Board of Directors and Volunteers
The CSA is a small group of volunteers who devote their time to the cause of helping other people who stutter by providing information and offering support.
Eeva Stierwalt, London, ON - National Coordinator
Lisa Wilder, Toronto, ON - Webmaster, Editor
Casey Kennedy, Toronto, ON - Conference Coordinator
Dan Leca, Toronto, ON - Conference Planning
Carla Di Domenicantonio, Burlington, ON - SLP Liaison
Arun Khanna, Toronto, ON - Finances
Alexandra D'Agostino, London, ON - Social Media
Advisory Board members
Daniele Rossi, Toronto, ON
Jaan Pill, Toronto, ON
David Stones, Stratford, ON
Get to Know the Volunteers at the Canadian Stuttering Association!
The Canadian Stuttering Association is entirely run by our motivated, committed and compassionate volunteers. Here are a few words from our volunteers about who they are and what the Canadian Stuttering Association means to them.
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.
My name is Casey Kennedy. I live in Toronto, and I’m a speech-language pathologist who stutters. I am on the Board of Directors of the CSA as the SLP Liaison. Growing up with a stutter sometimes made me feel frustrated and isolated. I felt as though no one else understood how it felt to stutter. When I first stumbled into the world of stuttering self-help support groups in 2013, it was such a life changing experience for me. That’s why I am involved with the CSA – to help connect Canadians who stutter, because I know how important it can be. I love hearing people’s stories, and sharing in our similarities and differences. I love that when I’m around other people who stutter I feel even freer to stutter to my heart’s content. Being involved in the stuttering community continues to normalize stuttering for me, which helps me in my personal journey of acceptance. Fun fact about me – I’m into genealogy (family history) and have traced back my family tree to the 1500s! Oh, and I can recite, on demand, the first 40 digits of pi. Go ahead. Ask me.
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. Originally I was just going to create a website for the conference. At that time there was some disunity within the organization, and I thought a general organizational website could be a tool to bring people together and attract new people.
People have access to so much virtual connectivity and information, so I think one of the roles of CSA is to enable in-person engagement. That's why the conferences are, to me, the most important thing we can do. Youtube videos are great, but real-life encounters with other people who stutter are what is truly life changing.
I think it's remarkable that CSA has been around for so long purely on the dedication of volunteers.
I am currently self-employed and work as a graphic designer and content marketing specialist. I've also been known to fiddle around painting, writing, reading and doing yoga.
My name is Alexandra D’Agostino and I have stuttered since I was 7. I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a BA Combined Honours in Psychology and Anthropology in 2017, and am now a soon to be graduate of the Nipissing University Nursing Scholar Practitioner Program. 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 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 Volunteer Coordinator for the CSA. She is looking forward to getting to know everyone in the stuttering community! In this role, amongst other tasks, she will respond to offers of help, interview volunteers, maintain a volunteer database, identify volunteer assignments within the CSA, and provide meaningful work for volunteers.
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.
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 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!