OUR TEAM

 

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Derenoski
Garry Derenoski
CIP, RRP
President, CEO

Garry is the President and CEO of Bridges Health. Garry founded Bridges Health in 1998 in Saskatoon, filling a void in the vocational rehabilitation field. His foresight into what the industry required has led to Bridges Health being one of the leading service providers in Western Canada. He expanded the company rapidly to include offices and services in Prince Albert, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary and British Columbia and the name of the company was changed to Bridges Health.

Garry has eighteen years experience in the insurance industry, as well as an additional nine additional years in the vocational rehabilitation field and holds the designations of Chartered Insurance Professional and Registered Rehabilitation Professional. He previously served on the board of The Saskatchewan Association of Rehabilitation for the Brain Injured.

When he is not at Bridges Health, Garry enjoys life on an acreage south of Saskatoon, with his wife, assorted cats and the horses.

Stewart
Adelle Stewart
Executive Director, Operations

Adelle has been working with Bridges Health since 1999. She is a Human Resource leader with extensive experience in Workplace Wellness, Absence Management, Workers’ Compensation Injury Claims Management, Return to Work Coordination, Labour Standards, Duty to Accommodate and Human Rights.

Adelle also specializes in disability management, spending five years as a licenced Independent Adjuster, providing claims adjudication and administration of rehabilitation benefits for a crown corporation. Her work history has also provided her with a strong background in payroll, policies, benefits and bookkeeping.

Currently, Adelle oversees all aspects of Operations including mentorship, policy development, business planning, customer satisfaction, program facilitation, as well as maintaining staff metrics and key performance

Ferguson
Leon Ferguson
Vice President

Leon has been with the Bridges Health team since November 2014.  Leon is an experienced Senior Leader in the Construction, Manufacturing, Distribution, and Service Industries. Bringing over 10 successful years of increasing profits by enhancing culture, proactive efficient processes, systems and structure that allow for robust growth in sales and operations. Leon's capabilities and experience to prioritize, develop and leverage relationships among internal and external partners have been a key to the success of his business leadership, business development and financial management for overall health of the organization and satisfaction for the clients.

Team

Kristin Schulkowsky
Regional Manager, Saskatchewan

Kristin comes to us with +6yrs as a value-based Operations Leader of a fast-paced, retail organization with directly responsible for the profitability and overall operations of a multi-unit and multi-province territory.

Her experience and accomplishments are a direct result of her commitment with enhancing the client/customer experience, operations/maximizing efficiencies, implimentation of valuable policy and emphasis of human resources procedures.

Kristin will be overseeing Saskatchewan operations which include branches in Prince Albert, Regina and our headoffice in Saskatoon.

Ashley Breland
BA, BSW, RSW
Program Coordinator

Ashley completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina in 2012.  Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Saskatchewan in 2008.  Ashley began her clinical social work career in Adult Community Services as an Adult Mental Health Counsellor in rural Saskatchewan.

In July 2014 Ashley accepted a position with a brand new provincial initiative through the Canadian Mental Health Association.  As the clinical social worker on the team she worked with mentally ill violent offenders in various capacities: ranging from basic case management to intensive crisis management and everything in between.

Ashley's passion lies within mental health wellness, advocacy, promotion, education, recovery and reducing the stigma of mental illness. It was an exciting decision to accept the program coordinator position with Bridges Health in May 2016.  Working with the existing team, Ashley will be developing, coordinating and facilitating a brand new program aimed at improving psychological health and safety within our workplaces.

Courtney Murrison
Executive Assistant Diploma
Administrative Assistant
Courtney Murrison received an Executive Assistant diploma from Saskatoon Business College in 2014.  Since then, she spent some time travelling the world before being hired at Bridges Health in March, 2017 as an Administrative Assistant.  
Chelsey Zelizney
BA, BSW
Program Facilitator

Chelsey completed her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina in 2016.  Chelsey came from a background in Psychology, as she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Saskatchewan in 2014.  With a large interest in human development and mental health, Chelsey has become an advocate and peer mentor in the community for increased awareness and education on mental health wellness.  Chelsey's passions include suicide awareness and crisis intervention, reducing stigma surrounding mental health problems, and educating others on how to live a positive lifestyle. Chelsey joined the Bridges Health team in April 2017 to assist in further development and facilitation of our Mindfull programs which include Psychological Health and Safety and Mental Health First Aid.  

Camille Audette
LPN
Health Services Consultant

Camille earned her Practical Nursing Diploma from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology in 2012, and Level II Certificate in Business Administration  from the University of Regina in 2016. Camille has worked in a variety of settings including acute care, Specialist clinics, long term care, and home care, and has many years’ experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She continues to serve on a Board of Directors for a Group Home for Adults with intellectual disabilities, and remains passionate about working with individuals and their families in palliative care settings. Camille highly values the importance of compassionate, patient-centered end of life care.  

Outside of work, she enjoys live music and theatre, the outdoors, reading, travelling, and spending time with her daughter. Camille joined Bridges Health as a Health Services Consultant in February 2017.

