Clare Parker Homes Inc. is non-profit charitable agency providing person centred supports to adults with intellectual disabilities with their own community through a various services. Currently, Clare Parker Homes provides home support to 21 people in the Regina Community to live in their own homes and 6 people in the Community Inclusion Day time services.
Since January 1977, Clare Parker Homes Inc. has provided high quality care to adults with intellectual disabilities. Our first home supported 6 women in the community. Most of these women continue to live in the home to this day. It was given the name Clare Parker House in memory of the first Director of the Capital Cosmo Centre. The support for the home and day time support services is funded through donations and a grant from the Saskatchewan Provincial Government.
Clare Parker Homes amalgamated with a Catholic faith based agency in the Regina Community in 2009. The amalgamation brought 12 additional people in two home support programs. Clare Parker Homes grew from 6 people to 18 people overnight. Committed to our Mission of supporting people with intellectual disabilities in the community, Clare Parker Homes expanded their services to an additional 4 people in late 2010 when an another home was purchased.
We have seen much growth in in our agency since 2009. Using the Gentle Teaching Philosophy as model of support, Clare Parker has been able to remain true to our Mission, Vision and Principles
CPH Leadership Team
Rosa Smith, Executive Director
Rosa has served as Clare Parker Homes' Executive Director for the past several years. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from the University of Regina. Much of her background includes: behavioural assessment; crisis support; and service development for experiencing disability and have had difficulty accessing services in the community.
For over 20 years, Rosa has supported, advocated and developed services for individuals and their families in the disability sector. Prior to her current role at CPH, she worked for different non-profits in Saskatchewan and Alberta, as well as, a decade at CLSD, serving in different capacities.
For eight years, Rosa was a member of the Cognitive Disability Strategy Committee. She is an accredited trainer in Person Centred Thinking through the Learning Community for Person Centred Practices (TLCPCP).
Jennifer (Jennie) Birns, Associate Executive Director
Jennie is one of CPH's newest additions, hired in 2019 as our Associate Executive Director. Her education includes certificates: Certified Care Aid; Personal Care Home Operation; and, in Grant Writing and Proposal.
Jennie brings to CPH a wealth of management experience having five years previous employment as an Executive Director of a non-profit day home for adults with varying abilities. She has also worked in long term care as a Direct Support Worker, Program Coordinator and Manager. Jennie was the Fundraising Committee Chairpoerson for a local charity; a former REALM network member; and employed as a Case Manager/Submission Writer for a private firm that appealed CPP Disability cases.
Jennifer believes, "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its entire life believing that it is stupid."
She has, "Dedicated a great portion of my life to the pursuit of equality and barrier-free communities. I am an advocate who pushes boundaries and questions limits to ensure that everyone, in every situation, has access to a safe, loving and respectful environment. I've had the opportunity to experience both sides of the support industry, having family members with complex needs who require full time support, as well, providing support to those who require it. I will continue to advocate for and firmly believe in Person Centeredness and fully embrace the philosphy and mandate of Clare Parker Homes."
Chasity Mohr, Home Support Coordinator
Chasity joined the CPH family as a Home Support Coordinator in 2014.
Her previous front-line work experience with different local agencies helped increase her understanding and commitment to the people we serve, and in the community which we live.
Chasity's natural calm and gentle demeanor enables her to be a successful Home Support Coordinator whom others look up to for guidance and support. She advises and supports the CPH teams and house residents, as well, the individuals we serve who reside independently in the community.
Chasity coordinates CPH's Enhance Supported Independent Living Program (SILP). She chairs our OH&S committees, and is a certified Mental Health First Aid basic trainer.
A committed mother to three daughters and two fur baby. She loves to spend her free time out about in the community, camping in the great outdoors and hitting the gym.
"The best things in life are not things!" is Chasity's living motto.
Josephine Elendu, Home Support Coordinator
Josephine secured her first summer job with Clare Parker as a Direct Support Worker while attending the University of Regina.
It was one social work class in particular, that transformed Josephine's understanding and sparked her interest to support people living with disabilities. During this class studies, Josephine received the knowledge that everyone lives with some form of disability or another.
Upon graduating from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree in 2014, Josephine accepted the position as a CPH Home Support Coordinator. Since working with the individuals and management of Clare Parker Homes, her passion is to help those with diverse strengths and abilities, explore and maximize the potentials in their life.
"I take great pleasure in putting smiles on people's faces through connecting them to the limitless hopes and possibilities in our world," Josephine says.
Cindy O'Connor, Executive Assistant/Office Manager
With over 40 years of work experience in a variety of businesses and non-profit organizations, Cindy has worked for Clare Parker Homes for the past five years. As CPH's DIrector of First Impressions, she multi-tasks in several administrative areas to keep our agency running smoothly.
