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Meet Our Board

Matt Ashdown

President - Board of Directors

Matt first encountered Selections as a practicum student in 2003, when he was finishing up his Rehabilitation Practitioner diploma through Macewan University. Like many others at the time, this practicum turned into Matt’s first job post diploma, as he stayed on as a Career Development Coordinator and worked in this role for nearly 2 years. During this time, Matt lead a Community Capacity Building initiative, and gained many skills that have followed him through his career. Since his time at Selections, Matt has held a number of positions at different places supporting people with disabilities and leading programs that eliminate poverty and homelessness in Edmonton. He is currently a Senior Manager of Community Supports at the Skills Society.In addition to this, Matt attained a degree from the University of Calgary (2009) in Community Rehabilitation and Disability studies, was a member of the Disability Studies advisory committee for Macewan University, has been a training facilitator for the Alberta Council of Disability Services Foundations program, and was been a volunteer coach with Strathcona County Special Olympics for over 12 years.


Matt understands the human need to feel a sense of belonging, and views supported employment as an excellent place to build community. As a board member, Matt hopes to ensure that Selections continues its tradition of excellence in this sector, and find ways to contribute to building an even stronger organization.


Matt lives in Edmonton with his wife Kristine, children Kingsley and Abigail, and Daschund Ziggy.

Kara Reed

Vice President- Board of Directors

Kara joined the Selections Board in January 2019 and was excited to get back into sharing knowledge and expertise through the various roles within the disability services sector that she has been working in since 1998.  She has had the opportunity to work in early childhood intervention, within the public school system, providing one-on-one support and working in non-profit, for the municipal and provincial government. Kara’s most recent role is as a Training Manager for a business unit with EPCOR and has a passion for helping people to identify and utilize their skills and focusing on abilities and connecting people within the community.  Over the past 12 years Kara has been a part time training facilitator for the Disability Services Foundations Program and had a desire to become more involved in the Disability Services sector through sitting on the Selection Board.


Kara completed her Rehabilitation Practitioner Diploma from Grant MacEwan College in 2002 and a Community Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies Degree in 2004 from the University of Calgary. She also completed a Human Resources Certificate in 2012 through the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta and is most recently working on her Project Leadership Certification through NAIT.


Kara lives in Edmonton with her husband and two young children.

Brittany Olinek


Brittany currently works at Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) as the Human Resources Generalist. She is passionate about employee engagement, generating awareness of ongoing social issues, as well as competency and performance management. Brittany strongly believes that empathy is the key to personal and professional growth.

Rob Dykes

Treasurer - Board of Directors

I have been a Chartered Professional Accountant since 2008 working for both small and large national firms as well as some experience as a controller for a company in the Oil and Gas industry.


My passion outside of accounting is working with individuals who have developmental disabilities. I have been very involved with Special Olympics over the years including coaching for over 25 years so far and being the treasurer for my local affiliate.


I joined the Selections Career Support Services board in 2018 and took on the role of Treasurer for the 2018/2019 fiscal year. I am thrilled to be part of this organization

Elizabeth Harding


Elizabeth Harding is an associate lawyer at Brownlee LLP in the Commercial Litigation and Construction & Procurement Department. She particularly enjoys interacting with clients and fellow lawyers while continuing to thrive with the high demands of continual education in an ever growing and changing legal environment. Brownlee LLP prides itself on building lasting partnerships with its clients and the community, and Elizabeth is looking forward to building this relationship with the entire Selections family.

Angie Amaris

Executive Director

Angie is a passionate advocate for human rights who immigrated to Canada from Colombia in April 2010 with her husband, pursuing better opportunities for themselves and their daughter. Since arriving in Canada, Angie has rapidly built a successful career in the non-profit sector.

In Colombia, Angie was actively engaged in endeavors combatting sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, and domestic violence with families and individuals.  When Angie arrived in Canada, her heart led her to the Bissell Centre, where she spent nearly 7 years supporting individuals to find and sustain housing, using the Housing First philosophy. Continue reading...