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:
Debra Moray, M.A.,RSLP (Conditional Active)
Debra earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Western Washington University in 2005. While in her graduate program she completed clinical work at the University Clinic, local adult day health and headstart programs, and internships at Lynden School District and Federal Way Birth to Three Developmental Center. After graduation, she worked at Monroe School District for 5 years, where she enjoyed working with preschool, elementary and secondary school students with a variety of communication delays and disorders. Debra is excited to now join the vibrant team of Speech Language Pathologists at SD73 and serve the students of the Kamloops-Thompson region. She is a certified member of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) and Speech and Hearing BC, and a Conditional-Active Registrant of the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC. Debra also holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Publications:
- Language, Mental State Vocabulary, and False Belief Understanding in Children with Cochlear Implants. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools. Jul 2009; 40:245-255.
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 Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), Speech and Hearing BC and is registered with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC (CSHBC).
In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the numerous provincial and national parks found in British Columbia with her family.
Jennifer Gore, M.Cl.Sc., RSLP
Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Western Ontario in 1987. She has worked at a variety of agencies in Kamloops, including the South Central Health Unit, Royal Inland Hospital and the Children’s Therapy and Family Resource Centre. Jennifer took a break from the field for several years to act as manager of the Kamloops Branch of the BCSPCA. She was excited to join the SD 73 Inclusive Education team in 2009.
Jennifer has strong ties to the Kamloops community, graduating from Westsyde Secondary in 1979. She has taken many courses through Thompson Rivers University (Cariboo College/University College of the Cariboo), been involved with a number of organizations in the community and continues to be highly involved with the BCSPCA. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time outdoors and, of course, her family of 4-legged friends.
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.