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Meet Our Board

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Jeffrey Friend

President - Board of Directors

Jeffrey works at Dogs With Wings Assistant Dog Society and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years.  He is passionate about the theraputic benefits of animals and increasing accessability and awareness for people who live with disabilities.  


Seeing first hand the benefits of inclusion and the importance of how employment can provide a sense of purpose for people makes Jeffrey excited to be working with Selections.  As the new Board President, Jeffrey looks forward to bringing his experience in the non-profit sector to help advance the mission of Selections.

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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.


Matt Ashdown

Past President/ Director

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.

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Rob Dykes

Treasurer - Board of Directors

Rob has 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.


His 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.


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


Joelle Banasch Campbell


Bio coming soon!

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Amanda Reib


Amanda works at AltaSteel as the Director, Human Resources, Health, Safety and Environment. Working in Human Resources is her passion and she brings 15+ years of experience. When introduced to the Selections organization and board she felt that the Selections Board would be good match for her skill set and desire to volunteer and give back to her community. She joined the board in October 2019. 

Amanda graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2004 with a Bachelor of Management degree with a major in Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations. 

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Maria Savidov


Maria Savidov is honoured and excited to join the Selections Board of Directors this year. She is passionate about social justice and has worked in the non-profit sector for over eight years.


She brings with her professional experience the perspectives of business analysis, data-informed decision making and reflective practice. She loves community and making her own ice cream and is very much looking forward to resuming potlucks!

Kendra Stoley

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Kendra has worked in the non-profit sector for 10 years serving both vulnerable animals and individuals experiencing homelessness. Kendra has worked with a passion of eliminating homelessness since 2016 and understands firsthand how important employment opportunities are; which is why she is so encouraged by the valuable work done at Selections Career Support Services.


Throughout her years in the non-profit sector, Kendra has seen improvements in how the community supports those who live with disabilities, however recognizes there is still a lot of work to do that inspires inclusion and belonging. Kendra is excited to be a new Board member and is looking forward for the opportunity to contribute to an agency that continues to provide influential services within the sector and in the community.

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Shannon Thorn


Shannon joined the Selections board in June 2021. Prior to Covid-19 she worked at MacEwan University in the catering department as the Assistant Catering Manager. At the onset of the pandemic, she was fortunate enough to move into healthcare where she found her passion for working with residents with Dementia.


She is currently an Operations Manager serving 3 sites of supported living, independent living and complex care residents. She is looking forward to learning as much as possible from the other members of the Selections board and contributing to a great organization. When not at work, Shannon enjoys gardening and having fun with her 9-year-old daughter and all of their pets.

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...