Board of Directors 2023-2024
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We are very fortunate to have a committed and dedicated Board of Directors. These volunteer positions collectively provide the leadership and direction for the Association, to ensure that it is responsive to community needs and is developed in a professional, sustainable manner. Board members represent a variety of backgrounds including parents, educational and healthcare professionals, and community organizations. We recognize and thank the Board members for volunteering to sit as active participants on this year’s Board of Directors.
|Angelina Wiwczor – Chair
|Angelina is a lifetime Northern Ontario resident, born and raised in Sudbury. She has been actively involved in health care for over 20 years starting her career as a Registered Nurse (RN). Since 2009, she has worked as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) at Health Sciences North, North-Eastern Ontario (NEO) Kids in the Pediatric ACU offering specialized care to children and youth. One area of speciality is providing care in the NP led ADHD Clinic focusing on the early assessment and treatment in the management of children, youth and families affected by ADHD. She has a passion to support and advocate for children, youth and their families.
|Gale Wiseman – Vice-Chair
|Gale grew up in a family with a Down Syndrome brother which led to her interest in working with people with special needs/learning disabilities. She is a retired special education high-school teacher, worked as a Resource Facilitator for the LDA in Timmins and currently books testing and proctors students with accommodations at Cambrian College. Her philosophy is, what matters in life is that we always encourage people to never stop learning.
|Robert Chown – Treasurer
|Robert works for RBC Dominion Securities. He helps doctors, business owners, lawyers, accountants, engineers, and retirees develop a financial plan and then implement and monitor cost effective, tax efficient investment strategies to help them achieve their financial goals. Robert has been on LDAS board of directors for many years, the role of treasurer. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.
|Shannon Boland – Secretary
|Shannon is committed to supporting individuals with learning disabilities and their families through her involvement with LDAS over many years. She appreciates firsthand the value of the supports and programming provided by LDAS, as her family navigates the journey of supporting a family member with a learning disability. Shannon has witnessed the many successes of this individual. She firmly believes the supports, programs, and opportunities offered to children with learning disabilities, their families, and all who help individuals with learning disabilities grow and flourish are key to bright futures. Shannon is pleased to serve on the Board of Directors of LDAS, contributing to the work being done by LDAS to empower children with learning disabilities to dream big dreams and achieve their full potential. Her role includes that of being the secretary. In her other walks of life, Shannon works as a physiotherapist at the NEO Kids Children’s Treatment Centre and enjoys time with her family, music, and the great outdoors!
|Elizabeth Brett-Dickie – Director
|Throughout my career as an educator, I have been a special education teacher, special education consultant, vice-principal and principal. I also taught additional qualification courses in special education to teachers. Over the past few years, I have proudly been part of the LDAS board of directors. Students with Learning Disabilities have always been a major interest of mine. In Teacher’s College I was diagnosed with a learning disability which explained how difficult school had been for me. My son also has a learning disability and ADHD. I know from experience that with the encouragement of parents and peers, and the use of learning strategies, and assistive technology, students with learning disabilities can be very successful.
|Martina Reynolds – Director
|Martina Reynolds has worked in education for 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Anthropology and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Laurentian University, as well as her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. Martina has specialist qualifications in Special Education and Technology Integration in the Classroom. She first started her career in the Engineering Department at the Region of Sudbury. She then moved on to her teaching career. She has taught Kindergarten through Grade 12 and was a guest lecturer at Laurentian University’s Faculty of Education. Martina has worked in leadership positions at the Sudbury Catholic District School Board, specifically with a focus on learning disabilities, the integration of technology, and literacy and numeracy interventions. In her current position as a Resource Teacher, Martina has a passion for supporting students with learning disabilities. She has been a Director on the LDAS Board since 2020. Martina is also the proud parent of two girls.
|Alex-Andrée Madore – Director
|Alex-Andrée Madore is a registered Clinical and School Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She currently serves as the lead psychologist at the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario in Sudbury, and is a member of the Association of Psychology Leaders in Ontario Schools. She has worked in a non for profit agency setting and in schools providing psychological services to children and youth across the north since 2009. She is passionate about helping parents/guardians and teachers in French-minority language settings embrace the science behind teaching reading and writing. In 2023, Alex-Andrée was presented with a Literacy Leader Award by the International Dyslexia Association of Ontario for her engagement in promoting awareness and understanding of structured literacy programming. She believes in open access to high-quality, evidence-based, and research-informed materials for teachers so that they may support every student’s right to read.
|Stephanie Moncion – Director
|Stephanie Moncion is an Accessibility Advisor at Cambrian College holding a Master’s degree in Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Physical and Health Education. She has a commitment to inclusive education and empowerment, which is demonstrated through her passion for equipping students with the tools they need to advocate for themselves on their academic journey and beyond. In addition to her role as an Accessibility Advisor, Stephanie is actively involved in teaching within the Fitness and Health Promotion Program where she continues to work toward creating a universal design for learning-based curriculum. Outside of work responsibilities, Stephanie is usually out camping with her dog Bohdi, or snuggled up with a book and her cat Larry.