September 2017

Hello Oak Bridge Academy Friends,

This is the first of our quarterly newsletters we’ll be sending out to keep you up-to-date on the progress of Oak Bridge Academy.  We have a tremendous year ahead of us as we gear up for our opening in the fall of 2018!  

Toronto Star

Check out the article in today’s Toronto Star on Oak Bridge Academy.


Focus Group

Thank you to those of you who made it out to our focus group back in June!  Your comments and suggestions have been very instrumental in helping us formulate policies and develop the curriculum.  I’ve really enjoyed reading through your surveys, and appreciate your thoughtful advice.  


Current Efforts

We are working hard to get ready: developing a business plan, recruiting strong board members to ensure good governance, researching best practices for an evidence-based curriculum, actively searching for a location, building community partnerships, creating marketing and fundraising strategies….just to name a few efforts!


New Board Members

We have some talented and passionate new board members on our team who are all dedicated to making Oak Bridge Academy a one-of-a-kind school in Waterloo Region, including:

  • Dr. Daniela O’Neill - a UW Professor in the Department of Psychology

  • Dr. Heather Henderson - a UW Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

  • Dr. Karen Backway - a Pediatrician who has several years of experience and a special interest in developmental disabilities

  • Jason Hynes LL.B. - a Lawyer and Partner at Bereskin & Parr

  • Fiona Batte C.A. - a Chartered Accountant at Manulife Financial



Oak Bridge Academy is currently considering a few locations within Waterloo Region.  We are focussing on finding a temporary partnership with a local church which could offer classrooms, a gymnasium, a kitchen and outdoor green space.  If you have any leads or ideas, please forward them along.  We’d love to hear from you


Our Big Launch

We will host a launch for Oak Bridge Academy in February 2018 to present our curriculum and school structure, and to open registration.  Don’t forget to check out our website for news and upcoming events . Stay Tuned!