For the past year and a half, Jillia has been gaining valuable experience in Speech-Language Pathology by volunteering 3 times a week at SpeechWorks and the Stroke Recovery Association of Manitoba (SAM). She loves working with clients and learning to connect with people who have difficulty communicating. Many of us take communication for granted, and don’t even think about how reading, writing, listening and speaking connects us with the world. The clients Jillia volunteers with have taught her to hope and to persevere even when faced with the most challenging obstacles. Jillia says the clients are changing her and helping her to become a better person, and hopefully one day a great SLP!
Jillia is planning to study Speech-Language Pathology at Dalhousie, having received her BA in 2016 from the University of Manitoba.
Meghan is applying to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist. She plans on attending the University of Western Ontario, Mcgill, or the University of Toronto. She volunteers at Speechworks “so that (she) can learn and gain experience in the field and to better prepare for graduate school.” She has volunteered in our Connect & Communicate groups for children and teens with social language difficulties (including Autism Spectrum Disorders), as well as the StoryTelling group where she helps people with brain injuries including stroke, many of whom have apashia.