Roxanna Spruyt-Rocks

Roxanna Spruyt-RocksAs Chief Executive Officer of DeafBlind Ontario Services in Ontario, Canada, Roxanna has provided leadership in deafblind awareness, training, programs, and services since 2003. DeafBlind Ontario Services provides accessible residential and customized support services across the province.  A leader in the field, her accomplishments include the development of an ever-evolving, person-centered service model and specialized training for intervenors.  Roxanna is a Prosci-Certified Change Practitioner and is currently working towards her Governance Professionals of Canada Designation (GPC.D) designation.

Roxanna is an active member of the Intervenor Services Advisory Group (MCSS Transformation Agenda), OASIS (Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs), and a founding member of the OASIS Sensory Partners. She sits on the board for the Ontario Community Services Coalition (OCSC) and Deafblind International (DbI) and was the Chair of the Scientific Committee for the DbI 17th World Conference 2019.  As a member of the DbI Communication Committee, she is the lead for the DbI Communication Ambassadors, an international group dedicated to increasing global awareness of deafblindness.  Roxanna is also CEO of the DeafBlind Ontario Foundation, a non-profit charitable foundation established to enhance the lives of individuals with deafblindness supported by DeafBlind Ontario Services.  For her significant contributions to the Canadian deaf-blind community, Roxanna was awarded the “JT Award” in 2015.