About

About Montessori-Alzheimer Center
Marc Norris

Marc Norris, M.A. in Andragogy, is a special care counsellor, a certified ADHD coach and a practitioner of the Montessori Method adapted for people with memory disorders.

He taught for 15 years at the CÉGEP du Vieux-Montréal in special care counselling and was the coordinator of the first year internships.

Following his retirement from teaching, he turned his attention to the field of social gerontology.

He undertook training in the Montessori method and continued his studies with Dr. Cameron J. Camp and Jerome Erkes of AG-D.

In collaboration with a community organization in Portneuf and the Quebec provincial government’s Comité Appui program, he set up Project Breathe.

This project was aimed at seniors with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

The objectives and activities were based on the principles of the Montessori Method.

He also organized and facilitated a few Memory Cafés to allow people with Alzheimer’s disease to speak up and express themselves on issues of emotional adjustment and their daily concerns following the diagnosis.

Currently, he works in a senior’s residence where caregivers learn and apply the Montessori Method to people with memory problems.

He offers conferences, introduction days to the method as well as intensive training.

Information : info@montessori-alzheimer.ca

 

 

Chantal Marchand

Chantal Marchand has been working with seniors for nearly 25 years.

First, she worked as a recreation technician in both public and private residences for autonomous or frail seniors.

Since she is as passionate about psychology and helping relationships as she is about animation, she returned to school from 2007 to 2010 to become a Human Relations Therapist.

This led her to work with Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and give various personal development workshops and conferences on different themes.

In 2019, she is resuming her studies in Social Work to obtain her BAC in this field.

Now working part-time in the health care network, she is using her knowledge and experience to offer the Montessori Training adapted for seniors with cognitive disabilities.

Informationchantalemarchand@hotmail.com

 

 

Gabriela Rotariu

Gabriela Rotariu – Manager in the Eastern Townships in Quebec and Romania, with a passion for excellence.

She holds an MBA in marketing, and has over 20 years of experience in management.

A powerful relationship builder, she begins her work in a private seniors’ residence as Director of Operations in 2017, after working in the hotel industry and teaching at the Sherbrooke Seminary in hotel management.

In 2018 she began a B.A. in Psychology at Bishop’s University, and is currently specializing in aging, while conducting research on the effects of animal-assisted interventions on the well-being of residents with and without cognitive impairments.

Her focus is on the well-being of both humans and animals.

Her main goal is to find ways to achieve healthy, joyful and meaningful aging.

She accompanies people with cognitive disabilities with compassion and respect, while considering their preserved abilities and their desire to give back to the community.

Familiar with the Montessori method as applied to children, she is convinced of the effectiveness of the principles and theory of learning implemented by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Information: gabriela@lerenaissance.ca

 

 

Celine Bosse

 

Céline Bossé – Health professional living in Alberta since 1998. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition, obtained from the University of Montreal in 1981.

In 2007, Celine specialized in public health to better respond to the needs of health prevention. 

For a few years, she collaborated as a lecturer in the university’s department of Nutrition where she developed her passion for teaching and perfected her communication techniques to master the transfer of knowledge more effectively.

Afterwards, Celine pursued experience as a Food Service Manager for seniors’ residences, a clientele with whom she practiced her profession for over 5 years.

As soon as she arrived in Calgary, Celine became interested in working with a younger clientele, namely those attending the French elementary schools in the region.

Celine is also passionate about French-language services and supports community organizations seeking to develop health services for Francophone communities living in a minority setting.

In 2017, she became interested in the Montessori Method adapted for the cognitively impaired in order to meet the growing need for training in cognitive health for families and caregivers.

Over the years, on Celine’s father’s side, she experienced the impact of cognitive disorders on the family.

She sought out the help she needed to support her brother and sister during that time.

It is the combined fruit of her personal and professional experiences that she wishes to share with others, and it is her sincere hope that she can make a difference in your journey as an elder care worker or caregiver.

Information: celineb.dt.p@gmail.com

 

 

Natalia Théoret

 

Natalia ThéoretComing from a cultural and communications background, Natalia returned to school in 2007 to become an NLP therapist.

Since 2009, she has been coaching hundreds of women each year in individual and group workshops.

She works with organizations and businesses to provide participants with tools for self-awareness, wellness, stress management and work-life balance.

Having grown up with her grandparents and loving to work with seniors, Natalia began studying gerontology in 2020.

She then decided to create tools adapted to caregivers and bereaved people.

In 2021, Natalia fell in love with the Montessori method adapted to people with cognitive disorders.

Her mission: to use the Montessori Method to provide concrete tools to caregivers so that they can experience a more harmonious relationsip with their loved one.

Information : natalia@nataliatheoret.com