MEET THE TEAM

We offer a full suite of services for adults with disabilities in Kitchener & Waterloo

Hamilton Team

Natalie Warren

Manager of Programs & Services Hamilton

Natalie came to AIM with over fifteen years of community volunteerism in various roles with youth and seniors and has been working with individuals with special needs since her early teens. She is a Nutritionist and owns a working farm that operates day camps for youth for the past ten years. She also volunteers her animal therapy and homesteading programs as “Farmer Natalie” to long term care & seniors centres as well as schools throughout her community. Natalie worked for 10 years as a Marketing Manager and has a College Diploma in Marketing, Advertising and Business Management. She has three teenage children that have Learning Disabilities and holds a position on the Board of Directors for the Learning Disabilities Association of Hamilton Halton. Natalie has a passion for helping others and a joy for living everyday to its fullest. In her spare time she loves to cook and hike the bruce trail behind her farm, she’s also a craft-a-holic and shows dogs and pigs with her children.

Emily

Direct Support Professional

Emily is passionate about equality, inclusion and advocating. She strive to make sure everyone feels safe, welcomed and appreciated every day! Emily began working in the Developmental field while in highschool. She started out in Cambridge at a summer camp called FunDayz and fell in love with the career! Since then she has completed the Social Service Worker program at Mohawk College and has worked in many different adult group homes, as well as some co-op placements with the Cambridge Food Bank, Langs Community Center and a youth homeless shelter. In her spare time she loves to go camping or hiking with her two dogs Dexter and Renna. And if she’s not out in nature you can find her curled up on the couch with her cat, a good book and a nice cup of tea.

Cambridge team

Ben

Manager of Programs & Services

Ben came to Adults in Motion with 12 years of passion and dedication to recreation programming, inclusion support, and recreational activities. Ben has completed 2 college Diplomas, one in Outdoor Adventure Tourism and another in Recreation and Leisure.  Throughout his career, he has taken many opportunities to deliver his recreational skills as a Regional Recreation Director in Newfoundland, and even locally as Inclusion Support for surrounding municipalities. In his spare time, Ben is a proud father of 2, and spends most of his time enjoying his family and friends! Ben is always eager to have conversations with participants and their families, so if you see him, don’t be shy and say ‘Hello!’

Nicole

Direct Support Professional Cambridge

Nicole joined the Adults in Motion Team with over 17 years of experience in the Recreation and Leisure field. She graduated from the Recreation and Leisure program at Conestoga College in 2007. Nicole has many years experience in Long Term Care as a Program Aide but has also worked on a Cruise Ship on the program team! Nicole loves working with people and is a social butterfly! She loves music, the outdoors, and enjoys traveling with her husband. Nicole has always had a passion to work with seniors and adults and continues to expand her horizons and work within a community that is ever-growing and changing. Making community connections and building from those relationships is important to Nicole and helps her advocate for the community that she supports. Nicole is proud to be part of the Adults in Motion Team and can’t wait to see what the future holds for all participants and their families!

Claire

Direct Support Professional Cambridge

Claire is a graduate of the Therapeutic Recreation Program at the University of Waterloo. She joined the team excited and enthusiastic about creating programs where individuals feel inspired and empowered. Claire gained valuable experience working and volunteering in nature therapy, long term care, and retirement settings. Through these experiences she learned to be adaptable and create programs that bring feelings of belonging and connection. She loves traveling, the outdoors, and music and deeply enjoys sharing these passions with Adults in Motion. Claire is a proud team member and is committed to using her gifts to support and bring joy to the program and participants.

Kitchener-Waterloo Team

Stephanie F

Manager of Programs & Services Kitchener

Stephanie came to AIM with 15+ years of experience in the social services field and also has an autistic brother. Stephanie has a Psychology/Sociology University degree and a diploma in Early Childhood Education. Even before her younger brother was born Stephanie had an interest in working with individuals with developmental disabilities. 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 Adults in Motion participants for almost 20 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.

