Rose – Program Staff
Rose came to AIM with 25+ years in the Health Care field, starting off as a Pharmacy Technician and then moving onto providing private care as a Personal Support Worker. Rose worked in Long Term Care facilities for many years where she thrived in Special Care units with Alzheimer’s patients.
Rose also worked at Independent Living of Waterloo Region where she specialized in Retirement and Outreach. Rose presently works weekends at a group home for individuals with special needs in the KW area and cares for a gentleman privately as well.
Rose’s main focus is AIM and the participants. She loves coming to work every day, and the participants are always happy to see her. Rose is looking forward to growing with AIM, and continuing to be a great support to all AIM Participants!
Stephanie – Program Staff
Stephanie came to AIM with 15+ years of experience in the social services field and also has a brother with special needs. Stephanie has a Psychology/Sociology University degree and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Even before her little brother was born Stephanie had an interest in working with individuals with special needs. Stephanie has supported individuals in group homes, day programs, camps, and 1:1 support in the community. She has even been friends with a couple AIM participants for over 13 years! Stephanie also volunteered at Grand River Hospital and acted as an evening supervisor for KW’s Out of The Cold program for over 6 years. In November 2013, Stephanie received Extend-A-Family’s “Individual Inclusion Award” for an ‘I Choose Dignity’ video she made, along with being an advocate for individuals with special needs in our community. Stephanie is so happy to be a part of the AIM team and is committed to providing exceptional support to the participants.
Kristen – Program Staff
Kristen came to AIM with 8 years experience as a personal support worker and 2 years as a Primary Case Manager with Community Living. Kristen’s areas of support was in the Independent Living Supports Program where she taught life skills, community awareness, job coaching, personal centered planning and participating with Special Olympics floor hockey. Over the years, Kristen has volunteered at orphanages located in Peru, the local food bank, various long term facilities, and most recently with the Region of Waterloo’s Community Alzheimer Program and Respite Services. As a health and safety liaison of 5 years, Kristen looks forward to recruiting some AIMazing participants and creating an AIM Health and Safety committee. Kristen is excited to join the AIM Family and providing her compassionate support on the journey ahead.