Three staff members work together to deliver the quality programming SAIPA continually strives to offer:
Mark Davids, Executive Director: Mark joined SAIPA in January of 2018. He worked previously with the Taber Special Needs Society as their Community Access Program team leader and later as their Supportive Employment Program coordinator. Mark brings a wealth of experience about working with individuals with developmental disabilities and feels passionate about the support that SAIPA provides to self advocates in the community. In fact, some of you may already know Mark as he has been involved in many community activities in Taber and Lethbridge.
Mark is “excited to be here and feeling lucky to be part of a team of people who believe in their work.”
Anna Olson, Advocacy Coordinator: Anna joined SAIPA in 2009, bringing a degree in Community and Disability Services and a diploma in Disability Studies. Anna brings heart and dedication to her position with SAIPA, establishing a strong and meaningful bond with self-advocates. As the primary overseer of SRSAN, Anna spends much of her time meeting with self-advocates, listening to their concerns and helping them achieve their goals. Anna assists advocates to have their voices heard on both a local and provincial level through various projects, initiatives and committees. Anna believes every voice matters!
Jamie Wald, Community Engagement Coordinator: Jamie joined the SAIPA team in March of 2019, so if you hear a new voice on the phone or see a new face, make sure you introduce yourself! While she may be new to SAIPA, she brings knowledge from her background as a Licensed Practical Nurse since 2015, graduating from Lethbridge College. Jamie uses her communication skills to oversee SAIPA’s marketing and fund development activities. Jamie is also the editor of SRSAN’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Ripple.