Chair of the Board

Peggy Brown

Peggy Brown

Peggy is a professional coach, helping her clients through stressful circumstances in their lives. She has been coaching since 2011. Previously she was an elementary school teacher for the Upper Canada School Board, teaching special education and primary grades.

Peggy is a graduate of Queen’s University, B.A. Psychology, 1980, University of Ottawa, B.Ed. , 1982 and Integral Coaching Canada, Master Integral Coach™,2011. She is an active volunteer, presently at CHEO, and previously throughout the autism and international adoption community. She is a past coordinator of Camp Leo, for children with ASD.

Peggy and her husband Gerry are the proud parents of three young adults, including a son with autistic spectrum disorder.

Secretary

Heather Wyatt

Heather Wyatt has been employed by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board for twenty five years. She has had many experiences working with children with varying exceptionalities (including autism) throughout her years of working in the classroom. Heather has and continues to have great success in her profession. She has worked at the Provincial level, helping to write the current Kindergarten Program and she was involved in providing feedback on the new Mathematics curriculum (Grades 1 through 8 ) for the Ministry. She has assisted in the delivery of the current Ministry initiatives in Mathematics and Literacy at the elementary school level. Heather is committed to providing inclusionary programming in her classroom where all children, including those with exceptionalities can thrive in a classroom setting. Heather ensures inclusion by presenting stimulating, child-centered and developmentally appropriate activities in her classroom.  As part of Thinking in Pictures Educational Services, Heather will be helping in the development of appropriate programs for children and helping to promote an atmosphere where children with exceptionalities are prepared to enter the classroom setting. Heather will therefore fulfill the position of educational consultant. Heather has worked with the following disabilities: autism, visual impairment, developmentally delayed, epilepsy, Down’s syndrome, ADHD, anxiety disorder, and Tourette’s.

Directors at Large

Léopoldine Abul Goutondji

Léopoldine ABUL GOUTONDJI

Léopoldine ABUL GOUTONDJI came to Canada in 2013 when her husband was posted as the Ambassador of the Republic of Benin. Since that time she has been involved in education in Canada through workshops and volunteering. Léopoldine is involved with several charity’s and social Clubs as well as events such as the International Women Club of Ottawa, the Diplomatic Hospitality Group and the Garden Club of Ottawa through the Heads of Mission Spouses.

Léopoldin received a DVSM at Check Anta Diop University /Dakar (Sénégal), a MSc in Veterinary Science/(Public Health) at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) as well as various certificates linked to professional development. Her main fields of interest are related to international cooperation and development, sustainable development, environment, food safety, Global Health, and One Health initiatives.

Katerina Vasileva Dimovska

Katerina Vasileva Dimovska, MD

Katerina is a Paediatric Neurologist, she graduated in 2010 from Medical University in Skopje Macedonia. Katerina is a member of the European Paediatric Neurology association and the European Academy of Paediatric Society. She is currently residing in Canada with her husband, the Macedonian Ambassador to Canada. Katerina has a strong interest in autism and other developmental exceptionalities. She joined the TIPES board in September of 2016.

Gaye E. Moffett

Gaye E. Moffett

Gaye E. Moffett received her RN, and B.Sc.N. and a M. Ed. (Admin) from the University of Ottawa.

She founded GEM Health Care Services in 1994 in Ottawa, and expanded into the GTA in 2009 through the franchise model. GEM specializes in all types of private health care services like private duty nursing, home care services, personal and home support services, institutional supplemental staffing and health and wellness services like annual flu shot and mask fit test clinics.

GEM received an ISO 9001 Certificate of Registration for Quality Management System in 2012.

Gaye volunteers in the community by: being a Rotarian; is the Co-Chair of the Employer Council of Champions of Hire Immigrants of Ottawa; is on the Executive committee of the Home Care Ontario Board of Directors; is President of the Ottawa Bach Choir’s Board of Directors; is a Board Member of TIPES and by singing in the tenor section of her church choir.

She loves taking long walks in the off lease dog park near where she lives and living and commuting into work from her cottage in the Gatineau Hills all summer long.

Alison Rothschild

Alison Rothschild

Alison is a Registered Nurse receiving her B.Sc. (Nursing) and M.A. (Geography) from University of Ottawa. She currently works part time mostly with oncology and palliative patients in the home care setting. In the past, Alison has served on the Board of Directors for Autism Ontario (Ottawa Chapter) and the Westboro Cooperative Nursery School.

Previous to working as a nurse, Alison spent several years at home with her 3 children, the oldest of which has autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability. During this time she spent many hours as a volunteer at school and in various other community activities.