Emily graduated with an Honours degree in social psychology from McMaster University . While studying abroad in England, Emily became very interested in the ASD population while taking a course on Autism. After volunteering at a speech language pathology office, Holland Bloorview Hospital, and ErinOakKids, Emily connected with JOLC to further her experience and education in the field. Emily loves hiking and being outdoors, which is why JOLC is such a great work environment!
Justine graduated from Brock University where she took Child and Youth Studies & Psychology. From there she had the great opportunity to work 1:1 with exceptional children in a daycare setting as well as with the school board. Justine also had the opportunity to manage a childcare facility and has run several soccer camps, as she continues to build on her 10+ years of experience working with children. Justine enjoys working with children, knowing that she can be a part of their development and successes in life, by teaching new skills and helping them understand complex concepts all in a fun and motivating way. When Justine is not teaching, you can find her mostly outside. She loves to hike, explore waterfalls and play soccer on her days off, so don’t be surprised if your child comes home ready to play some soccer!
Kailee started volunteering for the Joy of Learning Centre in 2013, and became an employee in 2016; running 1:1 programming as well as planning summer camps. After volunteering with JOLC she knew that she had a passion for working with children with special needs and pursued an academic career to achieve her goals. Kailee graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science of Language to gain an understanding of how people perceive and learn language. In her spare time Kailee volunteers with a speech pathologist to further her knowledge in speech pathology and be able to apply her knowledge in the classroom.
Carolyn graduated from York University with her B.A. in Psychology and has a diploma in Therapeutic Recreation. Over the course of her studies Carolyn has worked and volunteered in many different settings such as Southside Learning Centre in Sydney, N.S. as a tutor/mentor for children with emotional, social and behavioural challenges, Cape Breton Regional Hospital as a recreation program assistant on a transitional care unit, and a Child Development Centre as a support staff. Carolyn’s passion and desire to continue to positively impact children with different abilities led her to work providing in-home IBI therapy to children with Autism and is happy to find a position at the Joy of Learning Centre where she can pursue her passion. Carolyn truly enjoys working with children and youth with all abilities and feels she can best utilize her skills, talent and compassion to teach as well as learn from children with Autism.