2021-2022 SAC Scholarship Recipients

Date: 
21 April, 2022
Credit: 
SAC
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Speech-Language Pathology
Audiology
Communication Health Assistants
Students

SAC is proud to award 28 scholarships to the following student associates as part of the 2021-2022 SAC Scholarship Program:

Read the SAC Scholarship Program 2021-2022 Impact Report

 

Elks & Royal Purple Fund for Children Deborah Kully Scholarship

Maya Aharon is currently completing her final year of the Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Toronto. Maya is interested in working with individuals with neurogenic disorders, such as aphasia, and supporting the use of augmentative and alternative modes of communication. In addition to her studies, Maya is a research volunteer in the Bilingual and Multilingual Development Lab at the University of Toronto and serves as co-president of her class.

Meghan is a second year speech-language pathology student at the University of Alberta. She hopes to pursue a career in dysphagia management in an acute care setting. She previously served as the Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Organization of Alberta Students in Speech (OASIS) at U of A and is a member of the Education Committee for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada.

Brianna is completing her second year as a MHSc. Speech-Language Pathology candidate studying at the University of Toronto. After finishing the program, she hopes to work in the rehabilitation setting with a particular interest in brain injury. With gratitude, she looks forward to using her scholarship to help fund educational opportunities that will support her future clinical career.

Lauren is a second-year audiology student at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. She has volunteered with Alberta Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta, and the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Upon completion of her Master of Science degree in Spring 2022, she hopes to start working with children and families as a pediatric audiologist.  
Jaime’s passion lies in helping children gain confidence as they learn and grow, something she emphasizes as a tutor. She is excited to begin working as an S-LP, focusing on children and adult dysphagia patients. 

Quince Scholberg is a second-year speech-language pathology student at the University of British Columbia. After graduation, she intends to work with school-aged children who have developmental differences. Quince’s long-term goal is to help foster inclusion while working as a school-based S-LP in British Columbia. 

Sophia is from Montreal, Quebec, and she is currently completing her Masters of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology (S-LP) at the University of Toronto. She is currently finishing her second placement at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute with Acquired Brain Injury patients. After graduation, Sophia intends to return to Montreal and begin her practice as an SLP.

Nick Grundmann is a second-year audiology student at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. After graduation in 2022, he is hoping to work with adults in a diagnostic and dispensing clinic. He also wishes to expand his clinical knowledge into vestibular evaluations and CAPD assessments.  

Alia is a second-year graduate student at the University of Toronto. Following her graduation, she intends to practice in pediatric fluency disorders. She is motivated by her experience at her first clinical internship through the Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research, which is an Elks of Canada funded facility. 
Laura Tulk is a second-year Speech-Language Pathology graduate student at the University of Toronto. Laura's goal is to work with adult and geriatric populations in acute care. She also has an interest in fluency disorders and is involved with a stuttering research group: The NL Stuttering Association Collaborative. Laura hopes to practice in her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador after graduation. 
Brooke Harris is an Audiology student in her second year of studies at Western University. Upon completion of her degree this summer, she is looking forward to pursuing a career as an audiologist. She is very excited about the prospect of supporting individuals with hearing and communication challenges throughout her future career.

Caroline Whiting is a second-year student in the Speech-Language Pathology program at McMaster University. She has a particular interest in working with individuals with acquired brain injuries to help them achieve their communication goals. Caroline hopes to combine her clinical work with involvement in research in the future.

 

KIDSPEECH™ Leadership Scholarship

 

Ala is completing her second-year at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and received the University of Toronto’s Margaret Stoicheff Spirit Award. Ala has a passion for fostering a safe and inclusive environment for people of colour and bilingual clients/family members in the rehabilitation field. This inspired her to create an account that translates S-LP related information in different languages with a group of incredible volunteers (instagram: @SLPPOC).

Courtnee Adacsi is an interactive speech-language pathologist and lifelong learner who is on an educational leave to obtain her Master of Arts in Early Intervention in Deaf Education degree from Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri. 
Angela is a PhD student at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University. she began her professional career working with Autistic preschoolers in the Nova Scotia Early Intensive Behavioural Program. Since then, she has occupied several positions in both the public and private sector working with people on the Autism Spectrum and individuals with developmental disabilities.

