Snip20170313_1March 26, 2015

Are you looking for an adult group to talk about your dyslexia?
Sunday March 26, 2:00 pm, Henderson Library (1050 Henderson Highway). See poster for details.











Upcoming Educator Training at University of Manitoba -

April 2017:

Register Now – Space is limited to 30 participants (NOTE: As on Feb 20 – only 10 spaces remaining). Thanks to those who have already registered!


The Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba and the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba are once again hosting a 4-day OG Level 1 Foundations course taught by Ms. Corey Zylstra, of REACH Learning Centre, North Vancouver, B.C.

Time – Wed, Apr. 19 & Thurs Apr. 20 – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Fri, Apr. 21 & Sat, Apr 22, – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Click here for more details and/or to register.


Upcoming Educator Training at University of Manitoba – July 2017:

(1) Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Training - July 17 – July 20, 2017 & July 24 – July 27, 2017 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Snip20161230_7The  Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba  and the Faculty of Education, UofM  are hosting an 8-day summer course taught by Ms. Corey Zylstra of the REACH Learning Centre, North Vancouver, B.C.

This accredited course is designed for educators/practitioners who are looking to becoming certified OG Practitioners.

The course is appropriate for classroom teachers, Speech Language Pathologists, Reading Clinicians, school administrators and English as a second language educators.

Prerequisite: Open to practicing teachers, speech pathologists and others with education degrees AND completion of Foundations of OG/MSL (NOTE – offered in April 2017)

Class size limited to 30 participants (5 University student discounted tickets available). REGISTER EARLY!




(2)  Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator Training - July 24 – July 28, 2017 (8:00 am – 4:00 pm)

Snip20161230_8This accredited course is designed for educators to learn how to implement the OG approach in a classroom or small group setting.

Using the Orton-Gillingham approach and rationale for teaching, join our certified OG Trainers to learn how to implement the OG approach in a classroom or small group setting such a Learning Assistance/ Resource centre. This course will investigate OG classroom procedures for providing structured, sequential, multisensory language and phonics instruction in a classroom setting, including procedures for RTI implementation and progress monitoring. Provide instruction in reading and spelling that allows your students to be “Detectives” of the language and learn the code for mastering phonology, orthography, and syllabication. Strategies for penmanship/ letter formations, sight word teaching, alphabet sequencing, sound/symbol relationships, spelling rules, and syllables will be examined and practiced. Specific strategies for explicit reading and spelling instruction will be examined and practiced. This is a 60 hour course.

Prerequisite: Open to practicing teachers, speech pathologists and others with education degrees AND completion of Foundations of OG/MSL (NOTE – offered in April 2017).  Class size limited to 30 participants (5 University student discounted tickets available). REGISTER EARLY!


April 10, 2017  Event Sold Out – Thanks to all who registered!  An assessment/intervention session is being planned for May.


Professional Development Opportunity for Manitoba Teachers, Resource Specialists and anyone interested in learning how to support the Dyslexic child in the classroom – April 10, 2017.





Manitoba Association of Multi-age Educators is proud to present the following Workshop:

Dyslexia in the Classroom

Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

HS. Paul School – 160 Southglen Blvd.

Presenters: Valdine Bjornson, Christine van de Vijsel, and Jeanne Remillard (Reading Clinicians and members of The Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba)

The DSM IV has placed an individual’s “Specific Learning Disorder” diagnosis into one of three categories – Specific Reading Disorder, Specific Math Disorder and Disorders of Written Expression. We will outline the definitions and behaviors of a reading disability or dyslexia and will include the overlapping nature of these three classifications. As an advocacy group of parents and professionals, The Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba’s goals are to raise awareness of dyslexia and to promote teacher training.

There is a $20.00 workshop fee.  Click here for more information.

Spaces are limited. Pizza and beverages provided.

E-mail any questions to or


Other News….

March 2017:

Thanks for coming out to see the Dyslexia Champions booth at “Empowered Families Gathering” February 25th, 2017. An event for parents and caregivers of children with special needs, offering free educational seminars from local professionals on a variety of relevant topics.
Free admission with preregistration.
Location: Wolseley School

February 2017.

Consider signing the Dyslexia Canada Petition to legislate compulsory student early-assessment testing for dyslexia in Canada. …











Thanks to the teachers who sold out the October 21, 2016: SAGE workshop hosted by the Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba.

(1) AM Session MA109: ‘Dyslexia in the Classroom’.

(2) PM Session MA207: “CLOVER in the Classroom. The Importance of Teaching Reading


Thank you to all the educators who attended the 2016 Orton- Gillingham summer training courses.

Here’s what participants said after taking this course in July, 2016:

- Corey easily held everyone’s interest all 4 days.

- Awesome course!

- Thank you for putting this together.

- Travel to other cities makes this learning unattainable for many.

- Corey was very captivating and informative.

- Great Job!

- I learned a lot


May 2016:

Read letters from Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba to Manitoba’s Premier, Honourable Brian Pallister and Manitoba’s Education Minister the Honourable Ian Wishart. DCM has requested a meeting to discuss how we can work together with the new Provincial government to support children with dyslexia in Manitoba schools.


April 2016

Learning Disabilities & Dyslexia: Research to Practice Multisensory Activities for the Classroom.Hosted by Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba & University of Manitoba, Faculty of Education

Thank you to all the 80 participants, sponsors (Jenny Craig, Scholar’s Choice, Starbucks), our amazing presenter Corey Zylstra (Reach Learning Centre), our partner Faculty of Education (University of Manitoba),  and volunteers who helped make our April 9, 2016 workshop a great success!


Check out the material posted on the ’Presentations and Resources page of this website.  Connect with others. See our ‘Parent to Parent’ contact list.



About Us

Welcome to the Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba Inc. website.  Our organization has created Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba and this website to create a dyslexia-informed community where we can share information, learn from one another, and connect with resource professionals.

We are now affiliated with The International Dyslexia Association Ontario Branch , formally affiliated with the Upper Midwest Branch of IDA.

You can read our brochure for more information about us and resources that you can access.

Our Mission:
“Working together to champion the gifts, and support the needs of Manitobans with dyslexia.


1. Support – Provide support and recognition of the strengths and challenges for those families living with dyslexia.

2. Education – To provide opportunities for professional development for educators.

You can contact us at

Follow the Dyslexia Champions on Twitter and like us on Facebook for links to great resources on Dyslexia.


O-G Tutors of Manitoba
We have a list of contact information for Orton-Gillingham Tutors in Manitoba.


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