Your Program Coordinators
As a clinical researcher, Hana is focused on empowering parents of preschool-aged children. She wants to find the best ways for parents to recognize if their child is showing early signs of having a learning disability, and – if so – educate parents on how they can get support.
Hana is a huge proponent of volunteerism and service to the community. Through her work with special needs children, she’s shown parents the value of positive play, and helped countless children improve their communication abilities and fine motor skills through art and recreational activities.
Since 2015, Hana has been involved with the MCLD Aqua K.I.D.S. program. She also volunteers for the NDG Lions Special Olympics soccer program and is certified as a Special Olympics Community Sport Coach.
Having graduated from Vanier College’s Special Care Counselling (SCC) program, as well as McGill’s Inclusive Education program, Chris is a specialist on special needs and believes that everyone is capable of achieving as long as they are given the tools they need.
Initially diagnosed with a speech disorder at the age of 3, and later diagnosed with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD) at age 7, Chris struggled with school and social interactions. Growing up, he made it his mission to show and teach others about empathy and understanding, as he knows the struggles someone can experience both emotionally and socially.
Chris has been active in the field of special education since 2009. He’s currently a Special Ed Technician for the English Montreal School Board, a Learning Facilitator for Special Olympics Quebec, and coordinator of the NDG Lions Special Olympics soccer program. Chris is currently also developing more programs for the MCLD that will reach out to the youth population. One being the new CYBER K.I.D.S. program and a social support network.