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DSRF Program Team

Jillian Baldwin, M.Sc. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Jillian has gladly been a part of the DSRF team since 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan prior to her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC. At DSRF in Burnaby, Jillian delivered individual speech, language, social communication, and feeding therapy to children, teens, and young adults. She also taught the social communication portion of a course for young adults, the Language Express component of summer camp, and provided numerous presentations and workshops for families and educators. Jillian is very excited to now bring the energetic and quality service of DSRF to families around the Okanagan! She is also fulfilling a Teaching Assistant role remotely for the SLP Master’s program at UBC. Email Jillian

Arianna Coles, M.OT
Registered Occupational Therapist

Arianna is a recent graduate of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, Arianna worked as a Community Living Counselor for 6 years, where she discovered her passion for working with individuals with varying abilities and diagnoses and supporting them in working towards their goals. This inspired her to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. Arianna values collaborating with those she works with in order to discover what is meaningful to them and working to support her clients to achieve their goals in a fun and engaging way. In her spare time, Arianna enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, traveling and reading. Email Arianna

Cassandra Cowie, M.Sc.A. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Cassie studied Psychology at the University of British Columbia before completing her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology at McGill University. While at McGill, she provided intensive speech treatment for teens with Down syndrome and childhood apraxia of speech. During this particular experience she became eager to work with this population. Prior to joining DSRF, Cassie worked as an Autism Consultant for POPARD where she motivated and trained educators to better support individuals with ASD in the school setting. Cassie is passionate about taking a collaborative approach to therapy; one which empowers clients and their families to foster change, and which ensures such change is sustainable, meaningful, and rewarding. Email Cassie

Kate Dixon, B.Sc., M.SpPath., RSLP, SLP(C)
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Kate completed an undergraduate degree in Health Science before completing her Master of Speech Pathology at Curtin University, in Western Australia. Prior to joining DSRF, Kate worked with clients across the life span with a variety of developmental and learning disabilities. She is passionate about holistic health care, and always ensures therapy is family-centred. She loves working as part of the busy and dynamic therapy team at DSRF. In her spare time, Kate enjoys exploring B.C.’s amazing outdoors, dining out, and playing mah-jong. Email Kate

Susan Fawcett, PhD, RSLP
Director of Therapy, Behaviour and Family Support

Susan began her career at DSRF as the head Speech-Language Pathologist from 2003 to 2019, and helped develop the therapy, adult, and summer programs during that time. She has been thrilled to watch the therapy and teaching team and programs grow vastly since she started. Getting to know families over a long period of time and having a blast playing with the children she sees are Susan’s favourite aspects of her job. While enjoying a sessional teaching position in the education department at SFU, Susan encouraged the students to be more involved, and several of these students have become DSRF volunteers or staff. Susan has particular interest in the areas of social communication, mental health and problem behaviour in people with Down syndrome, as well as giving families the positive reinforcement they deserve. As part of completing her doctoral degree with Dr. Joe Lucyshyn in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education in 2020, she completed a dissertation project evaluating a preventative parent training program for families of young children with Down syndrome who exhibit mild-to-moderate problem behaviour. During her schooling, Susan also completed a two-year practicum with a clinical psychologist at the Vancouver CBT Centre, where she learned how to provide cognitive-behaviour therapy techniques to adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses such as depression and anxiety. Email Susan

Marla Folden, M.Sc. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Marla completed her Masters of Science at McGill University in Speech-Language Pathology. While attending McGill, she ran a research project about intensive speech treatment for teens with Down syndrome and childhood apraxia of speech. She greatly enjoys working with individuals with developmental differences, and worked at the DSRF as a programs assistant and instructor prior to returning to school to study Speech Pathology. Marla values a client centred approach to treatment, and enjoys supporting families and individuals of all ages. Marla is delighted to be a part of the DSRF therapy team, and offers individual treatment and assessments. Marla is also the co-host of The LowDOWN: A Down Syndrome PodcastE-mail Marla

Andrea Lee, M.Ed.

