Winners of the 2021 Awards & Recognition Program

2021 SAC Award Winners

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

For more information about SAC’s Awards and Recognition Program, please visit this page

Click here to view a list of past award winners.

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Award 2021 Winners
Eve Kassirer Award for Lifetime Achievement


M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller

CJSLPA Editor's Award
Pandemic Planning for Hospital-Based Speech-Language Pathologists: Emerging Lessons from Coronavirus Disease
 
Jennifer C Wong, MHSc, S-LP(C) Reg. CASLPO
 
 
 
National Clinical Certification Exam Award


Allison V Robbins, M.Sc., Aud(C)
Marissa Woods, BA, MSc, RSLP, S-LP(C)
Samaneh (Anna) Yekta, M.Sc, Aud(C)


Eve Kassirer Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Eve Kassirer Award for Lifetime Achievement is awarded to a member or associate of SAC who have demonstrated a long history of distinguished and dedicated service to both SAC and the professions of speech-language pathology or audiology in the areas of education, clinical services, administration or public awareness and has fostered the development and advancement of the professions, nationally or internationally.

M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller
 
Biography
 
Currently, Kathy Pichora-Fuller is Professor Emerita (Psychology, University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor (Gerontology, Simon Fraser University). She has a B.A. (Linguistics, UofT), M.Sc. (Audiology and Speech Sciences, UBC), and PhD (Psychology, UofT). Previously, she was an audiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto (1979-1986), professor in the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at UBC (1992-2002), and guest professor in the Linneaus Centre for Hearing and Deafness Research at Linköping University in Sweden (2010-2014). She served on the Health and Welfare Canada Task Force on Acquired Hearing Impairment in Adults chaired by Eve Kassirer (1985-87). She was CASLPA President (1985-86), co-chaired the World Congress of Audiology (2016), and represented Canada at the International Society of Audiology (2004-2010, 2014-2016). She received the International Award of the American Academy of Audiology (2014). At present, she is President of the International Collegium of Rehabilitative Audiology and the audiology expert for the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging Clinical, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging, and the International Federation on Ageing. She translates her research on auditory and cognitive aging to address the needs of older adults with age-related hearing and cognitive impairments, including a new focus on social engagement and healthy aging. 

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CJSLPA 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:

"Pandemic Planning for Hospital-Based Speech-Language Pathologists: Emerging Lessons from Coronavirus Disease"

Authors:

Jennifer C Wong, MHSc, S-LP(C) Reg. CASLPO
 
Biography
 
Jennifer is a speech-language pathologist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Her clinical foci include dysphagia, geriatrics and palliative care. Jennifer earned a Master of Health Science from the University of Toronto, where she holds a status-only appointment.  Jennifer completed additional study in quality improvement and patient safety through the University of Toronto Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. She leveraged this training in projects focused on improving safety/quality of life for individuals with dysphagia, and has completed a fellowship through the Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network to improve conversations at end-of-life.  Jennifer was a member of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada’s (SAC’s) end-of-life care working group, the inaugural chair of the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists palliative/end-of-life care interest group, and is a current member of the SAC SLP services in Long-Term Care working group.  Jennifer's work in quality improvement and practice-based research earned her appointments through The Institute for Education Research at University Health Network, and Sunnybrook’s Practice-Based Research & Innovation Program and Education Research Unit. She is a proud recipient of this year's CJSLPA Editor's Award, and hopes that this work will help promote systems-level approaches in communication sciences. 

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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.

* Please note that the final sitting of the SAC Clinical Certification Program was in 2020 and so this was the final year this award was offered.

Marissa Woods, BA, MSc, RSLP, S-LP(C)
 
Biography
 
Marissa is a recent graduate from the University of Alberta’s Masters of Speech-Language Pathology program. As an SFU Phonological Processing Lab alumni and SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship recipient, she is currently working in the Greater Vancouver Region with Fraser Health as an acute and outpatient S-LP. She is passionate about unveiling her client’s inherent dignity and uniqueness. A particular area of interest includes equipping communication partners with supportive communication techniques to facilitate positive connections with their loved ones. In her role with adults, she hopes to highlight the invaluable gift that vulnerable adults and the elderly are in our world today. When she is not working, Marissa can be found adventuring in the great outdoors biking, hiking or white-water paddling. She is very grateful for all her classmates, professors, clinical educators, and mentors who have contributed to the joy of her academic journey. 
   
Allison V Robbins, M.Sc., Aud(C)
 
Biography
 

Allison Robbins is a graduate of the Master of Audiological Sciences Program at University College London in London, England (2019). Her research included investigating the effects of attenuation on speech intelligibility. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2017), where she worked as a research assistant and volunteered with Student Linguists at Memorial. Allison enjoys working with children, and she currently works as an audiologist at the Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre in St. John’s, NL. Allison’s professional areas of interest include pediatric and vestibular diagnostics and rehabilitation, and she volunteers her time with the NL Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Allison’s second passion is dance, and she holds her Associate Diploma in Tap Dance with the International Society of Teachers of Dancing. She loves teaching, and shares her enthusiasm of dance with her many students in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, NL. Allison enjoys working with her patients and colleagues at the Janeway, and is grateful for everything she has learned so far in her career. She dedicates this award to her late grandfather Claude Robbins, who was a champion of education and community service 

   
Samaneh (Anna) Yekta, M.Sc, Aud(C)
 
Biography
 
Samaneh Yekta moved to Vancouver from Iran where she completed her Audiology master's degree in Tehran University of Medical Science. She believes hearing loss should not hold anyone back from being happy. Her immense passion to make the life easier for hard of hearing people has led her to join the University of British Columbia as a researcher assistant. She now enjoys living in Vancouver and offering audiology services in both English and Farsi.

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