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Opportunity - CSA membership communications coordinator

Are you passionate about communicating with members, as part of the Canadian Stuttering Association? We are looking for an e-newsletter editor to lead our marketing and communications outreach. The focus is on building relationships with our members through well chosen and presented stories, news and information.

At the Canadian Stuttering Association, we provide the personal touch in a world of information. We’re not thinking of a traditional newsletter with formal articles, but a short, direct email newsletter.

A core role will be to direct members to our website www.stutter.ca in a friendly, informative way.

You’ll be able to find out more about how people who stutter can overcome the effects it can have on their lives - especially in a diverse society like Canada and share your enthusiasm in the newsletter.

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Friends for life

2014 CSA Christmas DinnerAt the CSA Christmas dinner last night I had the privilege to speak with people whose lives have been transformed.  Yes, transformed is the word, and it was thanks to the 2-3 day national conferences that the Canadian Stuttering Association used to organise.

It’s quite something to speak with a group of friends who met through these conferences and became friends for life.  Sure, it takes courage - even to walk through the door for the first time - but you go to a conference you will make new friends and gain a new sense of what you can achieve.  For example, it took Mary Wood real courage to give her first presentation. “I was terrified”, she said. Since then, Mary has spoken at many conferences internationally and is now speaks every week as a church minister.

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Gene(i) in the bottle

science

Ever wondered where research on stuttering comes from? The obvious answer in fact, is people who stutter. And last week, one of those people was me.

Having signed away my saliva (I’ll explain in a moment) I sat down to answer some questions about my early experiences of stuttering, and the early experiences of family members (at least those I knew of). There were questions about when I started stuttering, whether I was late in starting to talk, and the ages at which I did speech therapy - for the record, at 12yrs, 18yrs and 21 yrs with refreshers after that.

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CSA's blog - Open for innovation

One of the great things about rebuilding the Canadian Stuttering Association is that we can engage with new, high quality ideas and the people behind them. In fact, we have to.  Our focus is on solving problems and we’re small with relatively few resources, yet a very broad scope.

New perspectives drive innovation. Enter Dwayne Spradlin’s new book  Open Innovation Marketplace. The central idea is that established organisations can lose the freshness and flexibility to tackle pressing problems. It is people outside these organisations - often people in the earlier part of their careers or on the margins of an issue - who bring new approaches and ideas to bear on problems.

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