Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter - Alberta College of Speech



Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter - Alberta College of Speech
Spring 2009
Inside this Issue...
News from the President
2008 ACSLPA Conference - Pictures
Registrar/CEO’s Report
Registration Updates
Welcome New Staff Member - Susan Kraft
Continuing Competence Program Update
ACSLPA Council Meeting Highlights
Opportunity - ACSLPA Council
Meet Council’s Newest Members for 2009
Strategic Plan Update
Audiology Awareness Campaign a Success!
Important ACSLPA Documents
Say You’re An Audiologist!
Thank You!
Concurrent Practice in the Real World
Health Quality Council of Alberta News
First ACSLPA Memorial Graduate Bursary
Members in the News - Nadia Pelton
2009 ACSLPA Conference
Hear and There: Humour at Work
Privacy Legislation
2009 ACSLPA Awards
ACSLPA Volunteers Are Winners
May is Speech and Hearing Awareness Month
Sponsor Appreciation
Private Chat - ASAPP
May Month Contest
ACSLPA Centenary PhD Scholarship
Rehabilitation Certificates - U of A
Faculty of Rehab Medicine - French/English
On-line Course for SLPs
News from the U of A
2008 Honours of the College Award Winner
2008 Horizon Award Winners
Where Are They Now?
VOICE for Deaf Children - Edmonton Chapter
An Interview with Dr. Jana Rieger
Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
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Anne Assaly, Registrar/CEO
Susan Rafaat, Director of Member Services
Jo Daugherty, Executive Assistant
Jackie Hessels, Administrative Assistant
Susan Kraft, Registration Coordinator
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Volume 34, No. 1
From the President...
y name is Sherri Garries and I’m
an audiologist with Alberta Health
Services in Calgary.
I feel
privileged to be the President this year of
ACSLPA. This organization has come so far over the years
since I’ve been in Alberta. The rest of the country really
does look to Alberta for leadership and guidance.
So far, 2009 in the rest of the world has been the year of
doom and gloom. With the talk of recession, economic
slowdown, unemployment, etc, there has not been a lot of
positive news. Every time I open another of my RRSP or
pension plan statements I am reminded that this year may
be a year of financial distress for most of North America.
It was about kilometre 14 of a half marathon (21.2 km) that
I decided my message should be about doing something
for yourself this year. I had signed up to do the half
marathon really for my husband who is aiming for a half
ironman and needed a winter half marathon for training. I’d
never run further than 10 kilometres in my life. I wasn’t
sure whether I really thought I would run it or whether I’d
just take the hat and gloves with a nice brunch that came
with the race fee. I found myself with my number on
picking up my timing chip so I guess I really was going to
run this race. I kept thinking to myself, and out loud, about
whether they would still be serving brunch when I finished.
The consensus around the timing chip pickup booth was
that nobody took longer than 3 hours to finish a half
marathon. Nobody.
That brings me back to kilometre 14. I walked all of
kilometre 14. I said I would at least run some of every
kilometre, but number 14, I walked the whole thing. I knew
in kilometre 14 that I would not make 3 hours. I was going
to be longer. There was no denying it. There was hardly
anybody left on the race course by then. When I reached
kilometre 15 I did start to run again. I ran for 2 minutes and
then I walked for 2 minutes and continued that for the rest
of the race. I called my husband from kilometre 20 to tell
him I was still coming. I figured there would only be my
husband, the clock (just to remind me that I was over 3
hours) and the timing chip pick-up guy. When I rounded
the last corner, I heard a huge cheer from the finish line.
There were still people there! When I was given my
Hypothermic Half finisher medal I may have had tears in
ACSLPA’s biggest and best yet!!
Krista Yuskow with Dr. Gail
Congratulations 2008 Conference Committee LtoR: Jackie Johnson, Pam Reeves Murphy, Laurie Harrison,
Rhonda Kajner, Jo Daugherty, Carey Pidhayecki Stefishen,
Maureen Roszell
Dr. Pamela
Fabulous food!
The 2008 Breast Cancer fundraising events raised
over $1000!
Talk Box LtoR: Andrea Guthrie, Karen Ilg, Kerri-Lynn Heise
Registrar/CEO Anne Assaly with President Sherri Garries
manning the Registration Desk & doling out all of those
popular delegate bags!!
This year’s delegate bags made a great
fashion statement check out member Lorna Stauffer!
ACSLPA Staff LtoR: Jo Daugherty, Anne Assaly, Jackie Hessels
Dr. Barbara Hodson with
Conference Planner Joy Lim
Linda Carey
Dr. Michael Groher
Many popular exhibitors, including Discovery Toys!
LtoR: Arlene Laskey with Penny Kunitz
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Jill Anderson, winner of the 2008 Pink Ribbon
Poker Fundraiser for Breast Cancer
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my eyes. I wore that medal to brunch (thanks to Sheraton
Eau Claire who were still serving brunch for the after 3-hour
finishers). I wore that medal to the Farmer’s Market. I
wore that medal for beer at our favourite brew pub (yes, I
really needed beer). I wore that medal watching TV. I had
finished something that only 2 years earlier would not have
been a possibility. It confirms to me that there is really
nothing I can’t do if I set my mind to it.
impossible. In times of only doom and gloom news, it’s
nice to have personal success. I will take a training course
for half marathons, and I will run another (I have a personal
best time to beat!). After all, I’m a half marathon finisher
now and I’ve got the medal to prove it.
Sherri Garries, R.Aud
ACSLPA President
I encourage you all to do or try something this year that you
have been putting off, afraid to do or thought was
Registrar/CEO’s Report
CSLPA has survived yet another registration
renewal, this year renewing a total of 1132
registrants! Many thanks to the dedicated office
staff at ACSLPA for working their way through
thousands of sheets of paper, responding to member
inquiries, updating the database, and ensuring that the
entire renewal process ran as smoothly as possible. Thank
you as well to our members for their patience during one of
our busiest times of year.
highlights are included on page 6.
It is also time for members to think about
finalizing their Continuing Competence Goal
Tools (CCGTs) for the year. For members
on the General Register, completed CCGTs for 2008/2009
and goal statements/plans for 2009/2010 are due July 1,
2009, which is just three months away! If you have any
questions about the Continuing Competence Program
(CCP), please call the ACSLPA office. Information about
Once again, the majority of ACSLPA members (85%) took the CCP has also been updated on the ACSLPA website
advantage of the early bird rate.
ACSLPA renewal and now includes samples of completed CCGTs.
statistics for 2009 are provided in the chart below.
Work continues on updating the ACSLPA website,
As we moved into 2009, numerous projects were already development of publications for member use, interpretation
underway, one of which was the Audiology Awareness and application of updated/new legislation, conference
Campaign. The campaign was a success and included the 2009 planning, finalizing our new Code of Ethics, revisions
launch of the new Hear Life! website, as well as a public to the ACSLPA Bylaws, and other initiatives outlined in our
awareness campaign that included transit ads, billboards strategic plan. Watch upcoming newsletters and our
and radio ads throughout the province. To all of our monthly E-News publications for updates on these and
audiologists, be sure to read “Say You Are an Audiologist” other College projects. If you have issues you would like to
on page 9 and keep the momentum going!
discuss, please feel free to contact the ACSLPA office.
The first Council meeting of the year included a very full Anne Assaly
agenda with numerous decisions to be made that would set Registrar/CEO
many of the future directions of ACSLPA. Council meeting
2009 Registration Renewal Statistics
# cancelled due to
failure to renew
Out Of
Out Of
Out Of
# renewed prior to
Dec 1 (Early Bird)
# renewed
between Dec 2-19
# renewed
after Dec 19
NOTE: 9 speech-language pathologists and 2 audiologists renewed as Honorary members.
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
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Registration Updates
* Denotes members who may have conditions attached to their
practice permit. Contact the ACSLPA office for details.
Speech-Language Pathologists
Audrey Boivin
Marnee Brick
Paul Catherall
Genevieve Cloutier *
Leah Dagenais
Tammy De Sousa
Georgia Dinning
Stephanie Grave de
Nicole Fisk
Shirley Leew
Lillian Leung
Wendy MacDonald
Kristine Mebs
Bon-Hi Moon
Roberta Moraes
Melanie Osmond
Laura Parker
Janet Scott *
Rachelle Viray Flindall
Stephanie Winship
Natalie Zacher *
Shannon Zachary
The following members have changed their status from
Inactive or Out-of-Province to fully registered and have been
issued a practice permit for 2009:
Krista Yuskow
Speech-Language Pathologists
Anoma Aggarwal
Sheelagh Bara
Jitka Dragounova
Shawna Dalton
Roberta Faith-Schmidt
Patricia Gartner
Dawn Farrow
Shauna Jaeger
Kathleen Kennedy
Janna Mazurkewich
Maurie Rodewald Daneault
Nancy Ross
Jacqueline Roy
Jennifer Schreiner
Kyla Spicer
Anna Sytsanko
The following members have requested to be “removed in
good standing” or have changed their status to Honourary.
These individuals are no longer entitled to practice as a
speech-language pathologist or audiologist in the province
of Alberta. We wish them well in their future endeavors:
Luigi Calvori
Timothy Fisk
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Speech-Language Pathologists
Karen Basarab
Tammi Bauer
Robert Commodore
Deborah DuBois
Karen Friskney
Shelley Gelineau
Shara Gemmer
Valerie Gibb
Elizabeth Humphreys
Nancy Kindjerski
Pamela Lamon
Beth MacPhersen
Cathy Martin Wilmot
Morag McKercher
Tanya Nermerich
Jessica Palson
Joanne Pennington
Suzanne Rao
Madeleine Reay
Heather Shpak
Stacey Skoretz
Nerissa Sookermany-Mahon
Liana Tempany
Alexandra Terry
Tamara Tilley Reiman
Carrie Timgren
Jacqueline Wilde
Norma Wood
Leanne Wright
The following members changed their status to Inactive or
Out-of-province, and do not hold practice permits at this
Darlene Jamin
Petrea McCoy
Sherrin Richardson
Speech-Language Pathologists
Treena Anand
Shelley Leiner
Melissa Anderson
Carol MacDonald
Catherine Ball
Patricia Mallett
Bonnie Baxter
Amber Michaud
Katherine Bennett
Brigid Mylod
Carol Blinov
Lesley Rempel
Tamara Chanski
Jocelyn Roberts
Lindy Dawson
Susan Roubian
Nichola DeFreitas
Darolyn Saxton
Marta Deniaud
Amber Scott
Nicole Diduck
Megan Stock
Katherine Dore
Julie Taylor
Angela Drozda
Kathryn Taylor
Andrea Fragomeni
Erin Thompson
Trinity Freedman
Jillian Vandertas
Tracy Hilts
Cara Wiberg
Laura Jeans
Janene Wilson
Jillian Kirbyson
Shawna Woolley
Sherise Krawczyk
Gianna Yan
Please check the “General Register” on the ACSLPA
website at www.acslpa.ab.ca/general_register-f.html
or call the office to verify the status of all speechlanguage pathologists and audiologists on the General
and Courtesy Registers. Only those members with a
practice permit are listed on the website. The General
Register will indicate if conditions apply (by use of
asterisks - * or **).
