Westman Aphasia Inc. (WAI) is a non-profit, community-based, charitable organization dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and their caregivers who are living with a chronic communication disorder known as aphasia. WAI is led by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Unfortunately, many Canadians, healthcare agencies and healthcare providers have limited knowledge or understanding about aphasia. WAI was formed over 10 years ago to increase awareness of aphasia, provide support and services to individuals with aphasia, their caregivers and families, and to educate caregivers and healthcare providers about aphasia and the communication tools that help to create an aphasia-friendly environment.

Our primary funder is the Brandon & District United Way, but we also rely on other public and corporate support to help continue and expand our programs and services.

WAI offers monthly conversation and caregiver support groups facilitated by program clinicians with the help of trained volunteers. Educational workshops are offered to caregivers, healthcare providers and volunteers. These workshops provide formal training in Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) by a speech-language pathologist trained at Toronto’s Aphasia Institute.

For more information on Westman Aphasia Inc., see our brochure.

Our 2021 Board Members

Susan Cable, Board Chair
Carole Black, Secretary

Bev Laird Borotsik, Director
Barbara Laluk, Director
Cindy Medd, Treasurer
Kim Melnyk, Director
Karlie Mymryk, Co-Vice-Chair
Erin Nolan, Co-Vice-Chair
Jo Pettypiece, Director

Darlynne Smith, Director

Our Program Clinicians

Glenda Gandza, MD
Brenda Rust, MA SLP (C)

Our Staff

Susan Cable, Chief Administrative Officer