2019 Canada Wrap-Up Newsletter

Dear Friends,

As we begin a new year, it is important for us to reflect on the significant accomplishments made in Canada over the last year. In partnership with our dedicated volunteers, we are taking steps forward to expand support for children with apraxia of speech, their families, and speech-language pathologists.

As we continue to work towards raising awareness and proving support to Canadian families and professionals, here is a look back on some of the significant accomplishments made in 2019:

  • Our Apraxia Kids Canada Facebook group grew by over 400 members in the last year! That’s 400 more people that are now connected to a community of support to discuss issues specific to Canada.

  • Brooke Rea, a Canadian pediatric speech-language pathologist in Ontario, joined the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council (PAC). PAC members are among the most esteemed therapists and researchers in the CAS community, and they help inform the educational offerings of Apraxia Kids.

  • Apraxia Awareness Month 2019 was one to remember! Brampton, Labrador City, Medicine Hat, Moosejaw, Nanaimo, Oakville, Ottawa, Rimbey, Saskatoon, Toronto, Victoria, Welland, and Whitby granted proclamations recognizing May 14th, 2019 as Apraxia Awareness Day. The CN Tower, Calgary Tower, Marilyn Monroe Towers, Mississauga City Hall, and Niagara Falls all participated in recognizing Apraxia Awareness Day with special illuminations. It was so exciting to see these Canadian landmarks lit up in blue to support children with CAS!

  • In July 2019, 30 Canadian SLPs, researchers, parents, and grandparents traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Apraxia Kids National Conference. This included 3 parents who were awarded a scholarship from Apraxia Kids to attend and 5 speakers who presented at the conference. Our Canadian ambassadors hosted a group over lunch to share information about Canadian resources and connect Canadian participants from coast to coast!

  • Research conducted in Canada and partially funded by Apraxia Kids was published in September.

  • A record 5 Walk for Apraxia events occurred across Canada, in Calgary, Durham, Edmonton, Guelph, and Saskatchewan! We are incredibly grateful for our volunteer walk coordinators, without whom these events would not occur, and everyone who volunteered, donated, or participated in a Walk for Apraxia event this year! The continued and growing support in Canada allows us to fund larger programs, like our first-ever Canadian Boot Camp in 2020 to train SLPs!

Please know how grateful I am for the ongoing support and commitment of Angela Muis, Brooke Rea and Lisa Kohel, our Canadian Ambassadors for their dedication in furthering our mission.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Apraxia Kids! As exciting as 2019 was, we are even more excited about the work we will be doing in Canada in 2020!

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Angela Grimm
Executive Director

Dear Friends,

As we begin a new year, it is important for us to reflect on the significant accomplishments made in Canada over the last year. In partnership with our dedicated volunteers, we are taking steps forward to expand support for children with apraxia of speech, their families, and speech-language pathologists.

As we continue to work towards raising awareness and proving support to Canadian families and professionals, here is a look back on some of the significant accomplishments made in 2019:

  • Our Apraxia Kids Canada Facebook group grew by over 400 members in the last year! That’s 400 more people that are now connected to a community of support to discuss issues specific to Canada.

  • Brooke Rea, a Canadian pediatric speech-language pathologist in Ontario, joined the Apraxia Kids Professional Advisory Council (PAC). PAC members are among the most esteemed therapists and researchers in the CAS community, and they help inform the educational offerings of Apraxia Kids.

  • Apraxia Awareness Month 2019 was one to remember! Brampton, Labrador City, Medicine Hat, Moosejaw, Nanaimo, Oakville, Ottawa, Rimbey, Saskatoon, Toronto, Victoria, Welland, and Whitby granted proclamations recognizing May 14th, 2019 as Apraxia Awareness Day. The CN Tower, Calgary Tower, Marilyn Monroe Towers, Mississauga City Hall, and Niagara Falls all participated in recognizing Apraxia Awareness Day with special illuminations. It was so exciting to see these Canadian landmarks lit up in blue to support children with CAS!

  • In July 2019, 30 Canadian SLPs, researchers, parents, and grandparents traveled to Pittsburgh, PA to attend the Apraxia Kids National Conference. This included 3 parents who were awarded a scholarship from Apraxia Kids to attend and 5 speakers who presented at the conference. Our Canadian ambassadors hosted a group over lunch to share information about Canadian resources and connect Canadian participants from coast to coast!

  • Research conducted in Canada and partially funded by Apraxia Kids was published in September.

  • A record 5 Walk for Apraxia events occurred across Canada, in Calgary, Durham, Edmonton, Guelph, and Saskatchewan! We are incredibly grateful for our volunteer walk coordinators, without whom these events would not occur, and everyone who volunteered, donated, or participated in a Walk for Apraxia event this year! The continued and growing support in Canada allows us to fund larger programs, like our first-ever Canadian Boot Camp in 2020 to train SLPs!

Please know how grateful I am for the ongoing support and commitment of Angela Muis, Brooke Rea and Lisa Kohel, our Canadian Ambassadors for their dedication in furthering our mission.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of Apraxia Kids! As exciting as 2019 was, we are even more excited about the work we will be doing in Canada in 2020!

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Angela Grimm
Executive Director



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