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Meet Our Team

Our Selections team is made up of passionate career development specialists, administration professionals, and community-focused leaders. Each brings uniques skills, experience and energy to their work in furthering the mission of Selections.

I have always wanted a job that enabled me to help others. Selections allows me to do that and so much more. It is truly a rewarding experience to play a part in making our community more inclusive and advocating for those who face barriers to employment.

Erin Lee (Staff)

Selections has been a gift to me, I have learned such valuable lessons from the individuals that I serve and their families. They inspire me every single day of my life. I can’t say enough how much I love working for such as an amazing organization where staff work with dedication, love and passion. My heart belongs to this place and I am committed to keep advocating and raising my voice so we can move mountains!

Angie Amaris (Staff)

Working at Selections is like having a second family. My coworkers, our individuals, and their families have helped me to become a better version of myself.

Sheena Aquin (Staff)

 
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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 endeavours 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...

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Juliana Luna

Office Manager

Juliana immigrated to Canada from Argentina in October 2011. She is from Colombia and has been living out of her Country since she was a teenager. She has experience in administrative jobs and comes with positive energy for helping our office in all administrative tasks. She has a degree in Business Administration and speaks German, Spanish and English.

Juliana lives in Edmonton with her husband Jorge and daughters Sophie (5 years) and Nicole (4 years).She spends her time away from work spending quality time with her family and working on her passion that is cooking!

Haley Weiss

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Program Coordinator

With a passion for supporting the needs of individuals with disabilities, Haley has excelled as a Career Development Coordinator, serving as a strong advocate and support for Selections’ service recipients. Following the completion of the Disability Studies program at Grant MacEwan University in 2007, Haley returned to graduate with a Child and Youth Care Degree in 2010 at the same institution. Following graduation, Haley rapidly accrued an invaluable skillset engaging with individuals of all ages; in the past, she has worked extensively both with individuals with disabilities, and with high risk individuals and their families. As a Career Development Coordinator, Haley’s unwavering patience and enthusiasm for her work make her a highly effective coach to the individuals she serves. Continue reading...

 

Pablo Castro

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Program Coordinator

Pablo graduated from George Brown College in Toronto. He is a Community Worker and a Career Counsellor who believes in empowerment as the way to enhance the capacity of individuals to make choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.

 

As an employment and settlement professional with more than 12 years of experience, he is dedicated to assisting, coaching and empowering diverse clients, while always maintaining a non-judgmental attitude. Pablo has based his work on the idea of giving back to strengthen those individuals and communities to reach their goals. With an immense passion for supporting those in need, Pablo’s career flourished in Toronto and the surrounding area from a focus on settlement to job development. He has recently moved to Edmonton pursuing new challenges and new learning opportunities.

Pablo is also a real soccer nut! He enjoys playing and watching soccer (Come on You Reds!!!) and practicing snowboarding.  His free time is also spent painting, listening to music and looking for the next road trip adventure.

 

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Erin Lee

Job Development Team Lead

A recent graduate from the University of Alberta’ Bachelor of Arts degree program, specializing in psychology, Erin has rapidly accrued a wealth of experience in the human services sector. As a dedicated, long-time volunteer with the Steadward Centre for Personal and Physical Achievement, she gained exposure to planning and facilitating beneficial physical activity sessions inclusive of individuals with disabilities. With a passion for helping others and building relationships, Erin is highly motivated to see Selections’ service recipients succeed and grow, and to empower them throughout their employment journey. Continue reading...

 
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Jessica Maryniak

 Career Development Specialist

Jessica graduated from Concordia University College of Edmonton’ Bachelor of Arts degree program, with an applied emphasis in psychology. Her passion for advocacy and inclusion began as an education assistant for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Working alongside multiple specialists working together to build a strong foundation of supports, she helped create skills that will follow these students throughout their academic careers. She is eager to begin her new role at Selections as the Career Development Coordinator and to bring her skills to the community.

Outside of work Jessica enjoys playing board games with her roommates and family, attempting new recipes in the kitchen, and occasionally a bike ride or two. Thrifting has slowly became a new hobby and has recently started taking courses to learn ASL.

