Melissa Chung is a Financial Advisor at Assante Financial Management Ltd. and is responsible for managing and providing her clients with investment and financial advice. With over 7 years of financial experience, she began her career at BMO Nesbitt Burns as an Associate Investment advisor and continued her career at Blackmont Capital. Melissa has been an active board member for the LDAYR since 2007, and was elected to her role as Vice-Chair in 2008. She currently sits on the Vintages and Jazz committee and the LDAO Adult Advisory Committee. Melissa has a deep understanding and identifies with her challenges of LD through her ties with affected family members. She is dedicated to promoting the vision of the LDAYR through public awareness within the workplace and continues to spread her message among various diverse groups.
Jordana is a Junior/Intermediate Special Education teacher. She holds a four year Bachelor of Arts (B.A. Honours), a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed), an ESL Part I additional qualification, as well as a specialist qualification in Special Education. Both Jordana’s personal and professional journey through the world of Special Education opened her eyes to the world of learning differences and how important it is as an educator to be aware of those differences in order to best serve the educational needs of each child. To facilitate this process, Jordana believes strongly in the advocacy of students with special needs as well as the importance of raising awareness. In Jordana’s view, being informed is the first critical step towards positive change in anyone’s life.
Sarah is a Speech Language Pathologist currently working in the York Region District School Board. Her connection with LDAO is new but her interest in Learning Disabilities has existed since the early days of her career. In addition to her B.A. in Linguistics, Sarah holds a Masters of Clinician Science and has participating in professional training related to language and learning development.
As an SLP working in the schools and on a multidisciplinary team, Sarah is always looking to strengthen partnerships with teachers, parents and the community to enhance advocacy efforts and quality education for ever learner to help every student reach their full potential.
Mark joined the Board as the Treasurer in 2011 and has been involved with various other Charities and on various Committees with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.
Ms. Henderson has a background in special education and was an educational assistant in the early 90’s. She received a BA from York University before receiving a diagnosis of ADHD with learning disabilities. She has since found her niche training horses.
Ms. Henderson has watched both of her children flourish after being identified. She hopes to help other families and children have such a positive experience.
With over Twenty-seven years of teaching experience, Terri-Lyn’s passion has always been to focus on the success of ALL children. Presently the Head of Special Education at Vaughan Secondary School, and formerly the Literacy Liaison, Terri-Lyn has worked with five boards of education (Lakehead, Lambton, Lambton Separate, Kent County and now York Region), in both the elementary and secondary panels, and taught at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. Terri-Lyn has worked with all exceptionalities, age groups and curriculum and believes that a “Holistic” approach to education is imperative before you can begin to develop appropriate curricular expectations. As the Literacy Liaise she developed a unique program that fosters self-confidence and academic awareness, is “Brain Friendly”, focuses on multiple modalities of learning and promotes a healthy attitude in academics and life. Creating self-assured and literate people, who can function successfully in this ever-changing world, will continue to be the crux of Terri-Lyn’s ambition. Terri-Lyn is currently chair of the board.
Helga is involved with the management, development and restructuring of all programs and services.
As Executive Director Helga:
- ensures that the Mission Statement of the agency is promoted through the services provided;
- ensures consistent application of practices and policies as they relate to service provision;
- participates in Agency Strategic planning;
- manages Special Program Projects; and
- plays a role in fund development for the agency.
Helga is also a Certified Resource Facilitator with the LDAO (2014) has received a Certificate from York Entrepreneurship Development Institute for Non-for-Profit Program for Entrepreneurship Development (2015), she was also the first recipient for the Bhayana Family Foundation Award for leadership trough the United Way of Toronto-York Region (2013).