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he following individuals are cancelled. These
individuals are no longer entitled to practice as a
speech-language pathologist or audiologist in the
province of Alberta.
Deborah Allison
Andrea Bemister Youck
Andrea Benoit
Shannon Carter
Leslie Ann John
Susan Johnson
Francisco Renaldo
can be viewed any time at
It is updated every business day to reflect the roster of
registered audiologists and speech-language
pathologists with valid practice permits.
Karen Morgan
Joy Noble
Julie Peters
Susan Pollock
Laurel Robinson
Members and employers are encouraged to check the
website throughout the year
to validate registration status.
Welcome New Staff Member
he ACSLPA office staff are
pleased to welcome Susan
Kraft on board. Susan will be
working three days per week
as the College’s Registration
Coordinator, assisting with various
aspects of registration, renewals and the continuing
competence program.
Susan is originally from Saskatchewan. She brings with
her a Bachelor of Administration degree and many years
of work experience, most recently as an Office
Administrator with a non-profit organization. While living
in Regina, Susan was employed by Saskatchewan Health
Pharmacoepidemiology and Human Resources.
Susan is now happy to call Edmonton home, where she
lives with her husband, two teenagers and a small white
Westie dog. She enjoys spending time with her family
and friends, travelling and scrapbooking.
She looks forward to meeting the membership on the
phone and via email (and hopefully some of you in
person!) over the course of the next year.
Continuing Competence Program (CCP) Update
2007/08 CCP Submissions
n April 2009, a random audit of approximately 5% of
member files (including their SAT and CCGT) for the
2007/08 CCP submissions will be conducted for the
purpose of a program review. Results of the audit
will be shared with ACSLPA members once available.
Keep goals short and simple.
Be sure that goals do not state normal work-related
duties. Goals should focus on new knowledge and
skills that you will acquire.
Be specific in the Reflection and Evaluation section
of your CCGT; elaborate on how your practice has
been affected or enhanced through completion of
your CCGT.
Write clearly and avoid using acronyms.
2008/09 CCP Submissions
ACSLPA registrants with valid practice permits should
be well on their way towards completing their Continuing
Competence Goal Tool (CCGT) for 2008/09.
members work towards completion of their CCGT, the
Continuing Competence Committee would like to
provide the following suggestions:
Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to assist you in
developing goals that are specific to your practice.
(NOTE: The SAT must be completed at least once
every three years. The SAT may be requested as
part of the CCP program review, so it must be
retained by the member for a minimum of five
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Your completed CCGT for 2008/2009 and goal
statement/plan for 2009/2010 are due July 1, 2009!
ACSLPA will accept submissions starting May 1,
For further information on the CCP and to review
examples of completed CCGTs, please visit the
ACSLPA website at:
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ACSLPA Council Meeting Highlights
ollowing are highlights from the
2009 Council members were welcomed and oriented
to their role as Council members.
Council sub-committees were assigned as follows:
Finance Committee:
Sara Turner, Sherri
Garries, Janice Tye, Anne Assaly (ex-officio)
Personnel Committee: Daryl Graham (Chair),
Sherri Garries, Michelle Craig
Nominations Committee:
Karen Mayner,
Sandy Nickel, Nausheen Khan
Governance Committee:
Currently ad hoc
Bylaws Review Committee: Daryl Graham,
Sandy Nickel, Anne Assaly (ex-officio)
Financial reports for the fourth quarter (to December
31, 2008) were reviewed.
An update was provided on the newly-implemented
ACSLPA Strategic Plan 2009-2011.
Council approved amendments to the Bylaws Review
Committee Terms of Reference.
Progress on the bylaws revision was reviewed.
The Preferred Practice Guideline (PPG) on
Concurrent Practice was approved for publication and
Council approved the addition of a new ACSLPA
publication definition, Professional Recommendation
Statement, for College publications that do not fit the
criteria of Position Statement, Preferred Practice
Guideline or Advisory Statement.
Council approved the compensation range as
recommended by the Personnel Committee for the
Registration Coordinator position.
Key aspects of Bill 46, the Health Professions
Amendment Act, Bill 52, the Health Information
Amendment Act, and amendments to Chapter 7 of
the Agreement on Internal Trade were discussed in
relation to the impact they would have on regulated
health professions.
Council approved withdrawing from Chapter 2 of the
current “Agreement Respecting Inter-Provincial
Mobility of Speech-Language Pathologists and
Audiologists”; this change will allow labour mobility
between regulated provinces to be in compliance with
the new Agreement on Internal Trade.
Council approved supporting a PhD scholarship
endowment to the University of Alberta Faculty of
Rehabilitation Medicine for the amount of $20,000
annually for five years. (Refer to article on pages 18
and 19.)
We need you...
… to think about how you can share your perspective and experience with
colleagues in the professions. Your involvement is crucial to maintaining
and advancing ACSLPA’s work.
Effective January 2010, we need to fill the following positions on ACSLPA
- VP member services (one position) *
- Member at large (one position)
*ACSLPA bylaw 10.6 states that the committee shall annually alternate between obtaining a nomination of a speechlanguage pathologist and an audiologist for Vice President in the first year whenever possible. For 2010, the rotation
indicates an audiologist for this position.
Start thinking now! The call for nominations will come in summer 2009.
feel free to contact any member of Council for more information on these
opportunities ([email protected] or call 780-944-1609 or toll
free 1-800-537-0589).
This is your chance to make a difference!
(Nomination forms will be posted on the acslpa website (www.acslpa.ab.ca)
and will be included with the summer 2009 acslpa newsletter.
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
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Meet Council’s Newest Members for 2009
ello members! I am grateful for
the opportunity to be Vice
President–Member Services for
the College. One of my first
Interorganizational meeting and the
Canadian Association of Regulators
meeting at the CASLPA Conference. It will be a unique
experience for me to return to Ontario where I first began
working to represent the Alberta College.
I graduated from McGill University in 1992 and worked at
the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. My husband’s
career kept us moving for about six years, and during that
time I worked in the United States at the Boys Town
National Research Hospital in a craniofacial clinic. South
Carolina was the last place we lived in the US, and this is
where I decided to take some time off to sit on the beach
for a year and enjoy the sun. At that time I felt as though
there was not enough to do, but I now realize that the
time was a gift.
In 2000 we moved to Edmonton where my first daughter
was born. She is a beautiful, articulate, light-hearted girl
who keeps us all laughing. After working for Edmonton
Public Schools for a short time, I started a private practice
which is now called “Khan Communication Services”. We
have 12 clinicians, speech-language pathologists and an
occupational therapist, who all work hard at developing
innovative programs and services in Edmonton and the
rural areas of Alberta. My daughter Sophia has served
as a peer in our group programs for children with autism.
She has learned how “not to prompt” and how to “follow
their lead”! She is featured in many of our presentations,
and volunteered to have her “s” sound corrected during a
province wide workshop for speech assistants that we
delivered through telepractice.
It is often a challenge to balance a busy speech
pathology practice with family life. I learned my greatest
lesson two years ago when my second daughter was
born. Unfortunately, Sonia arrived too early and stayed in
hospital for 10 weeks. We experienced many ups and
downs until the last NG tube was removed and our baby
finally came home. I could not have made it through this
time without the support of the speech-language
pathologists around me. Now, Sonia is a healthy twoyear-old who is running up and down stairs faster than I
can catch her.
When I sit with families at the
multidisciplinary reviews for FSCD, I listen carefully to
their stories and sympathize with the challenges of having
a child with severe needs. I do my best to ensure that
parents have the supports they require to make it through
each day.
I am excited to serve on Council and look forward to
meeting many of you along the way.
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
ello fellow ACSLPA members! I
am very pleased to be
reporting to you as ACSLPA’s
new Treasurer. I am a speechlanguage pathologist currently working in
My career in SLP has been leading me across the
country, starting at McGill University in Quebec. After
finishing my Masters degree, I returned to my home
province of Manitoba where I worked with the adult
population. Eventually, I made my way to Calgary, and I
am now happy to call Alberta home. I currently work for
Alberta Health Services – Calgary with school-age
children with special needs. I also work in private
practice with a similar clientele.
There is always a lot happening at ACSLPA, and I’m
excited to be able to represent you at the provincial level.
i everyone! I'm both excited and
thankful to be a new voting
member on the ACSLPA Council
this year.
I've decided to
participate because I wanted to know how
the Council operates, because I wanted to
“be in the know'“ and because I wanted to
have a say in issues that are close to my heart.
I've recently completed the speech and language
program at the University of Alberta, but I don't know if
recently enough to still qualify me as a "new grad". I am
now happily working with school-age students as part of
Alberta Health Services. This past year has been both
busy and exciting as our services are changing and
expanding. I look forward to being part of the team this
year. Please feel free to contact me with any questions
or just to say “hello”: [email protected]
CSLPA Council has set the following 2009 meeting
dates. Meetings are held at the ACSLPA office in
Edmonton. Times may vary – please check with the
ACSLPA office if you plan to attend.
April 25 *
Council Meeting
June 13
September 19
November 5
Council Meeting
Council Meeting
AGM (Calgary)
* rescheduled from March 21, 2009
ACSLPA members are invited to attend any or all meetings
as observers. The AGM is open to all members. Members
on the General Register, Inactive members and Honourary
members have voting privileges. Contact the ACSLPA office
to confirm scheduled times and locations.
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Strategic Plan Update
ork on the 2005–2008 ACSLPA Strategic
Plan is now complete and the focus of
ACSLPA’s work is now on the 2009-2011
Strategic Plan.
Watch for further updates on progress in upcoming
*Note: A complete copy of the ACSLPA Strategic Plan 2009–
2011 was published in the Summer 2008 ACSLPA Newsletter.
Audiology Awareness Campaign a Success!
n April 2008 ACSLPA Council approved a budget of
$100,000 that would be allocated towards the
development and implementation of an Audiology
Awareness Campaign. The Audiology Awareness
Campaign would be a key component of ACSLPA’s
Strategic Plan 2009-2011 in addressing the goal that
“The Alberta Public will understand the roles and
availability of speech-language pathologists and
audiologists in order to make informed choices on service
delivery in their community”.
which includes a “Find an Audiologist” feature. A link to
the AA of A website is provided from the Hear Life!
Requests for Proposals for the campaign were sent out to
five advertising/public relations vendors in May 2008; in
June 2008, Council approved awarding the contract to
Rose Country Advertising and Public Relations.
Details of the public awareness campaign activities
during January 2009 are as follows:
Using information from the baseline research, a
comprehensive strategic communications framework was
developed. It was recognized that a critical component
of the campaign included the development of a website
that would provide audiology information geared to the
general public. Rose Country Advertising and Public
Relations, ACSLPA staff and ACSLPA committees/
volunteers worked hard to accomplish this goal and on
January 1, 2009 the Hear Life! website
www.hearlife.ca ) was launched.
