Professional Development Committee

This committee is responsible for highlighting the professional development and training needs of intervenors in Ontario and planning and delivering appropriate events to meet the highlighted need. Through developing and successfully facilitating an online survey in January of 2016, members indicated the greatest areas of interest for further professional development as: mental health, challenging behaviour, compassion fatigue and stress management, advances in technology, and sexuality health and education.


  • Chelsea Mackinnon
  • Lessette Moralies
  • Sara Zon – Committee Chair
  • Renee Toninger
  • Melanie Gauthier

Family/Guardian Education Committee

The Canadian Deafblind Association (CDBA) National and the Intervenor Organization of Ontario (IOO) have partnered together to look into the unique needs of families of persons who are deafblind. This initiative is based on the following beliefs:

  1.  A belief in the importance of families and guardians understanding deafblindness and the impact it has on their family member
  2. A belief in the importance of families and guardians understanding the philosophy of intervention and the role of the intervenor
  3. A belief based on mutual respect and understanding, that families and guardians are significant and contributing members of the multidisciplinary team


  • Chelsea Mackinnon
  • Kirsty Wymant
  • Tamara Hamilton
  •  Laura Aguiar – Committee Chair
  • Carolyn Monaco
  • Cheryl Ramey

IOO Southwest Division

This Division of the IOO was established in April of 2016 in an effort to reach intervenors located in the Southwestern region of Ontario. This group works closely with the Board of Directors of the IOO to facilitate, reach, and plan events in Southwestern Ontario to best support intervenors living in this region. When events are planned in other areas of Ontario, arrangements are made to also facilitate this event in the southwestern region. This is in an effort to disseminate information among intervenors across the province of Ontario. 

In addition to the above internal committees, the Intervenor Organization of Ontario is a proud member of the Deafblind Coalition of Ontario, George Brown College Intervenor Program Advisory Committee, the Intervenor Services Human Resources Strategy, and of the National Deafblind Awareness Month working group.