BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sandra Denny – Director
Sandra Jones – Director
Jim Stevens – Secretary
Clyde Paul – Director
Marilyn Forrest – Executive Director
B-J is the Operations Manager for Building FUTURES. She came to FUTURES in 2003 after graduating from NSCC and spending some time in retail & resale industries. Her responsibilities encompass many aspects of our day-to-day operations: from financials, fantastic customer service, to support in the businesses, and overseeing building repairs. Her ability to adapt to any situation keeps FUTURES running smoothly and makes for an interesting day (‘other duties as required’ is her favorite term).
In her spare time, B-J enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, and her daughter Miranda. She enjoys traveling and trying new and interesting hobbies.
B-J says FUTURES is such a unique company because the team shares a common vision for excellence; for both our social enterprises and our vocational services. The number of repeat customers and our reputation in our community speaks volumes about the loyalty and trust FUTURES has earned over the years.
My name is Jennifer. I have worked at FUTURES since 2000 when The Club opened. I started as a full time counselor and really enjoyed supporting the individuals who attended. I feel fortunate to be able to continue to work with many of the same individuals who started at The Club on the same day as I did.
We are all growing up together and have developed great relationships. In 2007 I was promoted to supervisor. This role involves more office time but I still gets to spend quality time with the participants. In fact, I get a lot of visits in my office daily! I have a BA from Mount Allison University where I studied psychology and have had many other training experiences since I have joined FUTURES.
Gerald and I live in Lower Sackville and we keep busy with our son, Ryan who is a great tennis player. We also have a cat named Spells.
Krista joined our team in April 2016 as our Business Development Coordinator. She comes to us with a background in sales, marketing/ promotions, and management. Managing salons and spas, winning various sales awards, implementing a successful sales workshop and has organized various events and fundraisers for special causes.
One to always enjoy volunteering, her favorite place was at community living homes doing hair and make-up for residents. This is where she became passionate for the human service field.
After an accident that ended that her first career,she went back to school and graduated with her diploma in Human Services. She was working with people with disabilities for two years when the opportunity presented itself to combine her past and present skills here at FUTURES. “I have to feel passionate about what I do. I feel that with FUTURES it’s a great feeling to be working with an organization whose principles and values mirror my own and where the staff and employees are top notch.”
In her spare time Krista loves spending time with her “girls” consisting of her nieces, step daughter, and daughter.
I’m Marilyn. I have been with Building FUTURES for over 20 years (stopped counting then) as Executive Director. New Brunswick is my home and I spent my 20’s and 30’s in Alberta. I chose this career soon after high school. While in Alberta I started as a group home worker, moved through various positions in supervisory and consultancy roles, finishing up as Regional Director for Services for People with Disabilities for NW Region of Alberta. Along the way I obtained a 2- year diploma in Rehabilitation and a degree in Administration, supplemented with a variety of management courses.
Like many a Maritimer, I moved home to raise my children near family. I came to Anchor for a one-year cover-off position. In doing so I met Bonnie, Shelly, Charlie, David, Dan, Jerry and many others. Who could leave?
During my time at FUTURES I have tried to ensure we provide the best support and services to people that is possible. And with the staff team, our Board, and community support, I believe we are doing well one person at a time.
Hi, I’m Lara. I started with FUTURES in 2021 as a Program Manager for our Glendale enterprises. I have a degree in Recreation Management & Community Development from Acadia University and have spent the last 20 years developing meaningful programs for families affected by health challenges. I am originally from Halifax, but I LOVE the Toronto Raptors! I was drawn to FUTURES because of the huge impact it has on the local community. I like that it supports people in my own backyard. When I’m not at FUTURES, you can find me doing Zumba or trying out new, local restaurants.
Sam came to FUTURES from Lockview High. She started in our Employment Services Program, looking for work in the midst of covid. She showed such promise and enthusiasm that when a cleaning position opened up at Futures we knew she would be a great fit.
Sam is a ball of energy that takes care of Futures morning cleaning 5 days a week and can often be found looking for extra work to do. In her spare time, she likes working out, snuggling with her sister’s dog Kaine and having fun with her friends, making them laugh.
