Phone: (519) 981-1329
Anna has a bachelor of science degree in biology, a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a business diploma. Her background is eclectic, with past employment and volunteer experience in business, law, education and health. She brings all this knowledge and experience to running the programs and operations of BIAWE.
Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, You Are Not Alone Group Facilitator
Phone: (519) 981-1329
Danielle’s background is in Social Work where she has obtained a Master of Social Work degree. In her professional background she has experience working with people who are living with a brain injury, mental health, addictions, and homelessness. She is currently employed at the Erie St. Clair LHIN.
Social Coordinator, Young Adult Group Facilitator
Rebeca is a Personal Support Worker and Social Service Worker-Gerontology. She works at a local long-term care home. She loves being the Social Coordinator because she gets to share her passions for creativity and helping others with a group of amazing people.
She also facilitates the Young Adult Peer Support Group.
Carolyn is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science. Before taking on the role of Volunteer Coordinator, she dedicated several years to volunteering with BIAWE, driven by her passion for assisting others with her time.
Carolyn is enthusiastic about contributing to the BIAWE Support Team, where she can share her experiences and expertise with fellow volunteers.
You Are Not Alone Facilitator
Sandra Herrera graduated with her Masters of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Sandra brings with her years of experience in the field of Social Work providing children, families and individuals support and guidance as an advocate and an agent of support and change. Sandra has worked with individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction, homelessness, and trauma. She has many years of experience working with individuals who present with complex trauma and dual diagnosis. She is excited to begin this journey with BIAWE and support community members within Windsor and Essex County.
Rachel Olsen brings many years of experience and knowledge from working as a legal assistant at a personal injury law firm that represents clients who have sustained brain injuries.
She also has years of experience as a previous BIAWE Board Member, member of the Education Committee, Helmets for Kids Program, Conference Committee, and Art Class Coordinator.
Rachel looks forward to her new role with BIAWE and the opportunity to assist with bringing further awareness, education, and support for those living with a brain injury.
Christine Paris is a Windsor based visual artist, an educator, and a writer – who loves to explore colour and who is always looking for ways to use art to engage the community in a worthwhile cause.
“For me, my artwork is about freeing myself enough through artistic expression to try to find an alchemy between the colours, the feeling of the colours and how they can express my human and ethereal experience in this world.”
Cooking Class Coordinator
Niina is a Registered Dietician with more than 13 years of experience in nutrition and public health. She also has a Master’s degree in Gastronomy and Creative Food Education from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy; and an associate degree in the culinary arts.
Niina believes that people deserve to have support from experts in the field to help them make proper choices when it comes to their essential nutrition, and choices that are personalized for their bodies, lifestyles, and beliefs.
Ali is currently in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor. Ali’s professional background is with individuals who struggle with mental health, addiction, and homelessness. Ali currently works at IRIS Residential Inns and Services to further support individuals living with a persistent serious mental illness.
Ali’s goal while at BIAWE is to help bridge the gap many individuals face in the community when trying to access help. Ali is here to support and connect you with the people, programs, and services you need to enhance your life!
Mooku graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Windsor. She has experience with administrative assistance in immigration and social work case management. She has assisted people with service navigation, goal setting, advocacy, and finding resources.
Mooku is passionate about social inequities and bridging systemic gaps. She hopes to contribute to policy reforms and better the well-being and livelihood of everyone.
Music Program Facilitator
Alice has a bachelor of arts degree in communication studies and a diploma of advertising business.
She enjoys helping out and being involved in the community with youth group at church, vacation bible school for young children and as PR at South Windsor Skating Club.
She loves music and singing. She has been a church choir coordinator for 30 years. Recently she joined the WSO Chorus for more community concerts. She believes music is the best cure.
Pediatric Caregivers Peer Support Group Coordinator
Taylor is a Registered Social Worker and a recent graduate of Lakehead University. She is continuing her education towards a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Windsor.
She is trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training (ASIST) and the Fundamentals of Mental Health by the Canadian Mental Health Association. She is certified to provide families with strategies to develop healthy connections and solution-focused therapy skills through the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute.
Her practice skills are multi-disciplinary with a focus on strength-based approach, solution-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.
Children’s Peer Support Group Coordinator
Krista has over 20 years of social work experience in various roles with diverse populations in Windsor Essex County. She has served children and families, adults and older adults in healthcare, education, case management and counselling roles. She’s a proud mom of two awesome teenagers, and she enjoys sports and adventures.
She has worked at Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare for the past 10 years and is a part time instructor at St. Clair College.
She is looking forward to becoming part of the Brain Injury Association community.