Stephanie E

Direct Support Professional Kitchener

Stephanie is a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in Psychology. Stephanie came to Adults in Motion with experience as a Recreational Therapist within the Region of Waterloo and working in long term care within Cambridge. Stephanie always knew she loved working with people and helping others! Being close with her nephew with ASD further ignited her passion to help others and find effective support. Stephanie showcases her creativity through her love of music, playing the ukulele, traveling and crafting. Stephanie brings her passion, enthusiasm and knowledge in working with such AIMazing participants!

Brian

Direct Support Professional Kitchener

Brian came to Adults in Motion with over 20 years of experience in the social work field. While attending University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology Major, Brian also experienced living with a nephew that was born with special needs who was cared for in his family home. This experience led him to seek a caregiver role as weekend counsellor and relief staff member at KW Habilitation. After graduating he pursued his career at Elmira District for Community Living (EDCL) as a job coach, then moved onto their supported employment coordinator. To further his experience, he became a manager of an independent living home, assisted living home and respite services for EDCL. For the last fourteen years Brian has worked as a rehabilitation support worker for Bartimaeus Rehab assisting individuals who have suffered an Acquired Brain Injury. In this role Brian supported his clients by providing opportunities to return to some pre-accident recreation, education and community reintegration. While growing up Brian spent many summers as a camper, leader-in-training and later as a counsellor at Camp Tawingo. This, along with his work history has enabled Brian to see the importance of providing meaningful programs offering a social and fun experience for all.

Oakville Team

Shayna

Manager of Programs & Services Kitchener

Shayna excitedly joined Adults in Motion with her degree in Child and Youth Care from Humber college and her post-graduate in Brain Disorders Management from Mohawk College. With experience in afterschool programs, camp counselling and years in the hospitality industry, she has a passion for research, advocacy and support for individuals within the field of mental health, addictions and brain disorders. Shayna strives to approach every experience with a strengths-based, anti-racist, anti-oppresive, feminist framework ensuring each individual she supoorts with can truly be themselves. With personal interests in health, wellness, self-awareness and meditation, Shayna appreciates and encourages a well-balanced and rewarding lifestyle.

Kery

Direct Support Professional Kitchener

Kery came to Adults in Motion with a passion for the arts and a diverse background in yoga, psychotherapy, and community support. Kery was born in the maritimes but spent most of her life as an army brat moving around the world. She first attended a Yoga Teacher Training program when she was 17 with a focus on Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation. Kery is a graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Kery has a passion for education and has attended a variety of programs and workshops in the social service field surrounding facilitation and support for both physical and mental health needs. She is currently completing her thesis work at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute to complete her studies as a Certified Art Therapist/Psychotherapist candidate. She completed many practicum hours in adolescent, adult, and senior mental health inpatient units across Ontario. She has worked in many different environments like shelters, community non for profits, camps, hospital committees and residential living. Mindfulness practices and meditation have been centric in both her Art Therapy and yoga practices which she enjoys sharing with others. Kery brings a wealth of world experiences which she incorporates into her programming and collaboration with others.

Shelby

Direct Support Professional Kitchener

Shelby comes to Adults in Motion Oakville with some serious creativity and passion. Having worked 3 years as Direct Support Professional in a day habilitation setting, she truly loves what her work. She uses her boundless creativity to create engaging and exciting programming and her patience, compassion, and understanding to help the individuals she supports to be their best and most authentic selves! In her free time, Shelby enjoys spending time doing one of her many hobbies including (but surely not limited to) baking, costume making, crocheting, painting, and spending time in nature.

magic ratio

5:1

Qualifying Criteria: As a community active program with a 5:1 participant to staff ratio, Adults In Motion can support individuals who: can travel safely in small supervised groups throughout the community, are generally independent in the washroom, and who do not have aggressive or disruptive behaviours. *See COVID Safeguards below for more current safety criteria.

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