Chair of the Board of Directors
Karen Birnie is a retired educator who dedicated her career, spanning over 30 years, to working with and advocating for children with Learning Disabilities. As a special education teacher, literacy lead and Vice Principal, in Toronto, Karen worked to build the literacy skills and confidence of elementary children. Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University, a Bachelor of Education from Queens University, followed by Specialists in Special Education and Reading from the University of Toronto and then her Principal Qualifications from the Ontario Principal’s Council. Upon retirement in 2016, Karen returned to her Carleton Country roots, where she continues to support the development of literacy skills, as a volunteer Tutor Co-ordinator and Board member with Northern Carleton Laubach Literacy Council. Karen is honoured to be an ALMAG Board member, supporting the Gallery’s mission of increasing the access, awareness and appreciation of art in her community.