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Conseil d'administration 2015-2016

Comité exécutif

Conseil d'administration

Comité exécutif


Jen Goulden

I began learning braille in kindergarten and have been an avid reader ever since. Thanks to my mother's persistence with the school board I attended public school from then until the end of high school.

I earned a Master's degree in linguistics from the University of Ottawa. Since then I have done some second language teaching and have worked as an advisor/mentor to university students. In 2004 I obtained braille proofreading certification from CNIB. Although I worked as a proofreader for a few years I am currently employed as a Human Resources Advisor for the federal government. I have been involved in this organization since 2008 and became president in 2011.


Aimée Ubbink

Aimée is currently a Technical Support Specialist with Crawford Technologies Inc. Since 1998, she has been working with the print industry meeting Fortune 500 Companies alternate format legal requirements. With a background in graphic design/desktop publishing and project management, Aimée specializes in the design and dissemination of confidential transactional documents for the visually impaired. Since the beginning of her career, she has with worked with software developers to design statements ready for automated production adhering to strict security standards and tight service level agreements. Familiar with the common barriers companies encounter meeting this legal requirement, her focus assists in the development of timely and cost efficient transactional documents. 


Anthony Tibbs

Anthony is a lawyer with Merchant Law Group LLP, and his practice focuses on civil, class action, and human rights litigation. Since 2006, he has served on numerous charitable and not-for-profit boards, including the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Guide Dog Users of Canada, Media Access Canada, and Braille Literacy Canada. With a business/commerce and IT background, Anthony brings a variety of skills to the BLC board from a managerial, accounting, information technology, and legal perspective.


Natalie Martiniello

Natalie is a long-time braille user, and has devoted much of her personal and professional life to educating others about the importance of braille literacy and access. She works as a Vision Rehabilitation Specialist, and has taught both braille and assistive technology to learners with visual impairments of all ages (children through seniors). She has a BA in English and Educational Studies from McGill University, a M.Sc in Vision Science (Vision Rehabilitation Teaching) from the University of Montreal, and is currently completing doctoral studies with a research focus on braille teaching and learning, also from the University of Montreal. Her most recent research explores the ways in which new technologies can enhance the teaching and learning of braille. Since 2007, she has been a member of the Adaptech Research Network, and has worked on a number of research projects related to the factors that help and hinder the success of post-secondary students with disabilities. She has presented research at a number of conferences, including the International Conference on Low Vision, the Canadian Vision Teachers Conference and the Paris International Colloquium on Learning through Touch (toucher pour savoir).

Through her involvement with a number of advocacy organizations, Natalie has organized panels to educate pre-service and in-service general education teachers about braille and to address the stereotypes and misconceptions that are often associated with blindness. With the aim of addressing the stigma that sometimes is associated with braille for those who experience vision loss later on in life, she developed the first group-based braille learning curriculum for adults at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, a program that has continued to flourish since its creation. In collaboration with the Quebec Ministry of Education (MELS) in 2014, Natalie conducted the training workshops to update braille teachers, transcribers and rehabilitation specialists in the province of Quebec on the newly implemented Unified English Braille code. In collaboration with representatives from other organizations, she helped organize the first All Hands on Braille summer program for blind children in Canada, developed curriculum content and functioned as an instructor.

Natalie has been a board member of Braille Literacy Canada since 2012, and has served on the World Braille Day, UEB Implementation, and Braille Promotions committees.

Présidente sortante

Betty Nobel

Betty Nobel is a native British Columbian. She has been a Braille user since age five, and still loves to read and write Braille. After graduating from Killarney Secondary School in 1969, Betty attended UBC where she graduated first with a BA and later with a diploma in adult education. Betty has worked at Vancouver Community College for 32 years teaching adults who are blind and visually impaired. She teaches Braille, English and computer courses there. In 1996 Betty obtained an MA degree in Higher Education. Her many volunteer activities include serving on the board of Accessible Media Inc., and the library board of the CNIB.

Betty serves on the BLC board and the Teaching and Learning Committee. Betty is also active in the International Council on English Braille where she is a member of the executive. Throughout her career, she has been committed to Braille as a primary literacy format for people who are blind. She believes that Unified English Braille will make Braille easier to learn and more available to those who need it. In the year 2000, Betty received the YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the category of Education Training and Development.

Conseil d'administration

Cay Holbrook, Ph.D.

Cay Holbrook is currently a professor at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada where she has lived since 1998. She has also held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and The University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She taught children with visual impairments in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida in the United States. Cay's research agenda has focused on literacy for students with visual impairments. She has authored, edited, or co-edited eight textbooks that are used in university programs preparing teachers. Cay has been actively involved in professional organizations and advocacy activities designed to increase the quality of educational services provided to students who are blind.

Elizabeth Mayo (Réprésentante de CCB)

I was born in Avondale NL.  I graduated from The Halifax School for the Blind in 1964 and then took Grade 12 at St. Pat's High school in Halifax. After 6 months of practical training in St. John's, I went to Toronto for another 6 months of academic training as a Rehabilitation Teacher. When I returned to my native province, I worked for 13 years as a Rehabilitation Teacher with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In 1977, I began my studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and graduated in 1981 with a degree in Vocational Education. In that same year, I married Russell Mayo of Burin, NL. During the next six years, I worked as a Substitute Teacher and I worked as a Life Skills Instructor with a group of developmentally delayed young adults for one year.

