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What’s New in HR?

January was a busy month at Care with multiple hires and a couple promotions as well.

Peace River region – two residential hires

DSL/Stone Brook – 5 hires

Grande Prairie region – one residential hire

A few congratulations are in order!
Both Courtney Freese and Jade Christian have been promoted from Support Worker to Residential Coordinator while Dawnie Felix has gone from a casual position to working full-time in the Stone Brook kitchen.

Get to know: Nona Ives, Accounting Assistant at Care

I am new to Care Human Services.  I was approached to work in the Accounting department. I have followed Care, formerly ASLS, for many years.  I know its history. I witnessed the birth of Stone Brook from idea to conception. I am amazed at the fruition a dream can produce if pursued and fully believe in what this company stands for. It was an easy decision to make when asked if I’d like to be a part of the Care Team. A bonus is the happy, friendly environment I get to work in now.  I enjoy working with my teammates and love the office pets. A stressful moment can be easily relieved with a moment spent cuddling a cat 😊

I have been married for 30 years. I have three grown boys, two of which are married. I have a two-year-old granddaughter who is the apple of my eye and I’m eagerly awaiting grandchild number two in early March.  Being a grandmother is the best gig I have ever had! I have three cats and a dog right now. My husband has banned me from the local animal rescue and the SPCA. Apparently, we have enough animals. I just think of all the poor animals without homes and we have space.

As for any hidden talents I might have, according to my grandchild I am the best storyteller.  I wear that title with pride.

Thank you Nona!

What’s New in HR?

The Holiday Season came and went in what feels like a blink of an eye.

As we mentioned last month, a number of applications were received in November and we are happy to announce that there were two new hires at Stone Brook, three new hires in the Grande Prairie region and five in the Peace River/Grimshaw region. 

Congratulations to Shae-Lynne Lepensee-Bryant who was promoted from Support Worker to Residential Coordinator in Peace River!

Get to know: Whitney, an Accounting Assistant at Care

My name is Whitney McCain, mother of 2 and married to the most amazing man I’ve ever met. I have a cat whose name is “M.” 6 years ago, my family moved to Grande Prairie from southeastern Ontario. I have always enjoyed providing care to others, and numbers (I love math.)

When I’m not knee deep in numbers, I’m playing with my kids or reading with a tea in hand. My goal since becoming a mother has been to raise kids that can show compassion towards others. I am so fortunate to have a place of employment where I get to see that same compassion every day.

I formerly worked in medical administrative positions before applying to work with Care Human Services. I was looking for a change in work environment, that would allow me to continue providing support to the public. I was hired as an accounting assistant, and given the opportunity to grow and learn, while still providing support to individuals in our community who are in need. Care Human Services has provided me with everything I was looking for and so much more. I am truly blessed to be a part of this amazing organization.   

I was introduced to the accounting department at time of change, I have embraced the challenge and have worked very hard over the past few months.

If I were able to speak with the founding parents, I would say thank you. This organization is wonderful in all aspects. I feel energized when I come to work because I have the opportunity to share my day with my amazing colleagues and the individuals we care for.

Thank you for sharing with us Whitney!

What’s New in HR?

Care had a few hires in the month of November and welcomed seven new members to the Care team!

There were three new additions to the DSL team at Stone Brook in Grimshaw and three new support staff were hired in Grimshaw and Peace River.

November also saw a number of applications come in so look for more details in the December/January update.

Care was able to take part in a couple community fundraising events this past month.

In Grande Prairie a mini tree was decorated for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation’s annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and in Grimshaw and Peace River, Individuals and staff decorated two mini trees for the Grimshaw Library fundraiser.

What’s New in HR?

Happy November everyone!

October was another busy month for us:

  • 4 Support Workers were hired in Grande Prairie
  • 1 Support Services Manager was hired in Grande Prairie

October saw 9 internal referrals and two resulted in hires.

Congratulations to Cailey Schmidtke who was promoted to the role of Residential Coordinator!

We would also like to welcome Jessica Corbin to the team who is taking on the role of Support Services Manager.

Get to know Jessica:

Jessica was born in Grande Prairie and since then has lived in Calgary, Edmonton and Australia. She has obtained her Bachelors Degree of Human Resources Management and has a passion for people and making a positive impact on those around her.

She grew up as a dancer, starting at the age of three that lead to opening her own community dance studio in Grande Cache.

Jessica is a newlywed and has two dogs, Phillip and Bailey.

Most of her spare time is spent enjoying time with family and her animals!

Welcome to Team Care Jessica!

What’s New in HR?

Where did September go?!

Though the month seemed to zoom by, Care did welcome new team members!

  • 4 Support Workers hired in Grande Prairie
  • 2 Health Care Aides hired at Stone Brook
  • 1 LPN hired at Stone Brook

September saw 12 internal referrals and one referral from August was hired.

As the Fall season begins, we are saying good-bye to our Human Resources Team Lead. Nichole Radersma has decided to grab life by the kilt and move to Scotland! We wish you the best of luck and hope that you packed a raincoat.

Stepping in will be Kristina Ferrier and Kylee Lefebvre. Kristina will be looking after Recruitment Performance Management and Kylee WCB, Employee Management and as well as taking care of updating our systems.

Get to know Kristina;

I have been with Care Human Services since February of this year. I was hired into Human Resources as a Recruitment Coordinator. I have a love for the ever-changing role of HR, and it shows. I moved from Southern Ontario in 2014 and made Grande Prairie my home. I enjoy living in the heart of the city with my boisterous dog Otis. I also love to travel, and usually Otis comes along for the ride.

And Kylee!

