Exclusive Discount on Comprehensive Cerumen Management Course and More!

SAC Audiology members, we are excited to announce an exclusive discount on a Comprehensive Cerumen Management course and a host of other online professional development available through Pacific Audiology.

Your discount of 25% off registration rates is only available through SAC. To access this discount, use the code SAC25 upon registering.

Click here to learn more and to register.



SAC’s 2022-2023 Director-Student Board Nomination

Join the SAC Board of Directors as this year’s Director-Student, the 2022-2023 nomination application is now open!

Our student associates represent the future of our member professions and the association; so, we really care what you think. We stay plugged in to what you need through our Director-Student. The Director-Student is an SAC student associate who has been elected to represent student associates on the SAC Board of Directors.


What is the role of the Director? The Director is a liaison between the universities’ student associates and the Board of Directors. The primary function of the Director is to:

  1. Support and help influence the future growth and well-being of the association and its members and associates.
  2. Act and make decisions based on the best interests of the association and its members and associates nationally.
  3. Commit the time and energy required to fulfill duties and responsibilities to the best of her/his ability.
  4. Contribute to the skills-based Board.
  5. Foster a constructive working environment through a supportive and positive attitude.
  6. Support efficiency and effectiveness by nurturing an environment that focuses on outcomes and results, not activities


If you would like more information about taking on this leadership role and becoming Director-Student please contact our current Director, Lisa Nguyen at, director-student@sac-oac.ca.

If you have questions regarding the application process please contact us by email at volunteer@sac-oac.ca.


Health Standards Organization (HSO) Launches Public Review for Long-Term Care Services Standard Alongside New Report

HSO has announced the launch of the public review for their new National Long-Term Care Services Standard and their What We Heard Report #2: Findings from HSO’s LTC Standard Consultation Workbooks and Town Halls.

The draft standard will be open for feedback from January 27th to March 27th and can be accessed here. The report can be accessed here.

SAC encourages members and associates to participate in the public review, read the report, and share both opportunities with your networks.

The feedback gathered during the public review will be reviewed by the National Long-Term Care Services Standard Technical Committee, considered, and incorporated into the standard as applicable.


SAC’s 2022-2023 Board of Directors Nomination Cycle

Join the SAC Board of Directors, the 2022-2023 application process is now open!

Applying to be on SAC’s Board of Directors provides you an opportunity to play a key role in helping SAC achieve its strategic goals and objectives, have the voice of your profession heard, learn new skills and competencies and expand your network. 

In 2022, there will be three (3) Director vacancies on the Board, one Director-Member (Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology), One Director-Communication Health Assistant and one Director-Student. Please note: The current Director-Communication Health Assistant (Gillian Purdy) will be standing for re-election.

Board terms are for a period of three years (2022-2025). SAC follows a competency-based model for our Board. While we encourage all interested members to apply, we are particularly seeking individuals with knowledge, experience, skills and attributes in the following areas.

  • Governance, Financial Management, Human Resources, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Only two Directors may serve on the Board from each province or territory. In 2022 SAC will not be accepting any applications from British Columbia. 

The Nominations Committee encourages applications from members who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as gender diverse. Members with experience working with marginalized populations and knowledge of cultural safety and humility are also helpful to support the Board.  SAC is committed to achieving a diverse directorship representative of the public it serves and being inclusive towards all.

Please watch this video from one of our current Board Directors regarding their experience! 

If you would like more information about being a Director-Member please contact our current Chair, Shari Linde at, chair@sac-oac.ca.

If you would like more information about being a Director-Communication Health Assistant please contact our current Director, Gillian Purdy at volunteer@sac-oac.ca

If you would like more information about being a Director-Student please contact our current Director, Lisa Nguyen at, director-student@sac-oac.ca.

If you have questions regarding the application process please contact us by email, at volunteer@sac-oac.ca.


Survey on Hearing Health Services for Older Adults

Health Standards Organization (HSO) has just released the Long-Term Care Services draft standard. There is a 60-day public review period that ends on March 27th. The SAC Audiology Long-Term Care Working Group would like to use the data gathered in this survey to inform our work and response from SAC, as well as future advocacy proposals.

