Learning Disabilities Association of York Region
As a mother of two boys with learning disabilities, Renee first came to Learning Disabilities York (LDAYR) in the early 90s for support. It wasn’t long before she began helping other parents, volunteering with a Tuesday support group that still meets after 24 years.
After seven years of volunteering, Renee joined the team professionally as a certified Resource Facilitator. In this role, she provides resources for parents and adults with LD/ADHD and the community at large. She facilitates the Parent Support Group and Parenting Course, supports the Adult and SOAR programs, and organizes seminars and community outreach on ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities.
Renee is well-known for her open-door policy and is a support system for her colleagues. Despite managing a heavy workload, she takes whatever time is needed to be there for her colleagues and help them problem solve. She exemplifies dedication and is a champion for families dealing with the stress of living with this difficult diagnosis.
2019 Greater Toronto Bhayana Family Foundation Awards
Recognizing the extraordinary staff of United Way-funded agencies who make a difference every day.
Date: Monday, November 18, 2019
Venue: The Old Mill
Keynote: Deb Matthews, Former Deputy Premier of Ontario
Attendees: MP Julie Dzerowicz, MP Majid Jowhari, MP James Maloney, MP Maninder Sidhu, MP Arif Virani, MPP Daisy Wai, former Senator Dr. Asha Seth, former MP Harinder Malhi, former Councillor David Cohen
Local Change Makers Celebrated
It’s a sector that reinforces crucial community safety net, but the people working the front-lines of the GTA’s community agencies don’t often get the public appreciation they so deserve. The Bhayana Family Foundation Awards recognize extraordinary contributions made by frontline staff and middle managers who are tackling #UNIGNORABLE local issues at United Way Greater Toronto-supported agencies.
On November 18, winners were awarded for helping and people and their communities thrive through their dedication, innovation and creativity, leadership, teamwork and partnership.