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Lisa Garrett is the Founder and Director of Black Bear Healing Home. She is from Lanark County and lives in Carleton Place, located in unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishinaabe territory.

Lisa’s ancestry is mixed Irish and English. Her work has focused on the areas of education and the social services, and she has extensive experience in the disability community. 

Lisa Garrett, founder of Black Bear Signing for Babies, signing in a field.
Lisa Garrett

Lisa knows conversational ASL. She has attended ASL community classes and workshops, including a workshop on language deprivation, and has completed a week of ASL immersion at the Ontario Camp of the Deaf. Lisa helped develop a website for the Ottawa Deaf Health Care Team. She also uses ASL at home with her own son and his first sign – at 5 ½ months – was milk. Lisa’s wife-to-be is Deaf. Lisa can also be found teaching virtual classes on signing with children for BirthSmarter and Baby Fingers.

Lisa 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 Certificate program at Carleton University, and in the Early Childhood Education program at Algonquin College. 

Lisa teaches prenatal ASL and sign language for babies. She can be reached by email at Lisa@BlackBearHealingHome.com or by phone and text at 613-558-3199.

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Lisa Garrett
Email | 613-558-3199
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The black bear with flowers from the logo for Black Bear Signing for Babies
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