Yvonne immigrated with her family to Red Deer in 2009 from The Netherlands. Soon after her arrival she continued the most important thing in her life, meeting with other people and helping wherever possible. Her entire life Yvonne has always been actively involved in clubs, not only for her own physical and social health and wellbeing, but also for those around her.
As an active sports player, coach, instructor, referee, board member and frequent co-organizer of any activity for happy and healthy people for more than 40 years she is a true role model. In Red Deer one of her achievements was the re-introduction of team handball in High Schools.
Jennifer Bindon is a Registered Midwife who has been practicing midwifery in Central Alberta for almost 10 years, following an 11-year career as an obstetrical nurse. She started Prairie Midwives in 2012 and has steadily increased midwifery delivery to Central Alberta from 80 women per year to now over 250! She is passionate about women’s health and promoting normal, physiological labour and birth. When not being a midwife and business owner, she is working to identify gaps in women’s health care which leads her to advocating for women, committee work, and fundraising. She believes strongly in cultivating connections with her clients, colleagues and everyone she comes into contact with.
Dr. Jody Carrington
For over 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls. She is a child psychologist who believes their success lies in the holy work of the people who hold them; educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Before starting her own practice and nation-wide speaking, Jody worked at Alberta Children’s Hospital dealing with families suffering trauma learning a signature lesson: we are wired to do hard things and wired for connection. Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the RCMP working alongside families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s and PhD in Psychology at the University of Regina. Her book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love (2019) is on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.
Dr. Stephanie Connolly
Dr. Stephanie grew up in Red Deer. She received a soccer scholarship from Northern State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. She was co-founder and President of Palmer’s Functional Neurology Club and a member of the Canadian Chiropractic Club. At Trinity Chiropractic, she has cared for newborns to seniors and enjoys working with athletes to improve their health and performance. She enjoys numerous outdoor activities such as snowboarding, golf, soccer and hiking with her 2 Bernese mountain dogs, Mack and Alta . Her friends describe her as “passionate about her chiropractic calling, loyal, determined, compassionate and accepting towards people and their spirit."
From a young age, Jenn has had a passion for women, pregnancy, labour and birth. Serving and supporting others has always been a huge part of her heart. Volunteering has always been important in her life, as her heart is to give. Jenn recognized a local community need in 2011 when she experienced her first miscarriage, and again in 2014 during her second. What started off as a small seed, has grown, blossomed, and is still growing to what it has become today. Once of Jenn‘s biggest hopes with creating this cause was to raise awareness and create more support as a need within our community. Jenn created Healing Hearts, which completely ran on Jenn’s dedicated time and love, to reach out to support other’s experiencing the devastation of loss. Jenn, along with the Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Center, declared October 15 to be recognized in the City of Red Deer, as pregnancy and infant loss awareness day, in 2017/2018.
Karrie Page is a Speech Language Pathologist who has helped to improve lives in our community for almost 20 years. After graduating with a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta in 2002 she started with AHS, dedicated to rehabilitating adults with brain injury and facilitating a community group for people with aphasia. Privately, Karrie specializes in orofacial myology and recently added lactation support to her practice to fill a need for families in Central Alberta. A leader in her field, Karrie co-created and teaches the Orofacial Rest Posture Program to health professionals across Canada. Karrie’s passionate volunteer work includes founding and coordinating the Alberta Wellness Retreat for Women with Aphasia and Secretary for the Central Alberta Women’s Health Alliance.
Katelyn Paquin, a strong independent woman who just started her very own business; Her Helping Habit; at the age of 25. Katelyn is extremely knowledgeable in the area of infertility and most importantly egg donation. She has donated her eggs numerous times over the past couple of years and has been able to give three sets of individuals the gift of life through her selfless acts of egg donation. Katelyn then used her knowledge in this field to start the first ever known egg donation agency in all of Canada (Her Helping Habit). Katelyn’s business offers a variety of different services such as egg donation, surrogacy, infertility consulting and counselling. In her younger years, Katelyn attended Mount Royal University in Calgary where she completed her Social Work Diploma. She then worked for many homeless shelters, youth group homes, and youth detox centres before starting her own business. Katelyn is an asset to anyone’s life.
Manon Therriault, a dynamic leader in the non-profit world, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Red Deer Regional Health Foundation. She has a diploma in Childhood Education from Cambrian College, a degree in Psychology from Laurentian University, and a post grad with honors in Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion from Centennial College.
Manon has extensive experience working in health based non-profit organizations having previous employment with Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society. Originally from Ontario, Manon has called Central Alberta home for the last 4 years. She has a three-year-old son named Andrew, and two dogs. Manon is a lover of music, painting, cooking, and baking.
Tessa VanOene is a humble and caring healer. Tessa attained her Physiotherapy Degree at University of Alberta as well competing as a track and field athlete. She brought her health passion and movement to Red Deer in 1998 and started her professional journey to help others physically and emotionally. Tessa is a constant student and has taken many post graduate courses. She assists patients, daily, with their health journey but does not seek recognition for her continual support of others. Her community presence is always noted through weekly yoga, kettlebell classes, hosts self-care workshops (Grateful Goddess) and lectures on health for students and educators. Her subtle, patient nature persistently cares for all. Tessa truly is the glue of her community.
Joanne Ward is committed to leading with positivity, enthusiasm and desire. An independent entrepreneur, Joanne has dedicated her ‘off’ time as a community volunteer with Soroptimist International (serving as Public Awareness Chair for Western Canada) and in 2016 created an online community called Love Myself. The group, which has approximately 9600+ members, fosters an environment of growth, love and motivation amongst women from all over the globe. Joanne has provided a safe space for women who are struggling take the steps needed to find empowerment and healing.