ACSLPA was also pleased to work in partnership with the
Audiology Association of Alberta (AA of A) on the
Audiology Awareness Campaign, and was extremely
grateful for the generous contribution of $15,000 made by
AA of A towards the campaign. The funds were allocated
to development and operation of the AA of A website
Transit Ads
Regular radio clips provided at various times of day on
Located in:
Calgary (1000)
Lethbridge (50)
Medicine Hat (50)
Edmonton (1000)
St. Albert (50)
Sherwood Park (50)
Peace River
Red Deer
Grande Prairie
Fort McMurray
Located in :
Baseline research was completed through a public
opinion poll conducted with 410 adults in Alberta. The
poll was designed to gather public perceptions about
audiologists, hearing disorders, hearing aid practitioners
and preferred methods of communication. The results of
the public opinion poll confirmed the need to move
forward with the campaign.
The public awareness campaign occurred during the
month of January 2009 and included radio clips, transit
ads and outdoor advertising in the form of billboards.
Samples of the advertising materials used may be
viewed/heard on the Hear Life! website under Resources,
News & Events/Advertising.
Fort Saskatchewan
Spruce Grove
Stony Plain
Feedback on the Audiology Awareness Campaign has
been positive and ACSLPA members can be pleased
with the success of this important endeavour! Although
the Audiology Awareness Campaign is now complete,
audiologists are encouraged to continue promoting
awareness of their profession as outlined in the “Say
You’re an Audiologist” article on page 9.
Sincere thanks to all who contributed towards making the
Audiologist Awareness Campaign a success!
Important New ACSLPA Documents - Coming Soon *
Watch for two new ACSLPA documents coming your way, for inclusion in your ACSLPA
Desktop Reference:
•Preferred Practice Guideline (PPG): Concurrent Practice by ACSLPA Members
•Professional Recommendation Statement (PRS): Auditory Integration Therapy
These new College documents will be mailed to members at the end of March - watch for them!
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
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Say You’re An Audiologist!
lthough the Audiology Awareness Campaign
was focused on the Alberta public, the best
way to sustain the image of the audiology
profession is for audiologists to identify
themselves as audiologists!
It is common to hear audiologists saying, “I test people’s
hearing” or “I fit hearing aids” or “I work with children
with cochlear implants” or “I work for a hearing aid
manufacturing company”, but the statements should be
prefaced with “I am an audiologist”.
service that benefits your profession and ultimately,
The public can also be educated by directing them to
our public information website at www.hearlife.ca. You
will find a .pdf page of printable credit card-sized
billboard ads* to hand out to clients looking for more
information on topics from tinnitus to becoming an
audiologist at:
* samples below
You’ll be performing an invaluable public education
Thank You!
he Hear Life! website is up and running at www.hearlife.ca! Special thanks to the following ACSLPA members
and staff who submitted information for this website focused on informing the public of the profession of
Karin Bork, R. Aud
Amber Roberts, R. Aud
Mayuri Hirani, R. Aud
Koren Wasilka, R.Aud
Drew Towers, R. Aud
Charlene Watson, R. Aud
Larena Lewchuk, R. Aud
Anne Woolliams, R. Aud
David Patterson, R. Aud
Anne Assaly, Registrar/CEO
Jacquie Mvula, R.Aud, DMS
The website still has more information to be added. If you are interested in sharing your expertise to expand on the
website, please contact the ACSLPA office at [email protected]
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
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Concurrent Practice in the Real World
oncurrent practice refers to the situation where
more than one ACSLPA member is providing
intervention to a client for the same or related
concern over the same period.
Thanks to those members who provided feedback last fall
re the Preferred Practice Guideline (PPG) on Concurrent
Practice. We incorporated many of your suggestions into
the final version of the PPG. You should be receiving a
hard copy of the completed document in the very near
The Concurrent Practice Ad Hoc Committee thought it
would be timely to present a couple of clinical scenarios
for your consideration as we launch the final version of
the PPG. A brief description of a “real life” scenario will
be followed by an interpretation or application of the
Concurrent Practice guidelines.
Has this ever happened to you?
A geriatric client is seen annually for a hearing
assessment by an audiologist at the local hospital. He is
followed by another audiologist at a private audiology
clinic for ongoing adjustments to his hearing aids. The
hospital audiologist adjusts his hearing aids during the
annual assessment. When the client returns to the clinic
for a follow-up visit, the private audiologist finds that the
hearing aid settings have been altered. The client is
complaining that he is having difficulty hearing in certain
situations. He is unclear about why the hearing aid
adjustment was made.
The basic tenet of the PPG is that working with open
communication and consultation between care providers
is in the best interests of the client. It’s important to note
that either of the ACSLPA members involved can initiate
the communication – what’s important is that the
communication occurs!
Has this ever happened to you?
A preschool teacher notes that one of her students would
benefit from a speech-language assessment as soon as
possible. She recommends that the mom contact an SLP
for services. The parent calls a private SLP who does
some contracting in the preschool to request an
assessment. The SLP proceeds with the assessment
upon her next scheduled visit to the school. During the
assessment, the SLP does not ask the parent if she has
pursued any other services and completes the
assessment as she would for any preschool-based
request. After submitting her results to the family and the
teacher, the SLP then discovers that the teacher has now
received documentation from the local community health
SLP, who has been seeing the child for the past few
months and has recently completed a reassessment of
the child’s skills. Now the child has two assessments
within a short period of time with some conflicting data.
One assessment indicates that the child is eligible for
Program Unit Funds and the other does not.
How could the concurrent practice guidelines be
applied in this situation?
How could the concurrent practice guidelines be
applied in this situation?
According to the guiding principles listed in the PPG,
when more than one professional is involved with a client
for the same or related concern, communication between
members is paramount. The audiologists involved could
have applied the following guidelines:
• At the initial visit, inquire if concurrent intervention is
occurring or is planned;
• Obtain consent to speak with the other clinician
• Discuss with one another the rationale for specific
settings and any deviation from prescribed targets.
This would ensure that each professional has an
appreciation and understanding of the other’s
perspective, as well as any factors they may not have
been aware of that impacted the other audiologist’s
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Briefly document key points from their discussion,
including any planned future contact.
Routinely asking whether any other SLPs are, or
have been, involved at the time of initial assessment
can minimize duplication of services. If a parent/
client chooses not to disclose this information when
asked, however, there is not much one can do
(fortunately this is the exception rather than the rule).
Open communication between all parties involved
could clarify why assessment results appear to be
conflicting: Were different assessment tools used?
Were the environments where testing took place
significantly different from one another?
different were the results?
Again, some key themes emerge from the practice
guidelines. These include provision of services that are
consistent with ACSLPA’s Code of Ethics, including
sharing of information between professionals only with
informed consent and respectful interactions with
colleagues; communication between the professionals
involved; documentation of all contacts, including
identification of key points from discussion; and
identifying a clear plan that outlines responsibilities of
each party involved and timelines regarding future
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What if a parent/client chooses not to provide
consent to contact the other clinician?
As outlined in the PPG, it is recommended that the SLP
or audiologist involved withdraw their services until
contact is possible and advise the client to this effect.
This would not prevent the member from providing a
second opinion to the client while they are still under the
care of another member, however ongoing intervention is
not recommended.
What if the two professionals involved disagree?
Guideline 10 outlines steps to consider in the event of a
disagreement between service providers.
The PPG on Concurrent Practice allows members to use
their professional judgment in the provision of concurrent
services. No two scenarios will look exactly the same.
Some concurrent interventions will involve extensive
contact and communication between service providers,
where others will involve minimal contact. However, the
key tenets remain:
communication, respectful
interactions and documentation that is in the best
interests of the client.
Do you have a concurrent practice situation you
would like to share with the membership?
We welcome your thoughts and examples of concurrent
practice for future issues of the newsletter. Please
contact Susan Rafaat at [email protected]
Health Quality Council of Alberta News
n December 2008, the Health Quality Council of
Alberta (HQCA) released the results of two surveys
that examined the experience of long-term care
residents and their families across Alberta. Overall,
50% of those residents surveyed rated the care they get
from nursing home staff as nine or 10 out of 10. The
survey found that from the residents’ perspective, items
related to communication and respect had the strongest
relationship to the overall care rating.
Overall, nearly half of the family members surveyed
(45%) also rated the care at the nursing home as nine or
10 out of 10. The survey found that the items that had
the strongest relationship to family members’ overall care
rating were related to staffing levels, care of residents’
belongings and the nursing home environment.
addition, the survey found that family members rated
smaller nursing homes (those with fewer than 100 beds)
more positively than large facilities.
experience of long-term care residents and their families.
The results provide Alberta Health Services, long term
care operators and management, direct care providers,
health professionals. and Alberta Health and Wellness
with the information they need to improve the quality of
resident care and services, as well as aspects of
residents’ quality of life.
Residents and family members associated with over 170
long-term care facilities across Alberta participated in the
surveys. For the resident survey, nearly 3,500 face-toface interviews were conducted, covering about 25% of
Alberta’s long-term care residents. For the family survey,
7,943 families completed a mailed survey for a response
rate of 70.2%. This high response resulted in a low
margin of error of ±1.1%.
The provincial technical reports and a summary of the
findings are available at:
For more information about the HQCA’s long-term care
resident and family experience surveys, please contact
Pam Brandt at 403-297-4091 or [email protected]
This is the first provincial survey of its kind undertaken in
Alberta and it establishes a baseline for measuring the
First ACSLPA Memorial Graduate
Bursary Awarded!
he ACSLPA Memorial Graduate Bursary was
established in memory of ACSLPA members who
have passed away.
The first bursary was
awarded in Fall 2008 to a graduate student in the
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at the
University of Alberta.
Congratulations to Sasha Wade, the first recipient of the
ACSLPA Memorial Graduate Bursary!
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Members in the News
adia Pelton, R.SLP was featured in an article
on “Immigrants breaking accent barriers” in
the Calgary Herald.
Please click the following link to view:
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2009 ACSLPA Conference
Coast Plaza Hotel - Calgary, AB
November 5 & 6, 2009
ark your calendars - another exciting ACSLPA
Conference is in the works! Last year’s
conference was a huge success, setting
attendance records for the third year in a row!
This year’s speaker line-up is equally dynamic - see the
enclosed Conference Flyer for details.
More information, including the conference schedule and
early bird registration form will be coming soon! These
will be posted on the ACSLPA website as soon as they
become available, and will be included with the Summer
2009 ACSLPA Newsletter.
Keep your eye on the ACSLPA website for more details
(www.acslpa.ab.ca - see What’s New).
The College is committed to providing a quality
conference with high-calibre speakers for its members on
a cost-recovery basis. As needed, ACSLPA subsidizes
this conference to continue to support members in their
professional development.
See you there!!
Winner of a free conference registration for the
2009 ACSLPA Conference!
Pascal’s name was drawn from the names of everyone
who completed the electronic conference evaluation for
the 2008 ACSLPA Conference.
