The enduring impact of an Ontario Barbershop group on Speech-Language Pathology at U of T
Harmonize for Speech has raised more than $5.5 million for for various speech and language institutions across the province, including the U of T’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology.
At first glance, speech-language pathology — the health science specialty that assesses and treats communication and swallowing conditions — doesn’t seem like it would have much to do with an association of barbershop singing enthusiasts. Yet, at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine and other academic institutions throughout Ontario, the two have been deeply intertwined for nearly four decades.
In 1977, the Ontario Barbershop Harmony Society launched its charitable arm — Harmonize for Speech (H4S). Entirely volunteer-run, H4S has raised more than $5.5 million for various speech and language institutions across the province, including U of T’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP).