Anne Danielle Gingras has been active in the education field for more than 25 years and currently teaches music and religion at École secondaire catholique Algonquin in North Bay. She completed her Bachelor in Arts (Honours) with a specialisation in Music from the University of Ottawa, and received a Bachelor of Education from Université Laurentienne in 1993. She also holds a specialist qualification in Special Education and numerous supplemental qualifications in the field of autism from various institutions. In 2016, to honour her inner intuitive capacities, she completed a doctoral diploma in Applied Metaphysics and also became a Holding Space practitioner, facilitator and life coach, accompanying many individuals through their more difficult life paths. She is also an active Reiki Master – and a small business owner.
Anne was instrumental in the development and the implementation of Snoezelen rooms in our area. During her career, she taught many subjects such as language arts and also served four years as autism consultant at Conseil scolaire catholique Franco-Nord. She was also the autism resource teacher and one of the key founders of ‘Carrefour TSA’, the first francophone resource center within a provincial high school setting geared to accompany students on the autism spectrum on their life journey. She has served on the Board of Directors of Autism Ontario and is the current vice-president of the Board of Directors for Community Living West Nipissing. An altruist at heart, Anne has composed numerous musical compositions which she has dedicated to important social causes in her community such at the Remember Adam – Stop for the school bus and families afflicted with autism and Huntington disease. Diagnosed herself with autism at the age of 41 years old, she continues to be a model for professional women on the spectrum and has actively participated in webinars and presentations about the matter. She regularly speaks to local, provincial and national media, giving both radio and television interviews pertaining to autism awareness. Although she stresses many elements of importance while discussing matters in education, Anne’s primary focus is and has always been that of the needs and capacities of each individual student.
Anne lives in Sturgeon Falls with her husband and is the mother of two incredible young men. Last year, she published her second book entitled ‘The Old Man on the Bench’- A Beautiful Day, and is presently completing several other writing projects. In her spare time, she volunteers with several local organizations, manages several social media sites and blogs about her many interests and travels to Paris. She is currently planning her next tattoo.
On June 13th 2019, Anne received the degree of Honorary Doctorate of Education ( honoris causa ) from Nipissing University , North Bay ON.
In September 2019, she joined the part-time teaching faculty at the Schulich School of Education – Nipissing University – where she teaches courses pertaining to student evaluation and special education matters in the classroom.
Currently, Anne is the teacher of ‘Au 111’ – at École secondaire catholique Algonquin – North Bay , ON. She is also a candidate in the Holding Space Certification Program – October 2020 Session – offered by the Center for Holding Space ( Winnipeg, Manitoba ).