Giving people without speech new ways to talk



staff-photoLori Wiebe
Executive Director

Lori brings to the Open Access Resource Centre (OARC) more than 15 years' experience working with children with disabilities and their families. A member of the staff since 1994, Lori shares her extensive knowledge of communications devices with individuals, other health professionals, and care givers.


Doris Fierback
Administrative Assistant

Doris began at OARC in September 2004. She brings several years of experience working as Administrative Support Person for a private Occupational Therapy service as well as a private Speech and Language Pathologist.


Val Buissé
Speech - Language Pathologist

With over 19 years of experience as an SLP Val joined the OARC staff in August 2007. She brings with her an extensive knowledge of Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) having specialized in the area of Augmentative and Alternative Communication for the past 14 years. With a strong comittment to enriching the lives of non-verbal individuals through the proper use of SGDs she is an integral part of our organization.


Marnie Loewen
Executive Assistant

Marnie Loewen has previously served on OARC's Board of Directors and worked part-time as an administrative assistant at OARC. Her past 7 years were spent coordinating the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba's annual stationary bike race fundraiser. Marnie's daughter communicates using a speech generating device and first borrowed a BIGmack from OARC's lending library back in 1995.


Roberta Misonne
Workshop Facilitator

Roberta is the newest member of the OARC staff. She brings to the table 5 years as a middle school art teacher. She will be delivering iOS apps training workshops and working on the expansion of our on-site and on-line training. Roberta is confident in her abilities to teach anyone, no matter their technology skill level.