GUITA MOVALLALI, PhD. is a dedicated advocate and leader in the field of deaf and hard of hearing children's support and inclusion. With over 30 years of global experience, Guita has consistently made a positive impact in both academic and advocacy roles. With a Ph.D. in Psychology, an MSc in Audiology and two decades of experience in the academic sector, she has spearheaded successful initiatives aimed at supporting parents with deaf and hard of hearing children. Guita's commitment to bridging cultural gaps is reflected in her extensive work translating and editing 17 children's narratives and 33 books about deaf children and disability. Guita is the visionary behind Persian Cued Speech for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, earning her the 2016 Educator Award for Excellence and Innovative Leadership from the National Cued Speech Association.In 2021, Guita joined the Voice organization in Canada as the Early Years Director, where she initiated programs like Parent-Child Mother Goose program (P-CMGP) and Early Years Committee, showcasing her dedication to early intervention and community support. Her relentless advocacy led her to her current role as the Program & Development Manager at VOICE, where she continues to make a profound difference in the lives of deaf and hard of hearing children and their families. Guita's unwavering commitment to building empowering support networks and fostering meaningful relationships underscores her mission of creating a self-sustaining, empowered support network for Canadian Deaf families. Her multi-faceted contributions, from conference committee to social media content creation, fundraising, and grant writing, showcase her dedication to VOICE's mission of empowering the Deaf community. Guita joined VOICE's Board of Directors in 2020 and became its Program and Development Manager in 2023.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ERIN SPROULE has been an active member of VOICE since his first daughter was diagnosed with hearing loss in 2011. He was a member of the Halton Chapter Executive for several years before his partner took a Board position in 2019. In November 2022 Erin was acclaimed as Chair of VOICE's Board of Directors. Erin holds a Master's degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University, and has worked as an international tax advisor for ArcelorMittal Dofasco for seven years. Prior to his current role he was a tax advisor for KPMG Canada for 11 years.
Rick Barreiro has been a member of VOICE since 2010, joining the Board of Directors in November 2022. He is the parent of a child with hearing loss who is aided with cochlear implants. He has been a member of the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) of the Halton Catholic District School Board since 2016 and is currently serving as the Vice Chair. He also volunteers occasionally at his child’s school.
Rick has a B.Sc. in Geography from Wilfrid Laurier University and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Sir Sandford Fleming College. He spent almost 20 years working in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field, the majority of those with the City of Brampton.
He is an avid sports fan, and also enjoy travelling and reading. Rick hopes to make positive impacts and continue to advocate for children with hearing loss through his efforts at VOICE and SEAC.
KAREN MACIVER-LUX, M.A., Aud(C), Reg. CASLPO, LSLS Cert. AVT was diagnosed with a bilateral mild (125 Hz) steeply sloping to profound (1000Hz) sensori-neural hearing loss at 3.11 years of age. The otolaryngologist told her parents that the diagnosis of hearing loss meant a lifetime of silence and lost opportunities in spoken communication. However, with the support of a young audiologist, speech-language pathologist, a teacher of the deaf and an auditory-verbal therapist, Karen's mother learned skills and techniques that helped Karen turn a grey world of silence into a colourful world of sound. Karen is now an audiologist, an LSLS certified auditory-verbal therapist, providing auditory learning services to individuals of all ages with hearing loss. She is a highly sought after speaker and makes significant contributions to the literature and professional education programs worldwide. Understanding first hand the profoundly significant impact that the effective and collaborative relationship between her parents and the above mentioned professionals had on her personal and professional life, Karen is passionate about sharing steps for achieving early, collaborative, evidenced based best practices worldwide and raising the bar for professional practice. Karen has been a member of VOICE's Board of Directors since 2020.