This is an article I wrote for BCAPS Newsletter
BCAPS Profile: Mary Rose L, PR chair. As the founder of the Vancouver Support Group for Stutterers, I have coordinated meetings regularly from 1997 - 2007. Starting with 5 members at Langara College, the support group has grown and has helped over 80 people who stutter. Towards the end of the 10 years, the group dynamics has evolved shaping the meetings into social outings rather than indoor meetings. Now the Support Group is a Social Club for Stutterers of which I, too, am the founder/coordinator. Members attend fun activities where they feel acceptance amongst their peers. During my time with the BCAPS Board of Executives, 1998 - 2006. I've held the Fundraising and PR Chair positions. I took a hiatus from BCAPS to focus on my studies and simultaneously work as a Preschool Teacher. This year, I'll be graduating with a BA in Psychology at UBC. When the opportunity to be a part of the organizing committee for the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA) Conference 2011 arose, I volunteered my time and joined the CSA Board of Executives. At the CSA conference, I reconnected with the BCAPS Board of Executives and ran for the position of PR Chair. As BCAPS PR Chair, I would like to continue increasing public awareness of stuttering so that stutterers can communicate with ease and have the options to either use fluency skills or to accept their speech. I would also like to thank the BCAPS Board of Directors for welcoming me to the association!