Board of Directors

Corey Zylstra

Corey has been in the field of education for over 25 years. She has taught in colleges, elementary schools, private clinics and community facilities. Corey is a regular conference and workshop presenter world-wide. Since specializing in the field of learning difficulties and multi sensory language remediation using the Orton-Gillingham approach, Corey has served on several non-profit boards in executive, board and advisory positions. She holds a Masters of Education degree from SFU, a Provincial Instructor’s Diploma, and has been recognized and accredited as an Orton-Gillingham Master Trainer for the Canadian Orton-Gillingham Academy (MT/ CATT, OG), an Honorary Fellow of the American OG Academy (HF/ AOGPE) and a Certified Dyslexia Therapist through the International Dyslexia Association (CDT/IDA). Corey lives in North Vancouver, Canada and is the daughter to a person with dyslexia, as well as a parent to a son with dyslexia.

Keith Gray

Keith is a retired executive of the TD Bank and is dyslexic himself. He is also retired from a number of corporate and volunteer boards. He is past chair of the Ontario Judge's Pension Board and an Honorary Life Governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association.

Rachel Engler-Stringer

Rachel Engler-Stringer is an associate professor in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan who does research on nutrition inequities. She is also the mother of two children with dyslexia. The social determinants of health are central to her research and teaching and they have now become the lens through which she views advocacy for children and adults who have dyslexia. She firmly believes that as a society if we can ensure everyone has access to education that meets their needs then many social problems can be prevented.

Raffaela Profiti

Raffaela is an Ontario physician and mother of 2 children with dyslexia. In her personal experience advocating for her own children and seeking evidence based interventions, Raffaela has come to realize that more needs to be done across Canada in this regard. She is passionate that every child with dyslexia be given equal opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential.

Sandra Jack-Malik

Sandra holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree, in curriculum studies, elementary education from the University of Alberta. She was supervised by D.J. Clandinin. The title of Sandra’s doctoral dissertation is Literacies and Three Women's On-Going Stories to Shift Identities: A Narrative Inquiry (2012). This research inquired into the shaping influences of dyslexia on identity. Prior to commencing her doctoral work, she owned and operated The Wingate Literacy Clinic. She used the multisensory language remediation approach of Orton-Gillingham when working with students struggling to learn to read. Presently, Dr. Jack-Malik is an assistant professor in the
Department of Education at Cape Breton University; she teaches English Language Arts and curriculum studies courses. Sandra is a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians, Cape Breton Branch. Sandra is blessed in that she lives, works and plays in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Sandra is mother to two adult daughters.

Stuart Bruce

Stuart is a Canadian serial entrepreneur founding eight companies over the past two decades. As someone with Dyslexia himself, Stuart understands the challenges that those with Dyslexia face early on in their educational and throughout their lives. Stuart is currently Chief Executive Officer of FIRST Insurance Funding of Canada and an active member of the insurance industry in Canada. In 1995 Stuart obtained an Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. In 2001 Stuart obtained a Chartered Accountant designation from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Stuart has been a member of the Canadian National Sailing Team competing at the national and international level and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Sailing Team for the 1992 games.

Valdine Bjornson

Valdine Bjornson has earned a MEd., Special Education Certificate as well as C-TESL and has completed a Graduate Certificate (M. A. Program) in International Education.  Valdine is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education (Leading Language and Literacy) focusing upon dyslexia. She has worked in several Manitoba school divisions in both rural and urban settings. Over the past several years, she has served as a Reading Clinician-Specialist at University, in public schools,  and private practice.  Valdine frequently provides workshops, training and professional development for Manitoba educators.  She is completing training to become a Fellow member with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and is certified by the International Dyslexia Association as a Tier 3 Dyslexia Therapist.   She has a loving husband and three incredible daughters who inspire her every day. 

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Special Advisors

 

Annette Sang

Chair, Decoding Dyslexia Ontario and mother to three dyslexic children.

Elaine Keenan

Past President International Dyslexia Association - Ontario Branch.

 

Devin Nicol

Public Affairs Advisor

Dr. Nicky Jones-Stokreff

Vice Chair, Physicians of Ontario for Neurodevelopmental Advocacy

 

Emma Arenson

Legal Advisor

Howard Green

Journalist and author

Jill Kearney

Reading Specialist & Board Member, International Dyslexia Association – Ontario Branch

Patrick Lannigan

Senior Marketing and Technology Executive

 

Paul Curley

Public Relations Executive (retired)

 

Robert F. Richards

Chair, Heathbridge Captial Management Ltd.