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Why we believe in continued education

Stephen Owen

Growing up I learned that one can get great lessons from parables. What may appear, at first blush, to be just a simple tale can many times have a profound impact on its hearer.

Allow me to share one such story that I think encapsulates why, at SoundIntuition, we do what we do.

A very strong woodcutter once asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his very best.

His boss gave him an ax and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought down 15 trees.

” Congratulations,” the boss said. ” Carry on with your work!”

Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees down. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring down 7 trees.

Day after day he was bringing lesser number of trees down.

” I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on.

” When was the last time you sharpened your ax?” the boss asked.

” Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my ax. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…”

Continued education is key and it’s why we offer this blog, it’s why we provide training and it’s the driving reason behind the conferences we host. We believe that good is not good when better is expected. We believe that sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to success.

The origin of the quoted parable is unknown.
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Register for the October 30th WESS conference in Toronto


Friday, October 30, 2015

Registration: 7:45 a.m.
Conference: 8:45 sharp – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Gibson Ballroom of Novotel (Hotel)
3 Park Home Avenue, North York M2N 6L3 Toronto, Ontario, Canada



*$275 (+HST) for professionals; $175 (+HST) student rate with code;
HST is already included in the price on the registration page

Get to know our speakers:

Dale Atkins     |    Dave Sindrey    |    Karen MacIver-Lux

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Click to download .pdf of conference poster

Dr. Dale AtkinsDale Atkins, Ph.D. 

The author of several books, textbook chapters, and articles in popular and professional journals, “Dr. Dale”, as she is widely known, is a highly regarded motivational and keynote speaker who lectures worldwide at business, health, educational, and social service venues. With a special gift for presenting complex psychological, sociological, and educational research in understandable terms she appeals to a wide variety of audiences.

Dr. Atkins frequently comments on NBC’s Today Show and CNN’s Headline News about social / relationship issues. Additionally, she is a consultant and on-screen expert for several award-winning documentaries, news programs, and educational training films. She serves on the Boards of several non-profit local and national organizations and educational institutions whose foci are literacy, tolerance, wellness, community action, and child protection. An active volunteer, she and her dog are a certified “dog therapy team.”

Dr. Atkins earned a Ph.D. at the University of California at Los Angeles in Educational Psychology (Early Childhood Education); an M.A. in Special Education (Deafness) from Teacher’s College at Columbia University; and a B.S. from New York University. She has a private psychology practice in New York City.


Dave SindreyDave Sindrey, S-LP, Cert. AVT

David has published numerous workbooks and resources to help children of all ages learn to listen.  He is both the author and illustrator of the material he produces. Some of those include Listening Games for Littles (1997, 2002) and the Cochlear Implant Auditory Training Guide (2004). Mr. Sindrey has also developed several online resources including the the ListeningRoom at Advanced Bionics,  Speechtree, Listeningtree, and Actividades de Audición for Programa Infantil Phonak in Spain. His listening activities have been translated to Dutch, German, Spanish, French and Korean.  Since 2012 he has designed and illustrated 9 apps on iTunes that help develop and/or assess listening skills for children with hearing loss. Mr. Sindrey is currently working on completing a combined Masters of Audiology and PhD in Hearing Science at the University of Western Ontario, in London Ontario Canada where he lives with his family.

Karen MacIver-LuxKaren MacIver-Lux, Aud, Cert. AVT

AVT® is the president of SoundIntuition where she oversees the development of online training programs and products for professionals engaged in serving individuals who have communication disorder(s).

Karen has held the position of Lecturer in the School of Human Communication Disorders at Dalhousie University, and is currently a consultant to WE Listen International Inc. She has given numerous presentations internationally, and provides mentorship to professionals.

From 1997-2007 Karen worked as an auditory-verbal therapist and coordinator of clinical services at the Learning to Listen Foundation (LTLF), North York General Hospital in Toronto. In addition, she worked as a clinical audiologist for several years.  She also served as a director of the board of Auditory-Verbal International, Inc.  Karen has a congenital severe to profound hearing loss and is a graduate of LTLF.

Karen was honored by Maclean’s magazine as one of the Top 100 young Canadians of 2000 and received the Who’s Who in Students of American Colleges and Universities Award in 1993.

Karen has made contributions to the literature including: How the Student with Hearing Loss Can Succeed in College (2nd ed.) (1996), 50 FAQs About AVT (2001), Songs for Listening! Songs for Life!(2003), Listen to This! – Volume I (2004), The Listener (2000, 2005), Listen to This!-Volume 2 (2006), Auditory-Verbal Therapy and Practice (2006), Perspectives on Audiology (2009), 101 FAQs of AVT (2012) and Cochlear Implants (2014).


Download .pdf of poster here