The AVRO Team
AVRO teachers and counselors have specialized training and years of experience working with students with learning disabilities and personal problems. Through our team’s system of support and acceptance, we help students develop the confidence to explore their full potential.
David is an eco-philosopher who assists students and educators in bridging the gap between information, experience, and the environment. For seven years he was a professor at York University, and he is also the co-director of Spiritfest, a long-running, annual community arts festival. Over the past 25 years, David has worked with corporate groups, schools, and individuals in the delivery of workshops, teacher training, and personal development courses. His book Eco-Leadership: The Power of the Circle was published in 2006.
Jason Shaul Ellenbogen, B.A., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Vice-Principal and Clinical Director
Jason is a registered social worker and psychotherapist with extensive clinical experience working with teenagers and their families. He specializes in the adolescent development and related behavioral issues such as school anxiety, social anxiety, and addictions. Jason has years of experience as both an individual and family therapist, He was part of the original therapeutic team at The Pine River Institute, which is one of Canada’s premier adolescent therapeutic boarding schools.
Chirasree Sen-Varma, Ph.D., PG-Cert APSET, Member CAP
Academic Coordinator & Science Department Head
With nearly two decades of experience teaching at the GCE Advanced Level Program (University of Cambridge, U.K.,) under the Ministry of Education, Seychelles including years of experience working as a physicist, Chirasree brings a fresh approach to learning the fundamentals of science and helps students develop a keen appreciation of the subject matter. She is also the Examination Officer for the Edexcel examinations (UK) for our center.
Art, Humanities and Social Sciences
Mindy spends her time making and sharing her passion for art and the natural environment. She has taught in art galleries, museums, and prisons, along with having spent a few years researching arts-based education programs across Canada through the Royal Conservatory. She has her Additional Qualification in Special Education Part 1 along with a Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education.
Judith is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies program at York University, Toronto. Her doctoral research is a feminist ethnography of yoga and the intersections of social location and health. She has published her work with Demeter Press and in Canadian Woman Studies. In addition to Judith’s work in academia, she also is a yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist with over 17 years experience and a mother of two daughters. Judith’s creative outlets are through dance and drumming.
Ben Robins, B.Ed., B.Sc.
Ben Robins is an educator focused on personal growth in a community environment. He did his B.Ed. at Queen’s University with a focus on personalized learning, and he is currently an M.Div. student at the University of Toronto. He is also the Programming Chair on the board of directors of Unicamp camp and retreat centre, and he is on the Nominating Committee of the Canadian Unitarian Council. He enjoys contact improv dance, personal stories, and empathy.