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Alumni Awards

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is thrilled and honoured to announce the winners of both the newly established Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership and the Distinguished Alumni Award for Research Leadership.

Dr. Martha Crago and Drs. Rvachew, Polka, and Baum

The 2008 winner, as outlined in the enclosed pamphlet, of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership Ayala Hanen Manolson, (M.Sc. degree granted June 1973) has made a tremendous contribution to the speech-language pathology profession and to families of children with communication disorders throughout the course of her career. Her most notable accomplishment, the founding of the Hanen Centre, is well known across Canada and internationally.

The 2009 winner, as outlined in the enclosed pamphlet Distinugished Alumni Award for Research Leadership Martha Crago, with three degrees from McGill University, has a distnguished career as a researcher and academic administrator and is currently serving as Vice President (Research) at Dalhousie University. Dr. Crago has devoted herself to excellence in the education of graduate students, has published books on her work on the impact of culture and bilingualism on language use, development and disability, and has received special recognition for work with Aboriginal communities in northern Canada.

The 2010 winner, as outlined in the enclosed pamphlet, Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership, Karen Evans, (M.Sc.A. degree granted 1987) has contributed enormously in clinical settings for children as well as adults.  Ms. Evans started the development of Karen's Cues, a widely used manual cuing system for supporting speech development, and created the Semantic Parsing method for developing sentence comprehension in children with specific language impairments.  

The 2012 winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership, Sharon Fotheringham, has had a nationwide impact on the field of Speech-Language Pathology. In addition to her practice with both adults and children in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario, she was appointed as the first director of SAC in 1996. During her fifteen-year tenure with SAC, Mrs. Fotheringham developed competency profiles for professionals as well as standards for both clinical certification and University accreditation. She also negotiated agreements with international professional associations for mutual recognition with several countries, and played a leadership role in support of key SAC committees and in the preparation of several reports of national importance to the profession.

The 2014 winner, as outlined in the enclosed pamphlet Distinugished Alumni Award for Research Leadership, Christy Ludlow, is being honored for her distinguished career as a leader in research and for her research training contributions in communication sciences and disorders. She is a graduate from McGill receiving her MSc. Applied in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1967. She went on to receive the Walter A Anderson doctoral research fellowship and received her PhD from New York University. Dr. Ludlow is internationally renowned for her research on the neural bases of voice, speech and swallowing. She is currently the Director of the PhD program at James Madison University where she is conducting research on new devices for intensive neurorehabilitation following stroke.

The 2014 winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership, Martha Perusse, (M.Sc.A 1978 ) has been dedicated to improving the lives of children with hearing loss and their families throughout her 36 year career. Upon completing her McGill studies, Martha joined the Montreal Oral School for the Deaf (MOSD) where she spent more than a decade teaching hearing-impaired children of all ages, infants to teens, in diverse instructional / intervention contexts. In 1990, she moved into administration of the MOSD, serving as Vice Principal for 7 years and then as Principal for another 17 years. Martha’s tenure as Principal represented a period of challenges, significant accomplishments, and inspirational leadership.

 

I know that you will agree that Ms. Manolson, Dr. Crago, Ms. Evans, Ms. Fotheringham and Dr. Ludlow more than exemplify the standard of excellence that McGill University shares with its students, past, present and future.

 

How to Participate

This award program serves to celebrate our past as the foundation for our future. We hope that you will choose to participate in the award program by:

How to Make a Donation

To make a donation to support the Distinguished Alumni Awards, please use the Online Giving form. Be sure to specify allocation code 04135 for the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Leadership, and allocation code 04136 for the Distinguished Alumni Award for Research Leadership, in the box called "Other" under "My Gift".

Alternately, donations can be made by calling toll-free 1-800-872-8431, specifying the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders and one of the allocation codes mentioned above. For more information about these awards please call 514-398-4137.