Once again the Ottawa Association of People Who Stutter – OAPWS is participating in the Ottawa Race Weekend as members of the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team. This event is one of Canada’s most prestigious race events of the year and takes place on May 26th & 27th. The Team is under the umbrella of the Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s (OHF) “Run For A Reason” campaign.

Our team is raising funds to enable teens and adults attend speech therapy programs at the clinic. This clinic is located at the Rehab Centre of the Ottawa General Hospital and is only one of three such facilities in Canada to offer semi-intensive and intensive therapy programs for individuals who stutter. The money we raise will go to…..


the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund which is named in honour of Marie Poulos, a speechlanguage pathologist who worked at the Clinic from 1979 until she was tragically killed in a car accident in 1991. Several members of OAPWS actually knew Marie in the 1980s and can testify first hand what a wonderful speech therapist she was.

You can help us reach our fundraising goal by sponsoring our team.  To donate online:

1. Go to

2. On that page click on “Special Events, then “Run for a Reason”

3. Click on Sponsor a team.

4. In the find box, enter Stuttering Treatment Clinic and it will take you to a link that has our team\s name on it.

5. Click on the team’s name and it will bring you to our team’s fundraising  page where you can sponsor our team.

Any donation no matter how small will help individuals who stutter receive the therapy they need. Donations of $15 or more are eligible for a tax receipt from the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

All monies raise go directly into the Marie Poulos Bursary Fund. There are no administration fees.

We also have pledge forms if you wish to donate by cheque or cash.


Are you already registered for a Race Weekend event? Why not join our team?

Are you a running in one of the Race Weekend events but do not belong to a team? Consider joining the Stuttering Treatment Clinic Team and obtain your own sponsors. Go to   click on Run For Reason link and then click on “Join a Team” You will be given your own Fundraising page. You can also track our team’s fundraising efforts.

We would love to have you as a member of our team!


The Real Goal of our campaign

And remember our goal is not just to raise money. It is to raise awareness about stuttering and the challenges faced by people who stutter.

Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference in the lives of people who stutter.

Published by David Burton

I first took speech therapy some 30 years ago in Ottawa and recently completed a semi-intensive course at the Ottawa Stuttering Treatment Clinic. I am an active member of OAPWS and appreciate the support and sharing of common experiences.

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