy Meintzer, R.SLP, SLP(C)

Judy Meintzer

Biography

Judy Meintzer received her formal S-LP training at the University of Alberta. Her professional roles have included a variety of clinical, practice lead and supervisory positions in public and community health. In addition to instructing sessional courses at the University of Alberta and MacEwan University, Judy has held positions with Alberta Education and the Early Childhood Population and Public Health Program of Alberta Health Services (AHS). She has received professional excellence awards from Capital Health Authority, Alberta Rehabilitation Coordinating Council and the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA). Her active volunteer work to advance the profession includes currently serving as a board director for Communication Disabilities Access Canada (CDAC) and as president and chair of SAC from 2012 to 2015. Her recent retirement from AHS will allow her to focus on providing services to people with Down syndrome and their families and to enjoying more fun adventures with her family and friends especially her grandchildren!)

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Eve Kassirer Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement

Eve Kassirer Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement Awarded to an SAC member or associate who has made a significant contribution in the areas of education, clinical services, administration or public awareness and has fostered the development and advancement of the professions, nationally or internationally. Nominees should demonstrate significant and outstanding individual achievements and have served as a role model for others in their profession.

Lynne Brewster, PhD, L.S.L.S., Cert. AVT.

Lynne Brewster

Biography

Lynne Brewster is the Program Head of the Saskatchewan Pediatric Auditory Rehabilitation Centre (SPARC), a program for hearing-impaired children and their families. She is an audiologist and a Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. Lynne obtained her bachelor degree in psychology and her teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, her master of science in audiology from Minot State College and a PhD in psychology from the University of Nottingham, England. Lynne is the pediatric co-ordinator of the Saskatchewan Cochlear Implant Team. She has served on a number of national taskforces and expert groups related to the field of pediatric aural rehabilitation. She has presented papers at AG Bell International, Auditory Verbal International and Cochlear Implant Symposia in Canada, Europe and the United States. She was the co-chair of the SAC ad-hoc committee tasked with writing the association’s 2006 position paper on cochlear implants for children in Canada. She holds an Honourary Lifetime Membership in the Saskatchewan Elks Association, The Canadian Elks and the Canadian Royal Purple. Lynne has one daughter, Michelle, who lives in Canmore, AB with her husband, Jim Oruski, and their two children, Cole and Cody. Lynne lives with her partner of 40 years, Colin Sargent, in Saskatoon, SK. She would like to thank her wonderful colleagues and very supportive family.

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Mentorship Award

Mentorship Award Awarded to an SAC member or associate who has significantly influenced or contributed to the clinical training and/or professional development of a student(s) or colleague(s) in speech-language pathology or audiology, either as a clinical supervisor, a mentor or academic faculty. Nominees demonstrate unique and outstanding individual achievements in the area of mentorship, have contributed to the development of others and have served as a role model for students and colleagues within the profession.

Aravind Namasivayam PhD, S-LP(C)

Aravind Namasivayam

Biography

Dr. Aravind Namasivayam is a speech-language pathologist with expertise in working with clinical and developmental populations with speech disorders. Currently, he is a consultant research scientist on a research grant with the PROMPT Institute in Santa Fe, NM, USA. He also holds adjunct faculty status at the University of Toronto and serves as an editorial consultant/reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals in the field of speech-language pathology. Dr. Namasivayam’s clinical and research interests include developmental speech sound disorders, stuttering, sensory-motor integration and motor skill learning. He conducts treatment research projects which lead to furthering evidence-based practices.

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Award of Excellence for Interprofessional Collaboration

Award of Excellence for Interprofessional Collaboration This award recognizes interprofessional collaboration and acknowledges the role that speech-language pathologists and audiologists play on interprofessional teams. The award is presented to an interprofessional team that has contributed to or strengthened patient/client outcomes in the fields of speech-language pathology or audiology through their collaboration and teamwork. Teams must demonstrate how they have achieved success as an interprofessional team and must consist of at least one speech-language pathologist or audiologist SAC member or associate and at least two other health, education or other appropriate professionals.

