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Memorial thoughts

Posted on: May 26th, 2011 by Norm McEwen 2 Comments

On Sunday, May 15, several friends, a co-worker and an old client, gathered in front of the tree planted in Marie’s memory to remember both a wonderful lady and an outstanding SLP.

We opened with some words from Tania Kamienski explaining why we were there.  While this date had no specific meaning since her birthday was in April and the fatal accident occurred in October, it did mark approximately 20 years since her passing.  It was also meaningful that a little about the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund was mentioned; why it is in effect, and why we are so active in trying to build it up.

After Tania’s words of welcome, each person said a few words – how they remembered Marie, what effect she had on them.  Many descriptive words were used to describe her – elegant, compassionate, understanding, patient, caring were only a few; there were many more. (more…)

SPONSOR OUR RACE WEEKEND TEAM AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO STUTTER

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by David Burton No Comments

Have you signed up to take part in this year’s Race Weekend that takes place on May 27, 28 & 29?  Woulds you like to be a sponsor?

The annual Ottawa Race Weekend is one of Canada’s most prestigious race events and attracts runners from across Canada and around the world.Events include the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, 5k and the Family 2K as well as the wheelchair race and the Y Kids Marathon. Race Weekend organizers encourage walkers in all the events and many participants use the occasion to fundraise for a particular cause.

For the Race Weekend the Ottawa Hospital Foundation has a campaign titled Run For A Cause which encourages race participants to raise money for the hospital and its various departments. Many members of OAPWS have joined the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team to raise funds for the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. This fund enables qualified individual to attend therapy programs at the Clinic.

The Bursary Fund is named in honour of Marie Poulos, a speech-language pathologist who worked at the Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991.

The Race Weekend is the Clinic’s main annual fundraiser. Last year it raised over $2000 and this year the team’s goal is $5000. With your involvement and assistance we can make this year’s fundraising a success.  (more…)

MEMORIES OF MARIE POULOS

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by David Burton No Comments

A memorial gathering in honour of Marie Poulos will be held on the grounds of Ottawa’s Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa General Hospital on Sunday May 15 at 2:00 pm. Marie was a speech language pathologist who worked at the Rehab Centre’s Stuttering Treatment Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991. She was 36.

Marie was a speech language pathologist who worked at the Rehab Centre’s Stuttering Treatment Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991. She was 36. She was much loved and is still remembered by the hundreds of clients whose lives she touched through her work as a speech therapist. Marie was also well respected by her colleagues

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Marie Poulos

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MEMORIAL TO HONOUR MARIE POULOS, BELOVED SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by David Burton No Comments

A memorial gathering in honour of Marie Poulos will be held on the grounds of Ottawa’s Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa General Hospital on Sunday May 15 at 2:00 pm.  Marie was a speech language pathologist who worked at the Rehab Centre’s Stuttering Treatment Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991. She was 36.

She was much loved and is still remembered by the hundreds of clients whose lives she touched through her work as a speech therapist.  Norm McEwen who took therapy from Marie says “Marie took me from a person who was entirely dependent on others to do my speaking for me, to a person who could finally speak for himself, whether it be at home, at work, or in social circumstances. It was like I was reborn.”

Marie was also well respected by her colleagues and was well known as the co-author of “Facilitating Fluency” a manual of “Transfer Strategies for Adult Stuttering Treatment Programs.”

A tree in her memory was planted on the grounds of the Rehab Centre in 1992.  The Marie Poulos Bursary Fund, which was established after her passing, provides financial assistance for Ontario residents to attend intensive and semi-intensive programs at the Stuttering Treatment Clinic which is located at the Rehab Centre, Ottawa General Hospital. (more…)