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The Canadian Stuttering Association is run entirely by the passion, energy and commitment of volunteers, most of whom are people who stutter. Please join today! People who stutter, parents, speech language pathologists as well as support groups and treatment centres can be members.
## Charity status
The Canadian Stuttering Association is a registered charity and a federal not-for-profit corporation in Canada.
Canada Revenu Agency (CRA) Charity Number
: 830606943RC0001
Corporation Number
: 429745-8
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There are many ways to connect with the Canadian Stuttering Association.
## General information
Email
: csa-info@stutter.ca
Phone
: 1-866-840-2905
: 416-840-5169 (Toronto)
Mail
: Canadian Stuttering Association\
Toronto Dominion Centre\
P.O. Box 1097\
Toronto ON M5K 1P2
## Social media
Connect with the Canadian Stuttering Association on social media.
Twitter
: [@CSAStuttering](https://twitter.com/CSAStuttering)
Facebook
: [CSAStuttering](https://facebook.com/CSAStuttering)
Instagram
: [csastuttering](https://instagram.com/csastuttering/)
Flickr
: [canadianstutteringassociation](https://flickr.com/photos/129074240@N04/albums)
LinkedIn
: [canadian-stuttering-association](https://www.linkedin.com/company/10151134/admin/)
YouTube
: [Canadian Stuttering Association](https://youtube.com/channel/channel/UCKFs08wYluVsCJ0zA4-ph-Q)
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> The CSA is a small group of volunteers who devote their time to the cause
> of helping people who stutter by providing information and offering support.
## Board Members
### **Eeva Stierwalt**, National Coordinator
Location
: London, Ontario
Email
: eevastierwalt@stutter.ca
Eeva's daughter, Alexandra D'Agostino, is a person who stutters and has been on the CSA board of directors and the conference planning committee for two years. Providing support for Alexandra over the years has given Eeva a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by people who stutter. Previously Eeva has worked as a long-time volunteer on the Steering Committee of the Innovative Interfaces Inc. Users Group, an international organization with university, public, special and school libraries as members. She lives in London, Ontario.
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*Members of the board are listed in alphabetical order.*
### **Alexandra D'Agostino**, Family and Youth Programming Coordinator
Location
: Ottawa, Ontario
Email
: alexandra_dagostino@stutter.ca
My name is Alexandra D’Agostino and I have stuttered since I was 7. I am a Registered Nurse, having graduated from Nipissing University's Nursing Scholar Practitioner Program, and I also have a BA Combined Honours in Psychology and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University. Music is one of my passions, (I play 7 instruments!), as well as helping people and volunteering. I have spent 5 years volunteering with the National Stuttering Association in the United States, where I spent 3 of those years serving on their Teen Advisory Council. When I was invited to be on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Stuttering Association in 2014, I was thrilled to be able to volunteer with an association that was closer to home. Being on the Board of Directors has been such an extraordinary, and honouring experience to have had the opportunity to help revitalize the CSA from the ground up. By volunteering with the CSA and NSA, I hope to change other people’s lives, as the two stuttering associations did for me.
### **Anna Huynh**, Fundraising Coordinator
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
Email
: anna_huynh@stutter.ca
Anna Huynh is currently studying Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) at the University of Toronto. Being a person who stutters, she is passionate about supporting people with communication disorders. She is the President of Hear2Speak, a not-for-profit organization that supports speech-language and hearing healthcare, and is actively involved in SLP research. Anna is excited to be serving as the Fundraising Coordinator for the CSA. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the stuttering community!
### **Arun Khanna**, Finances
Location
: Thornhill, Ontario
Email
: arun_khanna@stutter.ca
Arun has been involved with the CSA for almost thirty years. He handles financial matters and conference planning.
### **Carla Di Domenicantonio**, Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) Liaison
Location
: Burlington, Ontario
Email
: carla@stutter.ca
I developed an interest in working with people who stutter following graduation from Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto, which within a short time led me to seek a position dedicated to helping children, adolescents and adults who stutter. SpeakEasy Canada and the National Stuttering Project, two North American self-help and support organizations of the time, opened my eyes to the ‘real world experience’ of being a person who stutters, at home, work, play, and, most importantly, in therapy. The impact on my approach to stuttering therapy was profound. As the SLP Liaison for the CSA, I hope to bring the same ‘enlightenment’ that I gained many years ago to new and established Speech-Language Pathologists and speech-language pathology students across Canada, so that they, too, may feel better equipped to work with individuals who stutter, and perhaps even uncover a passion for working in this area. In addition to the CSA Board, I proudly represent Canada as a member of the International Cluttering Association and the Lidcombe Trainers Consortium.
