Lisa Anne Garrett

Lisa is the Founder and Director of Black Bear Healing Home. She is from Lanark County and lives in Carleton Place, located in unceded Algonquin territory. 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 Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Contemporary Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. She is currently studying in the American Sign Language program at Algonquin College. She is certified to teach baby sign language through My Smart Hands.

Lisa has experience using sign language with people of all ages and she particularly loves signing with children. Lisa provided free ASL services at a playgroup for children through Children’s Resources on Wheels. This included instructing parents and caregivers in the use of ASL, playing with children who were learning ASL, and interpreting children’s music in the half hour circle time. She has attended ASL community classes and workshops, including workshops on signing with infants, and has completed a week of ASL immersion at the Ontario Camp of the Deaf. She also 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, text, and Glide at 613-558-3199.