COR’s family is comprised of a highly dedicated group of young professionals committed to creating a culture of gentleness within Saskatchewan’s disability services sector. Our diverse background, experience and education all contribute to the uniqueness of what COR is today!
Michael relocated to Canada in July 2009 to become COR’s founding Executive Director. He has completed a MA in Human Security and Peacebuilding at Royal Roads University, along with Values Based Leadership and Corporate Social Innovation graduate certificate programs. He has further completed the Effective Executive program at the University of Saskatchewan, has received his certified coaching designation, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership.
Michael is passionately committed to strengthening the disability services sector in Saskatchewan and to forge out new beginnings for the province’s most vulnerable citizens. Michael is Co-Lead of the provincial Person Centered Culture Committee and has served as a member of the Saskatchewan Disability Strategy’s Citizen Consultation Team, provincial CPP&SP Review Committee and Attraction, Retention and Compensation (ARC) Committee. Additionally, Michael is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Council on Workplace Health and Wellness and is an active member within the community serving on the Board of Directors of Service Hospitality, Gentle Teaching International (GTI) and the Caledonian Curling Club.
Certified Gentle Teaching Master Mentor
Born and raised in Regina, Jim obtained a Business Certificate and Financial Services Diploma from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He has completed the Effective Executive program at the University of Saskatchewan, Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina, along with the Values Based Leadership and Corporate Social Innovation graduate programs at Royal Roads University. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership.
Beginning his career in the financial services sector, Jim quickly realized he found greater personal satisfaction helping others through volunteering with Big Brothers of Regina. Jim began working with COR upon its inception in 2009 and has served at all levels of the organization. Jim is a certified Coach, Mandt ® Trainer and CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. He is an active member of the Gentle Teaching International and Canada community.
Associate Executive Director
Certified Gentle Teaching Master Mentor
Mandy is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), Certified Developmental Disability Nurse (CDDN) with the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association, and is a member of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS). Mandy was first introduced to COR in 2010 when she relocated to Regina and was employed as a Home Team Leader for a young man which COR supports. Mandy made a decision to leave COR to focus her efforts on completing her nursing education program, later returning in 2013 energized to assist those in the community that need additional support to succeed. Mandy continues to build upon her knowledge base in human services and health care with hopes to further her ability to promote positive community change for those with intellectual disability and a mental health diagnosis. Mandy is a certified CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor, Red Cross First Aid Instructor, safeTALK (Suicide Alertness) Instructor, The Working Mind Instructor, as well a Mental Health First Aid Canada (Basic) Instructor and Mental Health First Aid Canada – Adults Who Interact with Youth Instructor. Mandy has completed the Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina and continues her studies in trauma informed care and developmental disabilities. Mandy is currently enrolled with Douglas College furthering her Nursing Degree with the goal of becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Mental Health and completing her Masters in Public Health.
Director of Mental Health
Matt completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Health Studies degree, majoring in Adapted Physical Activity, at the University of Regina in 2011. Believing in the value of physical activity, Matt actively strives to educate and promote health and wellness among others. Matt is actively involved in coaching a variety of sports and recreational activities within the community. Matt’s natural inclination for helping people and connecting on a personal level is what drew him to COR and is what keeps him motivated and passionate to serve others. Matt strives to mentor the development of meaningful relationships among everyone at COR. Matt is a certified Instructor of Helen Sanderson and Associates (HSA Canada) Person Centred Thinking Skills and CMHA Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. He has completed the Effective Executive Program at the University of Saskatchewan, Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina, and has attained his certified coach designation.
Director of Youth Supports
Certified Gentle Teaching Master Mentor
Amanda completed a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Human Resources from the University of Regina in 2011. She then went on to obtain her Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation. Amanda brings a wealth of experience having worked at the Public Service Commission at the Government of Saskatchewan.
Family means everything to Amanda. She and her husband, Paul, live in Regina with their two young sons. Amanda is excited to be a part of the COR family and all the opportunities it will bring.