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

Centre for Autism Services Alberta

Biography

The Specialized Services Team at the Centre for Autism Services Alberta (referred to as “the Centre”) is designed to meet the unique needs of children and families severely affected by autism spectrum disorder (ASD), as well as any associated challenges. Services are provided by an interprofessional team, including board certified behaviour analysts, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists, overseen by an interprofessional supervisory team. The team operates under a person/family centred model. Their overriding framework of practice is “a developmentally informed behavioural approach. Empirically supported practices are incorporated in all activities. Inclusive opportunities and family engagement are maximized.” This framework, however, was not always in place. There was a time when differences in theoretical background made collaboration more challenging. The leadership team spent countless hours working together to overcome these differences and find a way to become a more cohesive and effective interprofessional group. In the end, they discovered that developmental and behavioural sciences were similar in many ways. That if each discipline took time to understand one another’s unique backgrounds and work together, the outcome for families and children affected by ASD would be powerful. The team now live out this philosophical framework in their daily practice, resulting in an integrated and coordinated interprofessional team, working together to meet individualized needs of children and families.

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Editor’s Award

Recognizes the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the previous calendar year. SAC membership is not a requirement.

Read the winning paper, “Development of a Tool to Screen Risk of Literacy Delays in French-Speaking Children: PHOPHLO”.

Susan Rvachew, PhD, S-LP(C)

Susan Rvachew

Biography

Susan Rvachew is a professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. She is an alumnus of the University of Alberta (speech pathology and audiology, 1980) and University of Calgary (PhD, psychology, 1995). Her research focuses on the development of more effective interventions to treat speech sound disorders in children and prevent reading disability in this population. With her collaborators, she has developed three software tools and published over 60 papers and two books on phonological development and disorders.

 

Phaedra Royle, PhD

Phaedra Royle

Biography

Phaedra Royle is a full professor at the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at the Université de Montréal, and is a member of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music. She holds a PhD in linguistics from the Université de Montréal and pursued postdoctoral studies at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill. Her interests lie in language disorders, language acquisition, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, lexicon, morpho-phonology and morpho-syntactic processing in French populations with and without learning and communication challenges (developmental language disorder, cochlear implants, bilingualism and ageing).

 

Laura M. Gonnerman, PhD

Laura M. Gonnerman

Biography

Laura Gonnerman is an associate professor in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. She completed her doctorate in Linguistics at the University of Southern California, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychology and Neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on the mental lexicon, investigating morphological and semantic representations and processing. She uses a variety of research techniques, from behavioral studies, to computational modeling and neuroimaging. Her work looks at: 1) the development and processing of lexical knowledge throughout the lifespan, from early childhood through old age; 2) the role of morphological information in learning to read English and other languages; and 3) the breakdown of lexical knowledge in different language disorders. She lives in Montréal, QC.

 

Brigitte Stanké, PhD, M.O.A., M.Sc.Math.

Brigitte Stanké

Biography

Brigitte Stanké has been a professor at the Université de Montréal school of speech-language pathology and audiology, as well as a researcher with the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal, since 2013. Her research mainly focuses on the acquisition of reading and spelling, and more particularly on the cognitive origins that form the basis of written language learning disorders. Her studies are innovative, diversified and relevant from a scientific, pedagogical and social standpoint. Her work has explored many themes, but is largely guided by an interest in the acquisition of reading and spelling in various populations (youth with dyslexia, with dysorthographia or with auditory processing disorder) with an outlook on screening and intervention.

Professor Stanké has shared the results of her research by publishing various scientific documents (book chapters, articles, conference proceedings), including in some peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also produced professional articles in widely distributed magazines, as well as assessment and intervention materials.