I am now retired in Avondale.  I continue to do volunteer work with the CNIB and with the CCB. I have served as 2nd vice-president on the CCB National Board and past president of The E. A. Baker Club of St. John's NL.

Myra Rodrigues (Réprésentante d’INCA)

Dr. Rodrigues is a long-time resident of Ontario, but was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Diagnosed with glaucoma in early childhood, she registered with the CNIB at the age of four, and attended the W. Ross MacDonald School in Brantford from 1948-1960. She then trained as a rehabilitation teacher and worked for the CNIB from 1962-1970, leaving the Institute to pursue further education.

After earning an Honors BA at York University, Dr. Rodrigues attended the University of Toronto and completed an MA in psychology and PhD in educational theory.

From 1980-2001, Dr. Rodrigues was employed by the Ontario Government in a variety of capacities including consultant for residential care programs, senior policy analyst for federal/provincial cost sharing arrangements, and senior research analyst with the Ontario Attorney General.

Dr. Rodrigues retired in 2001 and now enjoys volunteer work, and a wide range of leisure activities including gardening, music, theatre, reading, cycling, travel and power walking.  She is a former member of the CNIB National Board and CNIB Library Board, a committee member of the Canadian Braille Literacy Foundation and a volunteer Braille instructor. She is co-author of the new Canadian Braille Textbook “Celebrating Braille: A Canadian Approach”, and co-editor of a series of little books of quotes and a little book of riddles all produced in UEB and available through CNIB.

Rebecca Blaevoet

Rebecca Blaevoet has worked in the field of Braille for twenty years as a proofreader, transcriber, teacher of adults and children and now as the director of a Braille production company based in Britain. In 2013, she was invited to add her experience to the work of tactile Vision Inc., a Canadian company which produces materials in Braille and tactile formats.

Cathy Ausman

I was born and raised in Toronto. When I was 13 years old, I lost my sight due to retina detachments. I then attended W. Ross school for the Blind in Brantford for the next three years. It was here that I was introduced to braille. Although I resisted at first, braille soon became one of the most important skills I have ever learned.

As an adult, I have worked for the CNIB as a Rehabilitation Teacher. In this role, I had the opportunity and honour to teach braille to people of all ages and abilities. Words can not express how incredible it was to witness the confidence people gained as they learned to read and write again.

Currently, I am working as a high school teacher at W. Ross. I am always stressing to my students how important braille literacy is. Often times, I have heard people say that technology has replaced braille. This infuriates me because I am such a strong braille advocate. I believe that "Braille is Literacy" and it can not be replaced by technology just as there is no replacement for the printed word.

I am also serving on the Board for VIEWS. I have a strong commitment to the growth and learning of children who are blind and visually impaired. I feel that braille is an essential skill and I would like to be involved in any opportunity to promote the importance of braille literacy.

Chris Marshall

Christopher started teaching in the UK in the early 1990’s after a successful career in the arts. His first position was as a teacher in a special school for children with severe learning difficulties.

Chris went on to take an Advanced Diploma in Psychology and Special needs (Visual Impairment) at the Institute of Education in London leading to Qualified Teacher for Visual Impairment status (QTVI). He joined the Physical and Sensory service in Kent and worked as a visiting VI teacher before moving into a more strategic role as Inclusion Coordinator for VI. He moved to Canada in 2006, initially working as an education consultant for visual impairment with REACH in Alberta, a multi disciplinary assessment and consultation service; in 2010 he moved to British Columbia and worked for one year with SET-BC before taking up the position as manager of PRCVI and ARC-BC. Chris is currently the Chair of the Canadian Association of Education Resource Centres (CAER). Over the last couple of years he chaired a CAER subcommittee looking at developing a Canada wide coordinated approach to UEB implementation within the Education sector. This will ensure resource centres continue to share braille with each other and students moving from one province to another will continue instruction in UEB along the same timeline. He is currently chairing a CAER UEB technical standards committee working on developing a constancy in style and formatting between all the resource centres.

Cheryl Roberts-Dupasquier

Cheryl is employed with the Province of Manitoba as leader of the Braille, Tactiles, and E-text Production Team, and has been in this position for 8 years. She is responsible for ensuring that current braille standards for educational materials are communicated and maintained. She is certified in UEB, braille instruction, music braille transcription, and Nemeth Code.

As a member of Manitoba's UEB Implementation Committee, Cheryl works closely with braille transcribers, and communicates with vision teachers on UEB implementation for students in Manitoba. Cheryl is also an instructor for CNIB braille courses for Manitoba school staff who have made a commitment to improve their braille skills and to achieve Literary or UEB braille certification. She has written and facilitated workshops on changes in braille standards, and workshops on using braille translation software for production in the classroom.

As the daughter of a Canadian Air Force pilot, Cheryl attended schools throughout Canada and the United States. This experience taught her to celebrate diversity and to appreciate cultural differences. Her education includes a University Certificate in Adult Learning, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology.