We are family
You and me together
I believe I belong
Just watch me
I do too belong
Curtis is the Executive Director of PREP and has been working in the nonprofit and education sectors for over 13 years. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who face barriers, and has spent his entire career focused on making a significant social impact for those who need it most.
Curtis and his wife Karyn have 4 young boys who keep them very busy. Their oldest, Jake, has Down syndrome and has been attending PREP since he was just a baby. “PREP has been an incredible part of our journey, and I am excited that I get to lead such an amazing organization to serve others in the same way our family has been served.”
Mark is a business entrepreneur and a proud family man raising two young sons. “While I don’t have a direct connection to Down syndrome, I am inspired to volunteer for PREP because I believe everyday people can work together to make their community a better place to be for all of us.”
When Mark is not working or volunteering, he is busy enjoying the great outdoors with his family – a source of great inspiration to him. A sense of humour is also very important to Mark – when he was in Grade 12, he enrolled in Clown School, and he still has a couple of tricks up his sleeve!
Belinda has a MA in Counselling Psychology and works as a Family Counsellor on the Mental Health Unit at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is also a mom to two wonderful children.
“When our first child was born with Down syndrome, I felt like I had another calling of sorts – to be more involved in his world. He is my inspiration, one of my main reasons for being on the PREP Board of Directors.”
Jean is an accountant and the proud dad of an inquisitive preschooler. “Our little guy has Down syndrome, and PREP has been a huge part of his life since he was 6 months old.”
He is inspired by ongoing learning opportunities and building long-term relationships – both of which are integral to being on the Board.
Amidst the busy tempo of life, his family makes time for fun. You’ll find them outdoors – slow pitch and camping in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter.
Adrienne is taking a break from her oil and gas career to stay at home with her two wonderful children and a very energetic Labrador puppy. “I am inspired everyday by both my children – my son, who has Down syndrome, because he has an incredible joy for life despite the extra challenges he faces, and my older daughter because she has loved and supported her brother unconditionally since the day he was born.”
She is volunteering on the Board of Directors because PREP has had such a positive impact on her son’s life. She sees it as a great way to combine her business expertise with her passion for the future of PREP, and the inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.
What do you like to do in your spare time? Golf, watch hockey, play games & cards, travel, take road trips.
What inspires you? My children, a good book, supporting worthy causes.
Why are you volunteering for non-profit world. What emotional reasons? I want to support and give back to the organizations that support my family.
Who is a hero of yours? My son Nolan
What is something people would be surprised to know about you? I used to sing country music.
Keith and his wife are the proud parents of two amazing boys. Their youngest son has Down syndrome and he benefited from going through the early learning and early childhood services programs at PREP. Keith is a Human Resources professional who has spent the last twenty years working in leadership roles in large, unionized employers. He has recently started his own consulting company providing Human Resources support to employers. “PREP is at a significant time in its history and I’m excited to be able to contribute to shaping the future by serving on the board.”
“Marlena was determined to be an advocate from an early age, given that she told her parents at the ripe old age of 8 that she was going to be a senator so she could decide what bills deserved to become law. She currently acts as national legal counsel to the ~750 lawyers of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, where she sometimes spends more hours than she’d like to admit consulting on business risk mitigation, liability, professional conduct, conflicts and ethics. She also has a passion for child advocacy, having two children with exceptionalities. Serving previously on the boards of two non-profits at very different life stages, this born and bred Winnipegger knows that when matters need handling, there is nothing that a shot of espresso, a pair of great shoes and collaborative hard work can’t fix. Marlena believes in giving back, paying forward, and erring on the side of taking practical action.”
My daughter, Ashlyn, has been involved with PREP since she was nine months old, in their early learning program. From there she moved onto preschool and currently attends biweekly for speech and reading. PREP has played a significant role in Ashlyn’s development and her inclusion in her Grade five class at St. Michael’s school. PREP has been an invaluable resource to me over the years, both in terms of supporting Ashlyn through various classes and therapies as well as helping me advocate on her behalf. As well the friendships both she and I have made through PREP have been irreplaceable. I am excited to help support PREP as it moves forward through these transitions years and beyond. Personally, I am married to Brett, whom I met in 2016. Before that I was a single mother to Ashlyn for six years. Professionally, I have been a lawyer for 18 years with the law firm of Parlee McLaws LLP. I specialize in insurance defence claims and oil and gas litigation.
I am Jacqueline Arnold and have an eight-year-old son with Down syndrome. We began our journey with PREP 7 years ago -as soon as Nolan was able to become part of the program. In that time, I have become an advocate for my son’s inclusion and acceptance in the community and PREP has been a great support system for me. I enjoy giving back and have been a part of various PREP volunteer initiatives over the years. I currently balance my time between being a mom to my two wonderful sons and a Personal Organizer and Vacation Property Manager on the side. I feel that wearing another hat by being on the board is an exciting and valuable opportunity. I look forward to learning a great deal and bringing a fresh set of ideas and skills to the table.