Staff Spotlight

Meet the incredible team who make up the AdaptAbilities family.

Michelle Hordal

Founder and CEO

Michelle Hordal

Founder and CEO

Michelle represents the heart and soul of the AdaptAbilities family. As our founder and CEO, Michelle is a leader by setting an example. Her hard work, dedication and leadership inspires our entire team to deliver exceptional services to the families we work with.
Her passion for AdaptAbilities is both contagious and inspirational. When asked about the favourite part of her day, Michelle shares that she “loves seeing the smiles on the children’s faces, the stories families share about how our services are making a difference in their lives and the passion and commitment I see in our dedicated staff.”
Summer time is busy in Michelle’s house. She lets out her competitive spirit on the softball diamond, and by supporting her son’s baseball team as coach.
While being founder and CEO is an incredibly demanding position, Michelle recognizes the importance of self-care and practices it by spending time at the lake in the summer and sharing chai lattes with friends.
Family time is really important for Michelle. Their current family project is training their dog D.J., who has a difficult temperament. While working through these challenges, Michelle’s kids are learning about acceptance and understanding.

 

Michelle's hard work, dedication and leadership inspires our entire team to deliver exceptional services to the families we work with.

Bonnie Walzack

Director of Programs

Bonnie Walzack

Director of Programs

If you have used our services, chances are you’ve had the chance to speak with our Program Director, Bonnie Walzack!
Bonnie loves her job because it helps lighten the heavy load that our families carry every day.
Bonnie approaches life in the most positive way by having fun, enjoying regular massages, and practicing prayer, worship and meditation. If stuck on a desert island, she would love to have the company of The Rock (Dwayne Johnston), because he survives everything.
She has recently surprised herself by watching The Walking Dead. She resisted watching the show for a long time on principle but is now quite captivated by the reflections of human nature and moral questions the show reveals.

Bonnie loves her job because it helps lighten the heavy load that our families carry every day.

Jennifer Neal

Director of Corporate Services

Jennifer Neal

Director of Corporate Services

Jennifer has recently joined AdaptAbilities as our first ever controller. Her first impression of AdaptAbilities is how passionate our employees are about what they do and the families they work with.

Jennifer loves going to watch live music, her favourite festival in Edmonton was Sonic Boom/Field Day. And if she were caught on a desert island, she would definitely bring along any music, in any form to keep her preoccupied.

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich has joined AdaptAbilities in the very important role of Director of Development and Communications.

He looks forward to working with our team and making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve. In fact, if he had one superpower it would be to ensure that every day everyone on the planet would have access to clean water, food, clothing, shelter and at least one close friend.

 

Richard is our Director of Development and Communications

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

 

Nancy Xu

Finance Manager

Nancy Xu

Finance Manager

 

Caitlin Riddoch

Program Manager

Caitlin Riddoch

Program Manager

Our newest Program Manager, Caitlin, loves the dynamic nature of her position. She says there are always new projects and initiatives on the go, and she gets to spend time in all our centres visiting staff and participants.

If you are out in Edmonton’s river valley trail system, look for Caitlin. She runs frequently with her jogging stroller and enjoys being in nature. If Caitlin had a superpower, she would want to be able to teleport around the world. That way she could visit her family without the long flight.

Crystal Drader

Program Manager

Crystal Drader

Program Manager

Crystal is a wonderful addition to our team as a Program Manager.

Crystal loves hearing the stories of AdaptAbilities’ participants and how our supports are positively impacting their lives.

She also enjoys working with her colleagues and says they are ‘dedicated to enhancing the lives of participants’.

A little-known fact about Crystal is she has never attended a festival in Edmonton!  It actually makes sense because most summer weekends she’s dreaming about chasing waterfalls and hiking to new mountain peaks.

Ayo Adeyeri

Donor Relations Advisor

Ayo Adeyeri

Donor Relations Advisor

 

Aurora Halldorson

Human Resources Generalist

Aurora Halldorson

Human Resources Generalist

Welcome to the team Aurora! She is joining us to help support our AdaptAbilities staff in the important role as HR generalist.

In her free time Aurora likes to read, work out and eat tacos or chili. Aurora loves to live the ‘Pura Vida’ or ‘simple life’ in her favourite travel destination of Costa Rica.

Aurora loves to live the 'Pura Vida' in Costa Rica.

Jill Hlady

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist

Jill Hlady

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist

Jill recently joined us as our Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist and so far likes the amazing foundation that AdaptAbilities was built on.

She practices self-care by meditating, taking bubble baths, reading, going for walks and doing yoga.

If Jill had a superpower it would be for everyone to only feel love and somehow make hate not exist.

A little-known fact about Jill is she has been to Jamaica almost 30 times!

Shauna Liu

Financial Accountant

Shauna Liu

Financial Accountant

Mary Thomas

Communications Coordinator

Mary Thomas

Communications Coordinator

Mary is a versatile communicator and loves her role at Adaptabilities sharing heartwarming stories of participants. Mary has travelled the world and speaks 6 languages. Last summer she explored the entire Edmonton River Valley trails.. Self care involves coffee with friends, oil painting, singing, sharing her culinary skills, walking, yoga and reading.  If she could have one superpower, it would be teleportation and linguistic capability to connect with diverse cultures.

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David Tao

Program Coordinator, Strathcona

David Tao

Program Coordinator, Strathcona

David Tao is one of our amazing program coordinators. He enjoys spending time and having fun with AdaptAbilities participants.
He balances work and life by practicing self-care such as turning off his cell phone when he can and spending time with his wife.

If David could eat one meal for the rest of his life it would be pizza. And that might be a very long time because if he had one superpower, it would be immortality!

