The SAC Board of Directors includes:
- the Chair (Executive Committee);
- the 1st Vice-Chair (Executive Committee);
- the 2nd Vice-Chair (Executive Committee);
- S-LP and audiology Directors;
- a Director-University;
- a Director-Communication Health Assistant; and
- a Director-Student.
SAC Board of Directors (2018-2019)
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Regional Clinical Specialist, Speech-Language Pathology, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Colleen Braun-Janzen works as a clinical specialist of speech-language pathology in the Winnipeg Health Authority. She oversees clinical supervision for speech-language pathologists in the region and provides more direct support as clinical service leader for speech-language pathologists at Deer Lodge Centre, where she is based. Colleen has experience leading committees and projects at a regional and national level. She has taken a primary role in the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority developing guidelines in the areas of voice and dysphagia. She served on the SAC S-LP Clinical Certification Examination Committee for 10 years, including 4 years as Chair. She is currently chairing the Current Clinical Issues in Dysphagia in Canada SAC ad hoc committee. Colleen has co-authored a number of publications and has presented at local and national conferences. In 2014, she received a Presidential Citation from SAC, recognizing her outstanding service to Speech-Language & Audiology Canada.
Director, Provincial Voice Care Resource Program
Clinical Educator and Research Associate, University of British Columbia, Department of Surgery and School of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Vancouver, British Columbia
Linda Rammage has been practicing speech-language pathology for 35 years, following her graduation from UBC. Her areas of career experience include neurogenic and oncologically-based communication problems and voice dysfunction. She completed a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1993 and has subsequently practiced exclusively in the area of voice dysfunction. As co-founder of the Pacific Voice Clinic and director of a provincial resource program, Linda has regular contact with clinicians within BC, nationally and internationally when they consult her regarding clinical problems. She has presented nationally and internationally on speech and voice science, voice dysfunction and management of voice disorders. She has also co-authored several textbooks, authored numerous clinical textbook chapters and published research papers.
Linda has extensive governance experience. In addition to numerous positions on working committees, she has held the positions of BCASLPA President (twice), SAC Board Member, SAC President, Board Member of CAASPR and Board Chair of CSHHPBC.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Department Manager, Vitalité Health Network
Bathurst, New Brunswick
Jennifer received her master's of science in human communication disorders from Dalhousie University in 2005. She has published her thesis work in the Journal of Fluency Disorders. Since graduation, she has worked as an S-LP, primarily with preschoolers, at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. She is a member and coordinator of the Pediatric Developmental Team and became department manager in 2006. She is a certified member of SAC, a past President of the New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists and a former board director of the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Regulators. Her professional interests include administration, early intervention and inter- and transdisciplinary assessment and treatment.
Audiologist and Hearing Instrument Practitioner
Vancouver, British Columbia
Andrea has been practicing as an audiologist and hearing instrument practitioner since 2013 and is currently working in the field of health informatics with Gevity Consulting Inc. She achieved her M.Sc. in audiology from the University of British Columbia and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, private clinics and a non-profit organization.
Andrea is heavily involved in professional volunteer work and has been actively engaged with both her provincial and national professional associations. She recently served on the BC Association for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists (BCASLPA) Provincial Council as the Director of Public Audiology, has served on committees with both BCASLPA and SAC, is a mentor for Aboriginal eMentoring BC and works with local non-profit organizations to raise autism awareness.
Andrea has a keen interest in governance, policy and the development of audiology tele-health services in Canada. With SAC, she hopes to act as a champion for professional excellence and collaboratively address issues by seeking out viable, thoughtful and sustainable solutions.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Health P.E.I.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Janet Campbell is an S-LP currently working with the preschool population for Health P.E.I. in Charlottetown, P.E.I. She received her B.Sc. from the University of Prince Edward Island and her M.Sc. from Dalhousie University. She has been working as an S-LP for 19 years, both in Ontario and Prince Edward Island. Janet began her career in Sarnia, Ontario at the Rotary Children’s Place before moving to Ottawa. She spent 8 months working with the Language Express Preschool Program before accepting a full-time position with the First Words Program/CHEO. In 2008, Janet returned to her home province where she has spent time working in both the rural and urban environments. She has taken Hanen and Lidcombe training and has pursued her interests in apraxia of speech, early language and autism through continuing education opportunities. Janet resides in Charlottetown with her husband Dan and her two daughters, Grace and Maggie.
Senior Speech-Language Pathologist, Saskatchewan Health Authority
Jennifer received her M.Sc. in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2002. Since that time, she has worked in a variety of settings, largely focused in the adult acute-care setting with a specialization in dysphagia management and head and neck oncology. Beginning her career on the west coast, she moved to Saskatchewan in 2007 and has been working as a senior speech-language pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon since 2012.
