Meet The Management Team
Kevin began his work with Community Inclusions June of 2001, June 11th to be exact.
Prior to this Kevin was a Youth Employment Counselor for a couple of years and prior to that he worked with youth aged 18-30 with a program called Youth Opportunities that began in the fall of 1998. Prior to this Kevin worked in a number of roles, mainly managerial.
Kevin graduated from UPEI back in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts, with a Major in Psychology. In 1998 he became a Certified Life Skills Coach through Holland College,1998. He also has a number of business related courses. Completing the Business Management Program (for university and college grads) through the former Western Development Corporation in 1994.
Kevin has always enjoyed working with and for people and being in leadership roles while doing this.
Office Manager - Finance
Joanie’s career at Community Inclusions Ltd. was launched as a reconstruction project in 2015 at the current location of Maple House Bakery Café.
Learning of Joanie’s past skills with Special Needs individuals, in July of 2016, she was offered a relief position as Residential Community Support worker. Within the year, she would fulfill Job Coaching duties at the Café. In September of 2016, she received a full-time position as Café Attendant at Maple House Bakery & Café.
During her employment with Community Inclusions, Joanie became a volunteer with Special Olympics in Bocce and 5-Pin Bowling in Alberton. She was appointed Head Coach for Bowling from 2018-2020.
In April of 2017, Joanie was hired for the Administrative Clerk position. She comes to us with her Business and Office Accounting Clerk diploma and a background in finance. Joanie had been actively filling the position of Office Manager since January 2020 and in July of 2022, her role was made permanent.
Joanie lives in West Devon with her husband, Trevor, and sons Degan and Gabriel. She enjoys camping, gardening, being involved in her son’s sporting avenues, volunteering, home improvements/projects, and four-wheeling.
Human Resource Coordinator
Rushell began her career in Support Services in Health before completing her Medical Secretary, Ward Clerk & Health Unit Coordinator certification in 2010. She then worked as part of Administrative Health Care, with a focus on Scheduling and Payroll. In 2017, Rushell completed her Human Resource Management course.
Wanting to get back to helping in the nonprofit area, she took work with an NGO for 3 years as part of the Payroll/Human Resource support team before coming to join us here at Community Inclusions as our HR Coordinator.
Rushell and her husband, Daryl, are proud parents to two adult boys and a handsome grandson. Rushell loves gardening and curling. Rushell has also done some website design in her spare time.
Faith joined the Community Inclusions team this year, with a background in Customer Service.
Faith enjoys her current position as Administrative Clerk, knowing that everyday will be different. Faith loves how friendly and welcoming the staff and clients have been since her arrival. They never fail to put a smile on her face.
Her goals for the future include growing and learning new things within her role as Administrative Clerk.
Faith was born and raised in West Prince. Loving the community and the country feel, she still currently resides in Elmsdale area. Faith enjoys anything outdoors, and loves exploring beautiful P.E.I with her boyfriend Jorden and their two dogs.
Residential Service Manager
Nancy has been with the organization since 1993 when she first began as a summer student.
Over the course of 5 years, Nancy grew within the organization, from student, to casual and then moving into a part time position.
When Community Inclusions was formed in 1998, she remained on the casual list until she obtained her permanent position in February of 1999 at the Tignish Group Home. In 2010, Nancy accepted a position at the Alberton House and was hired to prepare the home for the residents to move in. This was a project that Nancy took great pride in.
Nancy has been a certified Mandt Instructor for Community Inclusions since 2008. In 2015 Nancy filled in for a year as the Residential Coordinator.
Three years later, she stepped into the Residential Coordinator role permanently for Community Inclusions which she has been enjoying to the fullest. Her choice of career has given her much joy and she looks forward to working with all my current clients and new ones as she continues to grow her career.
Residential Support Manager I - Tignish Workshop
Deanna began her career in 1992 with West Prince Residential services as a one/one support worker at the Tignish Group Home which led into permanent till 1998.
In 1998, when Community Inclusions was formed, she moved to the Tignish Training Centre and worked as a Community Support worker until 2004.
In 2004 Deanna took a Temporary Site Managers position at the workshop which lead into permanent and this is where she remains today.
