Board Members & Staff


Executive Director Joanna Goode

Joanna joined the CASE team in 2019 as the associations first executive director. She brings with her many years experience supporting diverse Canadians to plan for and build the lives that they want in community. Joanna has worked most recently as the executive director of an Independent Facilitation Organization, and is a past steward of the Ontario Independent Facilitiation Network. Joanna holds degrees in Exceptionality in Human Learning, Social Services, and Voluntary and Non-profit Sector Management. She lives in a small town in southern Ontario with her husband and 2 teenaged boys. In her off time she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and reading.

President Annette Borrows

Annette Borrows has been serving people with disabilities towards employment for the past twenty years gaining experience in working with people that have mental health diversities, mobility and cognitive complexities. She has also written and facilitates the Supported Employment Specialist series and specializes in Customized Employment. She has spearheaded and written content for Canada’s National Supported Employment Best Practices found at employmentforall.ca. Annette is the Employment Strategy Manager for Langley Association, Delta Community Living Society and Community Futures of the South Fraser. She holds a degree in Adult Education as well as Certification in Workplace Based Training. Annette has served on the CASE board since 2011.

Vice-President Joy McKinnon

Treasurer Tracy Williams

Tracy has been employed as the Executive Director of Westman Employment Services Inc, a Supported Employment agency located in Brandon, since September 2006. She also recently took over the operation of Career Connections, an employment and training center, also located in Brandon, as well as Avis’s Place, a drop in center for adults with intellectual disabilities. She sits on various boards in Manitoba, including current Chair of the Manitoba Supported Employment Network and an officer on the Community Futures Westman board. She has also been a director with the National Canadian Association for Supported Employment since 2009 and is the Past President, serving in that position for 5 terms.

Tracy volunteers countless hours in her community and truly believes everyone has the right to work in their community at a job they love.

Director Employer Garth Johnson

An experienced veteran of the web's startup world, Garth Johnson has an infectious and memorable style that can be attributed to his breadth of experience. In the early days, Johnson developed his unique approach through television writing and production, copy editing, and market research. Garth is bringing Meticulon his experience as an executive at Fotolia and iStockphoto, both leaders in the ever-changing, dynamic microstock industry with a relatively straightforward approach: business and community are linked at all levels - something Meticulon is about as well.

Embracing this philosophy, coupled with his trademark humorous twist, Johnson develops business relations and strategic partnerships as our CEO.

Because of his business experience owning and managing several entrepreneurial businesses and his personal experience having a child with disabilities, Johnson became inspired to build the team that would make Meticulon's vision of being not only the first but also the best IT Consulting firm in Canada to employ the unique abilities of our consultants with autism.

He led Fotolia in their successful mission to expand throughout the North American market by using the resources he developed as Vice President of Business and Community Development for iStockphoto and as Vice President of Business Development for Cinemage Software L.P., part of The ACT Cinemage Group. He shares this vision with an ambitious team, who describe Johnson as someone who leads by example. He innately blends his experiences, talent, and vision to provide a clear direction. Brainstorming sessions are fuelled by thinking outside the box and continually pushing the creative envelope. And that’s what keeps Johnson coming back for more – the privilege of continuing to learn from others and the ability to influence people to tackle their ambitions.

Director Jennifer Oliver

Jennifer grew up in Cape Breton Island and graduated from the Cape Breton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies in 2006. Following her graduation she moved to Alberta where she began her career supporting adults with developmental disabilities. She completed the Alberta Supported Employment Consultant Training in 2011. She’s helped develop a program for at risk youth that helped them choose education and career paths. She has also received training in Person Centered Thinking and Person Centered Reviews.

She started working at Signature Support Services in Grande Prairie, Alberta in 2007. They are a non-profit agency that supports people with developmental disabilities. She started her employment as a Job Coach and two years later took over coordinating the program which she has done for the past 8 years. The Employment Supports Program helps people with developmental disabilities find employment within the community of Grande Prairie. It is their belief that everyone can find and sustain long term employment with the right supports. The program’s focus is to help the individuals they support to become as independent as possible. They have had great success with some people having 15-20 years employment with the same employer.

In addition to Jennifer’s Employment Program responsibilities, she is also responsible for much of the staff training and development within the organization.

Director Maureen Haan

Maureen has been the President & CEO of CCRW since 2012. CCRW is the only national organization with the sole vision of equitable and meaningful employment for people with disabilities, and has been a strong advocate to this vision for over 40 years. Under Maureen’s leadership, CCRW has seen an increase in direct program service throughout Canada, as well as a more transparent, stream-lining of understanding the business case of hiring a person with a disability. Maureen provides insight to employer engagement through CCRW best practices and proven results.

Maureen has been very active in the cross-disability sector, currently focusing on employment issues. She has been involved with numerous committees and groups that increase awareness of and access for the disability sector and the Deaf community and is fluent in American Sign Language.

Maureen works in Toronto and lives in Markham with her husband and two sons.

Secretary Shelley Andrews

Shelley Andrews has been working with Avalon Employment Inc. based in St. John’s, Newfoundland for the past 14 years where she is presently employed as an Employment Counsellor. Working with individuals, families, businesses and government, she supports and navigates the world of employment for her clients, following a client- center approach.

Shelley is a Board Member of the Canadian Association of Supported Employment as the representative for the Province of Newfoundland & Labrador.

Prior to joining Avalon Employment, Shelley had worked in the Media with a large provincial wide radio station where she helped develop radio and advertising campaigns. This has been a particularly valuable skill that she has transferred to her work with Avalon Employment.