 

Alexandra Marquis, PhD

Alexandra Marquis

Biography

Alexandra Marquis is currently assistant professor in Linguistics at United Arab Emirates University. She received her PhD in psychology, with a specialization in psycholinguistics from Université du Québec à Montréal. For her dissertation, she evaluated hundreds of preverbal infants on verb morphology processing. During her postdoctoral fellowships, she worked on an assessment tool for writing disorders based on oral language measures. Her main research interests lie in the study of language acquisition in monolingual and multilingual children with and without language impairment. Throughout the past decade, she has conducted studies using methodologies including EEG, eye-tracking and traditional behavioural methods on issues related to both fundamental research and clinical populations. She has also developed tools for language evaluation in children learning Arabic and French. She has published research articles in journals such as Cognition and Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics.

 

Alexandre Herbay, PhD candidate

Alexandre Herbay

Biography

Alexandre Herbay is a PhD candidate in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University. He now investigates the neural underpinning of language processing using Event-Related Potentials in the Neurolinguistics and the Neurocognition of Language laboratories. He also develops apps for iPad (SAILS and Phophlo) in collaboration with Susan Rvachew and the Child Phonology lab. He previously obtained a bachelor in computer science at Université Paul Sabatier (France) and a bachelor in linguistics and psychology at Université de Montréal.

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National Clinical Certification Exam Award

Awarded to the SAC member in each profession who attains the highest score on the clinical certification exam during the previous calendar year.

Allison Ames, MSc, R.SLP, S-LP(C)

Allison Ames

Biography

Allison grew up in the small town of Athabasca, AB and graduated from the University of Alberta with a master of science in speech-language pathology in 2017. She first became interested in speech-language pathology through her older sister, Marilyn, who is on the autism spectrum. Marilyn is an incredibly kind and generous person who inspires Allison to help people with communication disorders build meaningful relationships and be active participants in their communities.

Allison currently lives in Edmonton, AB with her husband, Will, and works as a school speech-language pathologist with Alberta Health Services (AHS). She has also volunteered at AAC Camp Alberta as a counselor and camp organizer. In her spare time, Allison enjoys spending time outdoors as well as singing in church and in choirs. In the future, Allison would like to utilize her love of voice and pursue continuing education in the area of voice disorders. Allison is honoured to be the recipient of an SAC award.

 

Lewis Smith, M.Sc., Aud(C)

Lewis Smith

Biography

Lewis Smith completed his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry at UBC Okanagan, and his master of science degree in audiology at Dalhousie University. Since graduating, Lewis has worked at McNeill Audiology, a private practice clinic on Vancouver Island. Lewis has a particular interest in diagnostics and counselling. His graduate research project focused on hidden hearing loss and was awarded the project with the greatest academic merit within Dalhousie University’s School of Human Communication Disorders.

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Isabel Richard Student Paper Award - Below Doctoral Level 

Presented to a SAC student associate for the best paper written on a specific topic related to the professions. Papers are judged on both style and content. Judges look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Content is judged on accuracy of facts presented and originality and innovativeness of ideas and opinions expressed. 

Topic: How will each patient or client’s cultural and linguistic background influence the speech-language pathology or audiology services you provide?

Eleanor Campbell, B.A, M.Sc. candidate

Eleanor Campbell

Biography

Eleanor Campbell grew up in Markham, ON and is a third year master’s degree student in the speech-language pathology program at Dalhousie University. Eleanor completed her undergraduate degree in linguistics and psychology at the University of Ottawa in 2015. She has volunteered as an undergraduate research assistant in the Centre for Child Language Research Lab at the University of Ottawa, helping with research on child language development.

Eleanor has spent time volunteering with adults with aphasia, as well as working with children as a camp counselor and as a gymnastics coach. These experiences have helped Eleanor develop and continue her passion for working with children, adolescents and adults with and without disabilities.

Eleanor has also been involved with Dalhousie Toastmasters — a public speaking and leadership club — as the club’s treasurer. This experience provided the chance to improve her public speaking skills, specifically spreading awareness about communication disorders and speech-language pathology. After graduating, Eleanor is interested in working with children with Down syndrome and apraxia of speech, as well as working with children and adults with brain injuries.

Please click here to read Eleanor's paper.