Ellen came to Building Futures in 2010. She worked with our Employment Services Team and quickly proved herself a trustworthy, hardworking, independent person with a pleasant and upbeat attitude. Because of these positive attributes, we hired Ellen ourselves for our janitorial work here at Building Futures, five afternoons a week! In her spare time, Ellen volunteers at Beacon House; she enjoys Bowling and Hockey with Special Olympics and loves hanging with her bestie Brittney.
Hello, I’m Gerald. I’ve been with FUTURES since 1991 working in various roles but the longest being my current role as Job Coach in Assembly Plus. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the employees on a daily basis. I like coming to work every day and feel appreciated. I’m a native Sackville resident and am a father to my son, Ryan. I like watching most sports, but really I love a good old hockey game.
Shawna is a mother of three active boys, the oldest of which lives with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This fact has been a major contributor in the path that has led her to a career in human services. Shawna was first introduced to Building Futures in the winter of 2001 as a student of the Community Residential Workers Program at Nova Scotia Community College. She fell in love with the work and knew she had chosen the right path. After graduating from NSCC, she applied for a fulltime position with Building Futures and has been working as a Prevocational and Vocational Coach for the last 15 years. “The highlight of my job is being able to watch our employees reach their personal and professional goals”. In her spare time Shawna enjoys a good book, camping and most of all spending time with her family. She also loves her sleep and can be found napping anytime there is a break in her busy schedule.
Hey, I’m Matt. I have been a Day Support Counsellor at FUTURES Club since 2015. I have a Human Services/Community Living Diploma from Holland College, but I first started volunteering in the Human Services field in high school and have continued on this professional path for the past 14 years. I have also worked in child and youth care with at risk youth at a youth development center with the province of PEI. I love spending time with my family and friends. I have an extremely energetic dog and a cat that enjoys the finer things in life. As a proud Girl Dad, I am incredibly grateful and excited for all of the family adventures to come, likely to a Red Sox or Patriots game. FUTURES inspires me because of the amazing group of individuals we support and the never ending growth and learning experiences they provide is what makes this job incredibly gratifying. Watching employees and participants grow and succeed within FUTURES and in the community is what makes this such a positive work experience. Also, I like to pretend I’m an incredible golfer…
My name is Trevor and I started working at Building Futures Club in March 2011. I have a Psychology degree from Saint Mary’s University and I have had ten years of experience working at a Boarding School in the United States. I try and bring a great deal of enthusiasm, humour, and a positive attitude to each day. I am always encouraging the Club participants to take part in a variety of activities, seek out community connections and attempt to try new things. Speaking of new thing, in 2013, I became the Mandt trainer at Building Futures. Mandt is a system of positive principles and practices for non-aversive behaviour change and crisis intervention.
Hi, I’m Belinda! I have been a Job Coach with Assembly Plus and FUTURES Birds since 2016. I was born and raised in Dartmouth and moved to Sackville later in life to continue raising my family. Inspired by my son, I decided to dedicate myself to working with individuals with diversities. I attended Success College and received certification in Counselling and Human Services. When I’m not at work you can usually find me at the lake, buzzing around on my speedboat, towing the kids in the tube or camping with friends. I feel inspired working with FUTURES for many reasons. I take pride in being a part of other people’s success and seeing their pride in a job well done.
Hello! I’m Carolyn and I have been a Day Support Counsellor with FUTURES Club since 2014. I grew up in Cape Breton and I still love to spend my summers on the beach and going for walks on new trails. I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from STU and a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia. As a teenager, I enjoyed working at Easter Seals, Camp Tidnish, a summer camp for adults and youth with intellectual disabilities. I also volunteered in the learning center of schools in the area and supported students that I continue to support today as adults. I love helping our participants to live their best life and supporting them in their everyday experiences in recreation, leisure, community interactions, volunteering experiences and celebrating their many successes. We have many opportunities as a team to have a profound impact on the people we support. Every day is a chance to do something and make a difference.