Hear and There:
Humour at Work…
I am an audiologist for two ENT’s at the Alberta
Children’s Hospital. The other day, I called a very
enthusiastic boy, about 5 years old, out of the waiting
room. I like to ask kids to tell me their history, so with
his mom watching, I said “Tell me about your ears”.
“Well, this one,” he replied seriously, “is kinda leaky”.
I already knew from the referral letter that he had
been experiencing unpleasant drainage and an ear
drum perforation was suspected so we continued with
his test. At the end of the assessment, we stood to do
tympanometry. By this time, his mother was asking
questions about the test results and I was answering
her and not paying much attention to my equipment. I
could not get the ear in question to seal, so I tried a
few more times but it kept reading “LEAK”. My young
friend turned to me and said “See. I TOLD you I had
a LEAKY ear!”
Megan Williams, R.Aud
Alberta Health Services, Calgary
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When I test young children, I always ask them how
many ears they have and then I count out two
(usually) inset tips for the earphones. When I asked a
4-year-old patient recently, he told me that his left ear
“was not actually an ear”. I tried to humour him into
tell me the truth, saying “Well, I count two” and “Did
you leave one at home?” etc. As it turns out, he was
right - testing showed that he has a long-standing
moderate hearing loss in his left ear. From his
perspective and experience, the left wasn’t much of
an ear - it had never worked!
Megan Williams, R.Aud
Alberta Health Services, Calgary
Did something humourous happen at work today that left a
smile on your face? Well pass it on!!
Submit your
humourous anecdotes to us and we'll print for all to enjoy
the lighter side. We'll also consider publishing original
cartoons - consider that a challenge to the aspiring artists
out there!
Please send submissions for Hear and There: Humour
at Work to [email protected] (Note that ACSLPA
will exercise editorial control to ensure that the humour
presented is appropriate).
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Privacy Legislation
peech-language pathologists and audiologists
need to have access to information in order to
provide professional services including
assessment and treatment of clients. While
clients generally understand that numerous individuals
require access to their health information in order to
provide quality care and treatment, clients also expect that
their privacy will be respected and that their information
will be treated confidentially.
In Alberta, there are three key pieces of legislation that
outline the way in which client information must be dealt
with. Each of these laws outlines rules for how client
information may be collected, protected, used and
disclosed, and also gives individuals the rights to access
their information and request a correction to their
While the underlying principles outlined in all three pieces
of legislation are similar, they differ in terms of the types of
information that they apply to (i.e. health information, nonhealth information) and to which individuals/organizations
that they are applicable to. A brief summary of each is
Health Information Act (HIA)
HIA governs health information by addressing
protection of individually identifying health information.
HIA is applicable to all segments of the publiclyfunded health care system as well as both public and
private pharmacies and pharmacists.
Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA)
PIPA governs personal information, including both
health and non-health information, held by private
sector organizations in Alberta. PIPA is applicable to
private businesses (including private practice
businesses that provide speech-language pathology
or audiology services), non-profit organizations and
professional regulatory bodies (including ACSLPA).
Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
Act (FOIP)
FOIP governs public bodies including the Government
of Alberta ministries, boards, agencies and
commissions, school boards, post-secondary
educations institutions, and municipalities.
applies to non-health related personal information.
find themselves working in a setting where
more than one of the above pieces of
legislation is applicable. In addition, Bill 52
– Health Information Amendment Act, 2008 will likely
result in changes to how current privacy legislation is
applied. ACSLPA will provide members with updates on
Bill 52 as they become available.
Regardless of practice setting, speech-language
pathologists and audiologists should apply the following
general rules in their practice.
1. Collection of Information
Collect only that information which is essential to carry
out the purpose for which the information is being
When collecting information, maintain the highest
degree of anonymity.
Obtain appropriate consent to collect the information.
Take reasonable steps to inform the client as to what
specific information will be collected, from whom, and
the purpose for which the information is being
Collect information directly from the individual who the
information pertains to. Under HIA, clients less than
18 years of age who are capable of making their own
decisions related to their health care must be allowed
to do so. (A minor is considered “capable” if they
clearly understand the nature and consequences of
their decisions.) Health information may be collected
from another individual in the following situations:
When there are reasonable grounds to
believe that direct collection would be harmful
to the client or another individual.
Where direct collection may result in the
collection of inaccurate information.
Where direct collection is not reasonably
practical (i.e. if client is confused or
2. Protection of Information
Ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect
information from unauthorized access.
Lock and secure
information is stored.
Each piece of legislation may be accessed by visiting the
Alberta Queen’s Printer website at: http://
www.qp.gov.ab.ca/catalogue/. Helpful resources that
provide information on how to understand and use each
piece of legislation can be found on the Office of the
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta website
at: http://www.oipc.ab.ca/about/.
Ensure that computer terminals are positioned where
they cannot be seen.
Lock unattended computer terminals to prevent
unauthorized access; frequently change passwords to
access computer terminals.
Ensure computers have virus protection software and
firewalls in place.
Many speech-language pathologists and audiologists may
Avoid taking files, disks, memory sticks, lap tops, etc.
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that contain client information away from the work
Transmit and store information using an encrypted
1. Health Professions Act (HPA)
Ensure that client information is disposed of using
appropriate methods (i.e. shredding).
The HPA is legislation that governs all regulated health
professions in Alberta. The HPA states the following:
Public health threat
3. Use of Information
Use only the amount of information that is necessary
to carry out the authorized purposes for which the
information was provided.
Information should be used at the highest degree of
4. Disclosure of Information
Disclose information only when and in the manner
outlined in legislation.
Disclose only the amount of information that is
necessary to carry out the purpose for which the
information is being disclosed.
Unless an exception applies (exceptions are outlined
in legislation), consent must be provided by the client
prior to disclosure of information to a third party.
Note: There are provisions in legislation that allow
custodians of health information (i.e. provincial health
boards, health authorities, nursing home operators,
licensed pharmacies and the Ministry of Health and
Wellness) to disclose information to another
custodian without consent for the purpose of
providing health services to a client.
Client Access to Their Information
Under HIA, PIPA and FOIP, a client has the legal right to
request access to any record that contains information
about them and to request a correction to information
about them. HIA outlines situations where the request for
access to all or portions of the information should be
refused. For example, access of information should be
refused if it is related to someone other than the
applicant, in situations where the disclosure would be
prohibited by law, where the information relates to an
investigation, discipline hearing or practice review of a
service provider, or where the disclosure may result in
harm to the health and safety of an individual. Further
information on the application of legislation related to
client access of their information and requests for
corrections to information is provided on the Office of the
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta website
at: http://www.oipc.ab.ca/about/.
Duty to Report
While speech-language pathologists and audiologists
have a professional obligation to treat client information
confidentially, there are certain circumstances where they
have a duty to report information to the proper authority.
Such circumstances are outlined in the following
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1.1(1) Despite this Act, the bylaws and any
enactment that governs practice of a regulated
member or health practitioner, college or regulatory
organization, if any of the following persons knows of
or has reason to suspect the existence of a nuisance
or a threat that is or may be injurious or dangerous to
the public health, that person must immediately notify
the medical officer of health of the appropriate
regional health authority by the fastest means
a. a regulated member;
b. a health practitioner who provides health
services described in a Schedule;
c. a member of a council of, or an officer,
employee or agent of, a college
a member of a board or council of, or an
officer, employee or agent of, a regulatory
organization that governs the practice of a
health practitioner who provides health
services described in a Schedule.
2. Child, Youth & Family Enhancement Act (CYFEA)
The CYFEA is legislation that protects children and
teens under 18 years of age who are in need of
intervention services due to physical, emotional,
sexual abuse and neglect. The CYFEA states the
4(1) Any person who has reasonable and
probable grounds to believe that a child is in
need of intervention shall forthwith report the
matter to a director.
The Interpretation Section of the CYFEA states
the following:
(2) For the purposes of this Act, a child is in
need of intervention if there are reasonable and
probable grounds to believe that the survival,
security or development of the child is
endangered because of any of the following:
a. the child has been abandoned or lost;
b. the guardian of the child is dead and the child
has no other guardian;
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2009 ACSLPA Awards
i everyone! My name is Sue Decker. As
Chair of the Member Recognition Committee,
I have a request of you...
nominate these folks for an ACSLPA Horizon
Award or for the ACSLPA Honours of the
Stop for a minute, take a deep breath, and think of
some colleagues who are doing outstanding work.
Perhaps he or she is someone who just graduated a
few years ago, or is someone who has offered years of
service to clients, families and the professions. You can
The process is streamlined - check out the
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c. the child is neglected by the guardian;
d. the child has been or there is substantial risk
that the child will be physically injured or
sexually abused by the guardian of the child;
e. the guardian of the child is unable or unwilling
to protect the child from physical injury or
sexual abuse;
the child has been emotionally injured by the
guardian of the child;
g. the guardian of the child is unable or unwilling
to protect the child from emotional injury;
h. the guardian of the child has subjected the
child to or is unable or unwilling to protect the
child from cruel and unusual treatment or
Further information on the CYFEA, how to report a
possible need for intervention, and the complaint
process may be found at the Government of Alberta
website at: http://www.child.alberta.ca/home/525.cfm.
3. Protection for Persons in Care Act (PPCA)
The PPCA is legislation that promotes the safety of
adults in care, by requiring Albertans to report any
incident where they have reasonable and probable
grounds to suspect that there is, or has been abuse
against an adult client. The PPCA is applicable to all
adult clients in publicly funded care facilities that
include hospitals, seniors’ lodges, long-term care
centers and group homes. The PPCA states the
2(1) Every individual or service provider who has
reasonable and probable grounds to believe and
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believes that there is or has been abuse against
a client shall report that abuse to the Minister of
Community Development or a police service or a
committee, body or person authorized under
another enactment to investigate such an abuse.
The PPCA defines “abuse” as follows:
a. intentionally causing bodily harm,
b. intentionally causing emotional harm,
including, but not limited to, threatening,
intimidating, humiliating, harassing, coercing
or restricting from appropriate social contact,
c. intentionally administering or prescribing
medication for an inappropriate purpose,
d. subjecting to non-consensual sexual contact,
activity or behaviour,
e. intentionally misappropriating or improperly
or illegally converting money or other
valuable possessions, or
intentionally failing to provide adequate
nutrition, adequate medical attention or other
necessity of life without a valid consent.
Further information on the PPCA, how to report a
possible case of abuse, and the complaint process
may be found at the Government of Alberta website
A report of a situation of a public threat, abuse or need of
intervention as described in the HPA, CYFEA or PPCA is
not considered a breach of confidentiality. In fact, failure
to report such situations could be considered
unprofessional conduct and could result in a fine,
imprisonment or both.
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ACSLPA Volunteers Are Winners!
congratulates the following winners of the
“Volunteer Appreciation Draw” at this year’s
Sponsor Appreciation!!
Lindy Dawson
Brad Irvine
Both of these members were ACSLPA volunteers
during 2008. As draw winners, they will each receive
a $100 Chapters/Indigo gift certificate.
The Member Recognition Committee and ACSLPA
Council would also like to recognize the amazing
commitment and contributions made by the 2008
Conference Committee in putting on a spectacular
ACSLPA Conference once again!
