About Us - Meet the Executive

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President : Courtney Gordon
Courtney Gordon

The President is chief executive officer of the Association.  It is her duty to preside at all meetings of the Association and of the Executive Council and to supervise the affairs of the Association.

What is your profession and area of practice?
Speech-Language Pathologist working in acute care, long term care, and adult and pediatric outpatients in Central Newfoundland.

What made you get into the profession?
To me, communication means allowing people to connect on a personal level. I love that I have a job that lets me help people connect (or re-connect) with their loved ones. It's an honour and extremely rewarding.

What is your favorite hobby?
I really enjoy making music. I play the flute, guitar, mandolin, and I sing.

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
Being involved in NLASLPA allows me to advocate for this profession that I love, and our very important clients.


Past-President : Christine Champdoizeau
Christine Champdoizeau

The Past-President is the liaison between the outgoing and incoming administration.

What is your profession and area of practice?
“I am the district SLP for the Francophone school board. I see students in five schools throughout the province: École des Grands-Vents (St. John’s), École Sainte-Anne and École Notre-Dame-du-Cap (Port-au-Port Peninsula), Centre éducatif l’ENVOL (Labrador City), and École Boréale (Happy Valley-Goose Bay). At least once a year, I travel to the schools outside St. John’s for evaluations and one-on-one sessions. During the rest of the school year, I give in-person session to the students in St. John’s and online sessions to the students in the four other schools.”

What made you get into the profession?
“I have always had a passion for languages and communication so being an SLP seemed like a perfect fit. I think being able to express yourself is essential to everyone and I’m grateful that I can help people get through their communication difficulties to do so.”

What is your favorite hobby?
“I enjoy reading, playing board games, and spending time with friends and my family. I also enjoy going for hikes with my husband, Matt, and my dog, Ella.”

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
“Being involved with NLASLPA has provided me with many opportunities to meet and get to know people. Through being a member of volunteer committees, a member of the Executive, and attending the annual NLASLPA conferences, I have met, and continue to meet, some wonderful people.”


President-Elect : Christina Hodder
Christina Hodder

The President Elect is the chief liaison officer of the Association and exercises the powers of the President during any such time the President is absent or unable to attend any meeting of the Association.

What is your profession and area of practice?
"I’m a speech-language pathologist working with the adult population in an acute care setting, assessing and treating communication and swallowing difficulties/disorders".

What made you get into the profession?
"The moments when I see the looks of accomplishment, confidence, and hope on a patient’s face are what make this job so rewarding".

What is your favorite hobby?
"I enjoy anything outside in nature. Hiking, kayaking, running, swimming… and travelling the world".

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
“Being part of NLASLPA means connecting with our colleagues and community members to collaborate, advocate, and learn how to enhance our profession as a whole, and also better ourselves as individual clinicians for the benefit of our clients and patients".

 


Director-At-Large : Josie Hussey
Josie Hussey

The Director-At-Large is responsible for reviewing and responding to information requests from the Executive regarding issues related to SAC. 

What is your profession and area of practice?
“Adult acute care, long term care and outpatients for rural Avalon."

What made you get into the profession?
“I have known ever since Junior High that I wanted to be a Speech-Language Pathologist.  I've always wanted to work directly with individuals to help improve their quality of life, and this job definitely allows me to do that every day!"

What is your favorite hobby?
“My most favorite pastime would have to be playing and cuddling with my dog, Mea!"

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
“As a new member of NLASLPA I am very excited to meet other professionals across the province, and gain new knowledge with regards to our association."


Treasurer : Jessica Williams
Jessica Williams

The Treasurer is responsible for the collection and disbursement of the funds of the Association with the approval of the Executive Council and presents a financial report to the Annual Meeting.

What is your profession and area of practice?
“Speech-Language Pathologist working with outpatient pediatrics."

What do you like best about your profession?
“I love that our scope of practice is so vast. Every day is different as we work with various populations with unique strengths and challenges. It allows for continuous growth and learning opportunities.”

What is your favorite hobby?
“I’m a big reader and love spending time with my two dogs, Milo & Rosie!”

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
“I love connecting with and supporting our province’s Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.”


Secretary : Hilary Trenholm
Hilary Trenholm

The Secretary is responsible for the maintenance of records and proper dissemination of information pertaining to the Association, including keeping of minutes of all meetings. 
 

What is your profession and area of practice?
“I am speech-language pathologist, currently working with adults in the acute care setting".

What made you get into the profession?
The sense of satisfaction I feel when successfully treating and discharging a client is indescribable. Knowing that I have made a difference in someone’s life is very rewarding".

What is your favorite hobby?
I was introduced to ice hockey at a young age and have been playing ever since. Being at the rink is like home to me" .

What is the best part about being involved in NLASLPA?
“Having the ability to connect with other professionals in the province, and to help advocate for our members".