Sandra’s ability to come through when the chips are down while maintaining a sharp wit and easy laugh is well known. With FUTURES since 1988, Sandra has always found herself attracted to the human service field due to having a brother with an intellectual disability. “I always wanted to help whatever way I could”. Sandra has worn many hats in her time here at FUTURES but we think everyone would agree that she is best known for her intense dedication to the Futures Impressions, where the learning never stops, and to Future Birds. Starting back in the PrintShop 30+ years ago, she has seen technology change rapidly over the years and always managed to stay ahead of the game. “Who would have ever imagined the role computers and something called the internet would eventually play in our lives”. She has formed lasting relationships with customers and employees and people look to her as someone they can trust as well as for a good laugh. She also brings an artistic flair that she is happy to share with The Future Birds Team.
In her spare time, Sandra has nine beautiful grandchildren and one great-grandbaby that she loves to spend her time with, taking them to sporting and school events. She is also a ‘Mrs. Fix it’ and likes doing her own renovations at home, (which she has discovered is EVER ending).
“The best part of working at FUTURES is the people, they’ve kept me coming back all these years, never cease to make me smile and it’s a great place to work!”
Hi, I’m Jessica and I’ve worked with FUTURES since 2019. I started as a Day Counsellor at the Club and now I am a Counsellor in Employment Services. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Acadia University and lots of experience working for various organizations like Autism Nova Scotia and Big Brothers Big Sisters. I even founded a March Break camp for children with disabilities. I have a Goldendoodle named Radler and I love adventurous activities like bungee jumping, sky diving and parasailing! It’s the people that inspire me at work. I love working in such a welcoming environment where everyone is supportive of one another and willing to lend a helping hand when need be. The staff and employees are always a joy to be around and inspire me each day to do my best.
Hi, I’m Elisabeth. I’ve been a job coach with FUTURES since 2018. I graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Kinesiology and Microbiology. During my time at university, I began working with individuals living with disabilities in small option homes. I continued my work outside the small option homes, providing respite for two children living with disabilities. This work captured my heart and soul all the while finding my niche professionally. I have a passion for continued education, growth and exploration. FUTURES has given me the platform to explore, understand and express myself. They have given me opportunities to deepen my realm of understanding when it comes to being an ally, how to advocate alongside those who need their voice heard and FUTURES has allowed me to challenge the way society views individuals living with disabilities. Outside of FUTURES, I love to stay active, filling free time with hikes in the warmer months, walking our dog, Mase, going to the gym or travelling to new places with my partner Matt.
Hi, I’m Kayla! I’ve been a Day Support Counsellor with FUTURES Club since 2020. I love being part of such a great team! I have many years of experience supporting people through various programs; March break & summer camps as well as providing respite support and volunteering with Special Olympics as a swim coach. I attended school at Maritime Business College where I completed a diploma in counselling/human services. Over the last 5 years, I have worked in several residential homes as well as family resource centers, emergency shelters and providing 1:1 support in the apartment program. When I’m not at the Club, I love to travel as well as being outdoors as much as possible. I enjoy camping, hiking, longboarding and surfing!
Hi, I’m Brittany and I’ve been a Job Coach with FUTURES since 2016. I’ve held numerous roles in my time here but now call Assembly Plus home. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University and multiple certificates in Disability Management and Applied Behavior Analysis, specializing in Autism. I am amazed and inspired by those we support at FUTURES. Each and every one of our employees has impacted my life in some way and I have grown so much as an individual from working at FUTURES. When I’m not at my family cottage or spending time with my husband and our cat, Delilah, I volunteer my time with the Halifax Special Olympics as a soccer coach.
Hi, I’m Terri-Lynn. I have been the Managing Cook with FUTURES Cafe since 2019. After attending another Halifax university for a couple of years, I realized it was not for me and sought out something I was more passionate about…Food! I graduated from NSCC in 2016 with a diploma in Culinary Arts. I have worked at various restaurants around Halifax which have allowed me to pick up different skills, and tricks of the trade.. but I am happy to have found my home here at FUTURES. I’m inspired by the employees who work here. I have never been surrounded by so much positivity in a workplace… it truly makes it rewarding to be here every day. If I’m not playing with my adorable little dog named Bentley, you can likely find me outside camping, hiking or even reading. One of the coolest experiences of my life was when I performed at Carnegie Hall in New York with the Cantatrice Ensemble in 2008.
