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Donald G. Jamieson

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Dr. Donald G. Jamieson is CEO and Scientific Director of Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences’ School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at The University of Western Ontario (UWO). He also holds an appointment in Western’s Department of Psychology, and is a scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute of the London Health Sciences Centre.

Dr. Jamieson studied developmental psychology and mathematics at the University of British Columbia and experimental psychology and mathematics at Carleton University, receiving his PhD in 1976. He was a faculty member at the University of Calgary from 1976 to 1987, serving as Head of the Department of Psychology from 1981 to 1985. At Calgary he led the NSERC-funded team that developed the Canadian Speech Research Environment (CSRE) software system, adopted by spoken language researchers in more than 50 countries. From 1985 to 1987 he was a visiting fellow at the Waisman Centre on human development, University of Wisconsin (Madison). He moved to Western in 1987, chairing the Department of Communicative Disorders until 1992, serving as Director of the Ontario Ministry of Health-funded Hearing Health Care Research Unit from 1989 until 1999, and as founding Director of the National Centre for Audiology (NCA) from 1999 until 2005. He led the Hearing Team of the Ontario Rehabilitation Technology Consortium (funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health) from 1989 until 2003. In 1993, he led the group that formed Avaaz Innovations Inc., a UWO spin-off company that develops software for research and clinical purposes.

In 1999, he organized the proposal to establish a new Network of Centres of Excellence, focused on Language and Literacy Development, and he has led that Network since its creation in 2001. Other current responsibilities include serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Encyclopedia of Language and Literacy Development, serving as a Director on the Governing Council of the Montreal-based Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre, and Chairing the Steering and National Advisory Committees for Canada’s National Strategy for Early Literacy initiative.

The language and culture of my heritage is passed on to me orally. it's a different way of learning than how I am taught at school. How do I keep my traditional culture alive while learning to read and being immersed in the majority culture?

Reading is the core of learning and staying in school. Improving my reading skills will open up the doors to future prospects.

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