Communication is a basic human need. My life has revolved around this point; as a singer, a teacher of music and English, and now as a Communication Therapy Assistant. Self-expression is an important part of identity and belonging. The inability to communicate not only affects the life participation of the individual, but also the family and wider society. I would like to help people to develop the skills to reduce the barriers to communication and assist people to find their voice and establish their relationships in this culture and community so that they can enjoy a more fulfilling life.
As a CTA I help people free their voices or (re)build their communication skills. With over 300 volunteer hours at the Aphasia Institute and nearly 200 hours in practice, I have worked in various capacities to support people with communication challenges due to brain trauma and degenerative issues.
Since 2004, I have taught English, and especially pronunciation, to students from countries all over the world who are hoping to improve their English skills and to gain confidence in their communication abilities.
I have encouraged people to express themselves through art as a music teacher since 2000.
As a professional musician I have studied languages as well as singing in different musical styles. I understand firsthand the challenges and rewards of speaking other languages. I have traveled extensively in Europe and North America and performed around Toronto with musical groups ranging from Tapestry Opera to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.