Jillian began learning sign language in 1992 at the age of 9. She began attending Ontario Camp of the Deaf (now called Rumball Camp of the Deaf) as a camper from 1994-1997, then as a volunteer counsellor from 1998-2000.
After graduating high school Jillian began teaching sign language for the ASL Club at the University of Guelph from 2000-2003, and attended the International Conference for the Deaf in Montreal in 2003.
Later in 2003 Jillian moved to Toronto to attend Humber College for Child & Youth Work. During her three year full-time program, Jillian also worked as an ASL tutor for students in the Disabilities Service Worker program (DSW) from 2003-2006, until she graduated with her CYW diploma.
In 2007 Jillian and her partner (now husband) moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba and became active in the Deaf Community. Jillian and her husband were a home-stay host family for a Deaf student from Manitoba School for the Deaf 2009-2011.
In 2012 Jillian and her husband had a little boy who quickly learned many signs and was fluent when he reached Kindergarten at the age of 5. In 2017 the family moved to the R.M. of Cartier and now enjoy living on a rural property in a beautiful community.
When her son switched to French Immersion school in 2018, Jillian began to focus more of her time on entrepreneurship and expanded her ASL instruction services. In 2019 Jillian taught ASL classes for Educational Assistants and Support Workers in the town of Elie, Manitoba.
Now, due to Coronavirus concerns, Jillian is focusing on offering virtual lessons and looks forward to helping students reach their goals. Please contact us at ASLTutorMB@Gmail.com with inquiries, or to book a lesson.