Alberta Disability Workers Association
Building a Valued, Proud & Professional Workforce
Board & Committees

ADWA Board

Shauna Pilipchuk - President

Shauna was on the ground floor of the formation of ADWA. She has dedicated tremendous time and energy in the workings of the board, including heading up the certification pilot project. She has taught at MacEwan University since the 1990s. As the current president, with a strong commitment for our voice to be heard, she will continue the mission and goals of the board as ADWA works towards professionalizing and standardizing the disability workforce.

Alex Stoye - Vice-President

Alex Stoye is a longstanding member of ADWA and has been a board member for 3 years. He has worked in the sector since 2008 and is currently the Human Resources Officer at MirkaCare Services in Edmonton. He has been a strong voice for fair compensation in this sector and his many connections on committees and councils assists in ensuring this issue remains top of mind.

Janet Roy – Secretary/Treasurer

Janet has worked in this field since 1993, starting as a front-line worker, becoming a supervisor, and moving on to her current position as Project Manager for the Camrose Association for Community Living in Central Alberta. She is currently a member of the Central Behaviour Management Advisory Group and the Camrose Community Behaviour Resource Committee.

Alyssa Deutscher

Alyssa works for MirkaCare Services Inc. as a team lead, Mandt and Positive Behaviour Supports trainer, and complex behaviour supports administrator. Alyssa started in the field when she was 18 years old. She completed a Social Work diploma at MacEwan University in 2014 and is a registered social worker. Alyssa  values the work done to enhance professionalism in our sector and advocate for fair compensation for our workforce. “ADWA allows Community Support Workers’ voices to be heard.”

Virginia Sebby

Virginia has a background in Health-Care, Mental Health, and Counselling Psychology and has worked in various Health Care and Social Service organizations in Australia and Canada. She refers to herself as a “tenacious truth-seeker” and chose to be on the ADWA board as a way to give back to her community and profession. She brings knowledge, technical expertise, and enthusiasm to the board.

Michelle Cole

Michelle has supported ADWA since its inception. She has 20-years experience in the disability sector and is currently the chair of the Disability Studies program at Bow Valley College in Calgary. Her background in education and many connections has proven beneficial to ADWA and will only continue to get stronger with her participation on the board.

Paige McCann Sauter

Paige has worked in the sector since the early 1990s. She is currently the Executive Director at Ability Resource Association in Lethbridge. She has been a member of ADWA since it was formed and she is a passionate supporter of the valuable and important work being done by Disability Support Workers. She has advocated for the recognition of our skilled workforce and for fair compensation for their professionalism and commitment.

Wendy Fuglsang

Wendy has worked in the disability services sector since the mid 1980’s. She has occupied positions including Direct Service Worker, Behaviour Specialist, FSCD Worker, Early Intervention Coordinator, Residential Coordinator, and is currently serving as the Human Resources Manager at Rehoboth. Wendy’s interest in ADWA is fueled by the belief that disability service work is under-valued and that a collective association will influence change.

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ADWA Committees

ADWA Committees are made up of selected board members, other interested ADWA members and invited experts. If you have interest and skill relevant to the work of a committee and wish to volunteer your time and energy, please contact us at info@adwa.ca.

Certification Committee – The Certification Committee guides the development of ADWA’s certification process and core competency standards and sets directions for the implementation process.

Governance Committee – The Governance Committee develops policies and ensures the structure and processes of the organization function effectively. The Governance Committee now also manages the annual board nominations process, vets and educates candidates about board member responsibilities and conducts board elections.

External Relations Committee – The External Relations Committee develops strategy around advocacy with elected, appointed and employed members of the provincial government, educational institutions, other professional associations and organizational partners.

Finance Committee – The Finance Committee presents a draft budget for submission to the board, reviews monthly actuals, discusses and makes recommendations regarding decisions related to the finances of ADWA, e.g., banking and investment instruments.

Membership Committee – The Membership Committee develops strategies to recruit new members, retain current members and engage the membership of ADWA. This includes making recommendations to the board on ways to promote membership, advises the board on membership needs, and partners with other committees, as appropriate, on matters of common interest.