AMI Canada - Board of Directors 2017 - 2018

AMI (Canada) is guided by a Board of Directors comprised of AMI Teacher Trainers, AMI teachers, school owners and other professionals across Canada. The Board provides leadership and guidance for the work and initiatives of AMI (Canada). Day to day operations are managed by an Executive Director.

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Sandra Girlato - President

Sandra Girlato holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, English and fine art history from the University of Toronto, a Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola College, as well as an AMI diploma at the Primary level. Sandra worked with children 3 to 6 in a Montessori Casa prepared environment for several years. She is currently the Director of Training of the Foundation for Montessori Education in Toronto, a past member of the AMI Scientific Pedagogical, Materials and Translation Committees, an AMI examiner, as well as a consultant, lecturer and parent educator. Sandra was trained by Renilde Montessori.

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Felix Bednarski - Treasurer & Secretary

Felix Bednarski has an M.A. in Architecture from Warsaw Technical University in Poland. He came to Canada in 1977. In 1987, he and his wife Amalia Molly Galle founded Humberside Montessori School, which now welcomes 160 children (ages 3-12) attending primary and elementary classes. He obtained his AMI Primary diploma in 1995 in Toronto under supervision of Mrs. Renilde Montessori. Finally, as a father of two grown-up daughters, he has completed a full cycle and has gained experience in all planes of development.

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Lynn Woodward

Lynn Woodward holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo, a diploma in Applied Photography from Sheridan College, and an AMI diploma at the Primary level. Lynn worked with children 3 to 6 in a Montessori Casa prepared environmnet. She is currently an AMI Trainer and the administrator at FME, and is a national examiner, consultant, lecturer and parent educator. Lynn was trained by Renilde Montessori.


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J. Michael Robinson

Michael Robinson is a retired lawyer from Toronto where he practiced international business law for over 50 years. His children attended an AMI Montessori school until high school and all his grandchildren are currently in the casa program at a Toronto AMI school.

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Laurie Wilson Forbes

Laurie Wilson Forbes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Anthropology, and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and an AMI diploma at the Primary Level. Laurie has worked with children 3 to 6 in a Montessori Casa environment for more than 25 years and in 1994 founded the Children's House Montessori School in Port Perry which now welcomes 100 students at the A to I, Primary, and Elementary Levels. Laurie was trained by Renilde Montessori.