He balances work and life by practicing self-care such as turning off his cell phone when he can, and spending time with his wife.

Sarah Farrants

Program Supervisor - In Home Child

Sarah Farrants

Program Supervisor - In Home Child

Sarah is a bookworm – and a proud one! Listing an unlimited amount of books as one thing she’d like to have on a desert island, she also lists her desired superpower as speed reading and the ability to retain it all, sharing that “there’s never enough time in one lifetime to read and learn everything.”

A proud mom, she shares her passion for literacy with her daughter, and loves Gilmore Girls because of the relationship between Rory and Lorelai (even moreso because Rory is a bibliophile!)

Travel is also high on Sarah’s bucket list. Any time she can throw on a pair of hiking boots and explore the culture, history, and architecture of a destination is where she’d like to be! Rome, Wales, and Tibet are on top of her dream destinations.

Sarah is passionate about self-care! Whether it's making jewelry, walking, kayaking, or mindfulness and meditation, Sarah aims to live a well-balanced, centered life with her daughter.

Rebecca Walchuk

Program Supervisor, Hearts in Action

Rebecca Walchuk

Program Supervisor, Hearts in Action

Rebecca is thrilled to be joining the AdaptAbilities team as our Program Supervisor for Hearts in Action summer camp.

Rebecca is a true world traveler with Ixtapa and Zihuatanejo, Mexico as her second home. She credits the beautiful coastal beaches, laid-back towns and amazing friends she’s met with filling her heart over the last ten years.

When at home you’ll find Rebecca on the water as much as possible. She spent most of last summer kayaking in Canmore!

Rebecca is a true world traveler.

Christina Schofield

Program Supervisor, In Home Adult

Christina Schofield

Program Supervisor, In Home Adult

 

Dani Curial

Program Supervisor, In-Home

Dani Curial

Program Supervisor, In-Home

Dani is our new In-Home program supervisor. She loves putting her skills to work and being surrounded by passion and empathy, while learning new things.

Dani’s favourite hobby is antiquing and surrounding herself with anything retro. She says she was born in the wrong era and would have loved to live in the 1950’s.

If Dan had one superpower, it would be to take everyone’s pain away. She would accomplish this by giving people strength and the tools of resiliency.

Dani loves sandwiches, literally any type of sandwich, except if it has cilantro.

Sarah Hutchison

Program Supervisor, Orange Hub

Sarah Hutchison

Program Supervisor, Orange Hub

Sarah Hutchison – or Hutch – is a Program Supervisor at Orange Hub.

She loves working at AdaptAbilities because she gets to see first-hand how extraordinary individuals with special needs are. “I am lucky to be a part of their journey and build relationships that truly help fill the gaps.”

Hutch loves anything that involves the outdoors, or her dog, Yogi-Bear. If stuck on a desert island with only three items, she would bring one person instead, her dad. She says, “He would bring everything we needed to survive. Easy answer.”

When asked what her favourite animal is, she says, “The question should be ‘Who is your favourite animal… I would choose my dog over and over again.”

Jenna Maskell

Program Supervisor, Social Nights and Weekend Respite

Jenna Maskell

Program Supervisor, Social Nights and Weekend Respite

Jenna is a Program Supervisor at AdaptAbilities. She loves her job because she likes working with the participants and her colleagues.

Jenna is a creative person, she loves painting and making Harry Potter-themed hats for her family. When not at work, you might find Jenna at her grandparent’s acreage, cuddling with their pet goats (but only if she can catch them).

Tim Jacobs

Online Producer and Online Program Supervisor

Tim Jacobs

Online Producer and Online Program Supervisor

Tim fills the role of Online Program Supervisor, which is a new position for our organization, and a very important one!

Tim joined AdaptAbilities to help innovate our organization and fill an important gap by creating online programs.

Tim is a true extrovert – recharging for him involves being around other people. If he could pick one destination, it would be Disneyland, but truthfully, he wants to go anywhere his family and friends are.

If Tim was stuck on a desert island, he would bring a film crew to document himself living in nature… he would need the video evidence because no one would believe he was there. He would also bring a cell phone and solar power battery charger so he can make entertaining tik toks while he waits for help.

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Specialist

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Specialist

All our new families get the chance to interact with Nazish, as she is our intake specialist.  The thing she enjoys most about her position is learning about all our new families. She enjoys offering hope to families and providing reassurance that AdaptAbilities is there to support them.

Nazish loves learning new things and increasing her awareness of the world. She practices this by learning new cuisine, educating herself about different cultures, even researching other animal and plant species.

It’s no surprise then, that her favourite local festival is Heritage Days!

Lisa Budden

Office Coordinator

Lisa Budden

Office Coordinator

Chances are you’ve probably spoken with our friendly administrative assistant Lisa.
Lisa is an island girl at heart. Lisa’s all-time favourite destination is her home province of Newfoundland and Labrador where she enjoys watching the ocean from her patio with a glass of wine. She is a proud Newfoundlander who will gladly share with you the famous ‘newfie’ delicacy of wings, chips, dressing and gravy.
If she could harness any superpower, Lisa would zap away any worries about the little things in life we don’t have any control over.

Lisa is a proud Newfoundlander who will gladly share with you the famous 'newfie' delicacy of wings, chips, dressing and gravy.

Ahmad Hamze

Business Administrator

Ahmad Hamze

Business Administrator

Our newest business administrator enjoys working at AdaptAbilities for its friendly environment.

Ahmad practices self-care outside of work by painting and planning his next trip to Spain.

If he was stuck on a desert island with only three items, he would make sure he has strength, will and a love of life.

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