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2015 Ottawa Race Weekend: Remembering Norm McEwen and Marie Poulos

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by David Burton No Comments
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Norm and members of the 2012 Race Weekend Team

Norm and members of the 2012 Race Weekend

The Ottawa Race Weekend is one of Canada’s premier race events and takes place every year near the end of May. The  above photo shows Norm McEwen with some of the 2012 team members from the Stuttering Treatment Clinic.

Standing tall as always among others, Norm was a long time advocate for people who stutter in Ottawa and across Canada.  For years he was a Board member of the Canadian Association of People Who Stutter (now known as the Canadian Stuttering Association CSA). He was also a founding member of the Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter (OAPWS).In addition, as the photo reflects, for many years Norm and other OAPWS members along with the team at the Clinic in Ottawa took part in the Ottawa Race Weekend under the banner of the Ottawa Hospital’s Run For A Reason campaign.

Team members raised money for the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. This fund provides Ontario residents with financial assistance to take intensive and semi-intensive therapy programs at the Clinic. This Clinic is located at the Ottawa Hospital’s Rehab Centre.

This Year’s Ottawa Race Weekend

Once again members of our team will be running and walking in various events. But this year without Norm. Norm died unexpectedly last fall. To say that he was loved by many and that he is greatly missed is an understatement.

This year the Clinic’s “Let’s Talk About Stuttering” team is fundraising in memory of Norm. (more…)

ARE YOU A FORMER MEMBER OF SPEECHMASTERS OF OTTAWA?

Posted on: April 28th, 2012 by Tania Kamienski 1 Comment

Are you a former member of Speechmasters of Ottawa the self-help group for people who stutter that was very active in the 1980s and the early 1990s? This was a very large group that met in the Ottawa Rehabïlatation  Centre.  Marie Poulos was the speech therapist at the Stuttering Treatment Clinic at that time.

 

I, along with several other members of the current Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter (OAPWS) was also a member of the Speechmasters group and (more…)

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…)

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

DO YOU HAVE MEMORIES OF MARIE?

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Did you take speech therapy with Marie Poulos? (more…)

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…)