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WORLD CONGRESS OF AUDIOLOGY- Bringing the World of Audiology Together

SEPTEMBER 18-21, 2016


The 33rd World Congress of Audiology (WCA) is the biennial meeting of the International Society of Audiology (ISA) and is jointly hosted by the Canadian Academy of Audiology, (CAA) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, (SAC). Join leaders in audiology for this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.

Early bird registration deadline is May 31, 2016, and members of the International Society of Audiology, Canadian Academy of Audiology, or Speech-Language and Audiology Canada get preferential rates.

WCA2016 will feature speakers from around the world, covering the latest topics in audiology research and practice. You do not want to miss this highly-anticipated event — it may well be the best audiology conference ever!

Register Today!
WCA2016 will feature many renowned speakers from around the world — our selection of contributed papers and posters alone includes presenters from over 30 countries! View the full conference program online and stay tuned for more highlights in the coming months.

ANAC Update

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our National Coordinator, Theresa Forson.  Many of you will have had the pleasure of speaking with her – whether Theresa was your first contact to ANAC if you were newly diagnosed, or whether you were renewing your membership or making a donation.  You will undoubtedly agree that Theresa was incredibly helpful and listened with an empathetic ear.  At the executive level, Theresa was a terrific asset to the Board of Directors and friend.  We sincerely wish Theresa all the very best in her future endeavours.

The ANAC Board of Directors decided to restructure this position to that of a part-time Executive Director who will be responsible for the overall operations continuing to provide guidance and support to our members, while working with the Board of Directors to implement our strategic initiatives, financial management and fund development  in order to sustain and grow ANAC.

I am delighted to introduce Carole Humphries as our new Executive Director.  Carole has had a very robust career:  all while in the non-profit sector, Carol has worked with some high profile organizations and low profile organizations, leading teams, facilitating committees and also working independently.  She demonstrates a relentless passion to achieve her objective!  ANAC has many objectives we hope to achieve and with a volunteer Board we have tons of great ideas and we look forward to Carole executing these ideas into actions!

Over the next few months, Carole will be transitioning and moving ANAC to the Toronto area. She can be reached starting the week of September 1/15 by email at [email protected] or by telephone 1-800-561-2622. Regular mail will still be received at the Buckhorn address until further notice.

Lyna Newman
Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada


Hello ANAC Members!

Take The ANAC Days Fundraising Challenge

Join us May 10 to 16, 2015 to kick off the First Annual ANAC Days Fundraising Challenge

It’s easy to participate, by organizing or hosting a third party event, you can raise funds for a cause that supports those diagnosed with Acoustic Neuroma, a rare benign brain tumour.

There are many ways to organize or host your event: 

  • Turn your junk into a donation; organize a yard sale or online auction
  • Golf Lover? Organize a golf tournament
  • Running enthusiast? A small walk or run-a-thon may be your event
  • Use your culinary talents, organize a bake sale or pie auction
  • Love to dance? Hold a community dance
  • Love to eat? Approach your favorite restaurant about in-house fundraising ventures such as celebrity serving
  • Green thumb? Organize a plant sale 
  • Fishing season is quickly approaching, how about a fish derby?

 Large events too daunting?

  • Host a fundraising dinner party
  • Challenge your friends to game of golf
  • Celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Ask your friends to make a meaningful donation in lieu of gifts
  • Organize a dress down or blue jean day at your office
  • Challenge your family and friends to a friendly bowl-a-thon

However you choose to participate is up to you, each event will make a difference. This is a fun and rewarding way to support those who find themselves faced with a diagnosis of a rare benign brain tumour.

Share your ideas on ANAC’s Facebook and Twitter pages or YouTube channel, challenge your friends, encourage others to join in the fun!

Register your event online at  or contact the National Office at [email protected] to request an event package. 


Notice of Annual General Meeting for the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada

September 15, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Acoustic Neuroma Association of Canada will be held on Saturday, the 18th day of October, 2014, at 5:00 pm EST (time may be subject to change to coincide with Symposium Program Agenda) at the Toronto Western Hospital, Lecture Hall located at 399 Bathhurst St., Toronto, Ontario.

