Ken Shyminsky is a Vice Principal with the Halton District School Board. Specializing in challenging behaviours, he has drawn upon his personal experiences as an teacher and student with Tourette Syndrome to help children with TS and related disorders. In addition to having Tourette Syndrome himself, Ken’s Tourette experiences include work as a Teaching Assistant, Special Education and classroom teacher, school administrator and parent, as well as a mentor for those living with TS and counselor for their families.
As a former Vice President of the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada and chair of the National Education and Advocacy Committee, he was a co-author and co-editor of Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators, and the creator of monthly Recreational networking sessions for children and teens who suffer from TS+. In 1998, the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada recognized Ken for his contributions by naming him the National Senior Role Model. Ken is also a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Winston, a world-renowned summer camp for children who live with Tourette Syndrome and other neuro-chemical disorders, as well as autism and learning disabilities. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada, chairing the Education and Advocacy Committees.