Giving people without speech new ways to talk

Lori Wiebe
Executive Director

With a background in Occupational Therapy Lori joined the staff at OARC in 1994. She shares her extensive knowledge of communications devices with individuals, other health professionals, and care givers as the organization continues to grow and change.


Val Buissé
Speech - Language Pathologist

Val joined the OARC staff in August 2007. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) having specialized in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for the past 14 years. With a strong comittment to enriching the lives of non-verbal individuals through the proper use of SGDs she is an integral part of our organization.


Mary-Alex Willer
Speech - Language Pathologist

Mary-Alex Willer joined us in the position of speech-language pathologist in January 2019.  Mary-Alex worked for nine years as an SLP in the St. James School Division and is now using her expertise to train children’s teams in the programming and use of their speech-generating devices and apps.


Samantha Walters
Speech - Language Pathologist

Samantha Walters joined our team as a Speech-Language Pathologist is November 2022. Sam worked as a rural clinician for 5 years in the Interlake in both the education and health care settings. She has also worked in the private sector. Sam brings with her experience working with a number of AAC users and their support teams in schools, homes, daycares, nursery schools and community settings. She is passionate about empowering others on how to build communication skills in everyday life! Sam is also an acting instructor for youth in Winnipeg.  


Leanne Sinclair
Assistive Technology Specialist

Leanne joined OARC in April 2018.  Leanne has 20 years of administrative and corporate training experience.  She also has tons of experience personalizing the Proloquo2Go app on her daughter's iPad - she even created a yoga page!


Marnie Loewen
Executive Assistant

Marnie spent 7 years coordinating the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba's annual stationary bike race fundraiser before returning to OARC in 2014.  She has previously served on OARC's Board of Directors and worked part-time as an administrative assistant at OARC.  Marnie's adult daughter communicates using a speech generating device and first borrowed a BIGmack from OARC's lending library back in 1995.


Debby Wile
Administrative Assistant

Debby Wile began her Administrative Assistant position in April 2022.  Debby has 15 years’ experience in accounting and administrative work environments.  In her previous life, she worked as a graphic artist after graduating from Advertising Art. If you need to contact the office it will likely be Debby who answers your call and points you in the right direction.