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Marvin Klotz: Childhood memories

This article first appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

Marvin Klotz Marvin Klotz (photo credit: Ali Salem) The King’s Speech has won many awards and revived interest in the phenomenon of “stuttering” (“stammering is the British and supposedly, gentler terminology). Hard as it is to believe, I was not always the slim, agile, silver tongued, long haired role model you have always known and admired.  At one time, I couldn’t even say hello on the telephone let alone call strangers – yes I was/am a “stutterer”.

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A daughter’s perspective

masker The Ediinburgh Masker

This article first appeared in the Winter 2011 issue of CSA Voices.

Theresa's father, Mike Hughes, published the Speak Easy newsletter out of his home in New Brunswick for many years. He died in September of 2010.

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Leaving the Fear Behind

The following is an edited version of the presentation Lee Heard gave at the 2007 CSA Conference in Toronto, and also appeared in the Spring 2008 CSA newsletter.


Lee heard Lee Heard at CSA2007

The Oxford Dictionary defines fear as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm.” This describes what we ordinarily feel when entering speaking situations with a stutter.

Our fear is not so much caused by danger, but by the expected emotional pain or harm to our self esteem that could be caused should our speech not go the way we planned. While fear lies just below the water in Russ Hicks’ Iceberg Anthology of stuttering, many of the emotions below it are enabled by giving into the fear. This is why in order to be free to live our lives as we choose we need to leave this fear behind.

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Mike Hughes, a Canadian pioneer for stuttering support and self-help

This article was originally published in the Winter 2011 issue of CSAVoices.

mike Mike Hughes

I reacted with numbing sadness and disbelief when news arrived that Mike Hughes had passed away on September 22nd, 2010.

Over many years, Mike had been a friend, a supporter and a mentor. We were linked by a common interest in stuttering.

For 22 years Mike Hughes was the Executive Director of Speak Easy Canada Inc., Canada’s first, charitable organization for people who stutter, which he founded in 1984. Based in Saint John, New Brunswick, Mike was already involved in helping those who, like him, stuttered.

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My Journey from a Student Who Stutters to a Teacher Who Stutters

scott-kerby Scott Kerby
This article was originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of the CSA Newslettert

When I think of my chosen profession, and how it came to be, I see that being a person with a mild to severe stutter has played an important role in defining who I am and what I chose to do as an occupation. For the past twelve years, I have been teaching in the public school system, and currently, I’m a Special Education teacher at F.H. Collins high school in Whitehorse, Yukon. Before that, I was involved in instructing outdoor education and leadership programs based out of Toronto.

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