Director of People & Culture
Ben is a born and raised Saskatchewan boy who’s journey with COR began in 2015 as a home support. Ben has since served as an Assistant Home Team Leader, Teacher, Director of Storytelling, and is now the Creative Director of the COR Studio. Though family and friends brought Ben to COR, the opportunity to create real and lasting relationships with people is what inspires him to continue his journey with COR. Ben is an Arts Education graduate from the University of Regina at which point he also obtained another Bachelor Degree in Visual Art and completed the Professional Leadership Certificate Program. Ben is a certified Instructor of Helen Sanderson and Associates (HSA Canada) Person Centred Thinking Skills, a certified ColourSpectrums Facilitator and has recently achieved his certified coach designation. Ben is proud to be a life-long learner and believes that with the foundation of gentle teaching, partnered with an openness to learn, we can find the life long learner in everyone.
Creative Director – COR Studio
Certified Gentle Teaching Master Mentor
Kasey is a Registered Social Worker (RSW) through the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) through the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (ACCT). Kasey obtained a Masters of Clinical Social Work degree from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Regina. Kasey joined COR in 2014 as a home support and she quickly found that the philosophy of gentle teaching and person-centered practice fit well with her personal and professional values and beliefs. Kasey brings a wealth of experience from across the human services sector and is committed to strengthening social work practice in the disability field to enhance individual and family well-being.
Kasey is a certified trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and is currently working towards completing the University of Buffalo Trauma-Informed Care & Counselling Program. Kasey volunteers as a Social Work Mentor at Students’ Energy in Action for Regina Community Health (SEARCH), serves as a Board Member for Teddy Bears Anonymous, is a member of the Education Committee for the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers and is a Family Experience Coordinator for Build Love.
Alisha is a Registered Nurse with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurse Association (SRNA). Alisha started her journey with Creative Options Regina in 2014, as a Home Support within the organization, later moving into an Assistant Home Team Leader role. From the time Alisha joined COR, she knew this was where she wanted to further her career, as a culture of gentleness and the values of this organization align with her own personal values and beliefs. Alisha attended the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and is currently working towards becoming a certified Red Cross First Aid and CPR Instructor. Alisha is very excited and honoured to be a member of the COR Leadership Team while helping others in a profession she loves!
Mental Health Specialist
Born and raised in Regina, Andrew attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Regina. In search of a career that gave back to the community, Andrew was introduced to COR by his friend Jim. Andrew has a personal connection to the disability services sector as his uncle, Cliff, had an intellectual disability and was supported by a local community based organization. Andrew was raised with the notion that regardless of one’s ability, every person is a valued citizen and has the ability to contribute to the community in their own way. Andrew is a certified Mandt ® trainer and strives to deepen the knowledge of COR supports in Crisis Prevention and Intervention skills and techniques. Andrew has also completed the Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina and has received his certified coach designation.
Home Supports Coordinator
Brittany joined the COR family in 2013 and has held a variety of roles, including: Home Support Worker, Home Team Leader and most recently, Home Supports Coordinator. Britt takes great pride in her work and is passionate about people – particularly in building strong, healthy support teams. Britt is currently enrolled in the University of Regina’s Professional Leadership Certificate program, has recently become a certified coach and Mental Health First Aid for Seniors Instructor. In addition, Britt has also participated in the Professional Excellence for Women’s Leadership program. Self-development and self-discovery are values that Britt holds dear; her life purpose is to help others and make a difference, no matter how big or small.
Jessica relocated to Regina in 2007 to attend high school, then continued on to attend her post-secondary education at the University of Regina. Jessica completed her Bachelor of Social Work degree in December of 2015. Jessica has a love of the human services field and has been involved in various organizations since 2007 through volunteer and work experience. Jessica became a support with COR in June of 2012 and quickly embraced the philosophy of Gentle Teaching. Jessica moved into an Assistant Home Team Leader role, followed by the Home Team Leader, and most recently, Home Supports Coordinator. Jessica is working towards completing her Professional Leadership Certificate through the University of Regina, has recently received her certified coaching designation, and is a certified trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). Jessica loves to support individuals in helping them move one step closer to achieving their dreams and accomplishing their goals.
