About Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
The Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (QASLPA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the rights and interests of its members who are either speech language pathologists or audiologists. The association also promotes both professions among the public and other health and education stakeholders.
The early days
The Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists as we know it took officially form around 1994-1995. Various reasons led audiologists and speech and language pathologists to form a professional association.
First, at the end of the eighties and at beginning of the nineties, audiologists and speech language pathologists asked salary equity to other health professionals with the same level of school education (graduate studies). This was one important motivation to regroup themselves as an association.
In addition, the birth of the professional order of speech language pathologists and audiologist (OOAQ) almost at the same time put an end to the professional corporation of speech and language pathologists and audiologists (CPOAQ) which existed since 1974. In those settings, the difference between an order and an association was important and justified the creation of a professional association.
The distinction between a profession Order and Association
The professional Order’s main role is to protect and to defend the public as the Association’s role is to promote and to represent respective professional members. In such cases, the Association had already a fairly different mandate from that of the professional Order.
A new start for the Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Madam Céline Phénix, speech and language pathologist, has been really devoted since the founding of the association, in the middle of the nineties, till her retirement around 2009-2010. At that time, due to the lack of volunteers to take over, the association fell in an inactive state during several months. Due to the arrival of new faces, the association is now fully active and has been since 2011-2012.
Mrs Céline Phénix