Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Team
Inspired by the parents who founded Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region, we believe it is important to put the person first.
Our experienced team work in a thoughtful and professional way, to serve the people we support and our community. Our innovative perspective and commitment to the work we do is at the centre of our organization.
Meet our staff, send a friendly hello, and find out more about Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region.
Since the first day he started working alongside EAFWR to co-found the KW Library of Things in 2017, Devon has developed a strong appreciation for how community-based organizations can address complex social issues.
Devon completed his Master’s in Community Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and now works as Definity Financial Corporation’s Sustainability Integration Manager where he catalyzes social and environmental initiatives. Devon has previously served on the Board of Laurier Students’ Public Interest Research Group and continues to find ways to build community.
Daisy joined EAFWR’s Board of Directors in 2018. She wanted to contribute to a community that has embraced her family by giving back to an organization she feels embodies the values she is passionate about – community, inclusion and dignity for all.
Daisy has her Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and has Project Management Professional accreditation. She has been active in the community through various roles, including champion United Way within her workplace, Co-chair to the HopeSpring Dinner event, events Chair for the local PMP chapter and Global Women’s Alliance Professional Development Chair at work.
She and her family have been a part of the KW community since 1997 and are proud to call KW home.
Personally and professionally, Ryan is a strong and passionate community-builder who believes in celebrating every individual’s unique contributions and achievements. Committed to community-building, Ryan works every day to create safe and inclusive spaces for productive and transformational dialogue. With strong facilitation and strategic thinking as a foundation, Ryan uses humour, creativity, and insight to help individuals and groups move forward collaboratively.
Ryan supports a father who lost the ability to walk unaided over ten years ago, and a mother diagnosed with amnesia as a result of an acquired brain injury. Ryan believes that it is “one’s environment and not abilities that create a disability”.
Ryan is the Director of Overlap’s Innovation Programs, whose proficiencies include human-centered design competencies rooted in empathy, applying foresight/futures methodologies for long-term planning, transforming organizational culture and design, including executive coaching, group facilitation and mediation, IT, strategic advocacy planning and relationship management. Ryan has been contributing his strengths to the Board since June 2020.
After being impressed with the work he saw as a member of the EAFWR Finance Committee for just one year, Rodney joined the Board of Directors in June 2023. Rodney brings a wealth of finance and accounting knowledge as well as years of previous board and governance experience with CGA – Ontario, Centre in the Square and Kitchener Wilmot Hydro. Rodney strongly believes in giving back to his community and was driven to volunteer with EAFWR after witnessing his daughter access our services for his grandson. Rodney is enjoying retirement from his position as founder and CEO of Goetz & Dunbar, Professional Corporation, CPA’s and looks forward to being involved in succession planning and learning more about the organization’s operations as a whole.
Adnan joined the Board in 2021, with a desire to participate resulting from his experience with EAFWR and our collective mission and vision of community development and greater inclusion. As the African proverb goes, “it takes a village to raise a child” and Adnan believes that it is the ideational understanding of what constitutes a village (society) that is central and where everyone has to play a part based on her/his capabilities.
Adnan holds a Master’s degree in Global Governance and is currently a Data Analyst for the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Adnan’s skills and experiences include governance, strategic planning, public policy, data analysis, advocacy and leadership. Adnan has also been part of developing survey methodologies and collecting primary data. In his professional career, Adnan learned that advocacy becomes that much more potent if you have the right data, and that having policies and strategies that build strong governance and advocacy models enhance stakeholder confidence.
Prior to joining the Board in June 2023, Angela already had a relationship with EAFWR through supports provided for her daughter. EAFWR’s vision to live fully in a community where everyone belongs and is valued for their contributions, along with her qualification as a CPA, are what drew Angela into wanting to volunteer with EAFWR in a finance-related capacity. Angela is the Director of Business Services and Infrastructure at the Kitchener Public Library (KPL) and is a member of their Accessibility Plan Committee, which works to identify, remove, and prevent barriers to accessibility in all KPL locations. Angela wants to help create a world where people are seen as enabled, not disabled.
Christopher joined the Board in June 2023 because of a desire to contribute back to the organization that has helped his family after a child was diagnosed with autism. Now that his children are older, Christopher is excited to have the opportunity to impact people’s lives in a meaningful way. Christopher has his Master of Business Administration from McMaster University and a bachelor degree in Financial Economics. Christopher has worked in product management in Waterloo at a number of different tech companies. He is looking forward to learning from peers on the Board and growing in his new role.
Elizabeth has been a police officer since 1999 and currently holds the role of Superintendent of the Professional Development and Organizational Culture Division within the Waterloo Regional Police Service. Elizabeth is passionate about respect, inclusion and belonging and became a director with EAFWR in June 2022. Within WRPS, Elizabeth’s work focuses on professionalism and building strong organizational culture which values and prioritizes respect, trust and resiliency, all while remaining accountable to the Community. Elizabeth has volunteered with many organizations, including the United Way and Ontario Special Olympics.
Malika joined the Board in June 2022 with a passion to volunteer and give back to the community. As a parent of a child with a disability, Malika has first-hand experience, understanding something of the journey many of our families are on. She has been involved with EAFWR for several years. Malika works part time as an occasional supply teacher and is currently working towards enhancing her teaching career. She brings with her prior Board experience, and has volunteered with many organizations, including KidsAbility and Muslim Social Services in Waterloo Region.
Marisa joined the Board in June 2022, but has volunteered with EAFWR since 2021 as a member of the Human Resources Committee. Marisa is a Digital Transformation Director at Manulife, and her expertise includes risk management, project planning/execution, and leadership. Marisa joined EAFWR because the values and vision truly resonate with her, and her strong team/leadership skills can make an impact. She believes community belonging is important and is passionate about helping others.
Melissa joined the Board in 2021 with enthusiasm and experience in advocacy, fundraising, policy development, and risk management. Melissa has a daughter with a developmental disability and seeks to break down the barriers throughout all aspects of society that have impacted her family and others’ ability to fully belong and participate in the community. A former educator and a current member of Waterloo Regional Police Service, Melissa sees communication, education, and collaboration as essential pieces to building an inclusive and healthy community.
Sigrid joined the Board in 2021, after having lived several years in Brazil with her family. While abroad, she became engaged in advocating for families with children living with disabilities following the lead of her daughter’s diagnosis. She later was elected a parents’ representative with the Board of the Public Institution that her daughter was attending.
Upon returning to the region, she was introduced to EAFWR and identified immediately with its people, values, and ideals. Sigrid profoundly believes that we all have something to contribute to building a welcoming and strong community. Advocating with different communities and families to ensure that we are all able to recognize ourselves in our community is a very important step in this process.
Director of Services
Director of Operations
Director of Human Resources
Administration Team and Finance
ISP and Resource Assistant
Community Engagement Team
Community Engagement & Communications Specialist
Community Engagement and Event Specialist
Community Engagement & Communications Specialist
Impact and Development Specialist
Community Participation Supports and Resource Coordinator
FamilyHome & Supported Independent Living Team Lead
Creating Community Circles Coordinator
Neha Mariam Sunil
Mikaela Vander Loo
Program Manager, FamilyHome
Program Manager, Special Services at Home & Intake
Program Manager, Medically Fragile, Technologically Dependent (MFTD) & Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS)
Manager, Community Programs
Program Manager, Community Development
Program Manager, Passport
Recruitment and Training
Training & Organizational Development Coordinator
Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator
Human Resources Projects Specialist
Recruitment and Volunteer Coordinator
Community Participation Services Manager
Community Participation Services Team Lead
Community Participation Services Facilitator
Haela Von Hatten-Baer