### **Catherine Moroney**, Secretary
Location
: Pasadena, California
Catherine has stuttered all of her life and fully expects to continue to do so. She’s been active in the stuttering community (both in Canada and the US) for over 20 years and loves going to conferences to stay up and drink and talk all night long where there’s no worry about when that next block is going to strike and spoil the punchline. In her professional life, she’s a physicist and software engineer working for NASA on analyzing satellite data. She grew up and went to school in Montreal and Toronto and despite living in the US for many years, considers Canada to be home although she refuses to be dragged into a Montreal vs. Toronto flame-war!
### **Dennis Potharst**, Volunteer Coordinator
Location
: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Email
: dennis_potharst@stutter.ca
Dennis joined the Canadian Stuttering Association in March 2020 and is a person who stutters since he was a child. As a marketing and communications professional, he enjoys using the written and spoken word to express thoughts, ideas, and concepts, and is eager to contribute to the many projects undertaken by the CSA. He is honoured to join the Board and is excited to help raise the profile of the CSA both regionally and nationally. Born in Sudbury, ON and raised in Calgary, AB, Dennis now calls Halifax, NS home..
### **Lauren Linkie**, Assistant Regional Support Group Coordinator
Location
: Vancouver, British Columbia
Email
: lauren_linkie@stutter.ca
My first introduction to the stuttering community was at the annual CSA conference in 2014 while a graduate student of the University of Toronto Speech-Language Pathology program. The conference inspired my interest in stuttering and since that time I have travelled across North America and Europe to learn how to be a better ally and advocate for people who stutter. I feel privileged to have made many friends in the community and I am excited to play a small role in developing the CSA as a resource for connecting and supporting people who stutter. In my free time you can catch me with coffee and a book or listening to live music in Vancouver, BC.
I won’t be running support groups myself, but will be helping and supporting those interested in starting up and running support groups across the country, as I develop this new role on the CSA Board.
### **Lisa Wilder**, Webmaster and Editor
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
Email
: csa-info@stutter.ca
I got involved with CSA when I helped out with the National conference in 2007, as I had fond memories of the conferences I attended in the 1990s. A lot of people who stutter are reluctant to get involved in support groups, but it can make a difference. That's why the conferences are, to me, the most important thing we do, enabling real-life encounters with other people who stutter. I think it's remarkable that CSA has been around for so long purely on the dedication of volunteers. I work as a technical writer, graphic designer and content marketing specialist. I've also been known to fiddle around painting, writing, reading, taking dance classes and doing yoga.
### **Michelle Weinshtein**, Social Media Coordinator
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
Email
: michelle_weinshtein@stutter.ca
Michelle is an undergraduate student in her final year at Western University for Medical Sciences. She attended her first CSA conference in 2019 and was granted the CSA Scholarship for a student who stutters. She was quickly invited on the board in 2020 as the Social Media Coordinator. Michelle hopes to continue her studies in the health & wellness field, with a general goal in making a profound difference in an individual’s life. When she isn’t busy studying- she enjoys reading, meditating, and going on walks.
### **Nathan Rattansey**, Regional Support Group Coordinator
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
Email
: nathan_rattansey@stutter.ca
I was first introduced to the stuttering community at a CSA event hosted by the University of Toronto showing a special screening of My Beautiful Stutter. The screening was followed by a panel discussion from individuals who stuttered which was an incredibly moving experience. As Regional Support Coordinator, I coordinate self-help groups nationwide, connecting and supporting people who stutter. I also act as a Grant Advisor to the CSA, where I explore new sources of funding for CSA initiatives. In these roles, I am committed to raising awareness around stuttering and the unique challenges people who stutter have to overcome. If you have any inquiries about the CSA, the work we do, or how you can get involved, I can be reached at nathan.rattansey@stutter.ca. Do not hesitate to reach out! As someone who grew up often feeling alone in my speaking trials, I have personally found it helpful talking to other individuals who stutter and sharing in their experiences and perspectives).