Hello! I’m Kaitlyn and I’ve been a Job Coach with FUTURES Cafe since 2019. I have two extremely friendly cats that love to wake me up in the early morning which means I’m always on time for work! I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and completed my honours research working alongside children with autism. I’ve worked in a variety of job sites coaching adults with autism as well as working one on one doing lesson planning for job securement. What I love about FUTURES is the happiness that each individual shows when arriving to work. It is the commitment I see from staff and employees to making every day a new learning experience and an enjoyable one at that…they even let me sing along to music even when I have to make up some (or most) of the words! When I’m not at FUTURES, you can find me enjoying a relaxing night with a new episode of a show I’m watching or a dinner with family and friends.
Hi, I’m Colleen and I’ve been a Job Coach with FUTURES since 2002 in Assembly Plus. I have lived longer in Sackville than Halifax where I grew up. I have two grown boys and one grandson who is the sun and moon to me. I enjoy working with our employees at FUTURES. There are good things happening everyday and everyone is so welcoming. Our employees enjoy coming to work and making an impact by doing the work for the community. FUTURES is a great place to work! When I’m not at FUTURES I like doing puzzles (jigsaws and crosswords) and watching Netflix. And of course, I keep up with my grandson, even taking on the slide and swings at the playground. Not bad for a grandma!
Hi, I’m Sherry. I’ve been working at FUTURES Club since 2009 doing meal preparation and cleaning. I have been a member of the Special Olympics since I was a child and have even travelled to Austria with them. I saw David Hasselhoff and even visited the Von Trapp house from The Sound of Music. I live with Barb and Cheryl. We have a dog named Pixie, a cat named Mitzy and a bird Named Chippy that calls me by name! I really enjoy bowling, Bocce and going for walks around my community. I love coming to work at The Club everyday. I enjoy socializing with staff and participants while I get the lunches ready. I take great pride in keeping The Club clean and tidy and helping out when needed.
Before I began working at Building Futures in 2018 I didn’t have any work experience in the Disability Supports field, however, in my personal life I have had some experience, my niece was born with Cerebral Palsy and I have always had an active role in her life. I love being a part of an organization that supports and provides opportunities and a voice for those who haven’t always had that. To be able to see the difference a place like Building Futures makes in the daily lives of our employees is what makes working here so special.
I love animals; I would have a house full if I could. I currently have 5 ducks, an awesome cat, she is a tortoise shell and so full of torti-tude, we recently signed up to foster a sweet dog from Texas, who I am sure we will adopt. Photography is one of my passions. In fact, before taking my Business Administration course, I first took Photography at NSCC and Digital Imaging through theCentre for Distance Education. I have had a love for photography since I was a young child.
My name is Chantale, and I’ve been a Print Assistant at Futures Impressions since October 2018, which isn’t the first time I’ve worked for Building Futures. I also worked in The Print Shop (before it became what it is today) and Assembly Plus, previously known as The Offshoot Shop. Before gaining employment with Building Futures, I completed 2 work terms through the program of Graphic and Print Production, NSCC.
For my first work term, I chose Building Futures because it was close to home and I knew some of the people that worked there. I decided to come back for my second work term and couldn’t wait because Sandra and the others were very inspiring. I found it to be a place where I could be myself and not be judged based on my disability. I loved how everyone loved their jobs. This makes working with Building Futures worthwhile. There are a lot of amazing people who work here, and I made lots of friends throughout the years.
I’ve lived in the Sackville area my whole life. In my spare time, I love hanging out with friends and family, doing crafts and writing short stories and poems. I also love being part of the Sackville Bedford Special Olympics team.
Hello! I’m Amanda and I’ve been an Employment Counsellor with FUTURES since 2020. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Psychology from Acadia University and have worked at various organizations, including Landmark East School, the Flower Cart, New Boundaries and volunteered with the S.M.I.L.E program. During COVID quarantine, I taught myself how to make sourdough! I enjoy spending time with family, friends, my partner, Nick and my chimera-faced cat. Bunz. I’m a fan of spicy food, especially while watching Netflix or Disney+. I am inspired by watching the people I work with grow, learn and become the best version of them they can be. I love being able to help individuals realize their own skills and strengths to allow them to flourish.
