Lisa Tara Hooper is the owner of L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc., a business specializing in employment and self-employment training and consulting for persons with disabilities.
Born with cerebral palsy, Lisa brings personal insights endured by many adversities especially when seeking employment and work related experiences. Her company has been setting the example for equal opportunity employment since 1997. Lisa is extensively involved with community volunteer work. Currently, she is Chair of the Brantford Accessibility Advisory Committee and a member of the Brantford Transit Task Force.
Previously, Lisa has been on numerous committees that focus on improving the lives of people with disabilities. She was an Accessibility Advisor to the former Lt Governor of Ontario, The Honourable David C. Onley as well as a member the Brantford Transit Liaison Committee representing persons with disabilities. Lisa has been the honoured recipient of many awards including the 2013 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the 2012 Nova Vita Woman of Distinction Award for International Women’s Day to name a few.
Patti Plant-Babcock has worked as the Office Manager and Employment/Self-Employment Training Consultant for L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. for over 17 years! Patti has had many rewarding experiences throughout her career! Patti’s life experience living with Spina Bifida adds a personal perspective where she is able to relate to her client’s challenges when seeking employment.
Patti thoroughly enjoys working with a dedicated and successful team that proudly aims to secure competitive employment or self-employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.
Julie Baranyi is our Employment Specialist. She brings many years of experience in providing direct client services in the areas of employment counseling, client needs assessment, vocational evaluation, employment preparation, and training.
What she enjoys most about her role with L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. is that she has the opportunity to meet many wonderfully diverse individuals and develop long standing relationships with employers who realize the importance and rewards of community involvement.
Darlene Fleming is a dedicated Job Developer who has devoted many years to serving clients in the area of employment advocating on their behalf to employers. She is passionate about assisting clients with disabilities to become more independent and confident in their own abilities in the workplace. Darlene spends most of her time in the community speaking to employers about the services of L. Tara Hooper and Associates Inc. as well as advocating for our clients. She believes every day is a chance to do something different and make a difference.