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Student Excellence Awards 

Awarded to an SAC student associate, in his or her graduating year of study, in each of the S-LP and audiology training programs in Canada. Nominees are judged to be the best all-round future professionals, shall have shown significant enthusiasm for their profession and have instilled in others a desire to contribute to the development and growth of the professions.

Helena Burrows, S-LP program, University of British Columbia

Helena Burrows

Biography

Helena grew up in Nelson, BC and is completing her master of science in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. In preparation for this, she completed a bachelor of science, double majoring in psychology and linguistics at the University of Victoria. She has worked as an educational assistant, behavioral interventionist, and research assistant.

Through her ongoing clinical and educational experiences, Helena has enjoyed the opportunity to work with people across the lifespan and with various communication and swallowing disorders. During her master’s degree program, Helena developed a special interest in the development of literacy in school-aged children and in emphasizing life participation in interventions for adults with acquired communication disorders. She is particularly passionate about making therapy relevant to the interests and lives of each individual and is always thinking of ways to adapt an evidence-based approach in order to do so.

 

Valérie Caza, S-LP program, Université Laurentienne

Valérie Caza

Biography

Originally from Eastern Ontario, Valérie Caza is a student at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She earned her B.Sc.S. in speech-language pathology at Laurentian University, and is now completing her master’s degree in speech-language pathology. Since starting her studies, she has been actively involved in student clubs and groups, with a particular focus on social justice. During the summer, she works at Camp Winston, a summer camp for children with neurological disorders. Over the course of her master’s studies she has had the opportunity to work as an assistant in the Speech-Language Pathology University Clinic, as well as to complete a placement in Iqaluit and participate in research on premature children.

 

Valérie Coulombe, S-LP program, Université Laval

Valérie Coulombe

Biography

Valérie Coulombe completed a bachelor of psychology and is currently pursuing her master’s in speech-language pathology. She plans to continue her university studies doing research on the topic of emotional prosody.

 

Megan George, S-LP program, McGill University

Megan George

Biography

Megan is currently completing the final year of her graduate studies in speech-language pathology at McGill University. Within the last year, she has completed clinical placements at a school board, in a long-term care hospital and in a specialized school for students with developmental disabilities. She presently represents her classmates as Vice President of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ Graduate Student Society. Prior to attending McGill, she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and mathematics at the University of Prince Edward Island. She was awarded the school’s Governor General’s Medal for achieving the highest aggregate academic standing in a four-year undergraduate program. She looks forward to returning to her home province of PEI for her final internship this summer and hopes to begin her career in Atlantic Canada in the fall of 2018. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and reading nineteenth-century British novels. Megan is grateful to SAC for this recognition and would like to thank her classmates and professors for nominating and selecting her for this award.

 

Karina Girard-Laprise, audiology program, Université d’Ottawa

Karina Girard-Laprise

Biography

Originally from Saguenay-Lac-Saint, Karina Girard-Laprise completed her bachelor of education in science and technology at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Wishing to pursue post-graduate studies, she discovered audiology while exploring available programs. Since her first day at the University of Ottawa master’s program, she has felt that she would be able to blossom fully as an audiologist.

Karina has demonstrated empathy and openness with each of her patients. The future audiologist is certain that she developed these skills through her experiences in education, both during a placement in Belgium and in her most recent job with AllôProf.

 

Jenna Haji, S-LP program, University of Toronto

Jenna Haji

Biography

Jenna is a future speech-language pathologist striving to be a catalyst for change.

Jenna pursued an honours health sciences degree at Western University. With academic excellence, she held a multitude of volunteer and leadership roles. She became published in endocrinology research at age 18. Jenna serves on the Board of Directors for Access Empowerment Council, a global nonprofit organization that inspires marginalized and underrepresented youth and engages isolated elderly.

Jenna’s community engagement continues as she completes her master’s degree at the University of Toronto. She is the S-LP representative for the Interprofessional Healthcare Students’ Association and exercises her interest in advocacy as a member of the Ontario S-LP Student Interest Group. Jenna organized the first S-LP team for the Autism Speaks Walk, supporting people living with autism.