All members in good standing are invited participate at the Annual General Meeting. Please RSVP to the National Office by Friday October 10, 2014. Once your attendance is confirmed, you will receive a detailed Annual General Meeting Package.

Members unable to attend in person may complete the attached proxy form and return to the National Office by mail or email no later than Friday October 10, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact, Theresa Forson, National Coordinator at 1-800-561-2622 or by email at [email protected]

On Wed, June 11, 2014, ANAC will be holding an Strategic Planning Meeting. 
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Place: Canadian Hearing Society (CHS), 271 Spadina Road, Toronto
Room: 3rd Floor Boardroom
Parking: Free underground
All ANAC Members are invited to attend.  NEW!  If you cannot attend in person, we are
offering 3 (three) ways you can still provide your feedback and suggestions:

1.            Complete the short survey found at
               We would appreciate surveys be completed by June 5, 2014.

2.            Review the attached document called “2014 Strategic Plan SWOT Template”. 
               This is a working document that illustrates some examples of strengths,
               weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  They are NOT intended to suggest
               these are real examples – it is a working paper for you to jot your thoughts
               down; You may return it to me at [email protected]

3.            During the meeting, we will be sending “tweets” to our Twitter followers for input
               from our membership who could not attend in person.  So, if you would like to
               participate, no matter where you are, be sure to follow us on Twitter

During our meeting, in order for ANAC to establish our new goals, we need to do what is
called a Situational Analysis – many of you will know it as a SWOT Analysis, (Strengths,
Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats).

Then, once that is mostly concluded, each member will be asked to prioritize what they
perceive to be the most important goals.

Attached are two documents:
1.           2014 Strategic Plan SWOT template  As mentioned above, this is a working
              document that illustrates some examples of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities
              and threats.  They are NOT intended to suggest these are real examples – it is
              a working paper for you to jot your thoughts down;

2.           2012 Strategic Plan  – the most recent Plan for those who would like to refer to it.

This is an exciting opportunity for us to reconnect and once again establish what is
required so we can continue our Mission:  To provide information and support to
individuals with acoustic neuromas and their families.

Many thanks and best regards,
Lyna Newman


The Toronto Chapter Celebrates 10 Years

When I was first diagnosed with an acoustic neuroma in 1999, a Toronto chapter didn’t
exist. There had been one in the past however the group had folded.

Back in April 2004, Henry Kitts, a patient with an acoustic neuroma, met with Rex Banks
(Director of Hearing Healthcare and Chief Audiologist) at the Canadian Hearing Society
on Spadina Avenue and discussed the need for a support group in the Toronto area.
Rex offered space at the CHS and Joanne Bennett and I were contacted as we had
both expressed an interest in forming a chapter.

We held our first meeting in May 2004.

Fundraising for ANAC was important and we organized two dinner/dance events with
silent auctions in 2006 and 2007. When I was a Bell Canada employee, I was
recognized for my volunteer work and Bell donated funds to ANAC on my behalf. When
I asked my financial advisor for a “door prize” for our first dance, it evolved into several
monetary donations from RBC Dominion Securities and they have become a repeated
sponsor for ANAC’s symposiums.

Joanne retired and moved away from Toronto and Kathryn Harrod has been assisting
me in leading the group since 2009.

We had an opportunity to meet and thank Henry at our Strategic Planning meeting held
in 2012, led by our previous president, Dr Carol-Anne Sullivan.

I want to thank everyone who has attended our meetings. The Toronto group continues
to provide strong support and generously shares their time, extensive research and
treatment experiences.

A special thanks to Rex as he continues to offer his expertise and support during our
meetings and to Kathryn for her ongoing support.
Lynda Nash
Toronto Chapter Co-Leader
Please join the Toronto Chapter in celebrating it’s 10 year Anniversary
on May 27, 2014 6:30 to 8:30 PM

At the Canadian Hearing Society located at 271 Spadina Road. 2nd Floor AR Room
Public transit - exit at the Dupont subway station. CHS is second building on east side
of Spadina Rd. You can't miss the big sign in front of the building.

Please sign in at the Security desk on the main floor.

Free underground parking is available.

Please contact Chapter leaders Lynda Nash or Kathryn Harrod for more

Lynda Nash at 416-282-5918
[email protected]

Kathryn Harrod at 905-891-1624
[email protected]