Deanna enjoys her work as she loves that it's like coming to a new job everyday and being able to support our clients and see the growth in them over the years. She says it’s a very rewarding job.
Most recently, Deanna has temporarily moved into the Residential Support Manager role where she continues to learn and assist the Residential Coordinator.
Her future goal is to continue to educate herself that will benefit her work skills.
Community Support Manager II - Maple House Centre
Laurie Ann Waite
Laurie Ann Waite has been with Community Inclusions for almost twenty-one years. She took the two-year Human Services Program in 1998 and graduated in 2000. Over the next couple of years, she had also taken some UPEI courses such as Psychology, English literature, and portfolio writing. She loves to learn and loves a challenge.
Laurie Ann took a full-time position with Community Inclusions Ltd. in 2000 at Tignish Group Home where she worked for 5-6 years. She then took a full-time position with Tignish Training Centre for 6-7 years. Maple House had a management position come up and so she felt it was time for a change, and accepted a full time management position as Site manager in 2016.
With this position she has been able to be part of creating a Café along with extending our bakery. This has been a very proud accomplishment for Laurie Ann because she is doing two things she absolutely loves … supporting individuals with disabilities and being part of creating the café component.
Her future goals are to see the Bakery/Café & Day Program expand and to continue to help create a wonderful and warm atmosphere for our customers, and most important, a hands-on work site for our clients to be part of.
Site Manager - Maple House Bakery & Café
Stacie is a self taught baker who joined the team in 2017 before being promoted to Site Manager of the Maple House Bakery & Café in 2019.
She enjoys making the daily bread & rolls and sharing her experiences and supporting the clients to develop their skills and friendship.
When not working you will find Stacie at the rink cheering on her family, spending time with friends and attending yard sales!!!
Stacie currently resides in Bloomfield with her husband of 25 years, Steven. Together they have 4 grown children and one fabulous grandson <3 .
Employment Service Manager
Natalie began her career in October of 2001, at the Maple House division of Community Inclusions. She went on to work as an interim site manager at Maple House before completing two pre-employment pilot projects. The need developed in Employment Services to add the second position.
Natalie began the Assistant Employment Counselor position in 2005. In the Spring of 2007, she accepted the position as the Employment Counselor.
If you were to ask her what her greatest accomplishments have been she would likely say helping others gain self- confidence to reach their goals. Her future plans are to continue to develop and grow the Employment Services Program.
Employment Service Assistant
Talia started her career in the Human services field in 2016 after receiving her Family and Community Services Diploma from Oulton College in 2015. She has experience in both residential and day services. Talia accepted the Employment Counsellor Assistant position at Community Inclusions in March 2020.
Talia enjoys working as the Assistant Employment Counsellor because every day is different, she is always learning something new, and meeting so many great people within the community. Talia enjoys how friendly all of the clients at Community Inclusions are, they can always put a smile on her face.
Talia's plans for the future are to continue to grow the Employment Services at Community Inclusions and to further her knowledge within the Human Services field.
Talia is from Summerside but currently resides in Tignish. Talia is kept busy outside of work by her young children.
Community Support Manager I
Melissa Arsenault joined Community Inclusions in June of 2011 as a casual employee and then moved into a 60% position at one of our residential homes.
From 2014 to 2020, Melissa worked as a Community Support worker at the Maple House Centre. She then moved to the Tignish Workshop in 2021 where she continued her work as a Community support worker.
Melissa is currently working in a temporary role as the Community Support Manager I at the Tignish Workshop.
More information will be available shortly.
Community Support Manager II - Temp
Heidi joined Community Inclusions in the spring of 2012 as a casual support worker. Over the years she has had the opportunity to work in many different roles with the organization from temporary positions in the day services, Employment unit and within our group homes. This lead her to getting a fulltime position in the fall of 2018.
Heidi has enjoyed the many opportunities that have been offered to her through working at Community Inclusions. "These opportunities have allowed me to continue to learn and grow as a professional in the Human Services field."
Currently, Heidi has stepped into the Site Manager position at Maple House Centre and will be working along side the manager of the Bakery & Café. "I am very thankful for this opportunity and I look forward to the new challenges ahead. "
We are happy to have Heidi join the management team over the next few months.