This survey was recently included in January’s SAC Insider. The French version is now available. It may take as little as two minutes to complete. Please share this survey with your network of professionals and students providing hearing services. Thank you for your time.

The deadline to complete the survey is March 1, 2022.

Click here to complete the survey


Join the Apraxia Kids Canada Board of Directors!

Apraxia Kids Canada is seeking a passionate individual to CHAIR our Board of Directors. We are searching for someone with board experience to share their knowledge and experience to help move our mission forward. We are searching for individuals who are committed to our mission in their local community and nationwide.

Apraxia Kids Canada is the only Canadian non-profit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research.

If you are interested in learning more about Apraxia Kids Canada and how you can make an impact in this growing organization, please reach out to us at apraxia.kids.canada@gmail.com including your resume and a brief letter explaining why you are interested in a volunteer leadership role.


2022 Accessible Canada Calls for Proposals

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has launched two Accessible Canada calls for proposals (CFPs) under the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability Component (SDPP-D), which will remain open from February 4, 2022 to March 25, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).


ESDC is accepting applications under the following funding streams: 

National AccessAbility Week (NAAW) and Accessible Canada Partnerships (Partnerships).


To apply, or get more information about how to prepare your application, visit the following links:


Webinar about Draft National Long-Term Care Services Standards

Health Standards Organization (HSO) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) are collaborating on the development of two new national standards for LTC that are being shaped by the needs and voices of Canada’s LTC home residents, workforce, local communities, as well as members of the public.

HSO’s National Long-Term Care Services standard will address the delivery of safe, reliable, and high-quality long-term care services. CSA Group’s National Standard for Operation and Infection Prevention and Control of Long-Term Care Homes will address the design, operation and infection prevention and control practices in long-term care homes.

Join Dr. Samir Sinha and Professor Alex Mihailidis as they discuss the draft LTC standards, open for public review in January to April 2022.

The webinar will be held on February 17th from 12:00-1:00pm ET. Simultaneous French interpretation will be available.

To register, click here.


Survey of Speech-Language Pathologists’ Experiences with Speech Amplification Devices for Hypophonia in Parkinson’s Disease

The research lab in the Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department at the University at Buffalo is looking for speech-language pathologists who treat people with Parkinson’s disease to participate in an online survey. Specifically, this study is investigating speech-language pathologists’ experiences, perceptions, and opinions of the use of speech amplification technology for use with clients with Parkinson’s disease. We are interested in hearing from all S-LPs who meet our inclusion criteria (below), regardless of your direct experience with speech amplification technology.

You are eligible to participate if you:

  • are over the age of 18
  • consider English to be your primary language
  • are a registered speech-language pathologist in either the United States or Canada
  • have at least 2 years of experience treating clients with Parkinson’s disease.

The survey is expected to take 15 to 20 minutes and will include short answer, multiple choice, and open-ended questions. You will also be asked if you would like to be contacted in the future to help us recruit for a related study that will include individuals with Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism who have experience using speech amplification devices. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review board at the University at Buffalo.


You may reach the IRB at (716) 888-4888 or email ub-irb@buffalo.edu if you have any concerns.

Participants will be entered to win one of twenty $25 Amazon Gift Cards.

You can access the survey here 

If you have questions, please email Dr. Thea Knowles at casa.lab.ub@gmail.com


Survey – Multi-Stakeholder Perspectives on Acceptability of Pediatric Autism Therapies

In Canada, autistic children may receive different therapies, like occupational therapy, speech-language pathology services, physical therapy, or applied behavior analysis-based therapies. While the use of some of these therapies is common, there is limited evidence about how these therapies are perceived by stakeholders.  Using an online survey, we are exploring the perspectives autistic individuals, parents of autistic individuals and clinicians on the acceptability of these specific therapies. We will be inviting autistic individuals, parents of autistic individuals, and clinicians who work with autistic children (e.g., occupational therapists, behavioral therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, family physicians, developmental pediatricians, psychologists, nurse practitioners, social workers) to participate in this survey.

The survey is open between January 27th and February 24th, 2022. The survey is estimated to take between 10-30 minutes to complete, with more time needed if the participant’s responses to the written questions are longer or they have multiple autistic people in their immediate family.

Click here to complete the survey