Let’s Talk: Stuttering on the Job – Navigating Workplace Realities

April 14, 2024, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm (EDT)

Online via Zoom

This panel session is based on a workshop that was presented at the Canadian Stuttering Association Conference in November 2023. It features four persons who stutter from different age groups and backgrounds. There will be opportunity for audience members to interact with panelists and others during the event.  

Registration is required for this Zoom session. The session will be recorded, so if you can’t make it on the day of the event, you will be able to view it at your convenience. A link for the recording will be provided to all registrants within two weeks of the event date.

Registration is $10. Funds are used to support CSA activities as it aims to fulfill its mission.

Whether you are about to enter the workforce, already navigating a career, or the concerned parent of someone who stutters, this workshop is for you! Through panel discussion, you will hear firsthand accounts about stuttering in the professional world. You will be invited to ask questions and to share your own experiences, concerns, and insights. This session provides a unique opportunity to hear from a variety of perspectives and to embrace the power of shared experiences. We look forward to sharing with you!

Anna Nissen, a Speech-Language Pathologist based in Montreal, will facilitate discussion during this session. Anna’s expertise and passion lie in empowering people who stutter and their family members. By understanding the broader aspects of their lives, Anna supports individuals in building self-confidence and celebrating their uniqueness.  

David Marcotte is a pediatric physical therapist based in Montreal as well as a person who stutters. On his path to becoming a physical therapist, David overcame obstacles related to both communication and physical restrictions. Through his work, David aims to encourage a more inclusive and understanding society.

Berenice Mengo, Programs Officer for the Government of Canada, is a former Communications Team Leader and Coordinator of COP15’s International Media Centre. She actively promotes stuttering awareness in workplaces and schools and is often invited as a panelist or facilitator. She works to raise understanding and foster inclusivity of minority groups.  

Catherine Moroney has been active in the stuttering community in both Canada and the United States for over 20 years. In her professional life, Catherine is a physicist and software engineer working for NASA, analyzing satellite data. Catherine grew up in Montreal and Toronto, and despite living in the US for many years, considers Canada to be her home.

Matthew Yaworski is a person who stutters and a lawyer who practices management-side labour relations and employment law for the Government of Canada's Treasury Board Secretariat.  A Mature Student, he received his Bachelor of Civil Law and Juris Doctor (BCL/JD) degree from McGill where he completed courses in both official languages and worked remotely for the Yukon Human Rights Commission.  Before returning to law school, Mathew held senior positions in human resources (labour relations) for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Government of Canada (Canada Revenue Agency & Canada Border Services Agency), City of Toronto, and University of Calgary. 

Myriam Fauteux is a person who stutters who is on the Board of Directors of the ABC (Association Bégaiement Communication). Myriam wants to give back to the stuttering community because it helped her tremendously.   

Reserve your front row seat. Can’t make it on the 14th? No problem. Register and you will be able to view a recording of the session at a more convenient time. 

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