I was born and raised in Calgary, moved to Lethbridge for University and have never looked back. For fun I garden, swim and pretend to read my Book Club books.
Supporting children with disabilities is more than my job. It is my passion and my life. My amazing husband and I have the privilege of being parents to three amazing boys, two of whom have Autism. That experience has taught me more than anything else I have ever done. They inspire me every day. They are a constant reminder of the value of believing in children.
Besides raising my own family, I have been supporting families with children with disabilities for more than ten years. I began working with hands-on programming rooted inApplied Behavioural Analysis, which gave me insight and skill in developing responsive programming based on function of behaviour. I also spent five years actively working to support families in planning ‘good lives for their children’ with the Lethbridge Association for Community Living’s Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN).
All of these experiences, both personally and professionally, led me to the creation of Bridges. I provide workshops and individual support on a range of issues, from vision planning to building relationships. I also see first-hand the amazing capacity of families and the creativity and passion they bring to every encounter. This has inspired the passion I have for building inclusive lives and meaningful responsive supports intended to see people with disabilities lead lives rich in citizenship.
Owning Bridges has been one of the great and wonderful surprises in my life. When we started out, it was an idea. I wanted to build a program where children could gain strong social and emotional skills working in a social setting. The journey from where we started our small pilot project to where we are today has been an amazing adventure. I feel incredibly blessed to be invited into families lives and honored to be a small part of the success of the children we support.
While I was born in Calgary, I have been on a tour of Southern Alberta ever since I was young. Somewhere between graduating from the U of L and having all three of my boys born at the Chinook Regional Hospital, I have managed to establish roots in the Lethbridge area.
I spend most of my free time chasing after some combination of my three sons and my dog Odie. When I’m not doing that I’m creating new and exciting ways of not finishing what my wife has asked me to do. I have been an avid Flames fan my whole life and have recently developed an affinity for Montana Grizzly Football.
The greatest lesson I have learned from being a father to two children with a disability is to take notice of the small things in life. The right choices made – the first steps – are all victories that deserve to be celebrated. It is entirely appropriate to praise those who have successfully completed positive life change, but we must also applaud those still on their journey. Each step forward is worthy of this kind of acknowledgement. And when we see it in our lives or in the lives of others, we must call it what it is—a triumph worthy of celebration. I am proud to say Bridges has adopted the same philosophy. All of us look forward to celebrating every step of the journey with our Bridges families.
I was born and raised in Guatemala, and moved to Canada in 2012 to follow the love of my life and starting the adventure of family with him. Even though I miss the warm weather, the beach and all you can eat fruits, I enjoy living in Lethbridge. Some of my favorite things to do are travelling, swimming and spending time with friends and family.
I received my BA in Psychology in Guatemala followed by a Master´s degree in Neuropsychology in Spain. This luckily opened the door for travelling, discovering and learning in different parts of the world. I´ve worked with children with disabilities for 10 years now, and I enjoy every minute of it. If there is something I have learned over the years, cultures and places I´ve been, is that opening your mind to new ideas and crazy thoughts is what brings success of life. Bridges is the best place to think outside the box and challenge my mind to new ideas, I´m loving every minute of it!
Administrative Support Specialist
I was born and raised in Southern Alberta and moved to the Lethbridge area in 2006 with my husband, Reese, and my beautiful daughter, Meghan. After working in the oil & gas/trucking industry for 30 years, I’m happy to have the opportunity to join the team at Bridges. I’m enjoying learning new things and meeting all of the fantastic children and families that come to us for support.
Accounts Receivable & Human Resources
I was born in Ndola Northern Rhodesia Africa and moved to Canada when I was 7. I have traveled to every province and territory in Canada and have lived in 2 territories and 4 provinces.
I graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Education and a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. I worked in Early Intervention in the Yukon Territory for 18 years.
I have one son, three step kids and two BEAUTIFUL grandsons! I love old black and white movies and jazz. My idea of a perfect summer afternoon is a lounge chair a good book and a glass of diet coke with Diana Krall singing in the background.
Teens Program Coordinator
(Meghan’s Bio is coming soon!)
Middles Program Coordinator
I was raised on a farm just outside of Monarch, Alberta til I was 6 years old and then my family moved to Lethbridge. I graduated from Immanuel Christian High School in 2010, took a year off and then enrolled at the Lethbridge College in the Child and Youth Care diploma program which I graduated in 2013. During my time at the college, I got the opportunity to take an international study tour to Uganda for two weeks. This experience really helped in the development of my skills and increased my love for children.
