Elyse – Program Staff
Elyse comes to AIM with over ten years of experience in the social services field. She began as a volunteer for Kid’s Ability where she first discovered her passion for supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Elyse went on to complete her diploma in Recreation and Leisure Studies and her Bachelor of Arts in Therapeutic Recreation. She has enjoyed gaining one-on-one experience while working with Extend-A-Family as well as in group homes, long-term care facilities and day programs around the region. Elyse has lived in two l’Arche communities where she enjoyed fully immersing herself in the day-to-day of community inclusion. While working with the Canucks Autism Network she implemented recreation and skill building opportunities for individuals with Autism living in the lower-mainland of British Columbia. Elyse is very excited to join the AIM team and looks forward to sharing in meaningful experiences with the AIM participants. *Elyse is currently a staff at the AIM Kitchener program and is looking forward to AIM Cambridge opening this spring!
Rachel – Program Staff
Rachel is coming to AIM with over 13 years in Social Service field. Rachel graduated from Conestoga College’s Human Services Program and continued on to graduate from Social Service Worker Diploma Program. From an early age Rachel knew she wanted to get into a helping profession and began Candy Striping for St Luke’s Retirement Home after school in grade 8. Rachel has gained valuable experience through many volunteer and placement positions within Waterloo Region including the Life Skills program at Waterloo Collegiate High School, Haven House Women’s Shelter, St Elizabeth Day care, KidsLINK and Aldaview Services Day Program. Through these experiences, Rachel was able to discover that her passion was working with individuals with developmental disabilities and, after graduating, was hired on as a Residential Counselor and later changing roles to Primary Direct Support Worker. Rachel is excited to start her new journey with AIM and all of their AIMazing participants!