My name is Jenna Williams and I am very excited to be a part of the team at The Lighthouse.
I have been working with children who have exceptionalities since I was very young. This began when I was offered the opportunity to try working 1:1 with a boy who had Autism at a Day Camp with The Town of Aurora. The idea of this new adventure was really exciting. I had loved working as a counsellor at camp and this seemed like something I might enjoy. However, it also made me slightly nervous that I wouldn’t always have all the answers. I was right about that. Thankfully, I learned to celebrate the little things and to match challenges with compassion.
Following that experience, I never looked back. I continued to work with children with special needs at various camps, until I was eventually ready to take on the role of the Director of Inclusion at Glenbrook Day Camp in Stouffville. I designed and staffed a camp program for up to 50 children with special needs. Following this experience I began working at Autism Ontario Camps, where I worked for consecutively for 3 summers, returning this summer as a program specialist and director designate. These experiences have given me the confidence to pursue a career in what I was truly passionate about.
I attended the University of Windsor where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Drama in Education and Community with a minor in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Education. Throughout my time in these programs, I focused my studies on Autism by taking courses that pertained to my interest in special education. I am currently enrolled at Western University taking a Master of Professional Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and having completed half of this program, I am also working towards my BCBA designation. This year at The Lighthouse I will be specializing in assessment and treatment of problem behaviour. I hope to help all of our kiddos be the best versions of themselves!