BCIC Administration Staff

Shirley McNaughton, C.M., Ph. D. - Chairperson, BCIC.

Shirley continues to support BCIC, drawing on her years of experience with Blissymbolics and with Bliss users.

As a special educator, she has been teaching - first children, then adults - persons with cerebral palsy since 1968.

She retired from the position of executive director in 1989. She currently serves on the Blissymbolics Communication InternationaI Board of Directors (BCI).

She continues to participate as a member of the BCI International Panel for Symbol Development. Shirley serves as Chair of Blissymbolics Communication Institute-Canada. In this role, she continues to support the literacy and communication endeavours of Bliss users and Bliss alumni, as BCIC resources permit. Her most recent project for BCIC is the founding, with Audrey King, of the Bliss i-Band, co-sponsored by the Lillian Meighen and Don Wright Foundation and BCIC in 2014. Initially Shirley served as Music Director of the i-Band and now continues as administrator for the i-Band under the music direction of Aaron Lightstone, with additional financial support from Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Arts Council.

Shirley possesses the Order of Canada and has been dedicated to the teaching of Blissymbolics since 1971.

Paul Marshall webmaster @ BCIC

Joe Jessup

Elaine Drover

Joe Jessup Co-Vice Chair

Joe began using Blissymbols in the first class at the Ontario Crippled Children’s Centre (now called the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital) in Toronto in 1971. He uses the light writer and computer for communication and plays the i-Pad as a member of the Bliss i-Band. His two favourite things are his cat, Kristin, and playing his drum set. He loves helping new Bliss users and is very supportive of the work of BCIC.

Elaine Drover

Elaine is from Newfoundland. She began using Blissymbols when her teacher Jane Green introduced them to her in the early seventies. Elaine now uses a voca, computer, i-Pad and her Bliss folder for communication. She is an active member of the Bliss i-Band and is working on her life story. She has a strong interest in helping others and enjoys participating on the BCIC Board of Directors.


Bob Loree - Secretary

I have been happy serving on the Board.  I have been learning how a Board works as a Board Member. This past year as secretary has been more challenging. Attending meetings on skype can be difficult for taking minutes as it tends to cut in and out.  I am hoping to attend at least some of the meetings in person this year.

Russell Galvin

Amanda Boc-Neilson

Paul Sullivan

Katherine Seybold - Treasurer

I first began working with Blissymbolics in 1982 when Shirley McNaughton asked me to work 4 hours a week with Sue Odell, a young woman with cerebral palsy who used Blissymbols to communicate.  Over the next few years, I gradually began working 4 days a week, focussing more on administrative duties, including the ever-growing international Bliss Affiliate network.  In the mid-90’s I became a volunteer for BCI and then a member of the Board of Directors, both duties continuing until today.