Alisa and her family moved to Alberta from Ontario in the summer of 2015. After taking the summer off with her children, she began researching local support networks to put her 18+ years of experience in human services to good use. AIM’s Employment and Day program stood out to her as the most progressive, and as luck would have it, they were hiring.

Job Coach with the Okotoks branch became her official title in September of 2015 despite being eight minutes late to arrive for her job interview thanks to the ‘lovely’ train in Okotoks.

In February of 2016, an Okotoks Outreach position was awarded to her and Alisa was thrilled to be meeting new people and back in familiar territory, as she had been in an Outreach position for six years prior to moving to Alberta.

In May 2016, the Team Leader in High River unfortunately became very ill and left on sick leave. Alisa was offered the opportunity to step out of her comfort zone and fill this position.

Now if you’re paying attention, this seems like a huge batch of changes for one person entirely new to the province, learning the way around new cities, building a rapport with people she is new to supporting, new coworkers and investigating local support avenues to be the best support advocate she could be. It certainly had its hilarious mistakes at times.

Despite quickly making progress with the new people she was fortunate enough to support through Outreach, she felt this was a prime opportunity to show AIM her drive to be an asset to this amazing organization.

Since June 2016, she has permanently been the Team Leader in High River and she truly feels part of something innovative. It’s been an amazing experience and a blessing to meet so many new, wonderfully unique personalities that make her laugh on a daily basis.

There has been an abundance of new experiences in her life. Camping with her family in the mountains, enjoying views while hiking along Sheep River and viewing various wildlife while riding her motorcycle through the Foothills and mountains. And she is excited for what the upcoming years will bring.

Alisa strongly believes the people the AIM Society supports possess such ability, talent and tendency that is waiting to be shared with the world. They only need the opportunity and guidance to display their abundant gifts.