Carey Pidhayecki Stefishen
Laurie Harrison
Jacki Johnson
Pam Reeves Murphy
Rhonda Kajner
Maureen Roszell
Jo Daugherty (ex officio)
Joy Lim
(Conference planner)
The Member Recognition Committee and ACSLPA
Council extend a heartfelt thank you to all outgoing
committee members in 2008:
Christine Gotaas
Sue Christensen
Susan Greaves
Jodi Higdon
Steven Clements
Raksha Kholia
Carmen Hengeveld
Tanya Sloane
Michelle Millson Kuefler
Charlene Thompson
Krista Sabrowski
Terri Duncan
Thanks for your time and commitment spent in
service to the College!
May is Speech and Hearing
Awareness Month
In addition, ACSLPA would like to acknowledge the
generousity of the following companies for their donations
Alberta Treasury Branch
Fireball Equipment
Liz Webster
RBC Westlock
Maureen Roszell
Ron Hodgson Pontiac
Buick GMC Ltd.
Apple Fitness
Second Cup - Gateway
Nancy Onishi
Vines - Riverbend Square
Alberta Health Services School Health Services
And a very special thank you to...
ACSLPA Council, members and staff thank Mr. Russ N.
Gregg for his donation to ACSLPA through the United Way
of Calgary Donor Choice Program. Monies donated by Mr.
Gregg were designated to the ACSLPA professional
development fund.
Private Chat
ay Month is fast approaching – to celebrate,
we’ve got a fun new contest! See the
following page for details.
And while you’re thinking of a great new slogan, at the
same time don’t forget to send us in the details or pics
from any May Month initiatives you participate in this
year. We’re building a resource library of great ideas
and initiatives for members to draw on.
The ACSLPA resource library of May Month ideas can
be found on the ACSLPA website at http://
www.acslpa.ab.ca/members_area-f.html - See Section 4
- Promoting the Professions.
Don’t forget to enter this year’s slogan contest Deadline is May 31, 2009
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is pleased to announce that the
2009 Private Practice Roster
is available on our website www.asapp.ca
There have been 73 speech-language pathologist members
renew and ASAPP has welcomed 18 new members.
Be sure to view the roster on-line or request a copy be
mailed to you.
Employing agencies in Alberta have been sent a copy of the
2009 Private Practice Roster.
• www.asapp.ca • Ph: 780-988-2217 •
May Month
is fast approaching – to celebrate, we’ve got a fun new contest!
How many times have you been at a party or get-together when someone asks the proverbial... “What
kind of work do you do” question? The goal of our new contest is to come up with a 1- to 2-line slogan
to explain exactly that - who are speech-language pathologists and audiologists and what do they do?
As part of ongoing advocacy initiatives, ACSLPA welcomes your submissions for this creative, funfilled contest that will also go a long way to educate the public about who we are and what we do!
To enter, provide a brief answer to the following statement:
I’m a speech-language pathologist and I _________________________________.
I’m an audiologist and I ____________________________________.
One size does not fit all, so feel free to tailor your response to the type of work that you do on a
daily basis. Submissions will be shared with the membership and prizes will be awarded for speechlanguage pathology and audiology entries as judged by a panel of ACSLPA members. You may even
find a slogan that you wish to adopt as your own!
To Enter
Email us your submission - Attention: Jackie Hessels at [email protected] Please indicate “May
Month Contest” on the subject line. You can also fax your entry to: 780-408-3925. Be sure to
include your name and contact information. Deadline is May 31, 2009.
Three prizes will be awarded for the following:
• one speech-language pathology entry
• one audiology entry
• a third selection from either profession that catches the panel’s attention
Prizes will take the form of a $25.00 gift certificate of the winner’s choice from the following list of
• Tim Horton’s
• The Bay
• Starbucks
• Chapters
• Second Cup
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ACSLPA Centenary PhD Scholarship Established
CSLPA has committed to donate $100,000 over
a five-year period to the Faculty of Rehabilitation
Medicine at the University of Alberta for the
creation of a Centenary PhD Scholarship in
rehabilitation medicine. The first scholarship of $5,000
will be awarded in Fall 2009 to a graduate student
pursuing a PhD in speech-language pathology or
Both the Alberta College of Occupational Therapists and
the College of Physical Therapists of Alberta have also
each committed to donating $100,000 towards Centenary
PhD Scholarships in rehabilitation medicine.
Establishing the scholarship is timely and an important
step towards ensuring that there are sufficient academic
faculty at the doctoral level to teach the clinicians of the
future and in addressing increasing workplace demands
for skilled speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
Further information is available on the press release on
the following page, and which is also posted on the
ACSLPA website under “What’s New?”.
Rehabilitation Certificates - U of A
he Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the
University of Alberta is developing a series of
education) as part of its outreach program to
rehabilitation professions.
The concept of these
certificates has been well received by clinicians and
administrators alike.
The vision is to offer a range of certificates through
university graduate-level credit courses specifically
designed to build on existing expertise of clinicians in the
workplace. These programs will include both professionspecific as well as inter-disciplinary content.
Courses would be offered via distance technologies and
face-to-face learning opportunities. One, a certificate in
Francophone Practice for speech-language pathologists,
is looking forward to its third year of classes in 2009.
Several other initiatives are underway, including interdisciplinary certificates in Pain Management, Diagnostic
Imaging and Stroke Rehabilitation. We hope to see each
of these certificate courses launched in 2009.
The Certificate Program Advisory Council continues to
receive excellent suggestions for future certificate
programs from keen clinicians in the community. To
encourage further suggestions, a proposal form has been
developed that will allow the Certificate Program Advisory
Council to review and prioritize these suggestions.
If you have ideas and would like to discuss the initiative,
feel free to contact Dr. David Magee at 780-492-5949 or
by email at [email protected]
Faculty of Rehab Medicine - French/English On-line Course for SLPs
a francophonie – vous y travaillez déjà ou vous
portez de l’intérêt à la communauté? La Faculty
of Rehabilitation Medicine et le Campus SaintJean de la University of Alberta offre pour la
troisième année consécutive un cours pour
orthophonistes. Le cours SPA 550, offert en ligne au
printemps 2009, porte sur des enjeux culturels et
linguistiques francophones/anglophones. Le cours SPA
551, offert en août sur le campus de la Faculté St. Jean,
présente les modéles et les outils d’évaluation et
d’intervention pour les enfants et les adultes qui ont des
troubles de la parole. Les deux cours sont enseignés en
français. SPA 550 est un pré-requis au cours SPA 551.
Nous ferons paraître d’autres annonces et des détails
sous peu.
the third consecutive year a course for speech-language
pathologists. SPA 550, an on-line course offered in
Spring 2009, will address French-English cultural and
linguistic issues. SPA 551, offered in August at the
Faculte’ St. Jean campus, reviews appropriate
assessment tools and treatment models for children and
adults with speech disorders. Instruction is in French for
both courses. SPA 550 is a prerequeisite for SPA 551.
Watch for further announcements and details.
Pour plus de détails svp contactez/For more détails
please contact Camille Gregoret at:
[email protected]
Interested in, or already working with, the Francophone
community? The Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and
Campus St. Jean at the University of Alberta will offer for
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February 18, 2009
Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
donates $100,000 to support PhD Scholarship in Rehab Medicine
EDMONTON - The Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
(ACSLPA) is donating $100,000 to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine for the creation of
an endowed ACSLPA Centenary PhD Scholarship. The College council made the decision,
January 24, 2009.
“This endowment aligns with our College’s priorities to ensure the public receives outstanding
speech language and audiology services,” says ACSLPA Council President Sherri Garries.
“This investment will promote advanced research within our profession and support the
development of new leaders in speech-language pathology and audiology for this province.”
Dean of the Faculty Martin Ferguson-Pell said ACSLPA’s gift will accomplish several
important goals. First, and most importantly, the donation will provide much-needed support
for students. “It’s a gift that will keep on giving and growing.”
“Second, the support will enable us to tackle an important educational goal: helping us to
attract bright students who will assume leadership positions in education and research. And
third, ACSLPA’s investment, more broadly, ensures speech-language pathology and
audiology are among the disciplines within our institution that flourishes as we seek to
become one of North America’s finest universities.”
With competing demands on the College’s finite resources, explained the Dean, we are
particularly gratified and thankful to know that the College considers its investment in its
most important educational partner to be of paramount importance. “ACSLPA’s leadership
sends a positive message to the provincial government and other potential donors that
investing in our graduate students today helps to guarantee quality healthcare in the future.”
ACSLPA provides progressive leadership and support to audiologists and speech-language
pathologists, ensuring communication and hearing health of the public. ACSLPA protects and
serves the public by regulating, supporting, and ensuring competent, ethical practice of
audiologists and speech-language pathologists in Alberta.
Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell
Dean, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, 780-492-5991
Anne Assaly
Registrar, Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, 1-800-537-0589
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News from the U of A
The Program
he Department of Speech Pathology and
Audiology at the University of Alberta recently
received word from the Accreditation Board of
the Council for Accreditation of Canadian
University Programs in Audiology and Speech-Language
Pathology (CACUP-ASLP) that the MScSLP program’s
accreditation has been renewed for the full seven-year
supplementary materials in July and underwent a site
review during the fall semester of 2008. After a review of
those materials and the report of the site reviewers, the
Board noted that the program met all accreditation
standards and unanimously voted to award full program
accreditation. They also noted that we have
demonstrated extraordinary effort and planning to
accommodate our increased enrollment. We are very
pleased with this endorsement and statement of
confidence in the quality of the program and faculty and
the accomplishments of our graduating students.
It is admissions time at the SPA Department. The
Admissions Committee members are busily reading the
files of hopeful applicants, preparing to again select
another group of 60 students to enter the program in the
fall of 2009. (The first cohort of 60 students was admitted
in the fall of 2008.)
increase the capacity for clinical
placements in speech-language
services with adults. The HWAP
project will provide initial funding for
the first two of four new SLP
positions in the Edmonton area providing SLP services to
adults in continuing care, including facility living,
supported living, and home living streams. The SLPs in
these positions will supervise a minimum of four full-time
student placements and several part-time placements
each year. Rhonda Kajner assumed the first position in
September 2008, and the second position is expected to
be filled by April 2009.
New Positions
The MScSLP program expansion has created several
opportunities for expanding our faculty/staff. Recruitment
is underway for three new tenure-track faculty
members. The selection advisory committee is working
with a professional search firm, Davies-Park, to identify
and review prospective applicants. In addition to these
new faculty positions, we are currently recruiting SLPs to
fill two newly-created Lab Coordinator/Clinical
Educator positions – one in the area of speech science/
adult neurogenics and another in child speech and
language. These individuals will assist in teaching and
laboratory experiences as well as provide clinical
supervision for students in the in-house clinic. More
information about these opportunities can be found on
our website at http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/spa/
The department continues its efforts to maintain a highquality learning environment for this larger student body.
