Working together to champion the gifts, and support the needs of Manitobans with dyslexia.
Our organization has developed this website to create a dyslexia-informed community.
Our aim is to provide evidence-based resources and training opportunities for educators, resource professionals, and parents.
October 21, 2017
Registration Now Open at:http://www.dcm-adv.eventbrite.ca
Event Poster: Advocacy Symposium - Oct 21, 2017
Advocacy for Children with Dyslexia: A Symposium for Families.
The Dyslexia Champions are hosting the symposium on October 21 in recognition of Dyslexia Awareness Month. The symposium is designed to provide families with advice and guidance on how to best support children with dyslexia. Hear from parents, teachers, reading clinicians, psychologists, successful entrepreneurs, disability advocates, Orton-Gillingham tutors, and most importantly - a panel of students living with Dyslexia. Detailed agenda coming soon....
The event is FREE. However, we ask that you pre-register. Space is limited. Refreshments will be served.
For more information, feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you can make it! Please spread the word!
Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba Inc.
Celebrating the 5th year of our Mission to - Work together to champion the gifts, and to advocate for the needs of Manitobans with Dyslexia.
9:00 – 9:15 Registration and coffee
9:15 – 9:25 Opening Remarks. Moderator - Valdine Bjornson, EdD-student; Clinical Reading; EAL; Cit-Aogpe
9:25 – 9:50 Keith Gray, Founder of Dyslexia Canada. ‘Dyslexia In Canada - A Living Tragedy’.
9:50 – 10:05 Darcy Collignon, Parent. ‘Note Book of Doom to Turtle in Paradise’.
10:05 – 10:20 Jeanne Remillard, Certified Reading Clinician / Certified CATT-OG practitioner. ‘How to Prepare For A School Team Meeting’.
10:20 – 10:35 Rob (School Psychologist), ‘Understanding the School Based Clinical Referral Process’.
10:35 – 10:50 Health break
10:50 – 11:10 Dr. Cathy Moser, Clinical Psychologist. ‘Building A Dream Team For Your Child’.
11:10 – 11:20 Quyen Huynh (CPP-Disability Case Manager, Brematson Disability Advocates). ‘The Disability Tax Credit Barriers: Translating medical to Government verbiage’
11:20 – 11:25 2017 'BJÖRN AND VIRGINIA BJÖRNSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP' Recipients.
11:25 – 12:10 Student panel. ‘Advice and Guidance on Advocacy from Students Living with Dyslexia’.
Jason – Grade 12
Anika – Grade 9
Madison – Grade 9
Carter – Grade 7
Rachel – Grade 7
12:10 – 12:30 Q & A (All speakers)
12:30 – 12:35 Closing remarks
12:35 – 1:00 Networking and refreshments
Dr. Cathy Moser is a Clinical Psychologist that has been working with children and adults for over thirty years. She worked for the School Division for ten years prior to developing her own private practice in 1995. Since that time, her dream of a multi-disciplinary clinic has come to fruition, with the efforts of her partner, Dr. Jay Greenfeld and the dream team of Clinicians at Mind Matters Clinic.
Aside from Psychologists, a Social Worker, and a Speech and Language Clinician who provide individual therapy, Drs. Moser and Greenfeld have developed a number of Groups that have benefited children in innumerable ways (Overcoming Anxiety, Anger Management, Overcoming Negativity, Organization Skills/ADHD Management, and Social Skills Development). Saturday mornings are devoted to a Reading Boot Camp that combines fun activities, phonics instruction, home practice in reading the old school way and home recommendations for reading with Assistive Technologies.
More information on Dr. Moser's work is available at www.mindmattersclinic.ca
Keith Gray was born in Sarnia, Ontario and grew up on a farm in Lambton County. He went to high school in Petrolia Ontario and joined the Toronto Dominion Bank, when he was 18 years old, as a Junior Clerk and Messenger, in village of Wyoming, Ontario.
He worked in many positions including teller, branch manager and 5 years for the Bank in Winnipeg as Divisional Supervisor of Administration and Systems.
As an entrepreneur within the TD Bank, Keith established new business for the Bank in Canada, USA, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan and India.
Over the years, he has served on the boards of many public companies and “not for profit” organizations including Ontario Judges Pension Board and Royal Canadian Golf Association where he is a Life Governor.
Keith is dyslexic, so following retirement and seeing a burning need to help Canadian children with dyslexia he, along with some dyslexic parents, established Dyslexia Canada, Dyslexic Canada is a ”not for profit” organization dedicated to improving the Canadian education systems so that children with dyslexia get a fair and just education.
Keith is married to Wendy, has 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Jeanne Remillard is a Certified Reading Clinician / Certified CATT-OG practitioner currently working as a student services coordinator in the public school system. She works closely with student services teams in schools to plan programming and coordinate services for students with special needs. In her role as a reading clinician, Jeanne provides assistance to classroom and resource teachers with the assessment of needs, the implementation of appropriate interventions and IEP planning for students who have a reading disability. Jeanne has over 30 years of teaching experience in the primary grades at various French immersion schools. For seven of those years she was a student services teacher.
Rob DBA, M.ED C.S.C is a certified school psychologist who has been actively working within both the private and public sectors for over 10 years across Manitoba. In his role as a bilingual School Psychologist, Rob provides psycho-educational assessments and consultation for children, adolescents, and adults within the public school system and university settings. He is also an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Education at the Université de Saint-Boniface where he teaches and supervises graduate level Education students.
Quyen Huynh (CPP-Disability Case Manager, Brematson Disability Advocates) has been working in the Disability Industry for several years. She understands the intricacies involved in dealing with Government disability programs, it’s protocol & liaison with Physicians. With the world of disability personally impacting her life, her passion to advocate for those misrepresented was a natural transition. As a Certified Tax preparer along with the help of Brematson’s specialized staff (which includes a Senior Psychiatric nurse and licensed therapist), the collective experience plays a key role assisting persons’ with disabilities and their families. We are able to effectively translate medical terminology and apply the specific verbiage used by the government into the service we provide to reduce and or eliminate barriers for people with disabilities accessing government disability benefits and credits.
Quyen will be discussing the process along with the barriers and misconceptions that come up and how to deal with them when applying for the Disability Tax Credit.
Darcy Collignon is a parent of a child with Dyslexia who has plenty of experience and guidance on how to be a strong advocate. Darcy is the father of two; Nora Collignon and Carter Collignon and has been married for the past 16 years to Angela D’Avanti. He is the Director of Product Development for a Manitoba Medical Manufacturing company. And has attended the University of Winnipeg and graduated as a Registered Respiratory Therapist in 1998.
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