My name is Adam Findley, I am the Production Technician at Futures Impressions and I have been part of the Building Futures family since August 2019. I have my diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from NSCC. Before my time here at Impressions I have worked many different jobs, from working as a meat cutter, grounds maintenance, manager for an exotic pet store, Glass blower at the world-renowned Nova Scotian Crystal, and now here and I love it.
As the production technician here at Impressions I get to express my creativity and put it all into the work I do. I oversee the engraving and laser department here at Futures Impressions, while also dabbling in the printing and sublimation side of the business. What I love about this job is getting to see the smiles on customers faces when they see the finished product, I also really enjoy sharing my knowledge with staff and employees.
I am a family man and enjoy spending my down time with my wife and daughter, dog and two cats. I also enjoy playing video games, wood carving, and hopefully one day get back into glass blowing.
My name is Jennifer, I began working with Building Future’s in 2017 after working several years doing shift work. I have a diploma in Human Services and years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities. In addition to my diploma, I have completed several seminars in Autism, Mental Health and Zones of Regulation.
I take great pride in my work and enjoy learning so much from the individuals I support!
I am with the Joint Occupational Health and Safety team with Future’s and enjoy being part of keeping our workplace safe.
I like being on the go and enjoying being part of the Future’s exceptional team!
One of the original crew of FUTURES, Bonnie is a very strong supporter of the organization, especially the Auction. She treasures her time with family and friends, is extremely thoughtful and never forgets anyone’s birthday. She loves music, especially Elvis and country music of the past. Bonnie also enjoys keeping busy, both at work and during her leisure time. She has a fish named Susan and she LOVES Christmas!
Cathy is a team player both at work and with the Sackville-Bedford Special Olympics. She has overcome various obstacles so that she can continue doing the things that matter most to her and we admire her tenacity. She looks forward to going out each week to get her magazines with the girls and she loves her “stories”. If you were to ask her fellow co-workers what they think about Cathy, the response would be that she’s an amazing friend.
Don is hardworking and helpful with very strong skills working in Assembly Plus. Great with tools, he is always willing to jump at the chance to try a new task and we have come to rely on his dependability. Don has had successful experiences in various businesses within the Sackville-Bedford area. He is also known for having one of the largest bowling releases in the Special Olympics.
She has come a long way from the shy, quiet young lady that arrived on the scene in 1993. Super friendly and more outgoing then ever before with a contagious smile, she is always ready to bust a move or whistle when a favourite song comes on the radio. But look out, Carrie is quite the prankster!
As part of Assembly Plus, Andrew uses his keen sense of touch to carry out the work of the day. An avid sports fan, he still holds out hope that his New York Islanders will return to greatness. If not, the Mooseheads will suffice. When he’s not at FUTURES, Andrew loves to bowl and can often be seen with a Tim’s coffee in his hand.
Kyle likes to put his muscles to work and likes to make others take notice of his great strength. He is a lover of all things reptilian, from dinosaurs to snakes. In Special Olympics, Kyle’s strengths are swimming, track and bowling. Kyle is very funny and has a great sense of humour. He loves to laugh and crack jokes. When asked what is his favourite thing or something he loves, he cocked his head to the side, put on a big grin and said “That’s easy! Girls of course!”
Lisa is full of surprises with a very funny, dry sense of humour. Quick-witted and highly skilled. Adult colouring books allow Lisa to indulge in her favourite artistic pastime; the more intricate the better! Lisa loves getting to know people, new faces and will always put a smile on your face.
They say be wary of the strong, silent types but you don’t have to be wary of Kim, she’s a sweetheart! She doesn’t say much with words but her eyes, the nods of response and her beautiful smile is usually all you need to fill you in on what’s up. She has a strong attention to detail and being artistic makes her a marvellous member of our FUTURES Birds team. Kim loves a good scary movie and when there is a camera around her smile lights up the room.