Several initiatives have begun. For example, renovations
have just been completed of the Speech/Language
Science Teaching Lab. The former speech science lab
and audiology suite were combined to create a larger and
more efficient space with additional workstations to
accommodate larger groups. Workstations are equipped
with state-of-the-art audiologic, acoustic, and physiologic
instrumentation and language software, creating
exceptional opportunities for hands-on learning.
The Staff
A second initiative is the creation of additional space for
accommodating the additional students in spring/summer
placements. The university has leased space in College
Plaza (across the street from Corbett Hall), which will
include four treatment rooms with observation capabilities
along with office and workspace for clinical educators and
students. Renovations will begin in April in order to be
ready for the spring/summer clinic.
Teresa Gagnon, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and
Kelly Lucky, Sessional Instructor for the Grant MacEwan
SLP-Assistant Program, are currently teaching SPA 518:
Remediation of Child Language Disorders for Dr. Joanne
Volden, who is serving as Associate Dean of Graduate
Studies and Research in the Faculty of Rehabilitation
A two-year collaborative project between Alberta Health
Services and the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the
University of Alberta, called “A Collaboration to Increase
Clinical Placements with Adults for Speech-Language
Pathology Students” was funded by the Health Workforce
Action Plan (HWAP). The goal of the project is to
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The SPA Department has been very fortunate to benefit
from the talents and time of individuals within the clinical
community who have helped us meet the instructional
needs of our students during the 2008 – 2009 school
Christine Gotaas, of the Glenrose Rehabilitation
Hospital, taught fall 2008 SPA 529: Adult Language
Disorders II for Dr. Tammy Hopper, who is on sabbatical.
The Department also has benefited from the efforts of two
PhD students in Rehabilitation Science who are also staff
members of the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
Rehabilitation Research Centre.
Patricia Edney and Susan Armijo-Olivo are currently
teaching SPA 501: Clinical Research Methods for Dr.
Paul Hagler, who is on administrative leave.
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The entire Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, including
the SPA Department, has been enjoying a series of
seven lunchtime presentations by Dr. Eleanor Stewart.
The Rehabilitation Research Centre of the Faculty of
Rehabilitation Medicine is sponsoring this Ethics Sampler
Series throughout the winter term. Dr. Stewart is an SLP
with Alberta Health Services and does research in the
area of the ethics of clinical service.
abstract of Dr. Hodge’s McCalla project will soon be
featured in the campus-wide Folio publication.
In January Dr. Carol Boliek assumed the position of
Graduate Coordinator for the SPA Department. She
succeeds Dr. Phyllis Schneider who held the position
for the past five years. The Graduate Coordinator has the
responsibility for policies and procedures related to
admissions, awards, and thesis study.
Dr. Joanne Volden and her colleagues were recently
awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research 5Year Operating Grant to study “Autism Spectrum
Disorders: Pathways to Better Outcomes (Phase II).”
At the inaugural gala of the Rehabilitation Medicine
Students Association (RMSA) in January 2008, Dr. Carol
Boliek received one of three RMSA Teaching Awards.
We congratulate her on this significant honour.
The Students
During the fall semester of 2008, the 44 members of the
Class of 2009, then enrolled in Dr. Melanie Campbell’s
SPA 534: Aural (Re) Habilitation, participated in an
activity called Sound Sense. The Hearing Foundation of
Canada in conjunction with Bridges Support Services of
Edmonton produced and sponsors Sound Sense: Save
Your Hearing for the Music!/Oui à l’Ouīe: Ménagez
Vos Oreilles Pour La Musique! The program materials
comprise a classroom presentation, DVD, support
materials, a sound-level meter for the classroom, and
earplugs for students. It complements the grade six
Healthy Living - Injury Prevention Curriculum. The Alberta
project is funded by RBC Financial Group. The program
affords our SLP students the opportunity to present inservices in a school setting. Our students then make it
possible for grade six students to learn about hearing and
the need to protect it. Numbers are still being calculated,
but it is estimated that the class of 2009 reached between
1,300 and 1,500 grade six students with this important
preventative message.
Research Notes
Dr. Megan Hodge was recently awarded a McCalla
Professorship for 2009-2010. According to the mission
statement for the McCalla awards: “McCalla Professors
are those who value excellence in teaching, acknowledge
the importance of students, conduct themselves in an
ethical manner, are collaborative, open to change, take
pride in history and traditions and are committed to
integrating their research and teaching.” As stated in a
congratulatory note from Associate Dean Joanne Volden:
“Available only once in a person’s career, the McCalla
Professorship recognizes faculty who place a high value
on teaching and who are committed to integrating
teaching and research. Although it’s a rigorous
competition, anyone who knows Megan will realize the
award description could have been written for her.” The
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One more note about Dr. Hodge’s research! Updated
information about the TOCS+ Project, directed by Megan
Hodge and funded by the Canadian Language and
Literacy Research Network, will be available at http://
www.tocs.plus.ualberta.ca as of March 15, 2009.
Dr. Phyllis Schneider, Dr. Martin Beaudoin (Campus
St. Jean), and Dr. Elin Thordardottir (McGill University)
were awarded a grant from the Consortium National de
Formation en Santé. It will enable the researchers to
collect pilot language data from Francophone children in
Alberta. The researchers hope to obtain a subsequent
and larger grant from the same agency to enable them to
collect data across western Canada. The pilot data will
aid the researchers in the selection of assessment tools
and in refinement of procedures. The data will be
compared to data already collected by Dr. Thordardottir
from Quebec children. The ultimate goal is to collect
normative information that can be used by SLPs, so that
they will have norms suitable for the region in which they
The Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and the University
of Alberta are presently conducting interviews to fill a
joint-appointment position in audiology research. The
holder of the position will conduct research at the
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and serve as a potential
supervisor of research projects/theses conducted by SPA
The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research
ISTAR’s Calgary satellite office has moved and now
shares space in two locations: #404, 1300–8 Street SW
(Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and Campana Place:
#403, 609–14 Street NW (Wednesdays).
Speechlanguage pathologist Elizabeth Haynes continues to
head up the Calgary satellite office.
Contact 403-201-7285; 780-492-2619; [email protected]
or visit the website at http://www.istar.ualberta.ca.
We are delighted to announce that Holly Lomheim,
Intensive Clinic and Training Coordinator at ISTAR,
received the Clinical Excellence Award (Urban) from the
Alberta Rehabilitation Coordinating Council in September
To sign up for ISTAR’s new e-newsletter, 5 Things You
Should Know, please send an email to [email protected]
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2008 Honours of the College Award Winner
andy Nickel “really loves a
challenge,” says Selene Tash. She
has lots of energy, and is “really
committed to customer service and
to clients,” whether staff, children receiving
services or managers.
In her speech-language pathology career over the last 14
years, Sandy has worked in a variety of settings, both
rural and urban. She is currently Operations Manager
with Community Health Services in Edmonton. “She
wants to relate and she wants to learn,” said Selene. In
her job as Operations Manager, she went outside her
comfort zone to learn about nursing and dental programs.
“She brings a lot of life to the setting she works in.”
Both Selene and Karyn Forst, her nominators for the
award, indicated that Sandy is exceptional at building
relationships with others. As manager of the telehealth
team, a joint project between what used to be Capital
Health and the Aspen Health Region, she did an
outstanding job training speech-language pathology
assistants. Said Selene, “Sandy is very down to earth
and practical.”
She built strong and “sincere
relationships” with the assistants she trained by
understanding where they were in their development, and
helping them to reach their potential. Karyn, who worked
with Sandy on the telehealth team, said that Sandy
helped the assistants in the St. Paul area who came from
a variety of backgrounds, to be “efficient and to know
their abilities and limitations.” They are “very good
because of her work.” She got the schools in the area
fired up about using the telehealth equipment in order to
get services for children in the area. The telehealth team
received a RISE award from Capital Health in 2006.
Sandy worked as ACSLPA’s Executive Director/Director
of Member Services (DMS) from 2003 to 2006.
According to Anne Lopushinsky, ACSLPA’s former
Registrar, Sandy led many initiatives, including
representing ACSLPA on the Alberta Children and Youth
Initiative’s Speech-Language Services Advisory
Committee charged with developing a plan for
sustainable speech and language services for children in
Alberta. A number of the action items coming out of
Sandy’s involvement continue to be implemented by the
professions and the Alberta government.
I had the pleasure of working with Sandy when she was
ACSLPA’s DMS and concur with Anne that Sandy
continues to “do it all, do it well, and do it humbly.”
Congratulations, Sandy!
Elizabeth Haynes, R.SLP
Chair, Communications Committee
2008 Horizon Award Winners
008 marked the inaugural year for the ACSLPA
Horizon Award.
The Horizon Award is
presented to one speech-language pathologist
and one audiologist in recognition of a newlygraduated member (less than five years since
graduation) who has demonstrated initiative, leadership
and excellence in service delivery.
Below, meet the first-ever recipients of this new award –
Nikki Haberle, R.SLP, and Drew Towers, R.Aud, who
were presented with their awards at the 2008 ACSLPA
Conference awards luncheon.
Nikki Haberle, says Morgan Whiteside, her
nominator for the Horizon Award, is
“passionate about what she does,” a
passion that is reflected in her work as a
speech-language pathologist with the Elk
Island School Division.
Nikki has worked for Elk Island for three years, in an
early intervention program with PUF funded children as
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well as with school-aged children. She initiated and
developed language centres for all children in her
kindergarten classrooms and teacher-run phonological
awareness programs.
Said Morgan, “Nikki’s made a real effort to get into the
classroom and she’s been a great leader in that regard.”
She’s extended her language centres to her grade one
classrooms this year, initiated presentations at her
schools on speech and language, and developed
partnerships with parents to find ways to complete
articulation practice at home, resulting in greater gains
and less class time missed for therapy.
“Nikki’s been an innovator in our department,” Morgan
reported. She took the initiative in studying each
grade’s Alberta Education curriculum objectives and
identified areas where language skills interact with
these objectives. “Nikki’s enthusiastic, she has a great
personality, she’s lived and worked in different places in
the world, and is a well rounded person,” Morgan
Shannon, a team teacher in one of her preschool
classes, wrote that Nikki is an “excellent SLP who
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makes it a priority to find ways to successfully engage
children in her work… We love having her in our
Congratulations, Nicola!
Elizabeth Haynes, R.SLP
Chair, Communications Committee
The 2008 audiology recipient of this honour
is Andrew (Drew) Towers, AuD who in 2005
jumped in with both feet to serve as
ACSLPA Council’s Vice-President–Member
Services and subsequently became VicePresident–Regulatory, President and Past
President. When Drew was elected in 2005, he was
also completing his doctorate in audiology and juggling
full-time work as co-owner of Hearing Sense in Red
Deer. He was one of the first audiologists in Alberta
approved to use the title “Doctor” while providing a
health service.
Drew worked to enhance relationships with all national
and provincial associations, universities and regulatory
bodies. He served on numerous committees, promoted
audiology awareness and wrote insightful articles for
the ACSLPA Newsletter on ethical issues.
