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Our Team

 


 

Sue Simpson

Executive Director

Sue.Simpson@wrfn.info

 

Sue has been part of the WRFN story since the beginning, watching us grow from a small group of volunteer families into a thriving organization that’s now equipped to support thousands of people affected by special needs.

 

As executive director of the WRFN, Sue oversees all operations and represents our organization on many community collaborative councils, boards and committees.

 

A Wilfrid Laurier University graduate, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Mike, and her two adult sons, Greg and Kevin – both of whom have exceptionalities.

 

She has also been an active advocate for disability-related issues in our community for over 28 years. In that time, she’s volunteered for several organizations, such as KidsAbility, KW Habilitation, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee and KW Counselling Services. She currently sits on the Lutherwood Parent/Community Advisory Committee.

 

 

Carmen Sutherland

Coffee Club Facilitator 

Carmen.Sutherland@wrfn.info

 

Carmen has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo since 2010, and has run Coffee Club since October of 2011. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping everyone build community, especially those with disabilities. Her other passions include food and TV. She loves to meet new people and help in every way she can, so do not hesitate to reach out!

 

 

Cristina Stanger

Self-Advocacy Liaison

Cristina.Stanger@wrfn.info

 

Cristina has always been drawn to work with populations with exceptionalities, and as an adult she discovered that she has exceptionalities of her own. She has since grown into a community self-advocate by co-founding a peer support group, sitting on committees, volunteering as a mentor, and through public speaking engagements.

 

Cristina is passionate about sharing her lived experience, and she worked with WRFN to create the Ask A Self-Advocate Program in 2017. Through self-exploration, person-centred problem solving, and with a little finesse, she believes everyone can discover what they need to be at their best and successfully advocate for themselves.

 

After completing her two degrees with UW’s Faculty of Science, Cristina and her husband decided to stay in Waterloo. Now she has a young family, and they enjoy spending time in their backyard playscape/garden and cooking together.

 

 

Sue Furey

Family Resource Coach

Sue.Furey@wrfn.info

 

Sue  is filling in as Family Resource Coach while Erin is on maternity leave.  Sue has 27 years experience parenting someone with multiple exceptionalities, and has volunteered on many community committees and advisory councils, including at KidsAbility, Lutherwood, Waterloo Region District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee, and Waterloo Region Family Network.  She has enjoyed connecting with families at CNIB’s Lake Joseph family camp, and in the stands at many para-athletic track meets, and looks forward to helping WRFN families find connections and supports in Waterloo Region.

 

Sue is married with two adult children.  In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, and getting her puppy fix as a volunteer puppy sitter for National Service Dogs.

 

 

Leah Bowman

Administrative Support

Leah.Bowman@wrfn.info

 

Leah has worked within the social service sector for over 17 years in various roles such as Direct Support Professional, Family Supervisor and Program Supervisor for 3 different non-profit organizations. Through these roles, she has had the opportunity to walk alongside many children, adults & families as they find their sense of belonging in the communities where they live. Her previous supervisory roles have had many administrative components to them, which has helped her hone her organizational skills and love for seeing things run smoothly. She hopes to use her skills and unique experiences to impact and become involved in the important work that WRFN does.

 

 

 
 
Steph Prysnuk

Administrative Support

Steph.Prysnuk@wrfn.info

Steph is a woman with exceptionalities who is an active member of her community. Steph volunteers at Knox Waterloo church, enjoys music, sings in the WRDSB Crescendo Choir, and likes to keep in shape through boxing, bowling, and yoga.
Steph helps out with many different kinds of administrative projects in the WRFN office and helps to keep her coworkers on track. Steph started out as a volunteer in 2009 and is now a part-time employee.

 


 

Board of Directors

Karen Klink

Board Chair

Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn

Vice-Chair

Samantha Ouellette

Treasurer

Jen Arseneault

Director

Jennifer Lasenby-Lessard 

Director

Lorie Cochrane

Director

Debbie Hoekstra

Director

Lina Caputo

Director

Kirk Irving

Director

 

Janet Greener

Director

 

Sue Simpson

Ex Officio 

 

 

 

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Staff & Board Members

 


 

 

Our Team

Sue Simpson

Executive Director

Sue.Simpson@wrfn.info

 

Sue has been part of the WRFN story since the beginning, watching us grow from a small group of volunteer families into a thriving organization that’s now equipped to support thousands of people affected by special needs.

