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Janet Greener - Special Education Director

Janet Greener

Director & Beechwood Brainery Founder

Our children deserve a space to heal, grow and reach their potential

Fostering an environment of belonging is in my DNA. I have two sisters, Leslie (older) is my protector and guide, Beth (younger) has Down Syndrome and is my motivator and educator. I am beyond fortunate, my parents raised us all to be individuals with the strength and resilience to live and model belonging.

I take every opportunity to learn, train and engage in methods of education. I continue to find my passion working with those who are underestimated. There is value and a future for every single human on this earth, no matter their path to where they are now or desire to be. Joining the journeys of others as a support, a resource, a confidant, a mediator, a teacher, a guide, and a friend is the greatest gift I can give back to society.

Through the years I have experienced the resistance to growth and the ignorance of misunderstanding and strive daily to break down barriers. My diverse education and experience allow me to provide individual support that is flexible and progressive.

Working with a collaborative team of clients, family, educators and service providers creates a holistic approach to lifelong skills and quality of life. Communication and cooperation is a foundation to the mission of Beechwood Brainery. Beechwood’s purpose blossomed because of the noticeable “gaps” in our current education and therapeutic social systems.

Education

Social Service Worker Diploma

Mohawk College
January 2021 – April 2022

Mental Health & Disability Management Certificate

Mohawk College
September 2019 – April 2020

Trauma Certificate

Wilfrid Laurier University
March 2019 – January 2020

Recreation & Leisure Services

Minor: Therapeutic Recreation
Mohawk College
September 2002 – April 2004

Training Certificates

Red Cross Psychological First Aid: Caring for Others, Self-care
2020

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Training
2019

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
2019

Emergency First Aid & CPR
2019

Proloquo2go Trainer Certificate
2012

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
2011

Learning & Gravity Balance Board Therapy
2010

Neuro-Sensory-Motor Reflex Integration Certification
2010

EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique
2009

Brain Gym Certification
2009

In Training – Non-Certificate Programs

Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
14 years experience under Certified Mentor

Rapid Prompting Method (RPM)
Apprenticeship in progress

Volunteer Experience

Waterloo Region Track 3 Ski School – Board Member/Vice President, Instructor & Student Development Chair
1995 – present

Sports for Special Athletes  – Coach
2019 – present

Kitchener Sports Association – Board Member/Secretary, By-law Advisory Committee, Community Outreach Committee Co-chair
2019 – present

WRDSB Parent Involvement Committee
2019 – Present