Our board of directors is comprised of a carefully selected group of individuals who come from a variety of education and employment backgrounds. Board members are chosen based on the perspective and talents they can contribute, and are charged with the responsibility of acting as the governing body of Creative Options Regina (COR) to ensure the organization’s philosophy, goals, mission and vision are met.
Kevan is a one-of-a-kind leader that has built a higher level of human stewardship in some of Canada‘s Top 100 companies. His unique and innovative programs have gained both national and international acclaim, and in 2012 he was named one of Canada’s Top Diversity Influencer’s.
Over the past 15+ years, Kevan has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, bringing Executive level experience to the Affective Consulting skill set. His passion for leadership, customer service and corporate culture has lead him to develop a more human approach to organizational development. This approach has allowed him to be highly successful in leading teams and develop corporate strategies in organizations like SaskTel, the Public Service of Saskatchewan and the Elks of Canada.
Kevan is the former Chair of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, is a member of the Canadian Association for Supported Employment and an Advisory Council member of the home-grown initiative 4to40, which engages local employers to consider job customization for employees with disabilities.
John is the Chief Executive Officer of the Regina and District Foodbank. He has an MBA from the Kenneth Levene Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina. He has supplemented his education with strategic planning and performance measurement studies with George Washington University. He is passionate about innovating the way non-profits demonstrate their impact on the communities they serve and has been extensively involved in strategic planning with many non-profit and for-profit organizations in Regina.
John is passionate about the benefits of inclusion for our community and has been a longstanding member of the 4to40 Advisory Council. At each stop in his professional journey he has implemented and supported both work placements and programs that promote inclusion.
Nicole is a Senior Consultant in KPMG’s Regina Advisory Services practice. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting, and received the Dean’s Medal for her graduating class. Nicole also holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and recently passed the Cumulative Final Exam (CFE) as part of the Chartered Professional Accountants program. She has experience delivering a variety of consulting and financial engagements including business process improvement, governance and approaches, and internal and external audits. Nicole enjoys being involved in the community and is currently the President of the Hill School of Business Alumni Association.
Karolayna is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse hailing from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She currently works full-time as a Community Mental Health Nurse for the Saskatchewan Health Authority in Moose Jaw, and moonlights on the acute psychiatric inpatient unit at the Wigmore Regional Hospital. Karolayna is an alumnus of the University of Regina (2009) with a BA (Hons.) in Psychology and BA in Justice Studies, having completed her Honours thesis research on the experiences of women in policing. Karolayna graduated from the Psychiatric Nursing Diploma Program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in 2012, and convocated from the Bachelor of Science in Psychiatric Nursing degree completion program at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC in 2017.
Karolayna is passionate about the disability community; an interest developed over four years spent working at Valley View Centre. She is interested in the places where mental illness and disability intersect, and how to best serve people living with both in the community. Karolayna strives to be an advocate for supporting those with disabilities within the mental health system. She is a creative thinker and natural leader who believes in the power of humour to connect with others.
Tia is a Sgt. with the Regina Police Service. She is based out of the Regina Children’s Justice Center (RCJC) and currently works as RPS’ first Canine Assisted Response and Education (CARE) officer with Accredited Justice Facility Dog Merlot. The RCJC is an integrated unit consisting of child protection workers and police officers who investigate allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children and vulnerable persons. Tia and Merlot assist primarily with children and vulnerable adults during Police interviews, testimony in court and work closely with Victim Services and Victim Witness Specialists.
Tia has a certificate in Rehabilitation Work from SIAST and a Bachelor’s of Education degree from the University of Regina.
Marc is a partner with the Saskatchewan law firm of Kanuka Thuringer LLP in their Regina office. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce (2004) and Bachelor of Law (2005), and most recently completed a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Regina (2014). Marc has a history of community involvement with non-profit organizations like the Saskatchewan Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs (SYPE), Regina Red Sox, CPHR Saskatchewan, Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, and others. He was recognized as a Future 40 under 40 by CBC Saskatchewan in 2013 for his contributions to the business community. Marc was a regular advisor to COR and is excited to be a part of the board of directors.
Daniel is a Charted Professional Accountant with the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority (SLGA). He received his Bachelor of Business Administration (2010) from the University of Regina with a major in Accounting. Daniel has spent the last decade working in a variety of accounting positions within public sector organizations that include: SaskTel and SaskPower. With a strong desire to give back to his community, Daniel is an active volunteer and is involved with a number of local organizations. Daniel believes that COR is doing amazing things in the community to build and promote an inclusive culture and is excited at the opportunity to be a part of COR’s Board of Directors.
Whitney has over 12 years of experience working in government, with the majority of her time spent in Human Resources. She has extensive knowledge on developing and implementing strategies, programs and policies. Whitney has developed corporate training programs, managed budgets and developed leadership programs. In 2020, Whitney chose to pursue her passion and life-long dream of becoming a police officer. She was hired with the Regina Police Service as a Constable.
Whitney places a high importance on giving back to the community and volunteering. She is enthusiastic about the innovative approach and philosophy embedded in COR’s roots. She is excited to share her knowledge and be part of COR’s Board of Directors.
Jennifer received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and began a career in the public sector working at various entities across all branches of government including the Provincial Auditor of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Finance, Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority and most recently at SaskPower. Jennifer is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Regina.
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