 

Beach Family Placement Support Scholarship

Larissa is a graduate student pursuing her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. She graduated from Simon Fraser University first class with distinction with a BA in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. She is writing a thesis concerning statistical learning in speech perception, alongside completing her courses and clinical requirements to earn her degree. Afterwards, she intends to work with individuals with aphasia in a rehab or community care setting.

Matt is a second year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University. His love for music and reading sparked his interest in S-LP and he hopes to practice in paediatric literacy as well voice therapy upon graduation. Matthew will start a 3-month acute care placement at St.Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg this summer.

Megan Van Gorp is graduating Audiology in the M.Cl.Sc. program at Western University's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She believes that equal access to audiological services, regardless of geography, ethnicity, and/or socioeconomic status are imperative in optimizing communicative health outcomes across Canada. Her lived experiences with rural-induced inaccessibility to healthcare services have inspired her to launch her career providing care to underserviced children and youth in rural Southwestern Ontario.

 

SAC Scholarships

Michelle Jones is in her final year of the Speech-Language Pathology master’s program at UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. After graduation, she plans to work in a paediatric setting on Vancouver Island alongside other clinicians to improve the lives of those in the community.
Melissa is completing her PhD at the University of Toronto, while also working as a pediatric audiologist at SickKids. After she completes her doctoral degree, she hopes to return to education as a professor, and to the clinical setting as a clinician-scientist, to expand the education and research in the field of pediatric vestibular audiology.

Alison Quiring is in her 2nd and final year at the University of British Columbia's School of Audiology and Speech Sciences studying Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to attending UBC, Alison was volunteering as a teacher at a children's home in Zimbabwe, Africa. She hopes to, one day, take her passion for travel and intercultural work and develop basic training programs about communication strategies that can be used in settings where there is limited or no access to S-LP services.

Gavina is currently in her second year in the Speech-Language Pathology program at the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with paediatric population.

Talia is in her second and final year of the MSc Speech-Language Pathology program at the University of Alberta. After graduation, Talia would love to work with the pediatric population, particularly with preschool-aged children. She is currently part of the RMSA and help other rehabilitation medicine students at the university plan and promote events and help foster interdisciplinary opportunities amongst students. 

Claire (Lei) Wu is a Master of Clinical Science (MClSc) candidate in Audiology at Western University. She grew up in Langley, British Columbia and volunteers with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association  (CHHA-BC) and Self-Management BC. This year, Claire serves as one of the three co-chairs who are responsible for organizing the annual Theory-to-Therapy Graduate Student Conference for 2022. As she graduates this summer, she hopes to pursue diagnostic and rehabilitation-based clinical practice in British Columbia while specializing in vestibular audiology.
Megan Van Gorp is graduating Audiology in the M.Cl.Sc. program at Western University's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She believes that equal access to audiological services, regardless of geography, ethnicity, and/or socioeconomic status are imperative in optimizing communicative health outcomes across Canada. Her lived experiences with rural-induced inaccessibility to healthcare services have inspired her to launch her career providing care to underserviced children and youth in rural Southwestern Ontario.

Ninell Sygal is a MHSc candidate currently completing her studies in the program of speech-language pathology at the University of Ottawa. She strongly believes that the best clinicians are those who have a research background, as this will allow them one day to integrate the latest advances into their clinical practice. She is currently working on several projects exploring different topics in the field of speech-language pathology and its relation to the field of audiology.

Julie Kathleen was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2020, she moved to Limerick, Ireland to start a two-year Masters of Science in Speech and Language Therapy at the University of Limerick. Throughout this degree, she has been actively involved in class activities and has been the Class Representative for two years. She is currently completing a research project which is investigating what is known about parent experience of parent-mediated interventions for children with developmental disabilities delivered via telehealth.


Communication Health Assistant Scholarship

 

Sankavi’s interest in the field of communication disorders was ignited in high school when she started working as a special need’s educational assistant with the Toronto District School Board.  In 2019, she started volunteering at the Aphasia Institute where she had the opportunity the facilitate group conversations with individuals who were diagnosed with aphasia.  Her experience has made her a strong advocate for patient needs, and she looks forward to working directly with patients and aiding in their recovery. 


To learn more about the 2021-2022 recipients, read the SAC Scholarship Program 2021-2022 Impact Report