Tom has everyone’s best interest front and center. Work will get done, eventually, but Tom need to make sure everyone is okay first and… “hold it, what’s that song on the radio? Let’s dance!”. Tom loves to try new jobs and projects and always has a big smile on his face while working.
Jess is a wonderful member of our Café Team at FUTURES. Jess is hard-working and very motivated to keep busy. She is always looking to learn new skills and take on new responsibilities. Jess is always ready to lend a hand and is very attentive to others needs. You can hear Jess’s contagious giggle echo through the halls, or catch her singing along to her favorite song, Sweet Caroline. When off the clock, Jess can be found playing with or walking her dog and putting her new found cooking skills to good use at home.
A beam of sunshine on the cloudiest of days, Allison arrives for work each day with the most cheerful greetings. Her positive outlook continues throughout her workday and makes her an asset to her team. Allison develops and hones her numerous skills in Futures Cafe. Her customers and co-workers love her cheerful and sweet disposition and her impeccable manners.
An important part of the Futures Café team, Michele continues to challenge herself by learning new recipes and practicing her restaurant skills. Her competitive nature, very evident in her Special Olympics track and field and figure skating, has seen her travel the world at international events. A must try in the Café is Michele’s cookies!
Whether it is assembly work, hardware packaging, or bingo mail outs, George will get to it when he’s ready. No worries though! George is a hard worker and even though he does it at it his pace it all gets done and he takes great pride in everything he does. George has a wonderful sense of humor and his laugh is incredibly contagious, no matter where you are in the building.
A Futures Café staple, Kathleen is sweet, funny and personable. Always willing to take on all tasks you throw her way, she is confident and proud of her abilities! She is a great asset, wonderful team player and makes the most delicious zesty corn chowder! An avid wrestling fan, Kathleen collects the magazines and shares them with her friends.
Scott has a keen interest in the workings of the Building Futures organization. He is always willing to seek out senior staff or board members to follow up on an issue. Scott is a willing participant in the various supportive employment initiatives. He is an active and proud member of the Bedford/Sackville Bravehearts, the local Special Olympics Team. Scott likes to work hard and play hard, spending his summers with his extended family in Cape Breton.
Mike is a very eager employee who is always willing to try new things. Assembling, mail services, painting, you name it he’s there. He currently ensures that everyone receives a birthday card on time with many well wishes. He is also very up to date on the news and keeps everyone informed of current events.
Known for being a great friend to her fellow co-workers, Teresa always greets everyone with a smile and asks how they are doing each day. Her impeccable manners and positive attitude are an asset to the workplace. In her spare time, Teresa enjoys colouring, doing puzzles and sharing photos of her life.
Tyler brings a particular sense of humour to the Assembly Plus team. A three day work week fits his bill as he likes to spend his leisure time on his Wii, taking walks by the lake or spending time visiting family and friends in the Valley. A big fan of Monster Trucks, BBQ’s, and WWE wrestling, Tyler arrives each day eager to share what adventures he’s been up to. He is very chatty and loves getting to know new people.
Ben is a huge part of the Assembly Pus Team and can always be counted on when it comes to the Quality Control end of the business. Ben enjoys golfing, watching football, and watching a movie from his large DVD collection. He also enjoys relaxing and sipping on the occasional Keith’s. Ben can be seen reading his copy of the Chronicle Herald daily, especially the sports section. Also Ben has the utmost respect for the fire department and for firefighters.
Jason is very friendly and outgoing and enjoys a good hearty laugh. After a few decades of excelling at a variety of sports in the Special Olympics, Jason switched to coaching. Jason is a social butterfly who loves spending time with friends, family and loves meeting new people.
Dakota joined the Assembly Plus team in 2020. She is a lovely young woman with a strong sense of self. She knows what she wants and she goes after it! Dakota loves the Halifax Hurricanes and attends many of their games. Dakota cares for her co-workers and carries herself with pride!
Thomas has been a member of the Assembly Plus team since 2019. He loves animals, especially the ones at the zoo. Thomas is a big fan of watching videos online but can also be seen bird watching at home too! He’s a social guy who participates in as many things as he can at FUTURES!
