Three staff members work together to deliver the quality programming SAIPA continually strives to offer:
Mark Davids, Executive Director: We are happy to announce that Mark Davids is joining the SAIPA team as of January 22nd. Mark will be transitioning into the Executive Director position, taking over for Sharon Rempel. So, if you see a new face or hear a new voice on the phone starting January 22nd, make sure to introduce yourself as Mark is looking forward to meeting everyone while taking on his new role!
Mark 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 looks forward to starting his new position and has remarked that he 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!
Christina Scott, Community Engagement Coordinator: Christina has worked in various roles at SAIPA since 2015. Armed with a print journalism diploma from Lethbridge College, Christina uses her communication skills to oversee SAIPA’s marketing and fund development activities. Christina is also the editor of SRSAN’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Ripple. Christina is fueled by family, friends and her “fur kids”!