Andrea received her Master’s in Education in Montessori Methodology and Children with Exceptionalities at Loyola University in Maryland. Previously, she graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Classical Literature. Andrea is a BC Certified Teacher who taught for several years in Montessori Elementary schools in Vancouver, leading multi-age, full-inclusion classes. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham method of teaching reading and writing to people with reading disorders and has tutored students with learning difficulties for close to a decade. Prior to teaching, Andrea worked as a research assistant for the Department of Education at UBC. At DSRF, Andrea currently teaches Reading and Communications Plus, Money Math and Budgeting, Social Communication and Navigation, as well as One to One Reading for students age 3 and up. Email Andrea

Hina Mahmood, M.OT
Registered Occupational Therapist

Hina is DSRF's senior OT and has been at DSRF since 2016. Prior to obtaining her degree she worked at DSRF for six years as the administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator, as well as a teacher’s assistant for the Reading & Communication program. Hina is passionate about working with individuals of all ages who have special needs and values a collaborative approach. Hina is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding and has given presentations on topics including toileting, increasing independence in school aged children, and executive functioning. She is also interested in how medical challenges, such as sleep apnea and digestive issues, affect learning and development for individuals with Down syndrome. Hina is also the co-host of The LowDOWN: A Down Syndrome Podcast. E-mail Hina

Aja Masters
Teaching Assistant

Aja graduated from Simon Fraser University in August 2015 with a major in psychology and a minor in learning and developmental disabilities. She has worked at PLEA Community Services working one-on-one with children and adults with varying disabilities. Aja has also worked as a respite worker and behavioural interventionist. In the summers of 2014 and 2015, Aja worked as a volunteer in the DSRF summer programs, and is now assisting in the Money Math and Budgeting, and Reading and Communication Plus programs for young adults. Email Aja

Danielle McKinney, B.Ed.
Teacher, One-to-One Reading Program

Danielle joined the DSRF team in 2011. She graduated from the University of Victoria in 1998 with a Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and a concentration in Language Arts. She has worked with children of various ages as a teacher on call, tutor and classroom teacher. Her most recent and related experience was in a private school for children with learning and developmental disabilities. She is the one to one reading teacher for the Early Foundations, Success Builders, Launch Pad and Read On! programs at DSRF. She teaches the literacy component of summer camp and has also taught the Read On! group program for young adult learners looking to increase their reading comprehension skills. Email Danielle

Liv Meriano, M.Sc. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Liv completed her undergraduate degree in Speech Sciences at Brock University prior to completing her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, with a minor in Audiology, at the University of British Columbia. Her undergraduate and masters research focused on applying theatre techniques to develop social skills in individuals with social-pragmatic difficulties. Prior to joining DSRF, she worked with preschool children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. She is passionate about providing family-centered care and applying evidence- based practice. Outside of work, Liv enjoys theatre, outdoor activities, the company of her friends and family, and dining out. Email Liv

Riley Rosebush, M.Sc. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Riley studied psychology and linguistics before completing her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC. She has worked with children and adults with disabilities in a variety of social and educational settings for many years. Riley is passionate about helping people improve their communication and social skills as a speech-language pathologist. She is excited to be a member of the DSRF’s dynamic team. Riley currently provides individual speech and language therapy and assessments at the DSRF. Email Riley

Eleanor Stewart
Director of Education Programs and Services

Eleanor has worked at the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation since 2008 and is the lead teacher. Eleanor is a BC certified teacher who has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, with a specialization in reading and exceptionality, from Simon Fraser University, and an education degree from McGill University. Eleanor developed and taught the adult courses at DSRF, aimed at increased reading fluency as well as social communication and community navigation skills. She also teaches children in the one to one reading programs for students age three to adult. Beginning in Fall 2015, Eleanor has lead a DSRF School Collaboration Pilot program, where she designs one-to-one reading interventions for school age children and collaborates with teachers and educational assistants to implement the reading program in the school setting. As lead teacher, Eleanor mentors all new teachers at DSRF, responds to community requests for information about teaching children with Down syndrome, and makes frequent community presentations. Email Eleanor


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