Our Team

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Jennifer Robbins

Executive Director

Jennifer’s experience with the Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) and the deafblind community started in ...

Jennifer’s experience with the Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) and the deafblind community started in 1996. Jennifer started her career at Rotary Cheshire Homes (RCH) as the executive assistant to the founding executive director, Joyce Thompson. In 2001, she began taking on leadership roles within the agency when she became the housing manager of RCH, and in 2013 the administration and facilities manager of both RCH and CHKC. Jennifer also held roles as interim/acting executive director of RCH and CHKC, administrative coordinator at CHKC and an intervenor in RCH’s outreach program. In addition, she has sat on various sector planning committees throughout the years such as an Intervenor Symposium and the Intervenor Services Human Resource Strategy. In 2016 Jennifer moved into her current role as the executive director as she led the agencies through an official amalgamation of RCH and CHKC. Along with her current role, Jennifer also serves on the board of the Canadian National Society of the Deaf-Blind as the treasurer, the Deafblind Network of Ontario as the vice chair and the National Deafblind Awareness Month Committee as the chair.

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Melisa Pigozzo

Bookkeeper & Payroll Coordinator

Melisa is the full-time bookkeeper & payroll coordinator. Melisa began her career with us in 2001 as the ...

Melisa is the full-time bookkeeper & payroll coordinator. Melisa began her career with us in 2001 as the administrative assistant. She then worked as a part-time intervenor while she returned to school for her advanced diploma in accounting, returning to us full-time in her current position in 2011.

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Nicole Allossery

Administrative Assistant

Nicole began with us as a placement student from the Executive Administration program at Seneca College in 2017. She was ...

Nicole began with us as a placement student from the Executive Administration program at Seneca College in 2017. She was hired as a part-time administrative assistant in early 2018 and is now our full-time administrator.

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Dionne Pinel

Facilities Supervisor

Dionne began with us as a placement student through the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program in ...

Dionne began with us as a placement student through the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program in 2009. After graduating, she worked as an intervenor for over 5 years. Dionne then took on a leadership role as the facilities supervisor.

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Renée Toninger

Intervenor Services Manager

Renée joined CHKC in 1997, after working three years in the intervenor services field at partner agencies. She started as ...

Renée joined CHKC in 1997, after working three years in the intervenor services field at partner agencies. She started as an intervenor, then transitioned to the role of community services coordinator, and training coordinator; she is now the intervenor services manager. She is a part-time college faculty at George Brown’s Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program, as a field seminar and field placement supervisor. In addition, she is a behavioural competency trainer, an assessor for MCCSS Intervenor Services, member of the Intervenor Services Human Resource Sustainability Committee (ISHRSC), chair of the ISHRSC Education and Training Committee, and a Mental Health First Aid instructor. Renée has a Specialized Honours Degree in Psychology.  When not at work you are likely to find her either at the end of the dock, or in front of the fire, both with a book…or two.

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Coralie Metcalfe

Intervenor Service Coordinator

As the intervenor service coordinator at CHKC, Coralie is responsible for all scheduling of intervenor services and ...

As the intervenor service coordinator at CHKC, Coralie is responsible for all scheduling of intervenor services and emergency services for the consumers and staff at CHKC. Coralie has been active in the deafblind community since 2007 and graduated with honours from the Geroge Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program in 2009, winning the Dean’s Medal of excellence. Coralie has been with CHKC since 2010 where she held the role of intervenor up until 2014 when she stepped into her current role. Previous to CHKC, Coralie has held full-time positions at Intervention Services Corporation and the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf.

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Lee Simpson

Community Services Coordinator

Lee is a graduate of the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program. She was hired in 2005 by CHKC, ...

Lee is a graduate of the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program. She was hired in 2005 by CHKC, formerly RCH, as an intervenor. In 2006, Lee became the community services coordinator at CHKC, supporting the deafblind community. Lee is a behavioural competencies trainer, the current chair of the Program Advisory Committee for George Brown College, a member of the National Deafblind Awareness Month Committee, and is the chair of the CHKC JuneFest Committee.

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Lessette Morales

Community Services Coordinator

Lessette graduated from the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program in 2006 and started her career ...

Lessette graduated from the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program in 2006 and started her career as a dedicated full-time intervenor for CHKC. As a result of her dedication and hard work in the deafblind sector, she was promoted to community services coordinator to facilitate access for the deafblind community.

Lessette is passionate about volunteering and currently sits on three boards. The Deafblind Association of Toronto as a social coordinator, and is a co-founder of the Deafblind Adventurers which reduces isolation within the deafblind community. Lessette has been dedicated to promoting the professionalization of Intervenor Services and serves as a board member of the Intervenor Organization of Ontario and represented the IOO as co-chair at the most recent Intervenor Symposium 2018: Making a Wave from Coast to Coast.

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Mélanie Gauthier

Provincial Program Manager

As the provincial programs manager at CHKC Training Centre, Mélanie is deeply involved in the deafblind community in ...

As the provincial programs manager at CHKC Training Centre, Mélanie is deeply involved in the deafblind community in Ontario. Mélanie started her career in deaf blindness in 1999 working as an intervenor at RCH and has since held many positions within the deafblind community. Some highlights include: treasurer and program director for the Deaf-Blind Association of Toronto, JuneFest planning committee member and member of the ROM Adversity and Inclusion Committee. Mélanie is also an assessor for MCCSS Intervenor Services and part-time college faculty at George Brown’s Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program, as field seminar and field placement supervisor.

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Marta Zaharia

Seniors Coordinator

Marta Zaharia is a 1991 graduate of the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program, marking her as one ...

Marta Zaharia is a 1991 graduate of the George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program, marking her as one of the first ever graduates from this unique program. She has been working in the Deafblind Intervenor Services sector since 1992. Over the years, Marta has been dedicated to the field, striving for better consumer services. She started her career as an intervenor, working her way up to her current role as the seniors’ coordinator at the CHKC Training Centre. After taking this role on, Marta has flourished in expanding access for seniors with dual sensory loss, including an increase in available programming and the highest quality of intervenor services for CHKC’s senior consumers. Marta is also an advocate for intervenors and the professionalization of their role in the province of Ontario, most notably so as the former president of the Intervenor Organization of Ontario (IOO). As a part of the IOO and Marta’s outstanding work, she became one of the founding board members of the Deafblind Network of Ontario (DBNO). During the past two decades Marta has become a well-respected name in Ontario and the field of deafblindness, and was asked to become a part of the Intervenor Program’s education team; Marta is currently a placement supervisor. She oversees, trains, and educates intervenor students as they complete their in-field practicums.

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