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Our Educational Partners

Here are some of our favourite local businesses that are geared toward supporting families and ensuring the well-being of Ottawa's little ones. We have witnessed the following business owners & services in action and cannot rave about them enough:

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy

Meet Meghan Topolnisky, founder of Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy. Meghan is a practicing occupational therapist in the Ottawa-Carleton region and will be hosting a live Q&A for our Prep for French School participants this summer!

Meghan has a particular interest in working with school aged children who are having challenges meeting the demands of the curriculum, including: children who face fine and gross motor delays, concerns around sensory processing, difficulty with written output and self-regulation, among other areas.

In addition to being an occupational therapist, Meghan is also a wife and mother to two young children, and understands the demands that everyday life poses on children and their families.

Speech-Language Ottawa

Lauren Barlow will also be answering questions for our Prep for School parent participants and is an Ontario-registered Speech-Language Pathologist. She works with children of all ages and their families to achieve their speech and language goals while providing a dynamic and engaging therapy experience.  Lauren supports language learning, improving clarity of speech, early literacy and social skills for children with a range of challenges. Lauren is a strong believer in the benefits of bilingualism. 

Speech-Language Ottawa has a passionate team of therapists who offer services in both official languages.They work with children at home and in other daily environments to help support speech and language development in a setting where the child feels at ease. Services are customized, client and family centered, and clinicians strive to make therapy fun and engaging. Speech-Language Ottawa’s philosophy is to create an experience that your child looks forward to participating in while they achieve their speech and language goals.

Tiffany Drummond is the co-founder and Director of PROCARE Family Centre, a licensed full day child care program nestled in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. In 2014, 3 years after founding PROCARE, Tiffany accepted a position with Algonquin College in the ‘Early Childhood Education’ program. Tiffany’s latest venture, Tiffany.D.Inspo, offers consulting, workshops and wellness retreats, and stemmed from a need to extend her services to 1 on 1 support and broken down topic workshops.

Tiffany has dedicated her life and career to working with parents, families and children from all walks of life. She fiercely believes in the vital role children and youth play in our future, and it’s her mission to inspire and support anyone who plays an active role in a child’s life. She aims to help them set developmentally appropriate expectations, make it fun and to be confident.

She wants to leave the world with the message that whatever you do, do it with intention and a pure heart. Time will pass us by if we don’t realize how lucky we are for these seconds right now, so use your time on this earth wisely!