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Sign Language

Preschool Staff


Janice Springford, Executive Director

Janice's degrees are in Education and School Psychology. She received her education
and training in both Canada and the United States.
Her training and professional placements include the Jericho Hill School, Oregon and Washington State Schools for the Deaf, BC School for the Deaf, and the Robarts School in London, Ontario.  Janice's experience in education spans twenty years and includes all grade levels from preschool to grade twelve.  Janice is the third Deaf Executive Director in the history of the Deaf Children's Society.

Valerie tiney, office manager

Valerie comes to DCS with many years of experience in office management, human resources and administration. She brings a keen eye for efficiency and a passion for trying new things. 


 Ingrid Schum, M.Sc., S-LP ( C )

Ingrid has been working at Deaf Children's Society as a Speech-Language Pathologist since1999. She completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Linguistics at the University of Victoria and a Masters of Science in Audiology and Speech Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Ingrid has been learning American Sign Language since High School, when she began babysitting for a family with a child who was Deaf. Ingrid has travelled to conferences and workshops across North America while working at DCS to continue her education and learn new skills and information.

Sign Language

Beverley Charlton

Bev began as a sign language instructor on Vancouver Island fifteen years ago.  She has taught at Malaspina University College; for the Ministry of Children and Family Development; and for a variety of community service groups. Bev is also fluent in LSQ (the sign language used by Quebec residents).


 Teresa Matthies-Parent, ECE

Teresa lends her considerable personal experience with deafness to the preschool environment: both her daughter and her husband are Deaf. She also has a young son who was just recently a preschooler himself. Teresa co-leads the Summer Playgroup.

magdalena szelezin, ece

Maggie, Deaf of Deaf parents, obtained her ECE training at Douglas College and has been with DCS since 2009. Maggie co-leads the Summer Playgroup, held in July each

Board of Directors:

V. Chauvet (President) S. Hrycenko, J. Petersen, R. Dyck, S. Cathcart, J. Zuvic, H. Hussey, H. Feenstra

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