 

As executive director of the WRFN, Sue oversees all operations and represents our organization on many community collaborative councils, boards and committees.

 

A Wilfrid Laurier University graduate, Sue enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband, Mike, and her two adult sons, Greg and Kevin – both of whom have exceptionalities.

 

She has also been an active advocate for disability-related issues in our community for over 28 years. In that time, she’s volunteered for several organizations, such as KidsAbility, KW Habilitation, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee and KW Counselling Services. She currently sits on the Lutherwood Parent/Community Advisory Committee.

 

 

Carmen Sutherland

Coffee Club Facilitator 

Carmen.Sutherland@wrfn.info

 

Carmen has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo since 2010, and has run Coffee Club since October of 2011. She has a Master’s Degree from the University of Illinois in Rehabilitation. She is passionate about helping everyone build community, especially those with disabilities. Her other passions include food and TV. She loves to meet new people and help in every way she can, so do not hesitate to reach out!

 

 

Cristina Stanger

Self-Advocacy Liaison

Cristina.Stanger@wrfn.info

 

Cristina has always been drawn to work with populations with exceptionalities, and as an adult she discovered that she has exceptionalities of her own. She has since grown into a community self-advocate by co-founding a peer support group, sitting on committees, volunteering as a mentor, and through public speaking engagements.

 

Cristina is passionate about sharing her lived experience, and she worked with WRFN to create the Ask A Self-Advocate Program in 2017. Through self-exploration, person-centred problem solving, and with a little finesse, she believes everyone can discover what they need to be at their best and successfully advocate for themselves.

 

After completing her two degrees with UW’s Faculty of Science, Cristina and her husband decided to stay in Waterloo. Now she has a young family, and they enjoy spending time in their backyard playscape/garden and cooking together.

 

 

Sue Furey

Family Resource Coach

Sue.Furey@wrfn.info

 

Sue  is filling in as Family Resource Coach while Erin is on maternity leave.  Sue has 27 years experience parenting someone with multiple exceptionalities, and has volunteered on many community committees and advisory councils, including at KidsAbility, Lutherwood, Waterloo Region District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee, and Waterloo Region Family Network.  She has enjoyed connecting with families at CNIB’s Lake Joseph family camp, and in the stands at many para-athletic track meets, and looks forward to helping WRFN families find connections and supports in Waterloo Region.

 

Sue is married with two adult children.  In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, and getting her puppy fix as a volunteer puppy sitter for National Service Dogs.

 

 

Leah Bowman

Administrative Support

Leah.Bowman@wrfn.info

 

Leah has worked within the social service sector for over 17 years in various roles such as Direct Support Professional, Family Supervisor and Program Supervisor for 3 different non-profit organizations. Through these roles, she has had the opportunity to walk alongside many children, adults & families as they find their sense of belonging in the communities where they live. Her previous supervisory roles have had many administrative components to them, which has helped her hone her organizational skills and love for seeing things run smoothly. She hopes to use her skills and unique experiences to impact and become involved in the important work that WRFN does.

 

 

 
 
Steph Prysnuk

Administrative Support

Steph.Prysnuk@wrfn.info

Steph is a woman with exceptionalities who is an active member of her community. Steph volunteers at Knox Waterloo church, enjoys music, sings in the WRDSB Crescendo Choir, and likes to keep in shape through boxing, bowling, and yoga.
Steph helps out with many different kinds of administrative projects in the WRFN office and helps to keep her coworkers on track. Steph started out as a volunteer in 2009 and is now a part-time employee.

 


 

Our Board

 

Gary Pooley

Board Chair

Carolyn Leighton-Hilborn

Vice-Chair

Samantha Ouellette

Treasurer

Steve Currie 

Director

Jen Arseneault

Director

Karen Klink

Director

Rachel Villemaire

Rachel Villemaire

Director

Debbie Hoekstra

Director

Lorie Cochrane

Director

 

Jennifer Lasenby-Lessard

Director

Sue Simpson

Ex Officio;

Secretary