The Tenth Canadian Stuttering Association conference is taking place on August 19-20, 2011, at the Sandman Hotel and Conference Centre, 180 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC.

The conference will consist of sixteen workshops running concurrently in six sessions over the two days. Keynote speakers and open mike sessions will also be featured. There will be organized social events and activities over the course of the weekend, on Saturday nights and Sunday.

Keynote Speakers

jordanscottJORDAN SCOTT
Jordan Scott is the author of Silt (New Star Books 2005) which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, and Blert (Coach House Books 2008).  In the fall of 2006, Jordan worked on the final sections of Blert, his book of poetry inspired by his own experience of stuttering, while acting as a writer in residence at the International Writers’ and Translators’ Centre in Rhodes, Greece. Blert was adapted into a Bravo Fact film and was the subject of an online interactive documentary commissioned by the National Film Board of Canada.  Jordan is a member of the Kootenay School of Writing and a co-host of the series RespondencyWest, and he lives and works in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver BC.

David has stuttered since childhood. He has been through various therapies over the years trying to overcome it. While in college he became involved with the self-help community, and started thinking differently about his stuttering.  He co-hosted the Montreal CAPS/ABC conference in 1999, then became National Coordinator of CAPS (called the CSA now) for many years.  David is now living in Vancouver where he works as software engineer developing video games.  He is happily married with two great kids and considers himself to be very fortunate.  David loves his life and hardly even thinks about stuttering anymore.  He owes a lot of it to his positive attitude towards stuttering, people and life.

Elaine Saitta is from Seattle, Washington and has been an active member of the National Stuttering Association (NSA) for many years.  The Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) also has a special place in Elaine’s heart as her first stuttering conference was in Vancouver in 1997.  She has held positions with the NSA as Chapter Leader, Regional Chapter Coordinator, Board of Directors member, and Executive Director.  She is both a person who stutters and a practicing speech-language pathologist in Seattle, working primarily with children with speech disorders.  She coordinates a local teen support group as well as youth and adult workshops locally and nationally.  Elaine believes in being open about her stuttering and educating others about the disorder.



2011Conference Planning Committee

David Block

(Vancouver): Coordinating hotel schedule and booking, advertising and marketing

Kim Block

(Vancouver): Keynote speakers, workshops, advertising

Shelli Teshima

(Edmonton): Registration, finances, coordinating

Mary Rose Labandelo

(Vancouver): Advertising and marketing materials

Lisa Wilder

(Toronto):Website, marketing materials, workshops, fundraising