Our Team

Anne Kresta, M.Sc.  akresta@mymts.net, 204-487-2808

Anne is a lead author of Planning Inclusive Communities in Schools and partner in Education Solutions Manitoba, a consulting firm dedicated to providing support in a wide variety of ways to those working within the education system. She has worked within the realm of inclusive education since 1998 as a parent advocate and in 2006 she developed the Parent’s Guide to Inclusive Education for Community Living Manitoba (CL-MB).  Since that time, she has written numerous articles, reports and publications focussing on inclusive education in Manitoba and Canada, and has contributed to a number of other publications as co-author or commentator.  These include the The Personal Guide to the Vulnerable Persons Act (CL-MB), the Manitoba Child Care Guide to Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs (CL-MB), and Exploring Inclusive Practices through Professional Inquiry, edited by Gordon Porter (Sense Publishers, 2011).  Anne is an trained, experienced presenter and workshop facilitator.

John VanWalleghem, Ph.D.    johnvan@mymts.net  204-250-5330

John is a lead author of Planning Inclusive Communities in School, founder and partner in Education Solutions Manitoba and has worked extensively within the school system over the past 40 years.  He has held positions ranging from educational assistant, school bus driver, teacher, divisional director and university professor.  He has worked with Manitoba Education and Advanced Learning as coordinator of the Special Education Review Initiative and Director of Research and Planning.  His passion is inclusive education with post-graduate degrees focussing on special education and educational administration.  His background provides a broad, informed perspective on appropriate education in Manitoba.

Joan Zaretsky, Ph.D.  jzaret@mymts.net  204-250-5330

Joan, a co-author of the PICS process, has been an educator for the past 32 years, serving as a classroom teacher, vice-principal, principal, Language Arts consultant, and Curriculum Coordinator for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 13 in Ontario.  She has served as a Professional Issues Officer with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and has completed her Principals’ Certification for both Manitoba and Ontario as well as her Superintendents’ Qualifications for Ontario.  She has a Masters Degree in Education (Educational Administration) and in 2011, her Doctorate (Inclusive Special Education) focussed on the perspectives of northern Manitoba principals regarding new special education legislation, earned her the Thomas B. Greenfield Award.

Joan is an experienced presenter, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Lesley Welwood, B.Ed.
PBDE, Leadership
PBDE, Inclusive Education

Lesley Welwood is currently a Divisional Inclusion Teacher for the River East Transcona School Division. She holds an undergraduate degree in Education specializing in Early Years, and also holds two Post- Baccalaureate Diplomas in Leadership and Inclusive Education. Lesley has taught grades K-12, and has an extensive career as both classroom teacher and resource teacher. She has vast experience implementing and facilitating workshops for adults in various settings. Lesley is a certified Universal Design for Learning facilitator and trainer as well as a member of the Teacher Led Learning team for the Manitoba Teacher’s Society where with collaborative teams she designs and implements workshops. Lesley’s work focusses primarily on the collaborative process ensuring that direction takes place from all stakeholders.