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2015 Ottawa Race Weekend: Remembering Norm McEwen and Marie Poulos

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by David Burton No Comments
Marie Poulos

Marie Poulos

 

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…)

SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO STUTTER BY SPONSORING OUR TEAM IN THE 2013 OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by David Burton No Comments

OAPWS is participating in the 2013 Ottawa Race Weekend as members of the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team. This event is one of Canada’s most prestigious race events of the year and takes place on May 25h & 26th. The Team is under the umbrella of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s (OHF) “Run For A Reason” campaign.

Money we raise will go directly to the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund which enables teens and adults attend speech therapy programs at the Stuttering Treatment Clinic. This clinic is located at the Rehab Centre of the Ottawa General Hospital and is only one of three such facilities in Canada to offer semi-intensive and intensive therapy programs for individuals who stutter.

The bursary fund is named in honour of Marie Poulos, a speechlanguage pathologist who worked at the Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991. Several members of OAPWS actually knew Marie in the 1990s and can testify first hand what a wonderful speech therapist she was.

You can help us reach our goal of raising $5000 by sponsoring our team. (more…)

Ottawa Library Presentation: Talking About Stuttering

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by David Burton No Comments

On Saturday April 27, 2013 members of the Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter will give a presentation titled Talking About Stuttering at the Nepean Centrepointe Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Members will discuss causes of and common misconceptions related to stuttering, current therapy options for children and adults and helpful suggestions for concerned parents. The presentation will take place from 11:00-12:30.

You can register for this program online by going to the library’s program site here.

To register online you will be asked to input your library card no.

You can also register by calling 613-580-2710

We especially encourage parents who are concerned about their children’s stuttering to attend. OAPWS members will also be available after the presentation to discuss any concerns people may have or to learn more about our group.

How should a person react when they meet someone who stutters? (more…)

Special Showing of the Documentary “Bully”

Posted on: October 26th, 2012 by Stewart No Comments

We are pleased to announce that the Ottawa Family Cinema will have a special screening of the powerful 2012 documentary film, “Bully” on Friday, November 23rd at 7pm. Proceeds from this showing will go to the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. This fund assists individuals who stutter attend intensive and semi-intensive speech therapy programs at The Stuttering Treatment Clinic at Ottawa General Hospital. Tickets are only $6 in advance.

Synopsis:
This year, over 13 million American and Canadian kids will be bullied at school, online, on the bus, at home, through their cell phones and on the streets of their towns…
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE WHO STUTTER: SPONSOR OUR TEAM IN THE 2012 OTTAWA RACE WEEKEND

Posted on: April 27th, 2012 by David Burton No Comments

Once again the Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter – OAPWS is participating in the Ottawa Race Weekend as members of the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team. This event is one of Canada’s most prestigious race events of the year and takes place on May 26th & 27th. The Team is under the umbrella of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s (OHF) “Run For A Reason” campaign.

Our team is raising funds to enable teens and adults attend speech therapy programs at the clinic. This clinic is located at the Rehab Centre of the Ottawa General Hospital and is only one of three such facilities in Canada to offer semi-intensive and intensive therapy programs for individuals who stutter. The money we raise will go to….. (more…)

CONGRATUALTIONS TO THE HALIFAX SUPPORT GROUP AS THEY CELEBRATE SEVEN YEARS

Posted on: July 8th, 2011 by Tania Kamienski No Comments

 In May the Halifax Support Group for People Who Stutter celebrated their seventh anniversary. Participants enjoyed celebratory snacks and drinks as well as a presentation from Dr. Michael Kiefte, a Dalhousie researcher who is interested in methods to reduce the frequency of stuttering. Lively discussion followed, along with some choral reading to help members with their flu

The Halifax Support Group For People Who Stutter is run by Alison Thompson, who can be contacted through e-mail at alison.thompson@dal.ca  

 Recently OAPWS has been in contact with Alison and shared experiences on sustaining a support group. The Halifax group is very lucky in that they obtain free meeting space at Dalhousie University. Also interesting to learn is that student pathologists at the Dalhousie School for Communication Disorders attend many of the group’s meetings – it is a requirement of their program.  Alison noted that this arrangement has been very beneficial both for the students and the members of the support group. (more…)