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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Melissa Gagnon

Speech-Language Pathologist, Empower Communication Services     | 2021 Health Care Hero Award Finalist

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Melissa has been working as a Speech-Language Pathologist for 10 years following the completion of her undergraduate program in Health Science at the University of Western Ontario and her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto.

Her passion for supporting families and children is evident in her work. Melissa started a small private practice in the Niagara Region to help support children of all ages and abilities in the areas of speech, language, and literacy. Her mission is to empower parents to support their children and to help children to reach their goals. Her passion for helping parents drove her to create a variety of resources that families can access during the pandemic. She recognized that many families did not have access to information that would help them seek out support if needed.  She responded to this gap by developing workshops to educate parents in the areas of speech, language, and literacy, as well as online parent programs that families could use in order to learn research based language strategies.