Call for Volunteers: 2024 Speech-Language Pathology Conference Working Group

The primary objective of the 2024 Speech-Language & Audiology Canada Conference Working Group and Sub-Working Groups is to work with Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) to develop the education program and all other events and activities associated with the 2024 national speech-language pathology conference.

All members must be SAC members or associates during their term on the Working Group or Sub-Working Groups.

Please note: the working language of this working group is English.

For a full description of the working group’s mandate, please see the terms of reference.

Apply now!

The deadline to apply is February 17, 2023.

Tune into CBC Radio in Your City to Hear Julia Kennedy, (SAC Director of Audiology) or Jerri-Lee McKay (Audiologist, former SAC Board Chair) Discuss OTC Hearing Aids

Some recent changes to regulations around OTC hearing aids in the US has created some buzz in Canada.

At SAC, we feel this topic is timely and deserves attention. We feel strongly that any coverage on the subject should be based on information sourced from experts in the field.

Audiologists are the leaders in hearing health, which may or may not include OTC hearing aids. SAC advocates for equitable access to hearing health care that is individualized, safe, and effective. This requires the expertise audiologists provide at the highest level of training and quality of care.

CBC Canada approached SAC for our feedback on this important topic. This afternoon (October 21st) tune into CBC Radio in your city to hear Julia Kennedy, (SAC Director of Audiology) or Jerri-Lee McKay (Audiologist, former SAC Board Chair) discuss OTC Hearing Aids and what this could mean for Canada.




Vanessa Vander Valk – Host
Twitter: @ShiftNB



HALIFAX – Mainstreet
Jeff Douglas – Host
Twitter(show): @Mainstreethfx (Halifax Mainstreet)



Matt Rainnie – Host/Producer
Twitter show/host: @mattrainniecbc


EDMONTON – Radio Active
HOST: Jessica Ng



CALGARY — Homestretch
Host – tba
Twitter: @CBCHomestretch



Wendy Bergfeldt – Host/Producer
Twitter: @Mainstreet_CB



Dave White – Host
Twitter: @yukonradiodave


YELLOWKNIFE – Trail’s End – Host Lawrence Nayally
Twitter: @lawrence316


WINNIPEG – Up to Speed
Host – Faith Fundal



SASKATCHEWAN – Afternoon Edition
Garth Materie – Host
Twitter: @afternoonCBC


LONDON/WINDSOR – Afternoon Drive
Host: various



KELOWNA – Radio West
Host: Sarah Penton
Twitter show: @cbcradiowest



VANCOUVER – On the Coast
Gloria Macarenko – Host
Twitter: @CBCOnTheCoast



QUEBEC CITY – Breakaway
Host: Alison Brunette
Twitter: @cbcbreakaway



TORONTO – Here and Now
Gill Deacon – Host
Twitter: @CBCHereandNow



Dave White – Host
Twitter: @yukonradiodave



VICTORIA – All Points West
Host – Kathryn Marlow or Rohit Joseph
Twitter: @allpointswestbc

March of Dimes Canada Tech for Impact Fund and Webinar about Unlocking Accessibility on Your Smart Devices (IOS)

Credit: March of Dimes Canada

Tech for Impact Fund

March of Dimes Canada’s Tech for Impact Fund is providing $50,000 towards purchasing and delivering mobile devices, laptops, and adaptive aids that support the independent use of accessible technology.

Eligible participants who enter our draw by October 28, 2022 will have a chance to win.

To learn more, click here


Webinar: Unlocking accessibility on your smart devices (IOS)

This webinar covers accessibility features on iPads and iPhones for vision, hearing, physical access and memory/cognition categories. Delivered by our team of assistive technology specialists at March of Dimes Canada.

To view the webinar, click here


Apply to Serve on SAC’s Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Long-Term Care Ad-Hoc Committee

In September 2021, the Speech-Language Pathology Services in Long-Term Care Working Group recommended that SAC develop a position paper about the role of speech-language pathologists in long-term care (LTC) settings to support the association’s ongoing advocacy initiatives in this area.

Speech-language pathology members who have clinical and/or research experience in LTC are encouraged to apply. 

The deadline for applications is January 6, 2022.

Ad-Hoc Committee Details

  • Name: Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Long-Term Care Ad-Hoc Committee
  • Purpose: To develop a position paper on the role of speech-language pathologists in long-term care.
  • Length of Term: Approximately 12-18 months 
  • Number of Vacancies: 3-5 SAC speech-language pathology members 
  • Working Language: English
  • Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2022

For a full description of the working group’s mandate, please see the terms of reference.
Eligibility and How to Apply

If you would like to apply to serve on SAC’s Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Long-Term Care Ad-Hoc Committee, please ensure you meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be an SAC member.
  • Be available for the duration of the project.
  • Maintain your SAC membership throughout your term.

For more information about the requirements, please see the ad-hoc committee terms of reference.

SAC encourages applications from members who identify as First Nations, Metis, or 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 would also be helpful to support our work. SAC is committed to achieving a diverse representation on all committees and working groups and being inclusive towards all.

Interested candidates should complete a Volunteer Expression of Interest Form (Word | PDF) and submit it to by January 6, 2022.

If you have questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Sue Decker, Speech-Language Pathology Advisor for Long-Term Care at