Christine Proulx is a director and founder of Free Rein Associates. Accordingly, she has been involved in every aspect of the organization since its inception: project development, co-ordination and management; life skills training, facilitation and employment counseling. Christine holds a Diploma in Human Services from UFV. Christine’s passion to develop community programming comes from understanding that employment enhances the quality of life for the individual, their family and community.
Peter Bailey has worked with Free Rein Associates in every capacity since 1993. Peter is a certified employment counselor, holding the BC Career Development Credential. He also has a business certificate from BCIT and the Provincial Instructor’s Diploma through VCC. It is Peter’s personal value that the Free Rein services help community members develop their careers to enhance their quality of life and therefore the quality of life in the whole community.
Karen Scalise has served as the business administrator for Free Rein since 1994 and is currently our Chief Executive Officer. Her work focuses on the financial administration of the organization. Karen’s training in bookkeeping and therapeutic recreation prepared her well for working in this diverse environment. She says that she doesn’t think of her position with Free Rein as work. “It’s a great place to challenge my professional abilities and collaborate with fantastic people.”
Gary Elliott has worked with Free Rein since September 2010. Holding a BA in Economics (SFU) and the Career Development Practitioner Certificate (SFU), Gary’s career has included Financial Planning and all areas of employability. As a Case Manager with WorkBC Hope, Gary says he likes working in the field because he is able to use his planning skills to help people identify their goals and strive for labour force or community attachment.
Early Childhood Development Coordinator
Darla Dickinson is the Early Childhood Development Coordinator at Free Rein, and facilitates workshops for our WorkBC Program. Darla holds a BA in History and Journalism and is passionate about considering history to make a better life for the children in our community. She is committed to making a positive difference in people’s lives while creating a sustainable, vibrant community to work, live and play in.
Client Service Specialist
Tanya Jensen was a stay at home mom for 8 years prior to starting with Free Rein in June 2015, Tanya has enjoyed the opportunity to get to know the local community through her role as Client Service Representative. Tanya looks forward to growing with her position and learning new initiatives.
Community Employment Facilitator
Cyndi Nickerson has a background in addiction support and recovery programming. Her work has centred on residential programs for people overcoming addictions. Cyndi will be co-facilitating a new program aimed at helping people improve their customer service skills to find employment. Born and raised in Hope, Cyndi is thrilled to be able to invest in people and give back to the community in a positive way.
Milena Pokorny joined Free Rein in March 2014. She comes with knowledge of financial, administration and office procedures. Milena says “Working at Free Rein has been very rewarding….. It is very fulfilling to know you make a difference in the lives of people living in our community.”
Tim joined our team February 2, 2015. He works a case manager in the WorkBC office. He is a father with three children at home ranging in age from 4 – 10. When he is not at work Tim enjoys cooking and following sports. Tim has a Masters degree in Adult Education and enjoys working to help people understand their dreams and begin to take steps to make them a reality.
WorkBC Facilitator and Marketer
Kim Richardson has lived in Hope with her husband and family for over 30 years. Kim has been employed with Free Rein Associates since February 2015. Her role is largely customer service based which was developed and practised over the years while employed for the Hope Recreation Centre. Today Kim is able to put her instructor cap on once again as she facilitates career preparation workshops and teaches The Canadian Red Cross First Aid Program. You will also see Kim in the Resource Room helping clients with their job search goals and at many community meetings representing WorkBC.
Career Development Practitioner
Bonnie Robbins holds the Certified Career Development Practitioner designation and joined the Free Rein team October 2015. She has a strong background as a Career Development Practitioner and recent experience and training in working with clients with a wide range of disabilities. Bonnie enjoys assisting clients in building on their strengths and overcoming barriers to finding and maintaining employment.