Marc Norris, M.A. in Andragogy, is a special educator, 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 education 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 with Gail Elliot, a gerontologist in Ontario (www.dementability.com) and then continued his studies with Cameron 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.