My Smart Hands with Dawna

Sign Language classes for hearing babies and toddlers



Hi! My name is Dawna and I was born in Toronto. I worked for many years as a Designer and Lettering Artist for Hallmark Cards Canada. During my 31 years with Hallmark, I discovered a love for American Sign Language. After taking several courses offered at Bob Rumball, The Centre for the Deaf in Toronto, and communicating daily with a deaf colleague through signing, my husband and I became proud parents in 2007 and knew from the beginning that we would be teaching our daughter ASL. Even with my knowledge of ASL, I was still amazed at how quickly we were able to communicate with our daughter and her back to us.

As happens with many companies, Hallmark went through a major restructuring and the Design Department that I worked in was eliminated. I spent the next two summers with my daughter, camping, cottaging and going to friends trailers. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything in the world!

It didn’t take me long to decide what I was meant to do in the next chapter of my life. Becoming a My Smart Hands instructor was such a natural transition for me. It combines my love for children with my passion for learning and sharing the beautiful language of ASL with others. I can’t tell you how excited I am to share signing with as many families as I can throughout parts of the Durham and York Regions. Please feel free to contact me for a class in your area.

“Check Class Schedules to see if there is a class near you. Anyone wishing to host classes in their home will receive a set of Flash Cards FREE! A minimum total of 4 participants is required. Contact me for details!