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.  


Marnie Loewen
Executive Assistant

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


Caitlyn Shumaker
Administrative Assistant

Caitlyn Shumaker began her Administrative Assistant position in August 2019.  Caitlyn has an accounting background and worked at Florists Supply for ten years.  If you’ve recently contacted the office it was likely Caitlyn’s friendly voice that answered your call.


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!