JOHN BARKER

John Barker is a seasoned professional who specializes in the art of communications. He is the owner of TruNote Speech Mentors and works with industry’s top senior leaders as well as emerging executives to develop and refine their authentic voice.  John is the father of a young adult with autism and facilitates interactive talks and presentations on the subject.

BEN EMBIRICOS

 Ben grew up in Wales before attending Oxford University and then going on to practice law in England for ten years. He developed particular legal expertise in copyright law and branding issues whilst working at two business law firms in London, England and then at a music royalty collecting organization.

He moved to Canada in 2005 and became  a freelance writer whilst looking after his three children and volunteering with a wide variety of children’s organisations (school, school council, sports clubs, church and assisting ESL students with school board liaison).

 

In January 2017 Ben joined Motus O dance theatre as their Educational Coordinator. He works with educators to help bring Motus O’s work into their schools. In this role Ben has seen first hand how the Arts can enrich the lives of children and youth in so many ways.

 

Ben is delighted to be joining the Board of Improvability and is inspired by Alana’s approach to improving the lives of teens and adults with ASD and other Social Learning Challenges

LISA CHARLTON

Lisa  Charlton joined the board in 2017 to help support fundraising and community engagement initiatives for a cause she feels very passionately about. A mother to a five year old recently diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder; she has become an advocate for both her son and for other families struggling to navigate the system of getting the help and resources and programs they need along the Autism journey. A Program Management professional and Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Lisa brings with her over 20 years of fundraising and community engagement experience in both the not-for profit and health care sectors

 

KEVIN REINHARDT  MA.C.Psych., PSYCHOLOGIST

 

Kevin is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and with The Newfoundland & Labrador

Psychology Board. He has extensive experience in assessment, teaching, and counselling of students and

families who experience disabilities. He has trained and worked in disability and education since 1974. He has worked with individuals experiencing ASD through his employment as a Counsellor with Metro Toronto

Community Living in counselling and vocational training with adults; with children and adolescents while

working with Kinark Child and Family Services as a Supervisor of Educational Services, and most recently as a Counsellor, Professor, and psycho-educational, psycho-vocational assessor with Seneca College. Kevin has spent the last 27 years in post-secondary services. He has written and presented nationally and internationally to students, parents, educators, psychologists, medical personnel, rehabilitation specialists, business, and government, on issues related to education and disability. He has been on the faculty of Georgian, Seneca and Cambrian Colleges where he has worked in teaching, counselling, program development, psychoeducational/psycho-vocational assessment, research, learning strategies, assistive technology, e-counselling and mentoring.

In addition, Kevin is the parent of a young adult who experiences ASD and is attending postsecondary in

Ontario.

Currently, he is an associate with the Redpath Centre,Toronto, where he conducts his private practice in

psychology (PEERSYork/Edurehab). His services are available for older teens, adults, and their families in

psycho-educational, psycho-vocational, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, psycho-social and Learning

Disability assessment and counselling or treatment services.

Kevin is the recipient of Ontario Colleges (CCDI) Award for exemplary work in disability services for 2014.