Laurette McCaig
Financial Controller
Samantha Gorrell
Administrative Assistant
Pamela Munson
B. Comm
Health Services Consultant

Pamela obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Human Resource Management. She is currently working on her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Regina.

 

Pamela has several years of experience as a human resources professional including over two years specializing as a health and wellness consultant. She has experience in Workplace Wellness, Absence Management, Workers’ Compensation Injury Claims Management, Return to Work Coordination, Labour Standards, Duty to Accommodate and Human Rights.

 

At Bridges Health, Pamela is responsible for coordinating return-to-work plans, vocational testing, labour market surveys, supported job searches, and disability management. She joined Bridges Health in December 2016 and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with stakeholders to support healthy workplaces.

Daryn Willis
Health Services Consultant
Mr. Willis has five (5) years experience in Human Resources and Risk Management. Throughout his years in this field, he gained extensive experience facilitating WCB, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability claims. The goal of Mr. Willis’s approach is to ensure the health and wellness of all employees, reduce the risk of reoccurrence of an injury and to reduce the human and financial cost of absences and worker’s compensation claims. Mr. Willis believes that providing a framework of support to employees that were suffering from an illness or injury is the key to their expedited return to work plan. Mr. Willis strives to ensure all employees continued to be a valued part of the workplace post injury or during an occupational illness.
Erin Rissling
Occupational Therapist

Erin joined Bridges in November 2016. She completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia, after first completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at the University of Regina.  Prior to completing the occupational therapy program, Erin gained experience working with adults with various intellectual disabilities, and also lead fitness training groups for youth with depression.  She has been introduced to a wide variety of occupational therapy practice areas including hospitals, schools, and urban and rural settings. She has worked with both physical and mental health, as well as people of all ages.  Erin enjoys occupational therapy because it allows her to combine her background in kinesiology, while focusing on meaningful everyday activities.

Stephanie Hernandez
B.A., Psy, RRP
Managing Consultant

Stephanie Hernandez is a Managing Consultant at Bridges Health. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, in Psychology, with distinction, from the University of Saskatchewan. Stephanie also holds the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation.

Stephanie joined Bridges Health in September 2011, and has worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, specializing in early intervention, disability management, absence management, long-term disability, and mental health related claims.

Stephanie has worked with various employers, insurance providers, Worker’s Compensation Boards, law firms, and crown corporations. She has experience in administering vocational testing; conducting labour market surveys, implementing RTW plans, job coaching, and vocational planning.

She began working as a Managing Consultant in May 2015, overseeing everyday operations, human resources and providing training and support to various staff at Bridges Health.

Russ Warner
R.R.P.
Consultant

Russ has been with our Saskatoon office since 1999 and specializes in administering vocational testing and conducting Transferable Skills Analysis and Labour Market Surveys.

Russ is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRAC) and has attained his RRP designation. He assists clients with job coaching, interview techniques, and job placement. Before coming to Bridges Health, Russ worked for six and a half years as an Employment Counselor assisting social assistance recipients to find suitable employment.

As well, Russ facilitated Job Finding Clubs for Employment Insurance recipients and coordinated vocational testing for numerous federal and provincially funded employment projects. He has also co-facilitated a youth employment project funded by the federal government, The Job Generation program.

Russ has extensive experience in resume creation, teaching job search techniques, conducting mock interviews, and job placement. Russ has developed a rapport with an extensive network of employers within the business community, which enhances the job search efforts of clients.

Amanda Hanson
Health Services Consultant
Scott Hunter
M.A. Psych
Health Services Consultant

Scott obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, as well as his Master of Arts degree in Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver, in Colorado, USA. He is also completing his PhD in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado.

His education has provided him with practical skills for health service coordination, such as a broad knowledge of health issues and the importance for clear communication during the coordination and collaboration processes.

He has experience working in international settings, providing trainings for mental health interventions, teaching job skills to adults with developmental disabilities, and adjudicating social security disability claims in the United States.

At Bridges Health, Scott is responsible for coordinating return-to-work plans, vocational testing, labour market surveys, supported job searches, and disability management. He joined Bridges Health in January 2015 and looks forward to continuing to collaborate with stakeholders in the ever-evolving health services industry.

Lesley McIntyre
B.A. Hons. Ps
Managing Director/Consultant

Lesley completed her B. A. Honors in Psychology at the University of Regina. She joined Bridges Health in April 2003 and provides expertise in administering and interpreting vocational assessments, Myers-Briggs and Psychometric testing, employment preparation, job search and counseling. She also has extensive experience in dealing with people who suffer from PTSD and a variety of mental health related disabilities as well as ABI. She has been an effective vocational rehabilitation consultant for individuals suffering from physical disabilities, including spinal cord.

Prior to Bridges Health, Lesley worked with a post-secondary vocational facility assisting re-careering clients in resume writing, employability and interview skills, work placements and job search. At Bridges Health she expanded her role as Business Development Specialist, developing rapport with employers in the business community. Lesley honed her interview and coaching skills as a Permanent Placement Recruiter with an international employment agency. She continues to network with employers, facilitating our client’s work placements and job search efforts.