In the last number of years, in addition to her Client Services work, Shelley has focused on promotional campaigns and special events for Avalon Employment including a province wide visual media campaign, organizing Provincial and National meetings. As well as promotional campaigns for Avalon Employment, she has successfully also ran promotional campaigns for the Supported Employment Newfoundland and Labrador (SENL) Network which is comprised of 17 agencies throughout her province.

Shelley was also involved in an 18 month Social Return on Investment Research Project with the New Economic Foundation in England and is the co-author of a report that examined the Return on Investment for Government as it relates to employment for individuals with disabilities.

In addition to her professional life, Shelley is very active within her community as a Volunteer. She is a past Board Member with the Suzuki Talent Education Program (STEP) as well as Past Secretary of the Paradise Youth Soccer Association.

Shelley is married with two daughters who always keep her on her toes.

Director Janice Ainsworth

Entrepreneurial spirit combined with a passion to make a vital difference in society and the lives of persons with disabilities landed Janice the position as the Executive Director at TEAM Work Cooperative in 2001. TEAM Work Cooperative has made great advancements as a known agency for service excellence in employment services for persons with disabilities, under Janice’s leadership.

Janice attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Saint Vincent University.

Janice currently sits on the Executive of the Ability Employers Board, Co-chair for the Collaborative Partnership Network Society of Nova Scotia, is a board member for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Network and serves on the Board of the Canadian Association of Supported Employment. Janice was the host for the four year Nova Scotia Persons with Disabilities Employability Table project, which produced the Blueprint for Action: a Report to Achieve Equitable Access to Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Under Janice’s leadership, TEAM Work Cooperative became one of the eighteen Nova Scotia Works Centres in Nova Scotia bringing Inclusive Employment Services to Halifax.

Janice led the first Ability Starts Here Symposium for Persons with Disabilities and developed the partnership with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, the Disabled Persons Commission and the Collaborative Partnership Network to bring this successful event to its 10th year in 2018.

Janice was the recipient of the 2012 Progress Women of Excellence Award in the category of Management and the Professions.

Director Jane Orrell

Jane has more than 30 years combined professional experience working with diverse cultures in the Employment & Career development Field. She has a strong background in Community Collaboration and has been the Executive Director of Island Employment since 2001, currently managing 5 locations.

Jane holds a Bachelor Arts degree from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Diploma in Social Work from the University of Waterloo; she is a certified Rehabilitative Worker, is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Non-Profit Leadership Management Program, she holds a Diploma in Disability Management through Dalhousie University and is a Certified Career Development Practitioner.

Jane is the current Chair of the Nova Scotia Career Development Association, Co Chair of the Collaborate Partnership Network of Nova Scotia, is a member of the Centre for Employment Innovation Advisory Board, is a founding member of the CASE, has served on numerous committees and boards, and has worked collaboratively with government departments and government representatives to lead positive change in the area of employment services and programs for diverse groups. Jane is currently leading an initiative to implement universal design in 52 Nova Scotia Works Centres across the Province.

Jane’s professional career choice has been driven by a personal passion for helping people. She is very driven in all aspects of her life and likes to surround herself with positive like minded people. She is a dedicated mom of 2 and enjoys spending time with her husband Eddie, family & close friends.

Director Deb Hotchkiss

Deb Hotchkiss has been the Executive Director of Partners in Employment, for two decades. Their focus is inclusive employment for all people.

They assist hundreds of people a year to find and keep employment.

She lives in a small rural community in southern Ontario. She is married with two adult children and an awesome grandson! As a two time cancer survivor, she has no tolerance for wasting time!

Director Sonia Deraîche

Sonia Deraîche is a Coordinator at SPHERE, an organization federally funded, dedicated to work inclusion of people with disabilities. Sonia and her team of Employment Specialists are located in Montreal, Quebec and newly in Ottawa. They work together to develop programs and services in some provinces in Canada including British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick. Her major goal is to find partners in those communities and work with them to develop training and integration projects for groups and for individuals living with professional challenges and needing support to access the labour market or start their self-employment activities. Sonia previously, worked as an Executive Director in a Specialized Employment Agency for PWD for several years. Also, she has worked as an Employment Counsellor in Ontario with youths and newcomers and in Quebec with older workers and also with job seekers living with all kinds of disabilities wanting to go back to work. She has been serving on the Board of Directors of CASE (Canadian Association for Supported Employment) since 2014. Finally, she has a Bachelor degree in PsychoEducation and a Business Administration Certificate from the University of Sherbrooke.

Devon

Devon has 10 years professional experience assisting people with disabilities in advancing their skill sets and obtaining gainful employment.

She became a vocal advocate for persons with disabilities in 1996 when her daughter was born with Spina Bifida and has since been looking at the world through a disability lens, promoting inclusion for all.

She is employed with the PEI Council of People with Disabilities, a non-profit organization whose mandate is to “promote the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Island society”. She began her career at PEICOD in the Community Access department providing advocacy, awareness and supports for community and disability benefits. Devon then transitioned to the Employment department pursuing her passion of helping people realize their employment and education goals. She is now the Employment Services Manager for PEICOD and sits on the board of the PEI Career Development Association. As Manager of Employment Services, Devon oversees various employment programs including pre-employment workshops, one-on-one case management, Job Development, Job Coaching and an Opportunities fund wage subsidy program “Abilities@Work”. She is also involved in employer engagement initiatives on the Island and is responsible for staff development and training.

Devon has two daughters, Carlee and Rylee and you can find all three of them singing all across the Island at various events.

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Director Jennie Powell

  • NB

Director Employer Micheal McDonald

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Director Ernie Thiessen

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