In nominating Drew for this award, Anne Lopushinsky,
former ACSLPA Registrar, cited his passion, exemplary
commitment and work ethic as well as his youth. She
pointed out that Drew wasn’t even born when she
started her professional education. Drew counts Anne
as one of his mentors along with Tom Froelich, his first
audiology professor at Minot State University.
While obtaining his Masters degree (2001-2003), Drew
served as Regional Councilor and then as VicePresident of the National Speech-Language Hearing
Association (NSSLHA), working collaboratively with the
American Speech-Language and Hearing Association
Drew was the first author of an article published in
Seminars in Hearing (telehealth issue) which was
recognized as one of the best diagnostic audiology
articles of 2005.
Now that Drew’s stint as Past President is done, he is
taking the wheel as President of the resurrected
Audiology Association of Alberta (AA of A), hoping to
make it a “driving force for audiologists” in the province.
After reviewing a list of Drew’s accomplishments, one
might speculate that there are two of him. But no, he’s
a singular “Towers de force”. He’s even managed to
find time to rappel waterfalls in Costa Rica, visit Mt.
Kilimanjaro and hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in
When asked what he thought about receiving the
award, Drew commented “I was flattered to be
nominated. I was lucky to have great mentors and
guidance. Without them, things could have looked
much different. Really, the Horizon Award is as much a
testament to the people I have been involved with in
those first five years and even before as it is to me.”
Congratulations Drew! You are an inspiration to us all.
Carol Dearden, R.SLP
Communications Committee
Honours of the College Winners... Where Are They Now?
CSLPA is proud to have recognized many
worthy members who have been recipients of
the ACSLPA Honours of the College Award.
The Communications Committee decided it
might be fun to catch up with some of the College’s
past winners to see where they were now.
Below are Honours of the College winners whom we
were able to contact and who responded to our
questionnaire. They are listed in alphabetical order:
Bonnie Chappell, R.SLP, has been working in her
private practice in Sherwood Park since 1999 and
loves her 20 second commute to work. She also
contracts with the Edmonton Catholic Early Learning
Team and the Edmonton Islamic Academy
kindergarten program, and sponsors workshops for
teachers, SLPs and others. She continues to enjoy
learning about the impact of phonological awareness
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on reading and spelling, and myofunctional therapy.
Says Bonnie, “I never get tired of watching the
excitement as a client learns that he can read or spell
or master a speech sound… I love the interaction with
children… they make me laugh every day.”
Sue Decker, R.SLP, is a Clinical Educator at the
University of Alberta. She continues to enjoy working
with SLP students and the clients with aphasia and
Parkinson’s disease, at Corbett Clinic. She’s currently
working on a new adult services project which will
provide services to people served by home care,
supported living and long term care. Says Sue “I work
as an SLP part-time which allows me to pursue my
other vocation, songwriting and making music.”
Cindy Humphrey, R.SLP, writes from Calgary that
she continues to work at Alberta Children’s Hospital,
with voice and cleft palate clients. She’s recently been
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involved in a complex aphonia/conversion disorders case
which she finds fascinating. She has acknowledged her
“aging auditory mechanism and got a hearing aid.” Says
Cindy, “I actually did take my retirement, but for me that
meant going from full time to .6 FT.” Cindy tells us that
grandchildren are “definitely worth the stress of raising
our children.”
Anne Lopushinsky, R.SLP, left her job as ACSLPA
Registrar/CEO in August 2008 and is now working as an
Accreditation Consultant with Alberta Health Services –
Edmonton. She reports that her current position
“reinforces that the excellent work done by SLPs and
audiologists is well recognized by a number of health
care professionals,” though she laments this message
isn’t “as clear to the public.”
Lu-Anne McFarlane, R.SLP, is working as Academic
Coordinator of Clinical Education in the Department of
Speech Pathology and Audiology at the U of A. She has
an expanded role, but continues to value her contacts
with SLPs in the community, young children and talented
student clinicians. She is excited about the recent U of A
SLP program expansion and the inclusion of the Corbett
Hall Early Education Program into the department. LuAnne writes that she appreciates the support of ACSLPA
and Alberta SLPs in providing high-quality placements for
students. “It is an honour to be part of such a group and
this profession is a great way to spend my working days.”
Liz Webster, R.SLP, is currently engaged in part-time
private practice.
She has also been involved in
developing a post-professional education program in the
Faculty of Rehabilitation at the U of A, focusing on
graduate-level courses in specific areas of content
interest, with experts in these areas. Completion of these
courses for those registered will culminate in a certificate.
Says Liz, “Life is good!”
Norma Wood of Calgary is currently working as the
Director of Employee Wellness with Alberta Health
Services – Calgary. Since leaving her position as
Director of SLPA at Alberta Children’s Hospital in 1995,
she’s worked in a number of areas, the most interesting
being project lead for health service planning for the 2002
G8 summit.
Her department is working with the
University of Calgary on a study looking at mental health
issues in the workplace. Norma states, “I treasure the
years I worked as a speech-language pathologist… My
education and work as an SLP helped make me who I am
These are inspiring words from some of our past winners.
It is evident their enthusiasm, dedication and humility
continues to this day. Cindy Humphrey writes, “I do not
feel in any way outstanding, and feel that all SLPs and
audiologists should be congratulated for the work we do.”
Elizabeth Haynes, R.SLP
Chair, Communications Committee
* A History of Winners *
ACSLPA would like to recognize Honours of the College recipients over the past 22 years....
Wendy Dawson
Kathy Logan de Chávez
Leslie Wellman
John Friesenhan
Glenn Johnson
Teresa Pilger (Gagnon)
Bonnie Chappell
Sue Decker
Barb Strobach
Margie Hartwig
Cindy Humphrey
Marian Hagler
No recipient
Deborah Hollingsworth
Anne Lopushinsky
Sharon Bond
Liz Webster
Carmen Read-Hengeveld
Christine Gotaas
Linda Hurkot
Luanne McFarlane
Jack MacTavish
Not Awarded
- All members honoured
Norma Wood
Dr. Michael Webster
Sandy Nickel
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VOICE for Deaf Children - Newly-Formed Edmonton Chapter
hearing loss who are learning spoken language. To
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abou t
vis it
www.voicefordeafkids.com or contact VOICE toll free at
You can also contact the local
Edmonton Chapter at [email protected]
VOICE supports early identification through universal
infant hearing screening and access to services which
enable them to listen and speak. VOICE supports early
identification through universal infant hearing screening
and access to services for children and students with
VOICE Edmonton Chapter is offering monthly parent
support group meetings which are run by parents of hard
of hearing children who use verbal communication. We
have had past meetings about Individual Program Plans,
Assistive Listening Devices, Literacy and Advocacy. We
welcome professionals to our meetings as well.
OICE for Hearing Impaired Children is pleased
to announce the formation of its Edmonton
VOICE Chapter. VOICE’s mission is to ensure
that deaf children have the right to learn to
listen and to speak, and have access to services which
enable them to listen and speak.
Research in Alberta - An Interview with Dr. Jana Rieger
r. Jana Rieger responded to our call for
information on research in Alberta, and I
spoke to her on November 5, 2008...
Dr. Rieger is completing the write-up of an Alberta
Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
study looking at prevention of dry mouth in head and
neck cancer patients. Dry mouth is a common
occurrence after radiation therapy. She investigated
whether drug therapy or a surgical intervention had the
best outcome and found that surgical intervention
(where the submandibular salivary gland was moved
and shielded from radiation therapy) resulted in better
swallowing outcomes, with those subjects having
surgical intervention being able to move food and
swallow at a more normal speed than those receiving
drug therapy, who took twice as long.
A current research study involves looking at other ways
to prevent dry mouth in head and neck cancer patients,
including a new type of radiation therapy called intensity
modulated radiation therapy. A computer is programmed
to prevent too much radiation from going to the salivary
glands, thereby shielding them. The intensity modulated
radiation treatment will be compared to other forms of
treatment for prevention of dry mouth. This research is
spearheaded through her lab at IRSM, and Dr. Rieger is
working with oncologists at the Cross Cancer Institute.
Another of Dr. Rieger’s research projects involves
looking at effectiveness of treatment for cancer of the
soft palate, specifically surgical
reconstruction of the soft palate. A specific surgical
technique developed by the head and neck surgeons at
the U of A Hospital has allowed patients’ own tissues to
be used to achieve normal resonance. In the past, if a
large part of the soft palate was removed, Dr. Rieger
explained, it would be impossible to use the patient’s
own tissues to achieve normal resonance, and patients
would have to wear a prosthesis. The results of this
study are currently in press in the Head & Neck Journal.
Dr. Rieger has a cross-appointment at the University of
Alberta where she is an associate professor in the
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology in the
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Program Director
for Functional Outcomes at Institute for Reconstructive
Sciences in Medicine (IRSM - formerly COMPRU) based
at the Misericordia Hospital. Her current teaching
responsibilities involve teaching head and neck anatomy
to speech-language pathology students.
She also
teaches voice and resonance disorders with Dr. Melanie
Campbell. Dr. Rieger received her Bachelors degree in
speech-language pathology from the University of
Alberta, her Masters degree in speech-language
pathology from the University of Arizona and her PhD in
Rehabilitation Science from the University of Alberta.
Elizabeth Haynes, R.SLP
Chair, Communications Committee
Are you involved in a new initiative or research project in Alberta?
Would you be interested in having your research profiled
in the ACSLPA Newsletter?
If so, please contact Elizabeth Haynes, Chair of the Communications Committee, at [email protected], or
call 780-944-1609 or 800-537-0589 (toll free) with your ideas.
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Employment Opportunities
Successful private practice (est.1994) requires full or part-time speech-language pathologist.
• Registered member in good standing with the Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (ACSLPA)
Masters degree in speech language pathology
Minimum 4 years clinical experience
Experience with preschool/kindergarten special needs students
Self motivated and independent worker
This position provides opportunity for direct therapy and consultation services with a focus on clients ages 3-5 with mild/moderate and severe
communication needs. The primary work responsibilities are to students in Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten in schools situated within Red Deer
and the surrounding area. Assessment, treatment, development and implementation of individual program plans, supporting Educational
Assistants and reporting comprise the core responsibilities. In clinic therapy, opportunity to develop an area of expertise, providing workshops
and presentations can also be a part of this position.
This positions offers a competitive salary, flexible working hours, staff development budget, and payment of liability insurance. The practice is
located in the new office space, has extensive assessment/treatment resources and computer access. As a self directed clinician, you will be
able to determine your caseload size, manage your scheduling and choose an office or home based work environment to complete indirect
client work.
Potential ownership opportunity for individuals interested in pursuing a private practice career.
Direct inquiries/resumes to:
Communication Options Inc.
Attention: Director – Barbara Hitchcock
PO Box 20003
Red Deer AB T4N 6X5
Phone: 403-343-0977
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Audiologist, to provide full time diagnostic, rehabilitative and preventative services in
office as well as provide audiological services for existing ENT clinics.
