Special Services:

Information for Families


We work together to create a dynamic, inclusive, and respectful learning environment that supports and encourages individual achievement and well-being and creates outstanding educational experiences for all our students.

This year’s theme intends to inspire young people across Canada to be proud that they are #PoweredByDyslexia as well as to provide a platform for young voices to be heard. Helping to empower these voices will allow those with dyslexia to learn how to self-advocate for their educational needs.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

Mark it Read is the official Canadian celebration for Dyslexia Awareness Month. October 1st, 2021 marks the start of our 4th annual national awareness-raising campaign. Each year across Canada, monuments and buildings are lit up red, schools and workplaces wear red, and cities and towns sign proclamations to officially declare the month of October as Dyslexia Awareness Month.

EDIT Spec ed plan 2021.pdf

Special Education Plan

In accordance with Regulation 306, each school board is required, every two years, to prepare and approve a report on the special education programs and special education services provided by the board, and to submit it to the ministry. Each board is required to maintain a special education plan, to review it annually, to amend it from time to time to meet the current needs of its exceptional students, and to submit any amendment(s) to the Minister for review.

Standards for School Boards’ Special Education Plans

Special Education Department

Renfrew County District School Board

480 Mary Street, Pembroke, ON K0J 2A0



Jacqueline Poirier Superintendent, Program Services

Alicia Hilts Admin Assistant, Superintendent

Bill Smith Principal, Special Services

Margo Ingram Vice-Principal, Special Services

Alanda Buske Admin Assistant, Special Services

Janice Bujold Admin Assistant, Special Services

Adam Presenger Social Worker

Alison MacDougall-Popke Assistive Technology Consultant

Ann Matthews Speech and Language Pathologist

Braiden Lair SEA Technical Support Specialist

Carrie MacMillan Inclusion Support Assistant

Cheryl Barber Special Education Consultant, Secondary

Chris Waito Software Support Specialist

Dawn Lorbetskie Inclusion Support Assistant

Dr. Henry Venema Psychologist

Elizabeth McKendry Itinerant Teacher of Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Jennifer Bawks Communicative Disorders Assistant

Jennifer Mick Communicative Disorders Assistant

Jennifer Wasmund Communicative Disorders Assistant

Joan Lehman ASD Coordinator

Khala Wright ASD Coordinator

Kim Stacey Inclusion Support Assistant

Laura Nelson Inclusion Support Assistant

Lisa Rigby Special Education Consultant, Elementary

Marcia McDonald Itinerant Teacher of Students who are Blind/Low Vision /Complex Needs

Mary Fulton Social Worker

Melanie Wagner Assistive Technology Coach

Mohammed Ziani-Bey Psychometrist

Nicola Innes Speech and Language Pathologist

Rachel McKay Itinerant Teacher of Students who are Blind/Low Vision /Complex Needs

Shelley Smith Special Education Consultant, Elementary

Sherry Priebe Inclusion Support Assistant

Tara Roach Inclusion Support Assistant

Trish Crawford Communicative Disorders Assistant

Wendy Sullivan Inclusion Support Assistant