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 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 occupied.

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich Horning

Director of Development and Communications

Rich Horning, Director of Communications and Fund Development at Adaptabilities loves hiking in a forest and hopes one day to visit the UK. 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. Self-care is going for walks, listening to music, getting enough sleep and prayer. The one meal he loves is pizza because there are a lot of varieties!  Art Walk on Whyte Ave is his favorite Edmonton Festival. He loves watching shows like Chicago Med and The Crown.

Richard is our Director of Development and Communications

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

Kellie Steele

Executive Assistant

Kellie Steele is Michelle’s right hand. She loves working at AdaptAbilities since it helps individuals with special needs develop essential life skills and gives caregivers a chance to take a break. Reading, walking and meditation are her avenues for self-care. Telepathy is a superpower she would love to have. Her favorite festival in Edmonton is Heritage Days. She enjoys the unconditional love of her dog and watching the Amazing Race Canada.

Nancy Xu

Financial Controller

Nancy Xu

Financial Controller

Adaptabilities’ Finance Manager, Nancy Xu loves singing and playing ping-pong and would love to travel to the Amazon rainforest. At AdaptAbilities, she enjoys working with other passionate and enthusiastic teammates. Self-care to Nancy means connecting with nature, inhaling fresh air, growing veggies and flowers, getting enough sleep, eating healthy food every day and enjoying a good laugh. She hopes someday we’ll have a cure for all diseases, then no one would suffer from any disease. Monkeys are her favorite, because they are cute and smart besides being the main horoscope animal in her family.

Larry Scarbeau

Program Manager

Larry Scarbeau

Program Manager

Larry Scarbeau, our Program Manager, is a great addition to the AdaptAbilities team.  He appreciates that the team atmosphere is based on mutual respect and willingness to help each other succeed.

Larry’s favourite animal is a dog, particularly poodles for their intelligence, loyalty and the fact that they are easy to train!

As a fan of cars and trucks, Larry enjoys building replica models of his favourites. Larry practices self-care by reading, spiritual meditation, and personal reflection. If he had a superpower, he would choose faithfulness.

Larry enjoys fishing which comes in handy since he would have BBQ salmon for his choice of meal for the rest of time and enjoys travelling to Vancouver Island.

Caitlin Riddoch

Program Manager

Caitlin Riddoch

Program Manager

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.

If Caitlin had a superpower, she would want to be able to teleport around the world.

Crystal Drader

Service Planning Manager

Crystal Drader

Service Planning Manager

Crystal is a wonderful Service Planning Manager.

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

She thoroughly enjoys working with her colleagues and is always enthused by how ‘dedicated to enhancing the lives of participants’ they are.

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 chasing waterfalls and hiking to new mountain peaks.

Chiazo Osakwe

Human Resources Generalist

Chiazo Osakwe

Human Resources Generalist

Chiazo loves to be part of a team that impacts others and improves their quality of life! She runs the day to day HR functions at AdaptAbilities and keeps our team running smoothly.

She is a big advocate for self-care and her overall health and wellness! She makes sure she is consistent with her health routine by exercising regularly, eating nutritious meals, and getting the rest she needs.

Chiazao adores the lioness because they not only provide for their pack, they also protect! She is always looking to help others, in fact, if she had any superpower, she would have the power to make sure no one went to bed hungry.

Chiazo’s is a reader in her spare time and her go-to TV show is “Law and Order.” If she had to only eat one meal for the rest of her life it would be mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce – everyday would feel like the holidays!

 

Wale Owolabi

Financial Accountant

Wale Owolabi

Financial Accountant

Wale Owolabi, is Adaptabilities’ new Financial Accountant!

Wale is truly a caring person as he wishes he could have the ability to heal the world of all sickness.

Wale enjoys movies, ping pong, and travelling when he has the chance, especially to Dubai! Wale finds the importance in self- care by eating healthy (specifically rice and chicken) and ensuring he gets enough rest every day.

Wale would be fine stuck on an island if he had his phone for music, granola bars to eat and a novel in hand.

Of all the festivals in Edmonton, Wale is a fan of the Heritage Festival.

Jennifer Darch

Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Darch

Communications Coordinator

Jennifer Darch, our Communications Coordinator, is an avid reader that enjoys a good story. Jenn loves the idea that she can journey around the world through the pages she reads.

When she doesn’t have her head in a book, Jenn can be found exploring Edmonton’s food cuisine. As a breakfast enthusiast, she would love to have breakfast all the time if Eggs Benedict are on the menu!

Jenn enjoys attending festivals throughout the city and experiencing all the fun the city has to offer. Her favourite? The Fringe

Jill Hlady

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist

Jill Hlady

Talent Acquisition and Development Specialist

Jill is committed to AdaptAbilities’ purpose and values because she’s excited about changing people’s lives and feels honoured to be a part of that.

Her favourite hobby is Karaoke and, while she says she’s terrible at it, she loves it! As far as travel goes, she’s excited to go anywhere there’s a beach. She loves pizza and, if she were stuck on a desert island (along with hoping there’s a beach!) she’d want her cell phone, a hammock, and wine.

In terms of a superpower, Jill would love to time hop. Her favourite festival in Edmonton is Taste of Edmonton, and her favourite animal is the wolf because they are so majestic.

Binge watching? Yes, that would be Grey’s Anatomy.

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.

Coleen Eiman

Program Supervisor, In Home Child

Coleen Eiman

Program Supervisor, In Home Child

Coleen Eiman, one of our Program Supervisors, loves seeing the impact of meaningful support to the participants and families at AdaptAbilities.

In her spare time, Coleen loves picking up a psychological thriller to read or enjoying the great outdoors with a hike. Coleen’s favourite travel destination is Italy, particularly in Venice!

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

Christina Schofield, our Behavioral Support Coordinator loves buying chocolate at Dollarama. Her eyes light up as she speaks about travelling the world. Her passion for supporting others reflects in her work at AdaptAbilities. She enjoys eating Oreo McFlurries and hopes someday she can cut onions without crying. Her most loved festival in Edmonton is the Cariwest festival.

Remy Haynes

Program Supervisor, In Home Adult

Remy Haynes

Program Supervisor, In Home Adult

Remy Haynes is our In Home Supervisor.

Remy’s favourite travel destination is the beautiful St. Vincent & the Grenadines. If she were stuck on a desert island with only three items, she would bring shelter, a boat, and machete; Remy is quite practical!

In her spare time, Remy enjoys watching Anime and reading. During Festival Season in Edmonton, she loves attending the Cariwest Festival.

Currently binge watching? Lovecraft Country

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.”

Megan Scott

Program Supervisor, McKernan Centre

Megan Scott

Program Supervisor, McKernan Centre

Bio coming soon!

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, and has spearheaded AdaptAbilities’ creative online programming.

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.

As Online Program Supervisor, Tim has spearheaded AdaptAbilities' creative online programming.

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Specialist

Nazish Jabeen

Intake Specialist

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

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

It’s no surprise then, that her favorite 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 business administrator Ahmad is efficient and 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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