Carolyn Duncan is Revelstoke's speech language pathologist.

Carolyn Duncan receives Long Time Service Award

Carolyn Duncan, Revelstoke's speech language pathologist, receives Long Time Service Award for 25 years of work in the community.

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Carolyn Duncan moved to Revelstoke shortly after graduating with her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.

This move, she thought, would only be for a short while, just long enough to gain a bit of experience before moving on. The universe clearly had a different plan for Carolyn.

Carolyn has worked in her first real job for the last 25 years and has no plans of going elsewhere. In that time she has provided excellent service to children aged birth to school entry with communication difficulties and their families in the form of consultations, assessments and intervention.

She is an integral member of Revelstokes’s early childhood development community as evidenced by her collaboration with:

— Interior Health’s Public Health Nursing program (Baby Talk/Toddler Talk and 3-year-old fair);

— School District #19 (Ready, Set, Learn and Strong Start Centres);

— Family Literacy Programs (Mother Goose and Family Night Out programs);

— Child Care Resource and Referral and Child Care Society;

— Early Childhood Development Committee (Vice-Chair);

— Community Connections program (Supported Child Development, Infant Development and Early Intensive Behavioural Intervention Program (for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder));

— Screen Smart initiative; Giggle, Sing and Swim; and

— Preschools and childcare centres across Revelstoke.

Her involvement with these groups has promoted healthy communication development through education and prevented more severe communication disorders and delays through early identification and referral.

Research has shown that children’s development in kindergarten is a strong predictor of adult health, education and social outcomes. Carolyn has certainly contributed to the health and well being of all the citizens of Revelstoke over the past 25 years.

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