As Jenna launches her career, she hopes to bridge two issues that are of the utmost importance to her: interprofessional collaboration and compassion in the realm of service delivery.

 

Ayesha L. M. Johnson, S-LP program, Western University

Ayesha L. M. Johnson

Biography

Growing up in a trilingual household, Ayesha was immersed from birth in an environment that valued language. Her interests grew to include human anatomy and physiology, which prompted her to pursue a B.Sc. in kinesiology from McMaster University. As she progressed through her degree she was continually drawn to opportunities where she could have a lasting positive effect on the lives of others. She pursued a research project with Big Brothers Big Sisters where she examined the effects of the mentorship program on communication and self-esteem. After her undergraduate degree, Ayesha worked for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign to develop and manage bilingual programs that aim to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Ayesha is currently completing her master of clinical science in speech-language pathology at Western University. She has thoroughly enjoyed her graduate degree and is currently acting as the president of the communication sciences and disorders student council. Ayesha is thrilled to be starting such a rewarding career and is looking forward to advocating for her clients and the profession. In her free time, Ayesha enjoys travelling, a good book, acro yoga and aerial silks.

 

Francis L'Africain, audiology program, Université de Montréal

Francis L'Africain

Biography

A microbiologist and immunologist by training, Francis L’Africain is currently completing his professional master’s degree in audiology at the Université de Montréal (UdeM), putting aside fundamental research in favour of clinical practice. Having recently earned the Leadership Award – 2018 from the UdeM school of speech-language pathology and audiology, he shows an excellent ability to motivate, bring together and mobilize his peers by participating in many student projects. Furthermore, Francis is also involved in many projects as part of the Association québécoise des orthophonistes et audiologistes (AQOA) and is currently co-president of the vestibular audiology interest group in Quebec. In order to hone his training, over the next few months he will complete an internship entirely focused on the assessment and treatment of ves- tibular disorders at the Toronto General Hospital. The vestibular field is his main area of interest and he has recently earned an excellence award – 2018 from the Multidisciplinary Council of the McGill University Health Centre for the implementation of a clinical protocol for the VEMP test.

 

Andrea Lau, MSc, S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO, S-LP program, University of Alberta

Andrea Lau

Biography

Andrea Lau is a speech-language pathologist, currently living in Ottawa, ON with her fiancé. She enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and trying out new recipes in her kitchen. During her undergraduate degree in life sciences at the University of British Columbia, she discovered through her volunteer work with the Alzheimer’s Society and as a behavioural interventionist for preschool-age children that she was passionate about supporting individuals of all ages in their journeys towards communication health. As a result, Andrea pursued a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Alberta, where she further developed her passion and grew as a student clinician.
 
Andrea is currently working as a full-time community speech-language pathologist, and also holds S-LP positions at the Brockville General Hospital and at a private clinic in Ottawa. Andrea hopes to continue to grow professionally and to be a strong advocate for communication health!

 

Andrew McCormick, audiology program, Western University

Andrew McCormick

Biography

Andrew graduated with an honours bachelor of arts and science from McMaster University, combining his degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour with a specialization in music cognition. He has conducted experimental research focusing on the relationship between speech and language development and rhythmic perception in the developing brain, in addition to exploring the neural processes responsible for the musical, dramatic and fine arts. He has worked as a behavioural therapist for individuals with disabilities, as a teaching assistant and a private instructor in a variety of subject areas, from music to cross country ski lessons.

After a five-year career in the professional learning and development industry, Andrew began pursuing a career in healthcare, studying audiology at Western University in London, ON. He is excited to work with all populations across the age span and is looking forward to being an active member of SAC in the future.

 

Jaime Meunier, audiology program, University of British Columbia

Jaime Meunier

Biography

Jaime grew up in Windsor, ON before moving to Hamilton to attend McMaster University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour with a minor in linguistics. While at McMaster, she helped with active research projects in both the reading lab and cognitive science lab and volunteered at the Hamilton Health Science Hospital in the audiology department. After taking undergraduate courses that focused on audition and psychology, she eagerly applied to complete her master’s of audiology at the University of British Columbia. Once in Vancouver, Jaime participated in a Special Olympics health fair and was an integral part in organizing and running a hearing-health-fair event for adults in the Vancouver community. These community outreach programs really gave her the passion to pursue audiology as a career.

