The Board of Directors of Geneva Centre for Autism and Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation are delighted to announce that Dr. Lindy Zaretsky has been appointed as the new Executive Director, effective September 6, 2011.
Lindy holds a Ph.D. degree in Education Administration, Theory and Policy Studies from the University of Toronto. Her research, publications, presentations, and advocacy practices focus on leadership for social justice, parent advocacy, person-directed planning, multi-disciplinary teams and partnerships, inclusive education, inclusive leadership, and inclusive communities.
Lindy has a wealth of leadership experience in the public sector and not-for profit organizations serving the needs of children, youth, and adults with disabilities.
She has worked in the education sector in Ontario for twenty years serving in the roles of elementary and secondary school teacher, special education consultant, vice-principal, principal, and superintendent. Her more recent system responsibilities included regular and special education K-12, leadership development, and leading the development of the strategic plan for improved student achievement and well-being.
In her role as superintendent and in collaboration with agencies, Lindy has facilitated the development of highly effective collaborative service delivery models for students with disabilities (including students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder). These delivery models supported more seamless transition planning for children, youth and adults in many communities across Ontario.
More recently, Lindy served in the role of Senior Director, Disability Programs and Services for JVS Toronto, a non-profit organization that helps people succeed in school, work, and life. In this organization she facilitated the design and implementation of work readiness and job coaching programs and services for youth and adults with Asperger Syndrome.
For the past year, Lindy has acted as a consultant to a variety of organizations in the education and social services sector. She has focused much of this work on building partnerships and communities of practice to improve transition planning processes for youth with disabilities as they prepare for adult life in the community, at work, and in post-secondary institutions. Lindy has represented the interests of different organizations when interacting with a variety of government branches. She is currently serving on the Ministry Youth Transitions Project Reference Group, a priority area for three Ministries. Lindy is also a certified mediator focused on human rights issues.
Lindy’s achievements reflect a strong commitment to individual, family, team, and community engagement. She is excited about the opportunity to provide leadership and make a significant contribution to the Geneva Centre for Autism and the individuals, families, and communities it serves.
Please join us in welcoming Lindy to the Geneva Centre for Autism and Geneva Centre for Autism Foundation. We look forward to the future under Lindy’s skilled leadership.