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 39 people in the Regina Community to live in their own homes and 28 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 Management 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 has been with Clare Parker since January 2019 as our Associate Executive Director. Her education includes certification in Continuing Care, Personal Care Home Operation, and in Grant Writing and Proposal.
Jennie brings to CPH a wealth of management experience including five years as a previous 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.
"I have 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.
Bridget Taylor, Home Support Coordinator
I have supported at Clare Parker homes for a number of years. I started out at a home manager at Mcguigan. Then that turned into an AHSL, before moving on to the SHSL Greenwater home, with 4 lovely ladies from Moose Jaw. And now I am the temporary HSC
Michael Anderson - Quiring, Home Support Coordinator
Michael Anderson-Quiring is 1 of 4, Home Support Coordinators within the Agency and has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 13 years. Starting his career in human services as a Casual Direct Support Worker in June 2008 to full-time front-line support by September 2008. From 2009-2012 he worked in Supported Independent Living Program and in late 2012 because Group Home Supervisor. In 2019 moving up to being a Home Support Coordinator. Through all of these different roles, Michael discovered his passion and has made this line of work his career of choice. Michael is a trained facilitator for Transfer, Lift & Repositioning(TLR) as well as trained facilitator for Professional Assault Response Training (PART) for the agency. Recently he also becamed a trained facilitator for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 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, and get to understand what they want and including them in all decisions related to quality of life it will help them to enjoy the best possible life.
Alexis Willis, Home Support Coordinator
Alexis is the newest member of our Management Team, joining in August 2021. Alexis has previously studied Social Work at the University of Regina, which provided her with a solid understanding of social justice, with particular attention paid to marginalized members of society and the barriers they face. Alexis has successfully completed courses pertaining to Human Justice, client care, counselling and addictions. In addition to her education, Alexis has many years experience as an Intensive Case Manager, providing support within the homeless community to assist with the transition into stable long term housing with support. She has previous experience in income assistance and supporting vulnerable populations. Alexis strongly believes in building and maintainng strong, solid relationships and foundations with all people and encouraging continuous growth with a "hand up", and not a "hand out."
Cindy O'Connor, Accounts 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 maintenance, reviewing CPH's accounts receivable and expenditures. She prepares and processes biweekly payroll, completes banking transactions, ensures funds are transferred into appropriate 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.
Saleh Kamrani, H.R. Coordinator
I've always been looking for learning, and growth & development opportunities in my entire life. This is why I left my hometown at the middle of 30s and challenged myself with relocating to a completely different environment, far away from home. My previous studies at business school and those years working in the field of Human Resources, I believe, have provided me with a good deal of competencies and prepared me to occupy an HR role in the non-profit sector. I value hard work, determination, commitment, am very approachable, and wish to be an added value to the team. I am always willing to collaborate with people around and help the organization to reach its goals.
Shyra Missens, Support Mentor
Growing up in Moose Jaw,SK and being taught respect and kindness to all through my Cree Culture has gave me a better understanding of Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health through all walks of life.
Shyra has been a Committed Clare Parker Homes Inc employee since January 2011. Having obtained a Certificate in "Rehabilitation Care Worker Program" from Sask Polytech Kelsey Campus AKA Disability Support Worker Certificate in June 2007 has brought me great experience on the front line from various Group Home and Day Program settings in Lloydminster and Moose Jaw, SK, until finding my home within CPH. The growth, support and belief from Clare Parker Homes Inc philosophy gained me much experience to become a Home Support Coordinator in August 2019. Being a certified MANDT Instructor for the Agency allows our Teams to grow and learn to become leaders and flourish Healthy Relationships.
"Realize that we as human beings have been put on this Earth for only a short time and that we must use this time to gain wisdom, knowledge,respect and the understanding for all Human Beings since we are all relatives"
- Cree Proverb
CPH Senior Home Support Leaders
My name is Lisa Dennis. I have been employed with Clare Parker for about 3 years. I have an extensive background in providing care to persons with cognitive, physical and developmental barriers. I am passionate in working with persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to empower and support them in living as independently as they are cognitively able. Ensuring the health, safety and dignity of our individuals through compassion, and best practice are my guiding principles.
I am grateful to have been given the Community Inclusion Leader position, as it enables me to use my clinical skills, experience and passion in fulling the needs of this program, while caring for our individuals and promoting a holistic quality of life.
Community inclusion is a fundamental component of care planning for our individuals as all people, regardless of their abilities, require to be able to participate and engage in a full range of community activities. The implementation of the Community Inclusion Program is necessary in order to empower persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, to live as independently as possible and to have the opportunity to have a holistic lifestyle encompassing of; experience, social connection, development of a support individual system, as entertainment, activities they are passionate about, and the ability to develop and learn additional competencies, as care planned for in their PCP goals.
People with different backgrounds, abilities, and interests bring something unique which may contribute to the richness of society. True inclusion is the premier way to accomplish richness and connectiveness in our residents lives.
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.
Hi, my name is Omolara Dairo, I joined CPH in 2015 as a night support at Kramer. I enjoyed what I do and am glad to be supporting 4 ladies now at Greenwater house. It has been an amazing experience so far.
Regis has been with Clare Parker since 2013, initially as a casual and then as a contracted casual. Later on, he accepted the Assistant Home Support Leader role. Since June 2021 he has moved to the Senior Home Support Leader role to offer the required leadership to Kramer individuals and the support team while ensuring the needed liaison with social workers, parents, doctors’ offices, and various other house partners.