### **Suhail Ravjani**, Volunteer Coordinator
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
Email
: suhail_ravjani@stutter.ca
My name is Suhail Ravjani and I have stuttered, covertly, since childhood. When I attended the CSA conference in 2018, the events/workshops and the network of fellow stutters inspired me to be open and accepting of my stuttering. Following this inspiration, I started my volunteering journey at CSA in 2019 and recently was honored to be accepted as a CSA Volunteer Coordinator and Board member. I am a CPA by profession, full time dad of two teenagers and love playing badminton and watching cricket.
## Advisory Board Members
Advisory Board Members are previous Board members interested in continuing to provide advice and support to the Board Members.
*Members of the advisory board are listed in alphabetical order.*
### Casey Kennedy
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
### Daniele Rossi
Location
: Toronto, Ontario
### David Stones
Location
: Stratford, Ontario
### Jaan Pill
Location
: Stratford, Ontario
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## Mission Statement
The Canadian Stuttering Association is a national, volunteer-driven, not-for-profit organization that promotes awareness and understanding of stuttering and provides support and resources for people who stutter, their families and allies, with a view to helping persons who stutter live as effectively as possible with their stutter and to achieve their full personal and professional potential.
## Vision Statement
To be seen as a national leader in building a connected network of support and awareness for people who stutter throughout Canada.
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1. To help people who stutter and their families find reliable information and support.
2. To help people across Canada connect and share knowledge and experiences of stuttering.
3. To promote awareness and understanding of stuttering through public education and outreach
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In April of 2019 David Stones, former CSA Board Member, current Advisory Board Member and seasoned Strategic Planner, with the help of his business associate Gail Tolley, led the CSA Board Directors in an all day strategic planning session with the purpose of developing a Strategic Plan for the CSA. Together we analyzed the meaning and value of our existence as an association, reviewed some of the hopes and dreams that we had suggested for the CSA over the next 5 years, and determined how we could possibly turn those into actual results.
See the [Strategic Plan](https://stutter.ca/pdfs/CSAStrategicPlan_STEPPS.pdf).
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In August of 1991, a ground-breaking conference took place in Banff, Alberta. Initiated by leaders of support groups from Toronto and Edmonton, it brought together people who stutter from across Canada, as well as speech-language pathologists and family members. Out of this conference came the Canadian Association for People who Stutter (CAPS), later to be renamed the Canadian Stuttering Association.
In 1991 self-help groups existed across the country, from Vancouver to Halifax, and the New Brunswick-based organization Speak Easy distributed a newsletter and information about stuttering treatment. Encouraged by the success of the National Stuttering Association in the U.S. and the International Fluency Association, it was time to explore the idea of forming a national organization in Canada. This led to the first Canadian conference for people who stutter.
> It was time to explore the idea of forming a national organization in Canada.
The beautiful setting of Banff allowed for outdoor activities, and the event featured a dinner and other social events. Yet there was also work to be done. In daily workshops, attendees were asked for their input on various topics, and divided into groups for brainstorming sessions. Should there be a national organization? If so, how should it be structured? What would be the role of supportive professional speech-language pathologists? Should specific treatment methods be recommended?
People liked the idea of forming a national organization. It would allow groups to share information, give each other tips on running support groups and grow membership, obtain national funding, and organize events. Support groups, while still operating independently, could benefit by a central “hub” to be in contact with one another. Another conference was proposed for 1993, to take place in Ottawa.
> Support groups, while still operating independently, could benefit by a central “hub” to be in contact with one another.
The Canadian Association for People who Stutter (CAPS) became a reality, and in the decades that followed planned conferences and provided information, advocacy and support for people who stutter and the general public. But the dream of a coast-to-coast support network with a national headquarters never quite materialized, due in part to the forces of Canadian regionalism. In the Maritimes, Mike Hughes wished to continue running Speak Easy independently as he had been for many years. In Quebec, a separate francophone organization formed. On the other side of the Rockies, British Columbia also preferred to operate autonomously, forming the British Columbia Association of People who Stutter (BCAPS).
Different social and economic realities exist today. With less people involved in the self-help scene, less money available and a shifting social landscape increasingly centred on social media, CSA has moved away from destination conferences. Since 2014, the organization has held one-day smaller scale events in Toronto that have been very successful.
