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Marc Norris, M.A. in Andragogy, is a special educator, a certified ADHD coach and a practitioner of the Montessori Method adapted for people with memory disorders.
He taught for 15 years at the CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal in special education and was the coordinator of the first year internships.
Following his retirement from teaching, he turned his attention to the field of social gerontology. He undertook training in the Montessori method with Gail Elliot, a gerontologist in Ontario (www.dementability.com) and then continued his studies with Cameron Camp and Jerome Erkes of AG-D.
In collaboration with a community organization in Portneuf and the Quebec provincial government's Comité Appui program, he set up Project Breathe. This project was aimed at seniors with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
The objectives and activities were based on the principles of the Montessori Method.
 
He also organized and facilitated a few Memory Cafés to allow people with Alzheimer's disease to speak up and express themselves on issues of emotional adjustment and their daily concerns following the diagnosis.
 
Currently, he works in a senior's residence where caregivers learn and apply the Montessori Method to people with memory problems. He offers conferences, introduction days to the method as well as intensive training.
Information : manorris1951@gmail.com




Chantal Marchand has been working with seniors for nearly 25 years. First, she worked as a recreation technician in both public and private residences for autonomous or frail seniors.
Since she is as passionate about psychology and helping relationships as she is about animation, she returned to school from 2007 to 2010 to become a Human Relations Therapist. This led her to work with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and give various personal development workshops and conferences on different themes.

In 2019, she is resuming her studies in Social Work to obtain her BAC in this field.

Now working part-time in the health care network, she is using her knowledge and experience to offer the Montessori Training adapted for seniors with cognitive disabilities.
 
Information: chantalemarchand@hotmail.com



Gabriela Rotariu - Manager in the Eastern Townships in Quebec and Romania, with a passion for excellence. She holds an MBA in marketing, and has over 20 years of experience in management. A powerful relationship builder, she begins her work in a private seniors' residence as Director of Operations in 2017, after working in the hotel industry and teaching at the Sherbrooke Seminary in hotel management.

In 2018 she began a B.A. in Psychology at Bishop's University, and is currently specializing in aging, while conducting research on the effects of animal-assisted interventions on the well-being of residents with and without cognitive impairments. Her focus is on the well-being of both humans and animals.

Her main goal is to find ways to achieve healthy, joyful and meaningful aging. She accompanies people with cognitive disabilities with compassion and respect, while considering their preserved abilities and their desire to give back to the community. Familiar with the Montessori method as applied to children, she is convinced of the effectiveness of the principles and theory of learning implemented by Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori.


Guy Lambert
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I graduated from the University of Montreal in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
I have been working with people for 35 years
3 years as a unit manager in a CHSLD
For 25 years I have been the owner of an RPA with about 60 beds
At the same time, I have been a clinical nurse in a CHSLD for the past 10 years in the Granby region
I participated in the creation of a unit for people with behavioral disorders in the CHSLD where I work
I participated in the training of the staff of the Eastern Townships Health and Social Services Centre on the person-centered approach (Project OPUS) for people with dementia (SCPD)
The training (Project OPUS) uses the principles of the Montessori method which allows me to join the team of Montessori trainers in order to share my experience and improve the quality of life of people with dementia.