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2014 Award Winner
Martha Perusse

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.

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2012 Award Winner
Sharon Fotheringham

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.

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2010 Award Winner
Karen Evans

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.

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2008 Award Winner
Ayala Hanen Manolson

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.

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