Lesley is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Council of Human Resource Associations (SCHRA), Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (formerly CARP) and the Regina Chamber of Commerce and has taught the Youth Worker and Vocational Rehabilitation Worker Certificate Program through SIAST.

Josh Hartl
B.A. Psych
Business Development Manager

Josh joined Bridges Health in January 2008 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Josh grew up on a farm in small town Saskatchewan and has extensive knowledge of the farming industry.

Josh began working with Bridges Health as a Vocational Consultant, providing vocational testing, transferable skills analyses, labour market surveys, return to work planning, career counseling, work placements, and job searches.

In 2014, he became IRC’s Business Development Manager and is responsible for attracting, marketing, promoting and educating potential customers about Bridges Health’s programs and services.

Throughout university, Josh was involved in competitive athletics and dedicated himself the sport of soccer, joining the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Men’s Soccer program in February 2005. He continues to play recreationally in Regina and remains active in the community as a youth soccer coach.

Josh enjoys spending time with his wife, Hayley, and their cat, Quinnie, and also enjoys travelling and socializing with friends and family.

Laura Smillie
RCSS, RVP, RRP, CVRP, CHRL, CHRE
Consultant

Laura is a strategic business partner who provides the right advice, resources and tools to assist companies achieve and maintain a strong competitive advantage. In the last 20 years, Laura has helped a number of small to medium sized organizations; both in the private and public sector successfully achieve their business goals.

Laura brings a culmination of over 20 years of senior business management experience with a strong focus on human resources and operations.  Her professionalism, spark and tenacity enable her to motivate and guide her team to understand and exceed clients’ needs. Her keen eye for innovative HR solutions results in her clients achieving increased employee morale, increased productivity, renewed enthusiasm for the organization, decreased employee attrition and increased profitability.

Laura is a qualified and Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) in good standing with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, the Canadian Association of Vocational Professionals and the Human Resources Professional Association.  Laura is also a Registered Community Support Specialist (RCSS), Registered Vocational Professional (RVP), Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVP), Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) and Certified Human Resource Executive (CHRE).  She has 20 years of disability management expertise with a specialized focus on vocational rehabilitation and return to work programs.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada, Ontario Society.

Corey Kooy
B. Sc. OT
Occupational Therapist

Corey completed his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education at the University of Saskatchewan before completing his Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba in 2000.

Corey joined Bridges Health on a full time basis in 2003 and also does work for Veteran Affairs, Worker’s Compensation and treatment clinics in Saskatoon and surrounding areas.

Corey is a certified Matheson Functional Capacity Evaluator and particularly enjoys Worksite assessments, Physical Demands Task Analysis and Ergonomic assessments. Corey also has extensive experience in performing home and personal care assessments and farm assessments to identify potential barriers and make recommendations for clients returning to pre-disability home activities or employments.

Corey also provides education to clients on new techniques to complete tasks, and recommendations to modify the environment or adaptive aids. He is registered in the provinces of Manitoba and Alberta and has been admitted as an expert in the area of Occupational Therapy in various legal and quasi-legal proceedings.

Jennifer Hildebrand
B.Sc. OT
Occupational Therapist

Jennifer attended a 4 year program at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor degree in Social Work.  Prior to moving to Saskatchewan, she gained experience working in long term care facilities, acute care hospitals, and short term rehabilitation facilities. 

Jennifer has worked with Bridges Health for a culmination of 7 years, taking breaks at times to raise her children.  She has extensive knowledge in completing Physical Demands Analysis Assessments, Cognitive Assessments, Home Assessments, and Ergonomic Assessments.  While growing up, she helped on her grandparents’ farm, which gives her an advantage when completing Farm Assessments. 

 

She has a passion for returning individuals to increased quality of life and independence in work and home environments.  Outside of work, she enjoys taking road trips with her family, assisting in running the local soccer program, and singing in choir productions.

Megan Weyland
B.Sc., OT Reg
Occupational Therapist

Megan attended the University of Saskatchewan for 2 years before attending the University of Alberta, where she completed her Bachelor of Sciences degree in Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with clients in a wide variety of settings, including home care, long term care, the school system, acute psychiatry and with WCB clients.

Megan also has extensive knowledge in completing numerous physical and cognitive assessments, as well as implementing interventions through both individual and group settings. She grew up on a family farm in rural Saskatchewan so is very knowledgeable regarding demands of farming life and the industry in general.

During her educational career Megan quickly adapted to big city life while living in both Saskatoon and Edmonton.

Christa Kaytor
BMR OT
Occupational Therapist

Christa completed her Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy at the University of Manitoba. She has worked in community mental health, acute care, and long term care settings.

She spent five years as the program head and instructor with the SIAST Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physical Therapist Assistant (OTA/PTA) program where she prepared Assistants for employment in therapy settings.

She grew up in rural Saskatchewan and is now living the city life. Her varied experience helps her to provide services on a contract basis – providing occupational therapy assessments for a variety of clients.

 

Awards & Recognition

WCB claims
2014 Service Finalist
2013 Service Finalist
2012 Service Finalist
2012 Innovation Recipient
claim management
2014 Recipient Business of the Year
2013 Recipient Business of the Year
IRC rehabilitation
2014 New Direction Finalist
2013 Leadership Finalist