Speakers 2018

The Creating the Future, BC Summer Institute is honored to have such a knowledgeable and experienced group of individuals.

Cindy Armstrong

Cindy Armstrong is a parent of a 25 year old son, Robbie, with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a very complex genetic disorder. She was the President of the BC Prader-Willi Syndrome Association for 10 years as well as the Board Chair of Richmond Therapeutic Riding for 8 years. She currently sits on the Board of Special Olympics…

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Cindy Packer

Cindy Packer focuses her energy on supporting her three adopted aboriginal children with Special Needs. She is passionate about Special Needs Advocacy, Community Education, and striving to keep aboriginal families together or providing forever-family environments that are culturally appropriate. She is honoured to serve on the AIDP/ASCD Provincial Steering Committee and the BCACDI Training Plan…

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Jessica Humphrey

Jessica Humphrey lives in Victoria, BC, with her husband and 14 year old son and 17 year old daughter.  Jessica lives by an Exclude None philosophy and works with her family and friends to find opportunities for belonging and connection in her community. Jessica worked for 7 years as an Inclusion Facilitator at the University…

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Mandy Young

Mandy Young is currently the Volunteer and Family Engagement Coordinator with Family Support Institute of BC. She is also the president of the BC Prader-Willi Syndrome Association. As a mother of a seven-year-old daughter with this rare genetic disorder and ASD she has first-hand experience managing the complex care of an individual with special needs….

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Dr. Jennifer Katz

Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” and “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL.” Dr. Katz taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg…

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Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl

Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), an interdisciplinary research unit in the School of Population…

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John-Tyler Binfet

Dr. Binfet has two research themes: 1) Conceptualizations of Kindness in School; and 2) The Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Students’ Well-Being. His areas of expertise include: perceptions of school kindness; social and emotional learning; homesickness, stress reduction in university students, and animal-assisted therapy (particularly canine). Dr. Binfet employs mixed methods in conducting his research and…

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Leyton Schnellert

Leyton Schnellert has been a middle and secondary years classroom teacher and learning resource teacher, K–12. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at The University of British Columbia – Okanagan. His research attends to how teachers and learners can embrace student diversity, inclusive education, self- and co-regulation and pedagogical practices…

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Heather Carley

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Dr. Deborah Butler

DEBORAH L. BUTLER has many years of experience teaching diverse learners in secondary and post-secondary settings. She is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). At UBC, she coordinates the Faculty’s innovative inquiry-based programs designed to support educators interested in fostering self-regulated learning. In her collaborative research…

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Dr. Brenda Fossett

Brenda Fossett, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an inspired teacher who is widely admired for her ability to convey complex concepts to those who live and work with children and adults who have developmental disabilities. Brenda is currently on faculty in the Applied Behavior Analysis-Autism Department at Capilano University. Brenda began her career as a teacher of…

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Dr. Paul Malette

Paul Malette has been a director of CBI Consultants, Ltd., Since 1990. He leads a team of 35 passionate professionals, promoting inclusion and diversity. To date, CBI Consultants has supported more than 5,000 individuals with complex support needs world-wide. The CBI team is committed to implementing evidence based, inclusive practices in home, school, work and…

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