About The 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 in the public, health, education, and other domains.
The early days
The Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists as we know it officially took form around 1994-1995. Various reasons led Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists to form a professional association.
First, at the end of the 1980’s and at beginning of the 1990’s, Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists asked for salary equity to other health professionals with the same advanced level of education (graduate studies). This was one important motivator to form an association.
In addition, the concurrent birth of the professional order of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OOAQ) put an end to the professional corporation of Speech and Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CPOAQ) which had existed since 1974. In this setting, the difference between an order and an association was important and justified the creation of a professional association.
The distinction between a professional Order and an Association
The professional Order’s main role is to protect and to defend the public. The role of the Association is to promote and to represent respective professional members. These were established as quite different mandates.
A new start for the Quebec Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists
Madam Céline Phénix, Speech and Language Pathologist was exceptionally devoted to this association from its founding in the mid-1990s until her retirement around 2009-2010. At that point, due to the lack of volunteers to take over, the association became inactive for several months. Fortunately, due to an influx of new professionals in 2011-2012, the association is once again active.
Mrs Céline Phénix