Patrick has been with Assembly Plus since 2020. He is a speedy clamp assembler and loves to socialize with his nearby co-workers. He is a big fan of hot chocolate from Tim Hortons where you’ll likely see him every day!
Holly has been with FUTURES since 2019 after completing a co-op term here. She is an incredibly hard worker and has a healthy competitive nature. She loves increasing the number of clamps she completes in a day. She is an outstanding swimmer too and has a cat named Guinness. But most of all, Holly is a proud graduate of NSCC!
Donald has been with Assembly Plus since 2020 after many years working and volunteering at various places within the community. Donald has an incredible t-shirt collection. Every day Donald arrives, the team are quick to notice a new addition to the collection! He loves to kayak and fish and stay in hotels whenever possible.
Ryan is the strong, silent type who has been with the Assembly Plus team since 2018. Ryan is an avid music and movie buff and has helped with various photo and video projects around FUTURES. Ryan loves the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Blue Jays!
Nick is a kind and compassionate young man who joined the Assembly Plus team in 2019. He has a wonderful sense of humor and can put a smile on anyone’s face. He loves swimming and camping and can be seen riding his bike around the neighborhood.
Vanessa always has a kind smile and warm hello for everyone. She enjoys listening to music and talking with co-workers, especially while working. Vanessa loves a good treat, but mostly cake and pop from the café!
Julia is a busy lady with a jam packed schedule. She loves to go for walks, create art and go on the odd shopping trip. Julia has an infectious smile and a contagious laugh. She never forgets a birthday or any special date on the calendar! She is a total free spirit and a woman with so much to offer.
Alex is a quiet guy with a HUGE heart. He is very social and is an active member of various committees at FUTURES. He genuinely cares about all his colleagues and team members. He has incredible dance moves and can be seen busting them out at the odd lunch hour.
Catherine never has a bad day. You can always count on Catherine for a laugh and a smile. She is intensely caring, fun and loving. She is a social butterfly with a lively social circle and a wonderful support system.
Rob has been coming to Building Futures Club since January 2000. Rob has a great sense of humour and likes socializing with others. Rob enjoys many things including listening to music, going swimming with his friends and playing games. Rob is a foodie, he likes to try different recipes and enjoys spending time in the kitchen. When listening to music, you can always spot Rob clapping along to the beat. Aside from his love of music, one of Rob’s greatest joys is going for walks. No matter what the weather, rain or shine, Rob will never say no!
Alison is a very sociable person who enjoys her independence. Alison has been a member of Building Futures Club since it opened in 2000. She has a variety of hobbies and activities that she enjoys which include colouring, completing puzzles, playing board games, dancing and singing. Alison has a great memory when it comes to music lyrics and knows the words to most songs. You can often find Alison singing and dancing around The Club. A couple of Alison’s favorite outings are weekly walks to Tim Hortons for a tea and a cookie and she is always willing to go shopping. Alison also works part-time at Assembly Plus and when she arrives the whole room erupts with “ALISON!”.
Matt is a very sociable and independent person at The Club and has been coming here since 2006. He has a great sense of humour and loves joking around. Matt enjoys many activities including playing games on the Wii, bingo, Face Timing people on the Ipad and bowling with his friends. When not busy doing these activities, Matt often enjoys singing along to music videos he puts up on the television for everyone to enjoy. When the weather is nice, Matt is often found outside enjoying the sun with his friends. Matt’s all-time favorite artist is Shania Twain. He knows all her songs and loves singing along. Matt is such a fan he has even gone to see Shania live in concert when she came to Charlottetown, PEI.
Dave is a very friendly individual who likes to greet peers and staff with a “Hi” or “Hello” throughout the day. Dave comes to The Club twice a week and has been coming since 2002. Dave enjoys many things such as listening to music, relaxing on an exercise mat, bouncing our activity ball, swimming, going for walks and is often seen zooming around The Club as he likes to keep active. Dave is very independent when in the swimming pool and enjoys his space so he can move around the pool. Dave sometimes dunks himself under the water only to come up laughing with a great big smile on his face. Another thing about Dave, he has the best lunches! They look and smell fantastic and are envied by everyone at the Club.
