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Allison Arai, Community Creator
Allison Arai’s passion for helping others shows through previous volunteer experiences with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Allison is a talented musician and enjoys creating music with others by playing various percussion instruments. She has a passion for art and walking with friends and family in her neighbourhood and at local recreation facilities and parks. She also appreciates a good cup of tea with friends!
Allison is part of the “strength” behind INclusion by PRESS: pressing buttons, helping to keep track of incoming orders, and creating collaborative art for our button designs. Allison creates community for Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion by starting conversations with everyone she meets, being kind to others (including four legged friends), and by helping others to appreciate and celebrate the important moments in life.
A message from Allison – My vision for Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion is that I will be able to explore Waterloo Region, make connections, build relationships, and create spaces that are welcoming for everybody.
Susan Arai, Founder & Executive Director
Susan Arai is a practitioner, researcher, and educator focused on topics such as community development, disability studies, and health and well-being. Susan has worked with disability organizations, hospitals, healthy communities initiatives, social planning councils, and community health centres in Ontario. Sue is a Registered Psychotherapist and Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. She emphasizes a relational, anti-oppressive, and mindfulness approach to practice. Sue is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. Sue’s education and training include a PhD (University of Guelph, Rural Studies), a diploma from the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, and training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. Her research interests focus on creation of intentional communities, mindfulness, trauma and mental health, therapeutic relationships, and therapeutic recreation practices (to see selected publications click here).
A message from Sue: Being involved with Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion has been a gift. I deeply appreciate the community we are creating and I have immense gratitude for the spirit, passion, and energy that everyone brings!
Kayla Haas, Coordinator
Kayla Haas completed her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Waterloo. She previously worked as a Community Inclusion and Leisure Collaborator at Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion, Kayla’s interest in creating inclusive environments began in her earlier work at Holland Bloorview Kid Rehabilitation Hospital, West Park Healthcare Centre, and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Kayla spent a term studying abroad in Leeds, England, where she had the opportunity to take courses focused on Disability Studies. Kayla has a keen sense for community-building, and brings a heartful presence and passion for the arts to Sadie’s Place.
A message from Kayla: It is my incredible honour to return to Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion as a Coordinator! I started my journey with Sadie’s Place in September 2015 as a Community Inclusion and Leisure Collaborator and experienced a huge amount of growth as part of the Sadie’s Place community. I reconnected with what it means to be a lifelong learner. I have shared and discovered new passions and gained a deeper appreciation for my favourite forms of creative expression. I reflected on what it means to develop meaningful engagement in communities. Through each of these experiences, I have been supported by incredible relationships I share with members of Sadie’s Place. I look forward to moments of learning and growth, and re-connection with/in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.
Our Board of Directors
Kim Lopez, President
A message from Kim: Forthcoming.
Carrie Greig, Vice President
Carrie Greig is a clinician and educator who works for both profit and non-profit organizations with a focus on addictions & mental health. Carrie is a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists. Her clinical approach is informed from an anti-oppressive and client-centred perspective where she introduces mindfulness into the therapeutic process. Carrie has been trained inMindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention. Carrie has worked with individuals who are seeking change in the areas of mental health and addictions, experiences of trauma, depression and anxiety, and issues related to being a member of a sexual minority group. Carrie received her Master of Arts degree from Brock University (Community Health Sciences), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Addictions (Georgian College), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph (Sociology). She also holds designation as a Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor (C.C.A.C.) with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF).
A message from Carrie: Having the opportunity to be part of the growth of Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion is exciting and hopeful. I look forward to seeing the possibilities continue to unfold for the community.
Emily Shantz, Secretary
Emily Shantz is currently studying Therapeutic Recreation in the co-operative education program at the University of Waterloo. Emily has previous work experience in different settings such as at the Wilmot Recreation Complex, Camp Mishewah, Etobicoke Outdoor Education Centre, The Waterloo Museum, The City of Cambridge, Sunnyside Home, and Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion. She enjoys a variety of recreational activities and is always open to trying new things!
A message from Emily: Accepting others is a given in life. Embracing and celebrating differences should be too! I believe that everyone has unique gifts to share and that each one of us makes a difference in the world. Through my studies and being a part of Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion, I have come to develop a greater understanding of the necessity for providing a space that includes and accepts all individuals. I support the vision 100% and look forward to further development of the organization to take place!
Emily Kornelsen, Board Member
Emily Kornelsen is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Health Studies from the University of Waterloo. Emily has a passion for community inclusion. She has experience providing inclusion support in a variety of community-based and residential settings. She enjoys working with diverse population of all ages and abilities, and working along with people to celebrate their unique gifts. Emily engages in her community through volunteerism in inclusion, public health, children’s programming, and community building. She has previously received the Blackberry Build A Village Award for youth who make a positive difference in their community. She also has experience with population level disability research focusing on access to services.
A message from Emily: I am excited to be a part of the work Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion is doing to create places in community where all individuals thrive. The focus of Sadie’s Place on relationship building, celebrating diversity, and shifting disabling language and practices resonate with me as I have seen how these help to create stronger communities.
Position currently not filled.
Lilly Broderick, Board Member
Lilly Broderick will soon complete her undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Waterloo. She previously worked as a Community Inclusion and Leisure Collaborator at Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion, the Waterloo Region Museum, and The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Lilly’s passion for creating relationships with others is reflected through her volunteer opportunities such as at The Food Bank of Waterloo Region, KidsAbility, Jack.org, Arts Abound, and Therapeutic Recreation Ontario. Lilly is part of the foundation of Sadie’s Place, she embodies the spirit of inclusion and brings a passion for the arts and community.
A message from Lilly: TI’m extremely humbled and happy to be returning to Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion in the position of Coordinator with Kayla. After being a part of the Sadie’s Place for over a year now, I’ve had the opportunity to see the organization grow: receiving non-profit and charitable status, supporting the learning of new Community Inclusion and Leisure Collaborators each term, and seeing members of the community wearing our INclusion by PRESS buttons. I’m excited to see where this new journey will take me and how I will grow in this position. Being at Sadie’s Place reminds me: to celebrate life every day, about the importance of reflective practice, to stay present in the moment, to continue to be open to lifelong learning, and to explore my passions while gaining new ones along the way! My hope is that I’ll be able to continue to hold these reminders close, and create and find ways to share the spirit of Sadie’s Place with those around me. I look forward to exploring and connecting even more with our wonderful community!