Cindy oversees financial maintenace, reviewing CPH's accounts receivable and expenditures. She prepares and processes biweekly payroll, completes banking transacations, ensures funds are transferred into approriate accounts, and assists with audit preparations. In addition, Cindy manages employees' vacation and sick leave bank, staff benefits and pension enrollments, and all employee additions and changes.
CPH Community Inclusion Support Leaders
Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, Anthony Kwan spent a decade studying and working abroad. Upon his return to Canada, he had his first opportunity to support people with disabilities, and found this to be a rewarding profession.
A Community Inclusion Support Leader, 'Tony' is CPH's mentor for person-centered approach to supporting people in a culture of gentleness. He also oversees the Supported Employment Transition Initiative (SETI) program.
"I've made so many relationships with phenomenal people and learned so much, not only about others, but about myself," Anthony admits.
Laura Krause is a Community Inclusion Support Leader for CPH. A certified TLR trainer for the agency, she is also a member of the Health & Wellness Committee.
Born and raised in Regina, Laura became a part of the Clare Parker team in December 2014. While growing up, she'd gained eperience interacting with individuals with varying disabilities, and now has a great passion for the people we serve. With a background in nursing education, Laura enjoys her career.
Laura, "Whole-heartily believes that people from all backgrounds should be accepted by the community around them and have a great quality life."
CPH Senior Home Support Leaders
Shyra Missens is currently the Senior Home Support Leader of Clare Parker House and has been employed with the agency since 2011. She brings a wealth of experience having worked in the disability sector for 12 years.
Shyra feels this work is not a job, but, "A fulfilling lifestyle to have an opportunity to make a difference in someone else's life. Learning to change every day to provide exceptional service for others' quality of life is my mission!"
Owuze "Oz" Ahubele is the Senior Home Support Leader for Greenbrook House. Having been with CPH since October 2017, Oz is also a certified Professional Assault Response Trainer (P.A.R.T) for the agency. He prides himself on his ability to learn new skills and adapt to changing situations, as well, being able to provide the support and structure our individuals need.
Outside of the work place, Oz commits to learning through research and reading. One might also find him watching a movie, or taking a walk - any place that has beautiful scenery. A lover of the outdoors, Oz enjoys taking time to visit the different parks around Saskatchewan, and taking hikes.
Bridget Taylor is currently the Senior Home Support Leader at the recently opened Green Water House. She has worked with Clare Parker Homes for the past six years.
In 2012 upon Bridget's initial employment with CPH, she started at McGuigan House as an Assistant Home Support Leader.
A Senior Home Support Leader at Kramer House, Rahab Bwanka supports six adults with diverse needs. Responsible for their overall well-being, including scheduling and taking them to medical appointments, Rahab works as a liaison with social workers, parents and a team of 10 support workers.
Rahab's original homeland is Rwanda. She lived in the USA for 20 years, and while there, worked as a RN for seven years, mostly in the area of Home Care. Married, with two sons, and grandchildren, Rahab has worked at CPH since 2013.
Rahab describes choosing her career path, "The same way I chose Nursing. It is a rewarding career and I find joy in helping people in general and in my current field of supporting individuals with disabilities. I love to help them with some of the daily challenges that life throws their way, be it in their work environments, and even with family. It is a job that doesn't feel like one. I enjoy coming to work with the individuals I support and interacting with them. Do unto others as I would like done unto me or my loved ones," is the philosophy which Rahab lives by.
Carolyn McIntyre has been with CPH for the past eight years. She loves her work in supporting four ladies as the Senior Home Support Leader for McGuigan House.
Friendly and family-minded, Carolyn states, "I am passionate about my work and love to see the ladies healthy, happy, and living life to the fullest. They are truly a part of my family. I am grateful to be part of this fabulous agency and look forward to CPH's future."
Besides her CPH family, Carolyn is married, with four children and blessed to have six grandchildren, as well as a furry friend named Tia. Carolyn also enjoys all sports, both as a fan and participant.
Clint Armbruster has been with Clare Parker for over a year, having been originally hired as a Community Inclusion Support Worker. He is now the Senior Home Support Leader for Mountbatten House.
An all around fun-loving person, Clint loves to joke with his teammates, management, and all the individuals CPH supports.
Clint and his partner enjoy over-decorating their house, from Christmas decorations, to flowers and plants in the summer. Their home is always open to friends and family, plus any others who might come by to visit them and their three small dogs. Besides socializing and gardening, Clint enjoys working out at the gym.
"Life is too short to be always serious, so have fun as much as you can, and make others laugh and smile," Clint adds with a chuckle.
Michael Anderson-Quiring is the Senior Home Support Leader for Trinity House and has worked in the non-profit sector for the 11 years. From casual to full-time front-line work, Michael discovered his passion and by turning this line of work into his career, has managed group homes for the past seven years.
Michael is always looking for ways to improve his education and understanding of our individuals at CPH. He believes that if we assist them with their needs and goals, it will help them to enjoy a quality of life that we all deserve.