Commissioner Representing the Parents’ Committee – SNAC (Special Needs Advisory Committee)
Special Needs Advisory Committee – Vice Chair ● DG Evaluation – Member ● Long-Term Planning Committee – Member ● Communications and Marketing Committee – Member ● International – Member
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It is my honor and privilege to be part of the Council of Commissioners with the Lester B. Pearson School Board representing the Special Needs Advisory Committee.
As an adult with ADHD and the parent of a neurodivergent child, I have spent the last 10 years researching and working tirelessly with professionals to craft strategies that allow us both to navigate the challenges of our everyday lives. I received my ADHD diagnosis one year after my son received his and very quickly came to realize that our brains in fact work the exact same way. The same way a student needs accommodations in the classroom, an adult may need in their personal or professional environment. I consider myself an ambassador for neurodiversity and inclusion and am a fierce advocate for mental health awareness programs in schools and in the workplace. I have always considered transparency a vital strength. It isn’t until you share your story, that you realize the impact and influence you can have on others.
Being an academic enthusiast my whole life, I am humbled to be able to serve my community and give back to the education sector. I joined the Special Needs Advisory Committee last year as Vice Chair and have extended the same role coming into my second year on the committee. To the parents of students with special needs, we hear you, we see you. Our goal will always be to ensure you have a seat at the table and that your voice is heard. To the dedicated teachers and support staff at the Lester B Pearson School Board, your efforts have not gone unnoticed. In these unprecedented times, we as a community have had to navigate the last few years thoughtfully and diligently to ensure we make appropriate choices for our students and our schools.
Lastly, I would like to thank the SNAC Chair and committee members for putting their trust in me to take on this responsibility. Rest assured I do not take this role lightly and will do my very best to promote and advance our collective goals while serving as a commissioner.
Key Areas of Interest:
- Assist in the development of Special Needs training mandates for teachers and staff with associated outreach strategies
- Support SEL (social emotional learning) initiatives promoting mental health in schools
- Develop appropriate communication strategies that provide visibility to parents on programs and resources available to them
All students should have the confidence in themselves that no matter what barriers lay in front of them, no one can stop them from dreaming and achieving their goals.
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