Looking back, it was an extraordinary experience in those days before the Internet to meet and connect with people who shared the same exceptional life challenges. Moving forward, there are still a multitude of reasons to get people whose lives are affected by stuttering together and be empowered and strengthened by real life encounters.
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- region: Alberta
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- region: British Columbia
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- region: Ontario
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- region: Saskatchewan
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> **All support group in-person meetings are temporarily cancelled
> until further notice due to COVID-19.** In-person meetings will
> resume once it is safe to do so.
>
> Some support groups have switched to virtual meetings.
> Please see the page for your support group to see
> if they are meeting virtually. If your
> local support group is not meeting virtually, a special
> Canada-wide support group is available.
These groups are organized and run by the Canadian Stuttering Association.
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Join others who stutter and the people supporting them to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment, gain self-confidence and explore and develop new ways to cope with stuttering.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
## Contact information
Leader
: Dylan and Emmanuel
Email
: edmontonstutter@gmail.com
## Meetings
We are currently hosting weekly virtual support meetings on Thursdays at 7:30pm MDT open to all Canadians who stutter. Please email us for meeting links and passwords if you are interested in attending
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Join others who stutter and the people supporting them to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment, gain self-confidence and explore and develop new ways to cope with stuttering.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
## Contact information
Leader
: Achala and Rhea
Email
: calgarystutter@gmail.com
## Meetings
We are currently hosting weekly virtual support meetings on Tuesdays from 6:30 - 7:30pm MDT open to all Canadians who stutter. Please email us for meeting links and passwords if you are interested in attending
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Join others who stutter and the people supporting them to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment, gain self-confidence and explore and develop new ways to cope with stuttering.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
## Contact information
Leader
: Devon and Muhammad
Email
: csavancouver@gmail.com
Private Facebook Group
: [Vancouver Support Group Facebook Page](https://www.facebook.com/groups/292450262164425)
## Meetings
We are currently hosting weekly virtual support meetings on Thursdays at 7:30pm MDT open to all Canadians who stutter. Please email us for meeting links and passwords if you are interested in attending
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> The Canada-wide support group is a monthly virtual support group open to all teens and adults who stutter in Canada, regardless of location. Our intention is to connect people who stutter who may live in rural/remote communities, areas without in-person support groups and those who attend other support groups but would like additional opportunities to meet. If you attend our meetings you are of course welcome to attend other CSA in-person or virtual meetings!
## General information
Join us as we explore our stuttering, learn self-advocacy, gain self-confidence, discover new ways to cope, and continue our journey with stuttering together in a safe and comfortable environment.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
There is no cost to attend.
## Contact information
Leader
: Yousra
Email
: csaacrosscanada@gmail.com
## Meetings
### November 1, 2020
Time
: 3:30pm NDT (St. John's, NL)
: 3:00pm ADT (Charlottetown, PE; Halifax, NS, Fredericton, NB)
: 2:00pm EDT (Montreal, QC; Ottawa, ON; Iqaluit, NU)
: 1:00pm CDT (Winnipeg, MB)
: 12:00pm MDT/CST (Regina, SK; Calgary, AB; Yellowknife, NT)
: 11:00am PDT (Vancouver, BC; Whitehorse, YT)
Meeting link
: https://zoom.us/j/96802612339?pwd=eDFHS3RxVDdLUUpvZWovRzZwMi9Qdz09
Meeting ID
: 968 0261 2339
Passcode
: CSA_Canada
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Join others who stutter and the people supporting them to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment, gain self-confidence and explore and develop new ways to cope with stuttering.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
## Contact information
Leader
: Rob
Email
: csabarrie@gmail.com
Facebook
: [OAPWS Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter](https://www.facebook.com/OAPWS-Ottawa-Association-of-People-Who-Stutter-217098301790631/)
## Meetings
Our meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Meeting locations are subject to change so please check this page for updates:
City Hall, Huronia Room B (second floor) -
70 Collier St.
Barrie, ON
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Join others who stutter and the people supporting them to practice speaking in a safe and comfortable environment, gain self-confidence and explore and develop new ways to cope with stuttering.
Attendance at a support group is an invaluable opportunity for people who stutter to come together, develop a sense of community and empower each other. For many people, a support group meeting may present the first opportunity to meet another person who stutters. Our meetings are open to teens and adults who stutter along with their families and friends with an interest in learning about stuttering.
## Contact information
Leader
: Brad