Executive Director: Carol Penchuk is the primary liaison with Alberta Education and our board of directors. She also manages the financial aspects of the organization.
Associate Executive Director : Paula Carby oversees daily operations of the organization. She is responsible for staffing, intakes, community networking and staff in-services.
Director of Education: Kim Suvanto is responsible for overseeing the educational programs of the children in collaboration with the education and therapy team.
Program Administrator: Annette Eckel coordinates fundraising efforts and manages administration, assisting new families and supporting current ones.
Developmental Specialists: The D.S. will provide support for the child in the home, at preschool and in the community. They will work collaboratively with the child's family and the G.R.I.T. Education and Therapy Teams to implement the Individual Program Plan.
Behavior Specialist: Collaborates with parents, teachers and staff to assess behavioral challenges and to develop appropriate intervention and behavior plans for children. Also serves as a resource to teachers, parents and staff for information on programs and strategies as deemed appropriate.
Vision Facilitator/Braillist: Works collaboratively with the Certificated Teacher, therapists and DS's to implement program goals and objectives. Helps provide modifications to environment, equipment and learning materials to support needs unique to vision loss. Experienced in cortical vision impairment and able to provide instruction in early braille literacy to the child, parent and developmental specialist.
Certificated Teachers: These teachers are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the Individual Program Plan. They provide consultation to the child, family and Developmental Specialist in the areas of cognition, socialization and behavior. The Special Education Consultants facilitate contact with external organizations or individuals involved with the child as needed.
Speech Language Pathologist: Will provide direct therapy for the child as well as the consultation to the family and developmental specialists in the areas of speech and language development.
Occupational Therapist: Will provide direct therapy for the child as well as consultation to the family and the Developmental Specialist in the areas of self help skills, fine motor development and feeding. They will provide strategies, equipment and modifications of environment to support the child in the home and classroom settings.
Physical Therapist: Will provide direct therapy for the child as well as consultation to the family and the developmental specialist in the areas of gross motor development. They will provide equipment, strategies and modification to maximize the child’s mobility, strength and balance.
Each child is an individual with unique needs. Their program is based on their strengths and needs. Your child's program may include one or more of the following therapists: