Welcome to Care Human Services – People Empowering People. We are a proactive organization recognized for its commitment to excellence in providing inclusive and diverse services. Founded in 1969, our organization encompasses a variety of programs in the Disabilities Sector that serve Northwestern Alberta.
Care Human Services acknowledges that the land we provide our services on is located within the Treaty 8 Territory. Covering 840 000 square kilometers, the Treaty 8 Territory encompasses the ancestral homelands of the Woodland Cree, Dunneza (Beaver), Chipewyan, and Metis. We would like to express our gratitude to these diverse First Nations and Metis people and endeavor to respect the culture, traditions, and legacy that this land represents.
Care Human Services is fortunate to be guided by a team of individuals who are passionate about this organization. The Care Human Services Board of Directors is the legal authority for the agency – each Director is a trustee and is responsible for the effective governance of the organization. The Care Human Services Board of Directors is a policy board, i.e. they set the general policy of the agency and monitor activities through the CEO to see that the agency remains on course. This is achieved through their involvement with Strategic Planning and monitoring progress towards goals identified through the Strategic Planning process. Additional responsibilities include reviewing and approving the annual budget, the hiring of the CEO, and conducting of the CEO’s annual Performance Appraisals.
Alanna Dickson was born and raised in Grande Prairie and, following the completion of her graduate degree, has made it her home for the past 12 years.
Ms. Dickson is a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) registered with both the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists, and holds an M.Sc. in Soil Science from the Universtiy of Saskatchwan specializing in soil chemistry and microbiology. She has worked in the environmental consulting sector for over 15 years with a focus on contaminated soils assessment, soil monitoring and management, and spill response related to produced water, emulsion, and hydrocarbon releases. Ms. Dickson also instructs internal and external technical courses related to her area of expertise.
Alanna takes pride in her community and is interested in giving back in ways that are meaningful to other community members.
Our former CEO, Shannon Websdale, has been with Care Human Services for 25 years. His leadership, extensive business experience, and belief in strong teams and quality service have contributed to the growth and success of Care Human Services. Under his guidance, Care Human Services has grown considerably and even expanded beyond Disability Services with the opening of our Supportive Living Services Complex: Stone Brook.
Shannon has managed a farm and industrial equipment dealership, built and managed commercial property, and is presently the owner/developer of a residential subdivision in Grimshaw which neighbours Stone Brook. Shannon is an active volunteer in the community and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Grimshaw.
Gerald lives in Manning with his wife, Alice. Currently retired, he has worked for over forty years in the accounting field, primarily in the hospital and municipal government. He has been treasurer for several municipalities (High Prairie and Manning) and most recently was employed as CAO for the Town of Manning. He also owned and operated his own accounting business while living in Grimshaw, AB. During that time, he had a number of municipal contracts.
Gerald received his accounting designation (CPA, CMA) in 1989 and has served on numerous church and summer camp boards over the years.
Gerald is looking forward to being able to contribute his many years of accounting and administration experience to Care Human Services and the Individuals supported in our Programs.
Nicole Flaten was born and raised in Grande Prairie. A local business owner, she’s been running a health and wellness spa for the past 3 years and has a degree in Office Administration as well as a Paralegal degree. She is passionate about her community and proud to be raising her twin daughters where everyone is willing to lend a helping hand when needed. She enjoys finding ways to give back to her community and has volunteered for the Teen Pregnancy Home as well as Victim Services.
Nicole is excited to bring her generous heart and fresh mindset to the Care Human Services team and is looking forward to learning new things as she embarks on her next chapter of community involvement.
Dan MacNeil relocated to Grande Prairie from the East Coast in 2005. Since then, he has worked on a number of construction projects across the Peace Region; including Fairview, Spirit River, and Eaglesham. Dan works as an electrical and instrument maintenance technician and supervisor and currently runs his own contracting company. He has extensive experience supervising major projects and brings an entrepreneurial spirit, knowledge of the business community, and professional problem solving skills to the Care Human Services team.
Dan has a history of volunteering that includes building playgrounds and volunteering at animal shelters. He admires what Care Human Services stands for. Having a family member with a Neurodevelopmental disorder gives Dan a closer perspective to the importance of the work Care Human Services does in the community. He looks forward to the opportunity to add his passion to our organization and further increase his community engagement.
Our Senior Leadership Team is responsible for overseeing the programs we run and the daily needs of our organization. Working together, they advocate on behalf of the Individuals we support with funders, fulfill organizational goals, participate in strategic planning development, and inspire staff to achieve the best standard of service in our capability.
Sterling Andrews joined Care Human Services shortly after completing his studies at the College of the North Atlantic in 2012. He started on the front lines as a Support Worker and later moved in to a supervisory role. In 2014, he assumed the role of Residential Program Manager followed by Director of Programs in 2015. With his passion for seeing quality supports offered to the most vulnerable in Northern Alberta, he has become an integral part of the Care Human Services leadership team.
Sterling is a Councillor for the Village of Berwyn, sits on various boards and committees in the region – some related and some unrelated to the Disability Sector. Sterling and his partner have established roots in the Peace Region and are currently in the process of adopting their first child.
Rilla has worked in the field of Disability Supports – with individuals who have disabilities here at Care Human Services, as well as throughout Alberta with children and adults that have a variety of disabling conditions including psychiatric disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, acquired brain injury, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities.
Rilla became involved with Care Human Services and this sector due to having a family member with a developmental disability who was receiving supports through Care Human Services.
Rilla has post-secondary schooling in Disability Support Services, as well as Human Resources & Labour Relations Management and she is presently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree through Athabasca University.
Originally from Ontario, Liz Merlo has a broad background in Health, Safety and Environment, Infrastructure, Human Resources, Organizational Development, and Payments and Processing. This experience makes her a great fit for the wide range of duties the Support Services Team performs on a day-to-day basis within Care Human Services and we are very excited to benefit from her expertise.
As our Director of Support Services, Liz will continue the process of building systems and resources to improve efficiency and effectiveness for Care Human Services.