• June 30, 2012

Happy Retirement, Yvonne!
yvonne_colette_01SET-BC says goodbye to another Region 2 Speech Language Pathologist as Yvonne Green also enters the happy state of retirement. Yvonne has been with SET-BC since 1999 and bringing her love of supporting students with communication challenges to our team. She has worked with the Vancouver School District for many years, helping the teams develop the skills necessary to support a wide variety of student needs but her “SLP heart” has always been at the centre of her work. She contributed many resources to our pictureSET and curriculumSET being a recognized master of the Boardmaker family of software and was very active in our AAC focus group over the years helping to evaluate communication technologies and contributing to a variety of assistive technology resources.

As busy as Yvonne was at SET-BC, her retirement promises to be even busier. She plans on continuing her work as a Speech Language Pathologist in her private practice. Music has always been a huge part of her life and she will now be able to enjoy her musical pursuits to her heart’s content.

Yvonne worked for many years partnered with Connie Bentley and, at Yvonne’s recent retirement, Connie explained how much she will miss her come September. It is a sentiment we all share – her students, teams, and colleagues will miss what she brought to her SET-BC position every day – her expertise, her caring support, her sunny disposition and her bright, engaging smile. All the best, Yvonne!

Fare Thee Well, Colette!
yvonne_colette_02Colette was born in Glasgow, Scotland and started her career in Ontario as a Speech Language Pathologist at the Rideau Regional Centre. She came to BC in 1982 and worked as the head of the Speech and Language Pathologist department at the Shaughnessy Hospital until, driven by her desire to work with children with special needs and a bit of luck in a tough job market, she landed a temporary position with the Vancouver School Board. A year later, in 1993, she joined the SET-BC Region 2 (Lower Mainland) team and the rest, as they say, is history!

Colette’s career here at SET-BC has spanned two decades and in that time she has seen education evolve from having students with special needs segregated from their peers to now being fully included in the classroom. At the heart of Colette’s passion for working in the field of assistive technology is the student. Her practical and compassionate approach reminds us all that we can’t get mesmerized by the technology but rather need to keep our focus on the student who requires support. If there is a solution that will help a student accomplish their desired task, whether it be to read a book, to speak, or to access a computer, she feels it is nothing short of a miracle.

The field of assistive technology will always be on her horizon. Even after retirement, Colette will maintain her interest in special education by living vicariously through her daughter who works as a paraprofessional in an elementary school. Colette hopes to have lively discussions with her about how to use technology in the classroom.

In her upcoming leisure time, Colette would like to spend more time on all things ‘Italian’ hoping to become more proficient in the Italian language and finding opportunities to visit the country for longer spells. She will also focus on her music, singing in two choirs, one in the summer and one throughout the year.