 

Michelle Chellew

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Job Development Specialist

Michelle graduated from the University of Alberta Bachelor of Education program with a focus on special needs and has spent the bulk of her teaching career in elementary schools as a classroom teacher. She transitioned into the Adult Education field in the last few years while working as a Facilitator for the North East Alberta Fetal Alcohol Network (NEAFAN) where she promoted awareness and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder throughout the community. Drawing on many years of personal and professional experience with disabilities, Michelle now brings her expertise to Selections as a Job Developer. A big believer of inclusion, she has a passion for supporting individuals and is excited to connect with clients to help them meet their career goals.

 

In her free time, Michelle likes to spend time with her husband and teenage boys while they cook together, play games, work on puzzles, and listen to music.

 

Alan Telford

Job Development Specialist

With a commitment to advocacy for inclusion and providing meaningful employment supports to people with disabilities, Alan draws on years of professional experience, working in Career Development as a Job Development Specialist.

 

Alan has worked with diverse groups as newcomers to Canada, First nation and Metis people, unemployed Albertans, and people with disabilities.

 

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Cameron Livingston

Career Development Specialist

Cameron had first discovered his passion in supporting those with disabilities when he had to do his volunteer placement for his Social Work Course at Norquest. During his time at Norquest he worked as a Respite Care Worker during his studies and after he graduated with a Diploma in Social Work and worked as a Community Specialist for a year and a half. Cameron has enjoyed working with individuals with special needs for four years and he is eager to learn every individuals' strengths and how to make them shine.

 

In his spare time Cameron will usually go out for walks around his neighbourhood or even jog depending on the weather. His main hobby is playing video games with his friends at his apartment and he also enjoys watching old and new monster movies alike.

 

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Faith Mcgeough

Job Development Specialist

Faith is passionate about human rights, equality and inclusion. She grew up with a sister who struggled with disabilities and exclusion. Faith has since been strongly advocating for inclusion and has worked with individuals with disabilities for 12 years and focused on career development in the last 2 years. She has a paralegal degree and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology. She has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters assisting children in their academics and social skills. 

 

In her spare time Faith enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, traveling, meditation, mountains, dancing and country concerts. She also adores her beautiful daughter.

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Jason Jaffray

Career Development Specialist

     Jason graduated from CDI College Edmonton South Campus where he took on a role in the Practicum Coordinator position with CDI.  Helping individuals is a passion as he was also on the Millet Volunteer Fire Department for 5 years, where he was the inaugural recipient of the firefighter of the year award in 2017, which means that Jason attended the most calls and practices that year.  Anything Jason does he gives 110% and has a strong passion to advocate for individuals that want to succeed. As much as Jason wants individuals to be successful, he wants to be just as successful in helping them achieve their goals.

 

    He has many passions from fixing vehicles with his children to doing wood burning and drawing. Jason also loves to watch hockey, and his number one team is his daughter’s team where she has been and continues to be an outstanding goalie, one of the top in her league.  He comes from and instils high moral values and ethics in his family and presents a very positive outlook in any situation.

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Luigi Chiesa

Cleaning Assistant - Part Time Casual

Luigi has been a longstanding Selections client for many years. He has helped Selections out as a volunteer with paper shredding, assembling chairs, event set up and cleaning and knows the staff and the office very well. Luigi works as a janitor at Grant MacEwan University and his hobbies include bowling, going to the Fire Station, and keeping his car super clean. We are excited to have Luigi join the team as a Part Time Casual Cleaning Assistant where he will help maintain the office sanitation and cleanliness. 

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Alana Gersky

Administrative Assistant- Part Time Casual 

Alana is 32 years old and lives semi independently with her roommates and life coaches through PDD. Alana has just landed a part time casual paid job at Selections as an Administrative Assistant. She lives with Down Syndrome and is hard of hearing but she doesn't let this get in her way of opportunities and successes. Alana is a very passionate, sensitive, proactive and positive person and is very excited about this new opportunity! Alana is another long-term Selections participant who looks forward to being a part of the organization in a new way!