ACO Staff

Gillian Gailey, Executive Director

Gillian, is a Speech Language Pathologist and co-founder of Aphasia Centre of Ottawa. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto (M.H. Sc Speech Language Pathology1983) and is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. Gillian has been the Executive Director of ACO since its inception in 1990 and has devoted her career to ensuring families in the Ottawa region have access to the support of an Aphasia Centre. She has led the development of a wide range of services facilitating recovery of full potential and long term support for individuals and families living with chronic aphasia.

Kathy Stiell, Director of Family Support

Kathy is the co-founder of the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa and Director of Family Support. She has a Masters of Social Work from McGill University (1980) and is registered with the Ontario College of Certified Social Workers. Kathy is a clinical member of the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a certified therapist and supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She has provided leadership in making individual, couple and family counselling accessible to people living with aphasia.

Joanne Winckel, Director of Education and Collaborative Networks

Joanne is a bilingual speech-language pathologist with undergraduate degrees in Biology and Education, and a Master of Health Sciences from the University of Toronto. She is registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario. Joanne has extensive clinical experience in providing communication support for people with aphasia and group therapy and facilitates workshops on these topics.

Emilia Perri, Communicative Disorders Assistant

Emilia is a registered Communicative Disorders Assistant with CDAAC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Linguistics from the University of Ottawa, and completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program from Georgian College (2009). She practices group and individual therapy for both stroke and non-stroke clients at ACO. Emilia also manages the website, social media and oversees many of the daily activities at the centre.

Kelly Logan, Director of Communication Programs

Kelly is a speech-language pathologist with an interest in adult communication disorders. She has an Applied Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology from McGill University in Montreal. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Carleton University in Ottawa giving a unique insight into language. She is licensed by the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) to practice in Ontario and is a certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Kelly works with people in both a group setting and in individual therapy to help improve communication needs.

Joanna Dickson, Communicative Disorders Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Joanna is a graduate of the Speech and Language Sciences Program (Honours B.A.) from Brock University. After completing an internship here and graduating from the CDA program at Georgian College we were delighted to have Joanna join our staff in the fall of 2015. She is currently facilitating a number of communication groups at the Centre. Joanna supervises several volunteer-led programs including: Technology, Reading and Writing, And Activity Group. In addition, Joanna co-coordinates volunteers at ACO.

Stephanie Isaacs, Communicative Disorders Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in Linguistics from Carleton University and studied Speech-Language Therapy in Edinburgh, UK at Queen Margaret University. She has completed the Communicative Disorders Assistant program from St Lawrence College (2016), graduating with distinction. Stephanie is a registered Communicative Disorders Assistant with the Communicative Disorders Assistant Association of Canada.  As a former volunteer and student intern, she is very excited to join the team at the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa.

Sophia Mengad, Speech-Language Pathologist

Sophia is a speech-language pathologist. She has a Master of Health Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Ottawa (2017). She is a member of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario (CASLPO) and The Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA). After completing an internship here and graduating from the S-LP program at the University of Ottawa, Sophia joined the ACO team as a bilingual therapist who leads individual and group therapy sessions with people who have aphasia.

Evelyn Weger, Social Worker

Evelyn is a registered Social Worker and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers Provincial Board of Directors.  Evelyn graduated with a BA and a BSW from the University of Victoria before completing her MSW at Carleton University.  Throughout her career she has dedicated herself to empowering others through counseling, advocacy, education and resources.

Renée Laframboise, Social Worker

Renee Laframboise is a Social worker at the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Ottawa (2019). She is fully bilingual and is registered with the Ontario College of Certified Social Workers.