Team

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Arlene Ward, M.Ed., CVRP(F), RRP
Director & Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Arlene has been practicing community-based rehabilitation program development, implementation and education since the late 1980’s. She is the owner of Genesis Rehabilitation and has completed an undergraduate degree in Family Life Sciences, a Master’s degree in Education with a Community Rehabilitation specialization, and maintains her teaching credentials for the Province of BC. Arlene currently is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northern British Columbia teaching in the Disability Management program. From 2003 to 2007 she served on the Board of Directors at WorkSafeBC contributing her extensive knowledge of rehabilitation and disability management processes.

Codie Jordan, MA Counselling Psychology, BA, RRP
Office Supervisor & Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Codie has been part of the Genesis team for more than 10 years. Most recently, she has assumed the role of Office Supervisor, and is responsible for the oversight of administrative processes and handling accounts payable/receivable. Codie also has particular skill in accessing resources to assist Genesis’ clients to be placed into gainful employment. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography, and holds the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation.

Timara Hatton
Office Manager

With extensive experience in office administration, Timara brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Genesis Rehabilitation team. Timara is responsible for carrying out key administrative duties and co-ordinating office related processes.

Genesis Rehabilitation relies on highly skilled independent contractors to deliver disability management and vocational rehabilitation services.

Charmaine Millott, MA Disability Mgmt, CVRP(F), RRP, CPHR
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Charmaine worked for over two decades in acute care nursing before acquiring a MA in Disability Management. During her training she gained knowledge in disability management, employment services, and assisting people experiencing homelessness. She has particular expertise in working in complex situations involving brain injuries and mental health. Charmaine also holds the professional credentials of Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional – Fellow, Registered Rehabilitation Professional, and Certified Professional of Human Resources. She has worked with Genesis Rehabilitation since 2011 and also holds contracts with other organizations.

Judy Spencer, BSW, RSW, RRP, CVRP
Health and Wellness Consultant

For over 25 years, Judy has worked with people with health and disability issues in a variety of capacities including social services, disability management and vocational rehabilitation. She has particular expertise in developing realistic rehabilitation and return-to-work plans, negotiating workplace accommodations, and arranging needed services. She has a Bachelor of Social Work and professional credentials as a Registered Social Worker (RSW), Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP), and Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP). In addition to her work with Genesis Rehabilitation, Judy worked as a Client Services Co-ordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada for almost 20 years.

Karen Cross, MA Disability Mgmt, BSW, CVRP, RRP
Professional Development Coordinator & Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant

Karen has dedicated her career to working with people in the areas of vocational rehabilitation and career counselling for more than 15 years. She has particular expertise in career development, return-to-work process, and identification of clients’ strengths, abilities, needs, and limitations. She also has knowledge and skills in writing copy and using online learning platforms. Karen has a Master of Arts in Disability Management, Bachelor of Social Work, and holds professional credentials including Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) and Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP).

Nelda Adamus, BSc (Kin.), R.Kin., RRP, CVRP
Rehabilitation Consultant

Nelda has extensive experience in disability management and vocational rehabilitation. Her skills include conducting ergonomics assessments, employment services and workshop facilitation (ergonomics, conflict resolution, wellness). She enjoys the challenge of mediating return to work/ wellness plans. Her credentials include: BSc in Kinesiology (Registered Kinesiologist), a Health and Wellness Certificate, a Mediation Certificate, Registered Rehabilitation Professional, and Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional. Nelda works as a vocational rehabilitation consultant with Genesis Rehabilitation and with her company, WorkWise Development Group. Additionally, she has worked with the provincial government’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program for fifteen years as a vocational rehabilitation consultant and contract manager/negotiator.

Renée Bueckert, B.Ed, RRP
(M.Ed Candidate, Vocational Rehabilitation & Clinical Counselling)
Rehabilitation Consultant

Renée is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional (R.R.P.) with a B.Ed. in elementary education. Nearing completion of a Master’s degree in Clinical and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling, Renée began her career teaching life skills and career planning to high-risk adolescents transitioning into the workplace. Having taught in the classroom, she has a unique understanding of the challenges faced by teachers. Collaborating with physicians and other healthcare providers, her client-centered approach has enabled her to successfully develop customized return-to-work plans for public and private (including unionized) organizations. She is passionate about empowering her clients to overcome challenges affecting their personal and vocational journey.