Community Living Atikokan’s team of dedicated people inspire self-awareness, promote belonging and facilitate a sense of community. Whether it’s through the methods they use, the relationships they cultivate or the smiles they share, they help individuals feel safe, welcomed, cared for, engaged and included. Their confidence, willingness to work hard, and commitment make up the very foundation of CLA, and it is this team of devoted people that has driven ‘real’ change.
Here are the people that inspire success, confidence and hope in each of us:
Melissa has worked for CLA since 2011, the first seven years as a frontline worker and in 2018 she joined the Leadership team. She obtained her Developmental Services Worker diploma through Loyalist College in 2015. In her free time, Melissa enjoys spending time with family & friends, reading, crafting and being in the outdoors whether at camp or on the lake.
Babes has been employed with CLA for 30+ years. Working as the Support Services Supervisor for 3 years now, she previously was a Direct Support Professional. Babes is a wife, mother (to 3 young men) and grandmother to (3 girls and 2 boys). Her favorite summer place is her camp, this is where she goes to get grounded (“my happy place”). Her favorite winter activity is a tropical vacation. She has a great sense of humor and loves to hear people laugh. Laughter is the best medicine.
Christie has been working at Community Living Atikokan for over 25 years. She started as a summer student in 1993, then once she obtained her DSW Diploma in 1994, was hired on as full-time. She is dedicated and passionate about the work we do. She believes that everyone belongs and has something to contribute. A good day for her is when she had the opportunity to brighten someone’s day or made them laugh. When not at work, Christie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves nature and the outdoors with camping, fishing and snowmobiling being her favorites. If she were a food she would be a jelly donut because she is a little round and full of ooey gooey goodness inside.
Jim has worked at CLA since 2009. Having a family member with a developmental disability connected him to this work. He believes a successful day is when we’ve made a difference. He is committed to the community and enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons. His escapes are outdoor activities including fishing and walking the dog. Jim’s goal is that the community sees the people we support for what they can contribute and not for what they need.
Tina has been with Community Living Atikokan since 2001. She began her career as a placement student and graduated from the Developmental Services Worker Program in 2003. She worked her way to management in 2010 and is a proud recipient of the Academic Award of Excellence. She attributes her success to the many great sector leaders who have inspired her, and to her CLA team of devoted professionals. Her passions include singing with her band ‘Country Rewind,’ her work with CLA, and spending time with friends and family!