Lisa Anne Garrett

Lisa is the Founder and Director of Black Bear Healing Home. She is also a certified My Smart Hands™ Instructor. She is from Lanark County and lives in Carleton Place. Her work has focused on the areas of education and the social services, and she has extensive experience in the disability community. She has a BAH in Contemporary Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies and an MA in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research.

Lisa has experience using sign language with people of all ages and she particularly loves signing with children. She began signing in elementary school with friends, and later lived and worked with Deaf people at L’Arche Cape Breton.  Lisa has also provided ASL services at a playgroup for children through Children’s Resources on Wheels. She has attended ASL community classes and workshops, and is currently pursuing a Certificate in American Sign Language at Algonquin College. She uses ASL with her own son, and his first sign – at 5 ½ months – was milk.

Lisa can be reached by email at or by phone and text at 613-558-3199.