Michelle has been working and volunteering in the disability service sector for several years, joining the COR family in 2017. She has never felt more at home! Shortly after joining COR, Michelle assumed the role of Assistant Home Team Leader and quickly moved into a Home Team Leader role; with the growth of COR, she has recently stepped into a new Home Supports Coordinator position. Michelle has completed the University of Regina Professional Leadership Certificate and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Leadership Certificate program. Michelle has also taken part in the Professional Excellence for Women’s Leadership program and recently received her Certified Coach Designation. Michelle has a passion for people and focuses on building strong relationships with her teams; she enjoys helping to develop future leaders in our organization.
Lill has years of experience working in administration with the Government of Saskatchewan, before leaving to raise 4 children. Lill is an active member of the community, volunteering with numerous grassroots educational and faith based organizations in various capacities within Regina. Lill too, has been involved in the disability community for over 20 years advocating for her son for educational inclusiveness and employment opportunities. With years of life experience, Lill has a wealth of information to share with all who work at COR and proudly models the philosophy of Gentle Teaching: serving all with dignity and respect. Lill has attained an Accounting Certificate from Saskatchewan Polytechnic and has completed the Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina. Lill and her husband, Dave, are currently working to establish Regina’s first co-housing community, Prairie Spruce Commons.
Finance & Administration
Rachelle completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology majoring in Adapted Physical Activity in 2009 from the University of Regina; she is passionate about serving others and has been working in the disability services sector since 2008. Rachelle draws much of her passion from her younger brother, Justin, who inspires her daily! Rachelle was introduced to COR through her then roommate, Melissa, joining the COR family in 2017. Rachelle loves to learn and share her experience and knowledge with others.
Rachelle is a certified Mental Health First Aid (Basic) Instructor, Leadership Coach, ColourSpectrums Facilitator, and is currently enrolled in the Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina.
Learning & Development
A passion for football, family, and making a difference, Casey uses his easy-going nature and creativity to have fun in whatever he is doing! Casey brings a diversity of HR and programming experience to COR! Few days go by where he doesn’t have a smile on his face.
Employee Experience Advisor
Morianna has been actively supporting people within the disability services sector since 2008, previously working as a Registered Massage Therapist for nearly 10 years. Morianna is a certified Reiki Practitioner and is passionately dedicated to the philosophy of Gentle Teaching. Morianna encompasses a strong commitment and focus toward training supports, helping to build their capacity and increase their knowledge to effectively support the individuals COR serves. Morianna is a certified Coaching Skills Trainer through Destination Leadership and has been facilitating this program since 2018 within COR. Morianna has completed the Professional Leadership Certificate Program at the University of Regina and is a certified coach.
Mentorship & Outreach
Certified Gentle Teaching Mentor
Shannon has been supporting individuals experiencing disability and their families since 1990. Early in her career she served as Executive Director of Southwest Homes in Swift Current before moving to Regina to assume the role as Coordinator of the Regina Residential Services Co-Management Committee (RRSCC) — a single point of entry for adults seeking residential services in the Regina region. Through this role, Shannon collaborated with the Ministry of Social Services and Tim Jones, Executive Director of Saskatchewan Alternative Initiatives (Saskatoon), to expand the philosophy of Gentle Teaching within the province through the mentoring of a new organization — COR.
Shannon has a heart for serving others, creating meaningful moments and caring communities. She is married with four children, their youngest two both adopted from Haiti. Shannon and her husband, Stacey, have two grand daughters who they spend as much time as possible with. Shannon has achieved her certified coach designation and has become a certified Coaching Skills Trainer through Destination Leadership. She is thrilled to be a part of the COR family.
Mentorship & Outreach