The SLPs have lots of knowledge and experience to help improve your students’ communication skills and provide other educational partners with excellent teaching strategies. Our district has a total of 6.6 FTE in speech-language pathologists. Get to know them better by reading their bios below.
Iris Nelson M.A., CCC-SLP
Iris graduated from Kent State University, Ohio in 1971 with a Masters of Arts in speech-language pathology. Her experience in the field includes teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in speech-language pathology at Western Washington State University and the University of British Columbia. She has held positions at the Richmond School District, Simon Fraser Health Unit, and G.R. Pearkes Clinic of Cerebral Palsy Children. Iris currently provides services to students primarily in the southeast sector of Kamloops. Iris has a particular interest in the language development of First Nations students and assists in the Student Oral Language Vocabulary Experiences and Development (SOLVED) program that targets this population. She is a certified member of both the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC). Iris is also a registrant with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia.
Jason Sirianni, RSLP, M.Sc.
Jason Sirianni received his bachelor of Arts degree from the University of McGill in 1999 where he completed a double major in Psychology and Linguistics. In 2001, He earned his Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology at the University of British Columbia. He was employed by School District No. 58 (Nicola-Similkameen) in Merritt, British Columbia for five years. Jason is a full-member of both the Speech and Hearing Association of Canada (SAC) and the British Columbia Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA). Jason is also a registrant with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of British Columbia. Furthermore, he is involved with the UBC School of Audiology and Speech Sciences as a Clinical Educator. Previous recognitions include 2003 CASLPA photography contest winner, BCASLPA slogan winner, and the 2004 CASLPA Editor’s Award. Publications consist of:
- Sirianni, J. (2004). Psychological stress and language processing in school-aged children. Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology,28(3), 112-121.
- Bernhardt, B.M., Bacsfalvi, P., Adler-Bock, M., Shimizu, R., Cheney, A., Giesbrecht, N., O’Connell, M., Sirianni, J. & Radanov, B. 2008. Ultrasound as visual feedback in speech therapy: Exploring consultative use in rural British Columbia. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 22(2), 149-162.
Allison Tarlit, MSLP, RSLP
Allison is another proud product of School District 73 (although it was known as School Dist. 24 back then). Her alma maters include John Tod and Bert Edwards Elementaries, Mac Park Jr. Secondary and she graduated from NorKam in 1988. While initially interested in physiotherapy, it was at the Gorge Road Rehabilitation Hospital in Victoria where she first discovered the career of Speech/Language Pathology. She completed her B. Sc. at the University of Victoria with a double major in Linguistics and Psychology in 1996. From there, she made the move to Edmonton to earn her Master of Speech/Language Pathology from the University of Alberta in 1999. A lucky tip alerted her to a possible job opening in Merritt, BC, so she returned to Kamloops to complete her externship placements with Interior Health and School District 73. Indeed, Merritt is where Allison began her career and after 2 years there, she accepted a position with the Kamloops/Thompson School District in 2001. Employed with the District, Allison is involved in the assessment and treatment of all speech and language delays and disorders, and has a particular interest in language delays and how they affect literacy development, and phonological speech disorders. She is a certified member of Speech-Language Audiology Canada, the BC Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, and the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.
Lindsay Donaghy, M.Sc., RSLP
Lindsay graduated from the University of British Columbia with her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology in the fall of 2008. Prior to attending the University of British Columbia, she earned a B.Sc. in Honors Psychology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. Lindsay is a full member of both the Canadian Associated of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) and the British Columbia Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (BCASLPA).
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the numerous provincial and national parks found in British Columbia.
Abby Elizabeth Wright, M.A., RSLP
Despite showing an early interest in acting (along with fellow classmate Colin Mochrie), Abby started her studies in foreign languages with a leaning towards Slavonic Studies. Despite a scholarship to study abroad for a term in Croatia, she switched gears and completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia. After learning about speech therapy from her child’s own speech therapist in Richmond, British Columbia she began to take an interest in child language and communication disorders. Abby entered the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. During that time she completed her clinical work at the University Clinic, Mount Vernon seniors centre (Aural Rehabilitation) and at Meadow Wood Springs Camp in Pendelton, Oregon. In 1988 she completed her externship at Blenheim House Family Treatment Centre with Sue Formosa. Treatment focus at the centre included working with children presenting with emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders.