I was born and raised in Bonanza Alberta just outside of Dawson Creek. I moved to Grande Prairie to attend GPRC in 2014 and graduated from there with my Office Management Diploma. I have and amazing fiancé and two babies (dogs) Sadie and Baxter who are my absolute world! I have always wanted to get into Human Resources and could not think of a better organization and team to build my career with!

What’s New in HR?

August flew by and much like July saw some new hires.

Taking a look back on August there were;

  • 3 new Community Support Worker hires in Peace River and Grimshaw
  • 1 new LPN hire at Stone Brook

There were also 9 internal referrals this month.

HR spotlight: Anita Giesbrecht

We are welcoming back Anita to the Care team! Here is her story:

I started working for Care (ASLS) in June of 2016. I originally planned on working part time. That quickly changed to full time as I loved the new challenges I was facing.

I was a full time CSW and worked a lot of extra hours. I enjoyed being with the individuals we supported.

I saw the Saskatoon Lake property grow. A position of Supervisor opened up and I applied. My role of supervisor was very enjoyable and I enjoyed this for many months.

A position of Team Lead opened up and I took on the new challenge. Work was busy and again, so enjoyable.

In November of 2018 I made the hard decision to resign as my family needed me at home. Fast forward to June 2019 and the part time position of Food Support Worker came up. It was the perfect opportunity for me to ease back into work.

It is so great to be back at work with Care!

Thanks Anita, we are glad to have you back!

What’s New in HR?

The summer month of July seemed to fly by as we welcomed back a former employee and said ‘hello’ to seven new CARE team members.

Taking a look back on July there were;

– 6 new Community Support Workers in Grande Prairie Region

– 1 new Community Support Workers hires In Peace River & Grimshaw Region

There were two promotions in July as well!

Congratulations to Krista Winsor, who has been promoted to Residential Coordinator for one of our Grimshaw residences.

Congrats also goes out to Shannon Sutherland who has accepted the Peace River Team lead role!

And in case you missed it, we did change our name from ASLS to Care Human Services mid-July. Here is a message from our CEO Rilla Websdale.

“We decided to take the opportunity of our 50th Anniversary of being a charity to roll out a new brand in 2019. Our new legal name will be Care Human Services Ltd.

We chose Care because it is a clear and simple statement of our values. We are compassionate and empathetic humans providing respectful and skilled support to the people we have been entrusted to provide care to, ensuring their needs are met in a way that fosters their growth, development, and meaningful community inclusion.

Our new logo speaks to what Care means to each of us. It is reminiscent of a tree, suggesting life and growth, being an integral part of the environment, and providing shelter. The circular shape suggests a gentle embrace, and the safe space we provide for Individuals to live and be supported. The upward projection of the arrows represents empowerment, and the success and growth we all aspire to witness in each Individual, and one another. And finally, the base of the logo speaks of the support that ensures a strong foundation for Individuals to flourish in their lives.

We have also taken this opportunity to update our existing Stone Brook brand, which is now better connected to the overall Care identity.

Thank you for being part of ASLS and your continued dedication, as we move into the next 50 years of providing empowered care to Individuals in Alberta.”

What’s New in HR?

June saw some new faces join the ASLS Team and a mat leave come to an end.

Taking a look back on June there were;

– 8 new Community Support Worker hires in the Grande Prairie Region

– 7 new Community Support Worker hires in Peace River & Grimshaw Region

– 2 new Health Care Aid hires at Stone Brook

Thank you to the 16 ASLS Team Members who Referred a Friend in June!

We would like to thank CCVO for the Parks Canada Discovery Pass we won after filling out the Alberta Nonprofit Survey. The pass is for all Individuals and staff to use! Watch for more details on Sharevision of how you can ‘sign out’ the pass.

HR Spotlight: Leah Chambers

Welcome back and congratulations to Leah!

Leah is back as a casual CSW after her 18-month maternity leave. She and her husband had a girl and her name is Lillian (Lily). Leah has been with ASLS since 2015 and we are very happy to have her back with us!


Until next month, happy July and have a great summer everyone!

What’s New in HR?

We are introducing a new monthly blog series called ‘What’s New in HR?’ Once a month you can look forward to reading about the goings-on from our Human Resources department.

Every month we will share how many new hires, promotions and employee referrals there were in the previous month as we continue to support new Individuals in our community.

Taking a look back at May there were;

  • 5 new Community Support Workers in Grande Prairie Region
  • 10 new Community Support Workers hires In Peace River & Grimshaw Region
  • 4 new Health Care Aids at Stone Brook

And just how many ASLS Team Members Referred a Friend in May? 16! And so far of those two were hired!

There were also 5 promotions last month! Congratulations go to:

  • Taylor Arnold, Residential Program Assistant –> Program Manager, Grande Prairie Region
  • Julie Babbitt-Byrne, Peace River Residential Team Lead –> Program Manager, Peace River & Grimshaw
  • Mike Lindsey, Community Support Worker Float –> Westpointe Residential Coordinator
  • Isabelle Champoux, Residential Coordinator of Mackenzie –> Grimshaw Team Lead
  • Amanda Werny, Food Program Coordinator –> Residential Administrative Coordinator

L-R Taylor Arnold, Julie Babbitt-Byrne, Mike Lindsey and Amanda Werny

HR spotlight: Amanda Werny

Amanda started with ASLS in Grande Prairie in September 2018. She came to us from the Grande Prairie Public School District where she was an Educational Assistant.

Although Amanda started part-time in our Food Program as the coordinator, that changed to full-time in January when she accepted the Administrative & Food Program Coordinator role. She has recently been named Residential Administrative Coordinator, where she will assist Team Leads with Person Centered Plans across the organization. Our staff will also see her around offices and residences assisting with on-boarding, orientations, health & safety and ensuring we also provide the highest level of support.

So yes, she is very busy!