Rick is an affectionate, sociable guy with a great smile. Rick has been coming to The Club since it opened in 2000 and has many things that he enjoys doing while he is here. If you were to ask any of the staff at Building Futures Club what Rick’s three favourite things are, they would tell you it would be his love for coffee, sun and car drives. Rick is often one of the first participants to arrive at The Club in the morning and truly enjoys his morning cup of coffee. During the summer months Rick is often found outside in the sun. Rick also loves running errands, going for drives in the car, having dog visits, going out for snacks and receiving hand massages. Once a week, Rick meets up with his friends at Burger King where he enjoys having breakfast with them.
Ross is a very kind hearted, sociable guy with a great sense of humour and he has been coming to The Club since 2000. Ross is a busy individual with a schedule that includes working at Payzants Home Hardware twice a week and at Assembly Plus once a week. When not busy with his work Ross enjoys many activities such as swimming, watching his favourite TV shows, listening to music and socializing. While watching TV or movies he often sits and relaxes in his recliner chair. Ross enjoys having company sitting beside him while he watches TV and will often hold their hand or give hugs. Ross has been an advocate for accessible and affordable transportation.
Mark has a great personality, gorgeous smile and his laughter brightens up the room. Mark comes to The Club three days a week and he has been coming since 2000. Mark enjoys going swimming, going for walks, listening to music, and relaxing, out of his wheelchair, on the exercise mats. Mark is a great help with prep for lunches. Not only is this a great learning opportunity, we can tell how much he loves it by the huge smile he has on his face every time he is pitching in! Aside from daily activities and swimming, Mark helps out with our occupational health and safety inspections.
John has an infectious smile and glowing personality. John is a very active individual who enjoys keeping busy and keeps himself involved within the Bedford/Sackville business community. Twice a week, John volunteers at Beacon House, picking up and washing laundry. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels once a week which he really enjoys. John is a very good swimmer and enjoys gymnastics. He also loves going to Tim’s for a tea and meeting his friends for breakfast at Burger King. When John has downtime, one of his favourite things to do is hang out in his “man cave” and listen to music.
Wendy is one of the newest members to come to The Club. She has been attending two afternoons a week since January 2016. Wendy is an enthusiastic and outgoing individual who is always excited to be a part of group activities. Wendy participates in many activities in The Club including putting together puzzles, colouring, making crafts, playing the Wii, singing along to music and enjoying the outdoors. One of Wendy’s favorite activities is to go bowling where she is the ultimate cheerleader as she cheers and encourages her friends.
Garnett is a very charismatic, fun-loving individual who enjoys participating in a variety of activities at The Club. Some of the many activities that Garnett enjoys includes games like Connect Four, Trouble and Yahtzee. When playing games with everyone here at The Club, Garnett almost always has a great big smile on her face which is very contagious and it lights up the room. Other things which Garnett enjoys revolve around being pampered with spa treatments like having a hand massage, getting her nails painted as well as having her hair brushed. Garnett also enjoys swimming, bowling and volunteering at Assembly Plus. Garnett has been coming to The Club since 2001 and it would not be the same here without her.
Chris is a sociable and friendly individual at The Club who also has a great sense of humor. Chris enjoys a variety of activities including: a good cup of coffee, being read to, listening to podcasts, socializing with his peers, going shopping, playing games, going for walks, and playing bean bag toss. Chris has a great arm! Chris looks forward to his weekly meet-up with his friend where they enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks. Going to the Halifax Jazz Festival to listen to some tunes is an annual event! Chris has been coming to The Club since 2000 and has developed many friendships.
Carol started working at Building FUTURES in November 1990. She has worked primarily in Assembly Plus and she was also happy to help out with many other tasks and errands. Carol continues to work part-time and in 2020 she joined The Club. At The Club, Carol enjoys socializing, doing crafts, going for walks and participating in special events. Carol also enjoys shopping and meeting up with her friends at various locations. Carol is well known for her helpful and friendly nature.
Loran became a member of The Building Futures Club in January 2000. He is a well-known member of the community who is often complimented for his humming and singing voice when he is volunteering or running errands at various establishments. Loran enjoys keeping busy, helping others and he takes pride in his appearance.