Regis has been exposed to various cultures in Africa, Europe, USA and Canada and has been a Saskatchewan resident over a decade and half. Married and a father of a teenager daughter and two sons, Regis is known to be a family man, a loving father, a team player and a community builder.
Regis consider serving minorities and disabled people as a “noble mission”. He wishes to see inclusiveness, participation and innovation promoted in order to give a place to every person and to alleviate deadlocks for the people and the real community development. Serving in this capacity is a job that doesn’t feel like one, it’s, for him, a calling. Regis continues to research about the means and ways that sustain people mutual acceptance and effective hospitality through advanced education.
My name is Avery and I have been supporting with Clare Parker Homes since 2019. I have had a passion and desire for caring and opening my arms to people since I was young. After graduating I began supporting at CPH and have had the opportunity to support in many homes throughout the agency before finding my home at Clare Parker House supporting 5 amazing ladies! I am so grateful for all that I have learned from my time in the agency that has not only made me a better support but a better person. CPH has given me many opportunities to learn and grow in every role I have been in and I continue learning everyday from the wonderful people in this agency!
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.
Joyce Illah is the Senior Home Support Leader for Trinity house. I joined CPH in 2016 as a casual support and became full time in 2017. I then assumed the role of Assistant Home Support leader in 2018 until my recent promotion within Trinity House. Prior to joining CPH, I worked with a non- governmental organization in Nigeria for over 11 years as a public health advocate for vulnerable groups where I managed various programs before moving to Canada. I had my first experience supporting people with disability with the office of students with disability at McGill University while studying.
Hi, my name is Brenda Schrader I have worked for Clare Parker Homes since 2013. I started as support worker at Garritty. Working my way up, and in 2019, I became the Senior Home Support Lead for Garritty.
I have been supporting people with diverse needs for almost 25 years. In the 25 years, I believe I have learned more lessons from the people I have supported then I have taught them.
My name is Amanda Korol. I started out my career in human services as a care aid where I worked for several years assisting individuals to live independently in their own homes. Eventually I took some education training related to nursing before discovering Clare Parker Homes where I truly discovered my passion for supporting individuals with Intellectual disabilities to live their best, independent lives possible. I love Clare Parker for they have allowed me to grow so much in a short period of time within the Agency, I’ve been able to meet so many wonderful people who share the same values that I do and make many friendships with the individuals throughout the agency that I’ve had the pleasure to learn from. I enjoy learning and growing as much as I can and really appreciate the extra trainings I’ve received through Clare Parker as they’ve helped my knowledge base grow and I believe have helped me improves my skills with which to support my individuals in the best way possible.
In my downtime I enjoy going for hikes, bike rides with my dogs and partner Victor, reading and being creative where I can be. I am a bonus mom to two beautiful little girls named Harper and Gracelynn; I am currently pregnant with our third baby - a boy! He is going to make his grand entrance at the end of August, and we are over the moon.
My name is Jimmy. I was born in Hong Kong, and I immigrated with my family to Canada when I was two years old. I lived in Regina for most of my life. I graduated from the University of Regina with a BA (Hons.) in Philosophy. After my convocation I had the choice to pursue graduate studies or enter the non-profit sector as a support worker. I chose the latter because I was interested in supporting people with intellectual challenges. I ended up spending close to a decade working with people with special needs in the non-profit sector. During my time as a support worker, I gained valuable knowledge of the individuals I supported in all areas of their lives, with a specific focus on clinical support for people with special needs. After a brief hiatus, working in the oil and gas pipeline industry, I found Clare Parker Homes Inc. to be a good fit for my skill set and previous experience. In October of 2020, I joined the Community Inclusion Program. I was able to reconnect with people I supported in the past, along with getting to know, and support, the unique participants of the Community Inclusion Program. I accepted the new role of Senior Home Support Leader for Athol House shortly after the new year and have now moved to SeniorHome Support Leader for TD House. With the new year came a new opportunity to broaden my skill set in this field. In a short time I was able to rediscover the passion I had for serving people with special needs.
My name is Jessica and I am a Senior House Support Leader at TD house. I have worked within the human service and healthcare field for the past 22 years, starting out working in long term care as a Practical nurse and moving towards working within the disability sector in the last 5 years. I have a strong passion for advocacy and caregiving and appreciate being a part of an agency and group of individuals that honour and apply the gentle teaching philosophies in all areas throughout the agency.
I am the Senior Home Support Leader for SILP wherein I support one individual living by herself downstairs of the Garrity House. I have been with CPH for the past 2 years. I have enjoyed being a part of the CPH family and thankful for the opportunity to grow. I was born in Sierra Leone but moved to Canada as a teenager and a refugee with my family in 1999 when they had the Civil War going on back there. I witnessed a lot of things good, bad and ugly growing up during the civil war there and that has led me to not take life for granted, treating everyone with kindness, respect and love all while showing some empathy. In 2008, I completed my four year journey at the University of Manitoba and graduated with a B.A majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology. I have over 10 years of experience working with people with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities in both Winnipeg and Regina. I look forward to coming to work daily as it gives me a special feeling of satisfaction making sure everyone is ok and putting smiles on their faces.
I am Regina, and I have been a part of the CPH family since February 2021, starting as a DSW and later accepting the role as the Senior Home Support Leader for G2 Team, where I support two incredible young men. I graduated from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Health studies degree minoring in English. With previous experiences working with a range of people in the care sector and different work placements, I have gained valuable skills that have helped me tremendously as a support worker and furthering my education to become a Registered Social Worker in the future. With my dedication and professional competence, empathy, communication, critical thinking and advocacy skills, I hope to continue assisting individuals in accomplishing all their life goals while continuously providing them with the highest quality of care.