Jennifer has been active in governance activities throughout her career. She served as President of her provincial regulatory body, SASLPA, in 2011-2012. She has been an active member — and acted as chair — of several committees at both the provincial and national level with the following organizations: SAC, SASLPA, CAASPR, Pan-Can, NIRO, and CISG. Jennifer enjoys mentoring students and is a clinical instructor affiliated with several Canadian universities.
Speech-Language Pathologist, Child Development Centre Yukon
Michelle completed her graduate degree in speech-language pathology at the University of British Columbia in 2005. She has since devoted her career to helping children and seniors in British Columbia and Yukon. After spending two years working in the Richmond School District, Michelle returned to her hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon. She spent seven years working in intermediate care with the Yukon government where she was a member of the policy review team and the chair of the dysphagia management team, working to develop ways to better manage eating and swallowing in long-term care.
Building on her government experience, Michelle built a successful private practice holding contracts with the hospital, governmental departments and a school district in northern British Columbia. She has since dedicated herself to working with children at Yukon’s Child Development Centre in Whitehorse, a non-profit agency that provides services for children aged 0-5 across the Yukon.
Manager of Audiology Department, Chaleur Regional Hospital Foundation
Amanda works as an audiologist and manager of the audiology department and the NB Provincial Cochlear Implant Follow-up Services at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. She received her M.Sc. in human communication disorders from Dalhousie University in 1992. Amanda has experience participating in various working groups and committees at a provincial and national level including different committees with the New Brunswick Rehab Services Plan, New Brunswick Universal Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Program, New Brunswick Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and the Canadian Alliance of Audiology and Speech language Pathology Regulators. Amanda’s professional interests include pediatric audiology, early hearing detection and intervention programs, cochlear implants and administration. Amanda believes strongly in a team approach to patient care and equal access to services.
Sharon graduated from the University of Alberta with her master’s of speech-language pathology in 2001 and works primarily in the area of education with early learners and school-aged children. In 2016, Sharon completed her Doctor of Education at the University of Calgary and focused her research on the changing role of the S-LP in education settings. She regards her role now as a bridge between the fields of speech-language pathology and education.
Sharon has volunteered her time serving on committees and working groups for both ACSLPA and SAC. She has experience in collective bargaining and serves on the advisory board of the Medicine Hat College Therapy Assistant Program. Sharon is also a backbone member of the First 2000 Days Network in Calgary and is an advocate in the field of early childhood development.
Associate Professor, Université de Montréal
Andrea MacLeod has been a professor at Université de Montréal since 2011, a researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine since 2012 and an assistant editor for the Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology since 2011. She earned a master’s in communication sciences and disorders at the University of Vermont in 2002, completed her doctorate under the direction of Dr. Carol Stoel-Gammon at the University of Washington in 2006 and finished her postdoctoral studies at McGill University with Dr. Susan Rvachew and Dr. Linda Polka in 2007. Following her studies, she held an assistant professor position at Université Laval from 2007 to 2011. The focus of her research has been on phonological development and bilingual language acquisition. She has published a number of scientific articles on these topics.
Speech Language Assistant, Alberta Health Services
High Prairie, Alberta
Bernadine Sawchyn is a Speech Language Assistant for Alberta Health Services. She participated in the SAC committee that developed the recommendations for working conditions in schools and is currently part of the SAC Expert Committee for Communication Health Assistants Issues. In the past she was Leader of the local Cub Scouts Beaver Troop, Vice President of the Junior High Parent Council and Secretary of the Elementary and ECS Parent Councils. Currently, Bernadine is President of the High Prairie Tennis Club and Coach of Junior Tennis.
Bernadine lives in Northern Alberta where she has been married to her husband Rick for 27 years. She has two wonderful children, Ryan (26) and Kimberly (25). Bernadine enjoys playing tennis, camping, baking, playing cards and gardening. She is an excellent listener and easy to talk to. Bernadine strives to do her best and treat all people equally with genuine caring.
Audiology Student, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Remington is an audiology student at Dalhousie University in Halifax, having previously received a B.Sc. in psychology at the University of Alberta, with a minor in linguistics. He’s worked in a private audiology clinic, as a zoo interpreter, and as a summer camp staff member as well as volunteered as a Special Olympics curling coach and as a Big Brother mentor. His academic passions lie in congenital hearing disorders and the processes underlying the understanding of speech in noise. He is also interested in amplification and is excited about working alongside his peers and other professionals to shape the future of audiology within a world with an increasingly diverse range of technological possibilities and solutions. When he’s not studying, Remington enjoys hiking, camping, and being outdoors.