Melanie Vandasselaar

507 Woodview Rd.
Burlington, Ontario
L7N 2Z9
905-333-317
melvandas@hotmail.com
EDUCATION
2014 - 2016

Educational Assistant Diploma
This accredited diploma program includes
courses in: Learning Disabilities,
Behaviour Strategies, Teaching and
Learning, Personal Care, Advanced
Disabilities Studies.

2010 - 2014

Ontario Secondary School Diploma
Graduated as a two year member of the
Student Leadership Team.
Completed a half-day co-op at
Timothy elementary school.

Sheridan College,
Oakville

Guido de Bres
High School,
Hamilton

TRAINING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Certification

Standard First Aid & CPR Level ‘C’ HCP with AED Awareness
(September, 2015)
 Workplace Medical Corp., Oakville

Training

Training in Transfers, Lifts, Personal Care
Health Science Unit, Sheridan College
 Completed feeding, dressing, and personal care workshop
 Assisted with Hoyer lifts, Wheelchair and Walker transfers
Crisis Intervention and Prevention (CPI) (September 2015)
 Was taught to identify behavior’s and how to appropriately respond to
various situations
 Taught the use of verbal and non-verbal techniques to calm hostile
behavior and resolve conflict before it becomes physical.
 Received CPI disengagement skills if situation did become violent
TRAUMA Informed Response Training (February, 2016)
 Received training on the three types of trauma and the responses to
each
 Trained on the three pillars of trauma informed care
 Trained to care for children of all ages with complex trauma

Conferences &
Workshops

safeTALK Training (Suicide ALERT) (February 2016)
 Taught to recognized signs and invitations of suicide, become suicide
alert
 Received steps and guide to keep persons safe while moving through
the steps

Committees

ROOT’s Team (2015-Present)
 Developed organizational, problem-solving, and planning skills

TECHNOLOGY SKILLS

As part of the ES course content I have skills in: word processing,
PowerPoint, Internet research, email, PC and Mac platforms, Google
Drive, and Kahoot.
I have knowledge of Assistive Technology software such as:
Kurzweil, Premier, Symwritter, Read and Write Gold, and Graphic
organizers.
I have knowledge of Assistive Communication Technology such as:
Dina Box, Tobi adaptive switches, drawing tablets (SMART tables) and
Smart boards.

RELATED EXPERIENCE
January 2016 present

EA Placement

Fall 2015

EA Placement

Assist with life skills programs and
physical care. Placed in a physio room
with seven students with high needs.
Skills used: Changing, toileting,
lifts/transfers, feeding, dressing,
prompting, communication devices,
behaviour strategies.
Assisted in grade nine and ten Math and
English classes. Mainly focused on
Behaviour management and strategies.
Skills used: Behaviour strategies,
problem solving, behaviour
management, CPI, Teaching and learning
material.

Winter 2015

EA Placement
Assisted in grades one, two, four and five. Assisted
in the development of fine motor skills, writing
skills. Assisted two students with hearing deficits as
well as Cerebral Palsy and Autism
Skills used: Teaching and learning strategies,
communication strategies, Autism Spectrum
material.

Feb – June 2012

High School Co-op
Completed a half-day co-op at Timothy
elementary school working with students
from kindergarten to grade 3

2010-2013

Vacation Bible School Co-Teacher
Was one of two teachers in the
Kindergarten class.

2009-2012

GEMS Girls Counsellor
During this time I supported children

Robert Bateman
High School,
Halton Public

Nelson High
School,
Halton Public

Orchard Park
Elementary
School,
Halton Public

Timothy Christian
Elementary
School,
Hamilton
Ebenezer
Canadian
Reformed church,
Burlington
Ebenezer
Canadian

from grades four to eight.

Reformed Church,
Burlington

UNRELATED EMPLOYMENT
2013-Present

Cashier/Stock
Trained in all aspects of the running of
the store including the areas of: cash,
staff management, team work, stock,
truck deliveries, customer relations,
memorization of codes

OTHER SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Piano, Choir, Band/Orchestra, Art, Soccer, Outdoors, Crafts.
REFERENCES

Ingrid Hearn
Dept. Head of Community Pathway Program
Robert Bateman High school
hearni@hdsb.ca | 905-637-5371

Kevin Dellio
Program Leader of Learning Services
Nelson High School
delliok@hdsb.ca | 905-637-5960
Joan Sullivan
SERT
Orchard Park Elementary School
sullivanj@hdsb.ca | 905-331-7233

Bulk Barn
Burlington