Sue Simpson – Executive Director

Sue has seen WRFN grow from its inception to the vibrant organization it is today. She is passionate about supporting families and individuals with special needs on a daily basis and is proud of all that WRFN has accomplished over the past few years. Sue has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wilfrid Laurier University and prior to the birth of her second son, Kevin, worked in the publishing industry. She and her husband, Mike, have two sons – Greg and Kevin – both of whom have exceptionalities. Sue has been an active advocate for disability issues in our community for over 26 years volunteering her time in the past with the Precious Prems Support Group, the KidsAbility Parent Advisory Committee, the KW Habilitation Services Children’s Committee, as a representative for the Cerebral Palsy Parent Support Group on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board Special Education Advisory Committee, and on the KW Counselling Services Board of Directors. She currently sits as a volunteer on the Lutherwood Community Advisory Committee.

In her current role at WRFN, Sue is responsible for overseeing all operations and is honoured to represent WRFN on many community collaborative councils, boards and committees.

sue.simpson@wrfn.info

Katie Galashan - Family Resource Coach

Katie joined WRFN in 2016 after having worked for Autism Services Waterloo Region in a similar position since 2011. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph, and has previously worked in a variety of roles providing program coordination and family support. As the Family Resource Coach, Katie’s job is to connect with families to help support strategies and navigate community resources. Katie is available regardless of age and no diagnosis is necessary. Katie strives not only to help resolve challenges, but also to join in recognizing and celebrating strengths. If you have questions about resources in our community, please feel free to get in touch. Anyone. Any Age. Any Question.

 

Katie.galashan@wrfn.info

Krista McCann – Program Coordinator

Krista began with WRFN as the Program Coordinator in March 2015. Krista has spent the last several years supporting children and youth in various capacities.  Her experience working with children and youth has mainly been in the community and residential setting, but she has also gained experience working as a support staff in the school board.  This experience has provided Krista with a well-rounded approach.  Krista has a diploma in Child and Youth Care Counselling and is currently pursuing a degree in Social Development Studies.  Krista is dedicated and passionate about creating relationships and environments where everyone can contribute and thrive.

In her current role at WRFN, Krista is responsible for overseeing all children’s and young adult programs.

krista.mccann@wrfn.info