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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

Thyra Driver, M.Sc. RSLP
Registered Speech Language Pathologist

Thyra completed her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at UBC and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She has explored research topics including how children with language impairment use language to express relations of time, how infants learn new words, and how children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices interpret symbols. She worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at the Burnaby School District before joining DSRF. Thyra is passionate about working with clients and their families to establish and work toward meaningful goals. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outdoors, either hiking, cycling, or camping with friends and family. Email Thyra

Susan Fawcett, M.Sc. RSLP
Director of Therapy, Behaviour and Family Support

Susan has been the head Speech-Language Pathologist at DSRF since 2003, and has helped develop the speech and language, 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. She is currently working on her doctoral degree at UBC, studying positive behaviour support with families, under the guidance of Dr. Joe Lucyshyn in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. 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. E-mail Marla

Andrea Lee, M.Ed.
Teacher

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

Michelle Lukas, M.OT
Occupational Therapist

Michelle received both her Masters of Occupational Therapy and her Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, Michelle enjoyed a 15-year career in Aquatics which is where she first fell in love with working with individuals with varying abilities and diagnoses as an adaptive swimming teacher. She then discovered her passion for Occupational Therapy when working as a rehabilitation assistant and had the opportunity to attend DSRF as a support worker. Michelle’s passion for this career stems from the feeling of celebrating with an individual when they achieve a goal. Email Michelle

Hina Mahmood, M.OT
Registered Occupational Therapist

Hina is a recent graduate of the Master of Occupational Therapy program from the University of British Columbia. Prior to obtaining her degree she worked at DSRF for 6 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. She values a holistic approach that is client centered and focuses on enabling and empowering her clients to live their every day lives in meaningful ways. 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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