Connie Melanson-Savoy - Executive Director
Connie has been with Inclusion Advocacy since December 2o03 as the Executive Director. Born in Saint John to a large family, she has lived in Moncton since 1994 with her husband Bernard and seven children.She has a Bachelors degree in Physical Education from UNB, and Post Graduate studies in Psychology, Education and Inclusive Education.
She has over 30 years experience in Recreation, including the YMCA and municipalities in Saint John and Fredericton and spent 14 years as Director of Recreation and Leisure Services with Centra-Care Inc. Connie has over 25 years experience with ACL (Association for Community Living) at the local and provincial levels and is a Facilitator and Trainer for "Circle of Friends" (Intentional peer relationships) and PATH (Person centred futures planning).
Connie sits on numerous boards and committees such as the Moncton Accessibility Committee, Greater Moncton Down Syndrome Society and South Eastern Regional Adult Literacy Board and is a past member of the District Education Council.Connie is a strong advocate for the people she serves, and works tirelessly on behalf of them and their families.
She has won a number of awards for her passion and commitment including the YWCA 2007 Woman of Distinction “Woman in Public and Community Service”.
Karen Wagg - CALP Facilitator
Karen Wagg has been the literacy teacher with Inclusion Advocacy for the since 2002. She has a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Education from Acadia.Her previous work experience includes working for three years in Tokyo, Japan as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor. She also taught English to immigrants (ESL) for five years in Moncton at the Multicultural Association(MAGMA) and NBCC Moncton. Karen also has several years of experience supply teaching in local schools.
She really enjoys helping adults improve their literacy skills.
Jessica Gallant - Pre-Employment Facilitator
Jessica has been the Pre-Employment Facilitator at Inclusion Advocacy since September 2016. She graduated from Oulton College from the Family and Community Services program in 2015. Throughout her course she did one practicum working with children on the Autism spectrum at Lou McNarin Elementary School. Her second practicum was done at the Early Childhood Family Resource Centre. Once graduated, she worked at Crossroads for Women for nearly a year.
Through the years she has also gained a lot of volunteer experience by volunteering for various organisations like Big Brothers Big Sisters where she is currently involved as a “Big Sister”. Her enthusiasm and determination to tackle new opportunities is reflected in the hard work that she brings to the table.