I worked as a preschool assistant for 7 months before getting a job with Bridges. I have learned so much from every child I have worked with both past and present as well as every staff. Becoming a Program Leader has pushed me out of my comfort zone and has given me so many opportunities to grow in helping these amazing children reach their potential. I love working for this company and hope to continue watching it grow for many years to come.
Littles Program Coordinator
I moved to Lethbridge to get my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and have been working for Bridges since. As a mother, I know how important children are to those that love them and feel honoured to have the opportunity to work with these amazing human beings every day. Working with Bridges has given me the chance to feel like I am helping make a difference in the lives of children and their families in supporting them to build strategies to make their lives a little easier. I love that my job allows me to be creative and help children in their own learning while at the same time always learning from them. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and pets, making art of all kinds, doing yoga, spending time outdoors and trying to save the planet.
Littles Program Leader
My name is Deanna Robins. I have been working with Lori’s family for almost 11 years now, and with Bridges since it opened. I was born and raised in Jaffray BC, and moved to Lethbridge in 2003 to attend the University of Lethbridge. I have one brother who is special needs and is a Team Canada athlete in the Special Olympics. He has competed in both South Korea and in Austria, bringing home a total of 3 bronze medals in skiing. He is my motivation to pursue this as my career, his love for life and desire to succeed, inspired me want to help other children reach their potential.
I am a Program Leader for the Littles program and also train staff for a few families. I feel so fortunate to be a part of the team here at Bridges, where we are encouraged to always be thinking outside the box and be as creative as we can be in our teachings. The kids here are amazing and I am so happy to be a part of their growth and development into adulthood. The kids have taught me so much, but the biggest would be to appreciate the smaller things in life. Life is short and if we are always focused on the “big picture”we miss out on the opportunity to enjoy so much more.
In my spare time away from work, I am a head coach and board member in the Special Olympics, I volunteer with animal rescue, I enjoy travelling, golfing, camping, swimming, and spend a lot of time with my boyfriend at the softball diamonds. We also have two amazing dogs who like to think they are our kids.
Teens Program Leader
(Bio Coming Soon!)
Littles Program Leader
(Bio Coming Soon!)
My name is Taylor and I moved to Lethbridge 7 years ago to pursue a degree in Music Education at the University, and am now finishing a Bachelor of Arts. I started working at Bridges in 2015, after watching and working along side my mom for years. Back home we ran an emergent-response house in our own home for people with disabilities who were without residence. This experience and my love for kids inspired me to take on this position.
I believe that while much of my job is to guide children through learning, I learn so much more from them and their families. Their positivity, determination and youthful humor make everyday a new adventure, and I can’t imagine working anywhere else. Becoming a Program Leader taught me so much about myself, and I can’t wait to continue to grow within the Bridges family.
Teens Program Leader
(Bio Coming Soon!)
Raymond Hoffarth MSc., BCBA
I am a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with more than 15 years-experience working with individuals with learning and behavioural problems. I provide behavioural consultation and training services to families and organizations to help manage change, when necessary, and to help create and teach new methods or routines.
My education and training in neuroscience did not prepare me when I became a parent to a child with autism, however it did provide me with a perspective to deal with change and plans to support learning and life-skills training. The goal is to identity and empower stakeholders such as parents, friends and staff. Supports are best when they are natural and focus on positive practices and routines at home, the community and workplace as part of a positive life-style. Social skills rely on communication and verbal behaviour with others to manage daily needs and routines.
My work is to create support networks and interventions for children as well as training for staff. I am excited to be part of the team here at Bridges Consulting because they ensure that supports and strategies are unique to the needs, life histories, and current circumstances of each child and their family.
Speech Language Pathologist
(Bio Coming Soon!)
Working at Bridges Consulting
We value transparency, integrity and respect as the foundation of all working relationships at Bridges. Our Mission is to put children and families first as we work to support them in reaching their potential. We are an environment of innovation, teamwork and inclusion. If this sounds like a place you’d like to work, get in touch with us today.
Who We Are
Bridges believes in a family-centred approach to helping children gain the skills they need to reach their potential. The focus is on building the children's success skills through meaningful, targeted supports.
We provide small group programming and individual consultation and support to families with children who have a range of developmental deficits.
Our primary focus is on building the foundations of social thinking, behaviour and language needed for success. Our approach is governed by research-based practices and Applied Behaviour Analysis.