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Chantal Mayer-Crittenden

Chantal’s outstanding work as a speech pathologist has led her to become one of youngest Directors at Laurentian University, where she helped found and currently directs the Orthophonie (Speech and Language Pathology) program. She also sits on the Board of Directors for OSLA (Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists) and RIFSSO (Regroupment des Intervenants francophones en santé et en service sociaux de l’Ontario), maintains a blog and website (www.botte-boot.com ) of resources, tips and handouts regarding children with language impairments and/or learning a second language and has provided free workshops to Anglophone and bilingual parents of children learning French as a second language. She has presented her ground-breaking research, on bilingual children learning French in a predominantly English community, at regional, national and international levels and has been recognized with the 10 Top Researchers Award for the Faculty of Health at Laurentian University in 2016. Aside from academic and professional work, Chantal has been part of the Sudbury Women’s Volleyball league, volunteer coach at the Walden Cross Country Ski Club and is a Laurentian Masters’ Swim Club member. Her work in the community includes being part of the Caring Family program with Big Brothers/Sisters Sudbury. On top of all this, Chantal is a dedicated mother of 3, who is actively involved in her children’s extracurricular activities: serving on the executive of the Sudbury Synchro Club; filling several positions on Helene Gravel and Jean Ethier Blais French Public School Parent Councils. Her dedication, hard work and positivity have inspired colleagues, students and her husband, Kevin, who wrote so glowingly about her accomplishments in his nomination of Chantal for a Women of Distinction award.