Jaime plans to return home to southwestern Ontario to pursue a career in adult diagnostics and management. She is also hoping to continue to be a part of community events that focus on audiology and educating the public on hearing health services.

 

Katherine Morin, BMT, MTA, S-LP program, Dalhousie University

Katherine Morin

Biography

Kate Morin was born and raised in Ottawa, ON. She completed her undergraduate degree in music therapy at Acadia University in Wolfville, NS, followed by an internship at Heartsparks Music Therapy in Halifax, NS. After taking a year off to travel, she worked as an accredited music therapist for Heartsparks Music Therapy, where she worked in a variety of settings with children and adults with developmental delays and ASD, youth at risk, the geriatric population and adults with dementia. Knowing she wanted to return to school and complete a master’s degree, Kate explored potential avenues that would complement her work and experience in music therapy. This was when she came across the speech-language pathology program at Dalhousie University.

Kate’s interests in the field of speech-language pathology are diverse due to her previous experience with varied populations and ages. Her dream would be to work in a rural hospital setting with many diagnoses and ages and to incorporate her skills as a music therapist whenever possible. Regardless of where her career leads her, Kate is dedicated to being a skilled and enthusiastic clinician with a passion for the people she works with.

 

Maréva Savary, S-LP program, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Maréva Savary

Biography

Maréva Savary is currently completing her master’s degree in speech- language pathology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. While pursuing her bachelor of psychology, she developed a keen interest in studying the human brain, communication and research. In fact, this is when she started working as a research assistant and auxiliary teaching staff, which helped her develop her critical thinking skills and intellectual curiosity. Maréva is a member of the organization committee for the speech-language pathology graduating students’ conference and is involved in several promotional activities for the speech-language pathology program.

Because she believes strongly in prevention, Maréva is also involved with her regional community, participating in a language stimulation program for toddlers. Her clinical experience with children who have special needs and adults with an acquired brain injury or neurocognitive disorder has increased her awareness of the importance of communication and diversity.

 

Kegan R. Stephen, audiology program, Dalhousie University

Kegan R. Stephen

Biography

Kegan completed his bachelor of science in chemistry at Dalhousie University.  He then went back to his hometown of Antigonish, NS where he received the opportunity to job shadow the local public audiologist. He was introduced to a professional career that not only involved his interests of science, teaching and helping others, but also included a way to make a difference in the lives of those around him. Kegan has witnessed the impact of hearing loss on peoples’ lives, such as a previous co-worker who needed an advocate for his hearing loss and grandparents who were becoming increasingly socially isolated due to hearing loss.

Therefore, he applied and was accepted into the thesis stream of Dalhousie’s School of Human Communication Disorders, where he researched the phenomenon referred to as hidden hearing loss. Since then he has been exposed to many health professions and how they can cooperate and work together to provide the best patient outcomes. He is proud to join the growing field of audiology as he heads back to his hometown to start his career.

 

Jenna Tremblay-Leger, S-LP program, University of Ottawa

Jenna Tremblay-Leger

Biography

Jenna grew up in Shediac, a small town in southeast New Brunswick. Before moving to Ottawa to pursue her dream of doing an M.H.Sc in speech-language pathology, she completed a bachelor of arts with a major in linguistics at Université de Moncton where she carried out research on oral narrative skills in preschool children. She also volunteered for several years as a tutor for children with dyslexia, as well as directly with a speech-language pathologist in a preschool setting. After several clinical experiences in rehabilitation and hospital settings as part of her current program, she discovered a new passion for the adult/geriatric population. She is eager to enter the clinical world as a speech-language pathologist where she will learn from other professionals all while helping her patients and clients achieve new goals on a daily basis. Jenna also plans on making time to do her favorite things: watch sunsets, go on long hikes and travel the world.

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