Abby chose the Comox Valley Child Development Centre as her first full time continuing position. She worked at the centre for a number of years before joining the Courtenay School District. In 1998 she joined School District #73. Her position is jointly funded by the Ministry for Children and Families and School District #73. This geographical area covers Blue River to Barriere and carries responsibilities to both education and (in Clearwater area) to health, including service to preschoolers and adults. As part of the community mandate Abby participates in community meetings, which do not focus on particular clients, but on improving services to young children and their families in general. In this forum, there is cross-disciplinary collaboration working towards a wide spectrum of supports for children 0 to 6 years of age.
- Publications : Masters’ Thesis – “Facilitating Communicative Competency in Emotionally Disordered Preschoolers Using a Pragmatic Framework” (Alan Cashore Centre Library)
- Professional Memberships: BCALSPA (British Columbia Association of Speech Pathologists), CASLPA (Canadian Association of Speech Pathologists) and BCTF (British Columbia Teachers’ Federation).
Jennifer Gore, M.Cl.Sc., RSLP
Jennifer began her career as a speech-language pathologist in 1987, working with the South Central Health Unit and then Royal Inland Hospital. When pediatric therapy services were moved out of the hospital, Jennfer moved with the kids to the Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre on McGill Road. In 1990, she followed her love of animals to become manager of the Kamloops Branch of the BCSPCA. After several years away from the field, she is excited to be back working with children. Jennifer graduated from Westsyde Secondary in 1979 and has strong ties to the Kamloops community. She received her Masters of Clinical Science at the University of Western Ontario and is a certified member of SAC and BCASLPA.
Danielle Commandeur, MSLP, RSLP
Danielle first became interested in Speech Pathology when she worked at Easter Seals camps as a young adult. She was surprised at the diversity of all the children’s communication needs and impressed by all the different ways that the children used to communicate. Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2010 and then attended the University of Alberta to receive her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology in 2015. Having grown up in the nearby Okanagan valley, Danielle accepted a temporary contract with SD 73 in early 2016 and by the fall was working in a permanent contract with the district. She currently works with children in the areas of speech sounds, receptive and expressive language, stuttering and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). She recently attended the International Society of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference in Toronto in August 2016 to present a poster titled: Language use during mathematics activities: differences between directing and doing activities using a robot. Danielle is a full member of both the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals (CSHHP) and Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC).
Frances Campbell, MSLP, RSLP
Fran was born and raised in Kamloops, attending Lloyd George Elementary School, John Peterson Junior Secondary School, and graduating from Kamloops Secondary School. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Alberta in 1977. She then worked for the University of Alberta Hospital, the Elves Memorial Child Development Centre and the Leduc Strathcona Health Unit in Edmonton before returning to her home town to work for School District #24 (now SD 73). Fran served as a speech-language pathologist with the district, eventually specializing in low incidence disorders and augmentative communication until 2003. During that time she obtained her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta. In 2003 Fran took a part time leave of absence from the District to work as an Autism Consultant for the BC Ministry of Education (Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD). From 2008 – 2014 she worked full time for POPARD supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and teaching courses for parents, teachers and paraprofessionals around the province (Gold Trail, Revelstoke, Nicola Similkameen, Kamloops Thompson, Smithers and Haida Gwaii). In 2014 the Ministry chose to discontinue regional consultant positions and Fran happily returned to her previous position as a Speech-Language Pathologist for SD 73. Over the years Fran has also done part time work with Cariboo College and Thompson Rivers University as a sessional instructor, teaching course in Autism, Challenging Behaviours, and Assistive Technology in Special Education. Currently, in addition to providing speech and language interventions for children at 5 elementary schools and 3 high schools, Fran provides a course for Certified Educational Assistants on Neuro-developmental Disorders through the district.