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Congratulations to Teresa Valenzano, this years recipient.

A message from Teresa Valenzano

Sertoma Foundation of Canada Scholarship Recipient

I am working towards becoming a speech-language pathologist, and now working with patients through my graduate training as a doctoral student, I have realized the importance of focusing on the patient and their perspective when providing care.  The Sertoma Foundation of Canada Student Scholarship, sponsored by the Kitchener-Waterloo Club, has helped me in my pursuit of my doctorate, providing me the opportunity to work alongside patients in my research, focusing on their speech and swallowing needs.  Because of this generous scholarship, I have been able to develop my skills as a clinician and a researcher, and have had the chance to attend international conferences that have strengthened my knowledge in speech and swallowing issues in various patient populations.  I am very honoured to have received this scholarship from the Sertoma Foundation, and am appreciative of all the great work that they do in serving the community.

Being involved in the community has always been a passion of mine.  Over my post secondary academic career, I have been involved in several community initiatives.  My most notable volunteer work includes:

  • Helping develop the curriculum for a course on dysphagia (swallowing impairments) to be used to teach future clinicians in low-income and developing countries
  • Volunteering to be a part of the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute Strategic Planning Committee to improve the student experience and opportunities within the department
  • Serving as the PhD Representative on the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute Academic affairs committee, where academic issues relevant to the RSI community were discussed and resolved
  • Participating in the Marketing Committee for the Interprofessional Medical and Allied Groups for Improving Neighbourhood Environments (IMAGINE) of the University of Toronto in which I helped develop new strategies to advertise the IMAGINE clinic to underserviced populations and promote the IMAGINE clinic for funding and expansion of its catchment area.


What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good. – Aristotle


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