• A Masters degree in audiology or AuD
• ACSLPA registration or eligibility to obtain
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• An ability to work in a busy environment
• An ability to work with a general caseload of all age groups
• An interest in ongoing professional training by attending conferences, professional meetings, manufacturer’s seminars etc.
• An extremely competitive salary
• An attractive benefits package including health, dental plans, life and disability insurance
• A moving bonus with relocation expenses paid
• Paid time off for continuing education opportunities
• Yearly registration fees paid
• Flexible work schedule with plenty of opportunity for personal time off
Consideration will be given to candidates interested in part time or temporary positions. As well as candidates in the process of completing
educational requirements through internships, field placements etc.
To apply, please forward a cover letter and your resume by mail, fax or email to:
Kevin Anderson, AuD, Aud(C), CCC-A, R.Aud
10608 – 124 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5N 1S3
Fax: (780) 482-5217
Email: [email protected]
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Please make your cheque payable to the Edmonton Down Syndrome Society and mail it along
with this form to:
Edmonton Down Syndrome Society
#218, 12345 - 121 Street ● Edmonton, Alberta ●T5L 4Y7
www.edss.ca ● E-mail: [email protected] ● Phone 780-944-4224
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Upcoming Events
Alberta Health Services
Speech-Language Pathology Services
at the Glenrose Hospital
welcomes you to...
Thursdays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
April 2 - May 7, 2009
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Room 1286, 10230 - 111
Edmonton, AB
Who’s it for?
Communication partners of people with aphasia
For more information or to register contact:
Sophie Kollias
[email protected]
Cross Country Education
Continuing education one-day seminars
for rehabilitation professionals...
Presented by
Timothy Kowalski, MA, CCC-SLP
April 6, 2009 - Edmonton, AB
April 7, 2009 - Calgary, AB
For more information or to register contact:
800-397-0180 or 615-331-4422
Alberta Health Services
April 6
April 7
May 7
May 14
Dynavox M3
Dynavox Series 5 V and VMax
Introduction to Eco-14
Using your Cell Phone as a
Memory Aid
May 21 AAC and Aphasia
June 8 Cognitive Aids Expo
The Speech and Stuttering Institute
presents two workshops....
April 16, 2009
Presented by Megan Hodge, PhD, R.SLP
April 17, 2009
Presented by Barry Guitar, PhD
Toronto Botanical Garden
Toronto, ON
For more information or to register contact:
Audrey Synowec, I CAN Centre
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Phone: 780-735-6070
Email: [email protected]
For more information or to register contact:
Phone: 416-491-7771
Fax: 416-491-7215
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Northern Speech Services, Inc.
April 22-24, 2009
Saskatoon, SK
For more information contact:
Events of Distinction
306-651-3118 / Fax 306-651-3119
[email protected]
Incorporating ABA Principles to Build
Functional Communication
Tamara Kasper, MS, CCC-SLP, BCBA
May 1, 2009
Quality Hotel Airport
Calgary, AB
For more information or to register contact:
Phone: 888-337-3866
Email: [email protected]
ISTAR is now accepting registrations…
2009 Intensive Stuttering Clinics
Adult/Teen (15+)
Young Teen (11-15)
Child (7-11)
May 4-22, 2009
July 6-24, 2009
July 6-24, 2009
August 4-27, 2009
October 5-23, 2009
May 7-8
Core Training Institute for Social Workers (2-day)
October 26-30
Half-day and full-day workshops
Full Training Institute (5-day)
For more information contact:
(780) 492-2619
For more information contact:
Aphasia Institute
416-226-3636 ext 23
[email protected]
or visit their website:
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Saskatoon Health Region Speech-Language Pathology
The Canadian Network for Innovation in Education
(CNIE) is pleased to announce...
Tom Franceschini, MS, CCC-SLP
May 8-9, 2009
Saskatoon City Hospital Auditorium
Repends Centre
Saskatoon, SK
May 10-13, 2009
Room 140, Barnett House
11010 - 142 Street NW
Edmonton, AB
For more information or to register contact:
Cameron Allen
Speech-Language Pathology Dept.
Royal University Hospital
For more information contact:
Crystal Mohr
Canadian Healthcare Association
613-241-8005 ext 226 / Fax: 613-241-5055
[email protected]
Alberta Health Services
Calgary Health Region
The Speech Language Pathology
Council of Eastern Health
Calgary Acute Care SLP Group announces...
proudly presents...
Presented by
Joseph Murray, PhD, CCC-SLP, BRS-S
Dr. J. Rosenbek
Day 1: May 11, 2009
Day 2: May 12, 2009
Foothills Medical Centre
Calgary, AB
May 14-15, 2009
L A Miller Centre
St. John’s, NL
For more information contact:
Kevin Lindland
[email protected]
For more information or to register contact:
Chris Murphy
[email protected]
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Alberta Health Services
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital is pleased to host...
Linda Rammage, PhD, S-LP(C)
May 29, 2009
Solarium, Richmond Road Diagnostic and
Treatment Centre
Calgary, AB
Dr. Navid Shahnaz
June 5, 2009
Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
Edmonton, AB
For more information or to register contact:
Teresa Nelles
[email protected]
For more information or to register contact:
Jacquie Sibilla
[email protected]
The Alberta Association of Audiologists (AA of A)
Newsletter Submissions
2009 AA of A
All articles submitted will be given consideration for
inclusion in the newsletter. Tackle any topic of your
choice and send it to the ACSLPA office. Articles may be
subject to editing. Send your submissions to:
c/o Jo Daugherty
[email protected]
Fax: 780-408-3925
Phone: 780-944-1609 or
Ryan McCreery
A U Bankaitis, PhD
November 5-6, 2009
Calgary, AB
For more information or to register contact:
Drew Towers
[email protected]
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Note… Editorial submissions are welcome. The editorin-chief reserves the right to edit or refuse any
submission. Views expressed or implied are those of the
individual contributors and do not necessary reflect the
view of ACSLPA.
Deadline for submissions
to the Summer 2009
ACSLPA Newsletter is
June 1, 2009
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“ Navigating an Environment of Change”
Keynote Speakers
* Kathryn Garrett *
* Rebecca McCauley *
* Maureen Staskowski *
* Anne van Kleeck *
November 5-6, 2009
Coast Plaza Hotel
Calgary, AB
For more information on the
ACSLPA Conference contact:
Rene Donaldson, Conference Secretariat
[email protected]
or visit the ACSLPA website:
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Outgoing 2008 Council President
Daryl Graham
Incoming 2009 President
Sherri Garries
Outgoing Council members
Patricia Delaney Bernier
Drew Towers
Staff members Jackie Hessels &
Jo Daugherty man the AGM
Registration Desk
2008 Honours of the College Award Winner
Sandy Nickel (centre)
with nominators Karyn Forst and Selene Tash
Awards Emcee Sue Decker, Chair,
ACSLPA Member Recognition
2008 Horizon Award Winners
Nicola Haberli (SLP Award)
Drew Towers (Audiology Award)
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Sherri Garries
Phone: 403-955-8539
[email protected]
Past President
Daryl Graham
Phone: 403-327-9555
[email protected]
Elizabeth Haynes, Chair
Phone: 403-283-1233
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Carol Dearden
Roberta Faith-Schmidt
Chamine Meghji
Vice President – Regulatory
Michelle Craig
Phone: 780-735-3021
[email protected]
Member Recognition
Sue Decker, Chair
Phone: 780-492-5407
[email protected]
Vice President – Member Services
Nausheen Khan
Phone: 780-974-6379
Fax: 780-487-0433
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Sara Turner
Phone: 403-943-9724
Fax: 403-943-9745
[email protected]
Professional Development
Judith Taylor, Co-Chair
Phone: 403-943-6082
[email protected]
CASLPA Board Member
Judy Meintzer
Phone: 780-735-3025
[email protected]
Morgan Whiteside, Co-Chair
Phone: 780-417-8174
[email protected]
Members At Large
Gabriela Constantinescu
Phone: 780-408-5851
Fax: 780-408-5859
[email protected]
Christy Briere Wyonzek
Jo-Anne Gray
Nielle Hawkwood
Robin Illchuk
Kelly Lucky
Karen Mayner
Phone: 780-830-4836
[email protected]
Professional PracticeSpeech-Language Pathology
Terri Duncan, Chair
Phone: 780-420-0099
[email protected]
Sandy Nickel
Phone: 780-413-5680
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Public Members
Janice Tye
Stacy Kaufeld
Melvin (Pat) Eisler
Carrie Gotzke
Irene Forsey
Karen Mayner
Lisa Noronha
Committee Members:
Diane Freedman
Christine Gotaas
Carmen Hengeveld
Linda Hurkot
Linda Mikus
Teresa Nelles
Karen A. Pollock
School-Age Services
Lisa Warner, Acting Chair
Phone: 403-943-9714
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Sarah Burns
Sue Christensen
Holly Crane
Carolyn Freeman
Candyce Ibbott
Marie Lukacs
Joanne Palamarchuk, Acting Chair
Phone: 780-467-5549
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Teresa Gagnon
Pat Grotkowski
Arlene Klooster, Chair
Phone: 403-256-6124
[email protected]
Wendy Mitchell, Co-Chair
Phone: 780-460-8015
[email protected]
Committee Members:
Sandra Dee Alston
Katharine Eveleigh
Sherri Garries
Deborah Hollingsworth
Sharisse McCafferty
Carmen Souster
Hearings Director
Connie Alton
Phone: 780-735-7999
[email protected]
Professional PracticeAudiology
Karin Bork, Chair
Phone: 780-447-3881
[email protected]
audiologists and speech-language
communication and hearing health
of the public.
ACSLPA protects and serves the
public by regulating, supporting,
and ensuring competent, ethical
practice of audiologists and
speech-language pathologists in
Spring 2009 ACSLPA Newsletter
Committee Members:
Steven Clements
Sherri Garries
Mayuri Hirani
Raksha Kholia
Larena Lewchuk
Amber Roberts
Drew Towers
Koren Wasilka
Charlene Watson
#209, 3132 Parsons Road
Edmonton AB T6N 1L6
Phone: 780-944-1609
(800) 537-0589 (toll
Anne Assaly
[email protected]
Director Member Services
Susan Rafaat
[email protected]
Executive Assistant
Jo Daugherty
[email protected]
Registration Coordinator
Susan Kraft
[email protected]
Administrative Assistant
Jackie Hessels
[email protected]
Alberta Association of
Audiologists (AAofA)
Drew Towers
Phone: (403) 346-4647
[email protected]
Alberta Speech-Language
Association of Private
Practitioners (ASAPP)
Bonnie Chappell
Phone: 780-988-2217
[email protected]
Canadian Association of
Pathologists and Audiologists
1Nicholas Street, Suite 920
Ottawa ON K1N 7B7
Phone: (613) 567-9968
(800) 259-8519 (toll
(613) 567-2859
[email protected]
Canadian Academy of
PO Box 54541
1771 Avenue Road
Toronto ON M5M 4N5
Phone: (416) 494-6672
(800) 264-5106
(416) 495-8723
[email protected]
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newsletter for reference, please recycle responsibly.
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