Voice Laboratory and Treatment Centre of Ontario

Back in 1992, the Harmonize For Speech Fund founded the Voice Laboratory and Treatment Centre of Ontario in co-ordination with Lois Singer, who was formerly the Chief of the Department of Speech Pathology at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The objective was to establish a modern instrumental center offering advanced acoustic and pronator instrumentation to assess and treat a full range of voice disorders following through with what had been established at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Lois received numerous recognitions, including the Honours of the Association from the Ontario Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

In 2007, the Voice Lab expanded to other areas of Ontario: in Hamilton/Niagara and Ottawa/Hull. Lois retired in 2009 and the Voice Lab discontinued. However, Harmonize For Speech and barbershoppers did more than just fund the clinic. The Country Four Quartet, one of the premier quartets in Ontario donned their hard hats and helped set up the Voice Lab office in Toronto. The picture above of the Country Four Quartet with Don Staples (tenor), on the left, Jack Allin (lead), next to Don, Lois Singer of Voice Lab, Glen Allin (bass), next to Lois, Merrill Brown (baritone), next to Glen, and George Shields, Harmonize For Speech Chairman / Founder on the extreme right.

It’s certainly nice to remember the good folks from both the Voice Lab and Country Four Quartet in the good old days.


Harmony Ranch Supports Harmonize For Speech

With some great anticipation, the Barbershop members and families are awaiting the 2021 May opening of Harmony Ranch. Once again, we will be supporting the Harmonize For Speech program through our liquor/wine/beer bottles and returnable cans program. We are hoping to exceed last year’s $1,000.80 total!!!

The Ranch gates will hopefully open before the end of May. We invite all Barbershoppers to come and visit with us and perhaps be part of the H4S fund raising program. [email protected] A socially distanced campfire with friends and a friendly libation might just be the solution to drive away the “Covid Blues”.

Thank you,

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