Our Staff

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 Anishinabek 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 knows conversational ASL. She has attended ASL community classes and workshops, including a workshop on signing with infants, and has completed a week of ASL immersion at the Ontario Camp of the Deaf through the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf. She was previously certified to teach baby sign language through My Smart Hands. She helped develop a website for the Ottawa Deaf Health Care Team. Lisa also uses ASL at home with her own son and his first sign – at 5 ½ months – was milk. 

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

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