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Our Staff

Directors


Pivot Point is guided by our three Directors; each contributing a different focus and area of expertise to the overall vision and performance of the agency. As you will see, all three Directors have extensive histories in the social services, each spanning decades of service to children, youth, and adults with Alternate Abilities. The Directorship is united around our common vision of Pivot Point creating a meaningful and positive turning point for every person possible… for our clients and their families, for our staff and their families, and for our communities throughout British Columbia!

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Steve Cunningham, MA

Executive Director

Steve.Cunningham@PivotPoint.ca

Steve is the founder and Executive Director of Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.  Click the link below to read more about WHY Steve started Pivot Point… and discover what’s behind the name. 

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Crystal Thompson

Assistant Director

Behaviour Consultant

NVCPI Instructor

Crystal.Thompson@PivotPoint.ca

Ms. Crystal Thompson began her career in behavior analysis with The Laurel House Society where she worked for a total of 23 years. She began as a therapist working 1: 1 providing intensive intervention (Lovaas style ABA) to young children in the clinic and residence.

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Elizabeth Sparling, M.Ed

ABA Clinical Director

BCBA & A Level RASP

Elizabeth.Sparling@PivotPoint.ca

Elizabeth Sparling is the Clinical Director of Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc. As a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, she has more than 20 years experience working with children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Elizabeth started her career as a Low Incidence Special Education Teacher in the Saanich School District on Vancouver Island, prior to returning to school to become a Behaviour Analyst.

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Admin Team

Pivot Point’s staff of over 150 people provides local services and supports to families in 10 regions around the Province. Our virtual organization model is made possible by our highly skilled administration team at Pivot Point Head Office. Each of the following managers is committed to excellence in their own departments, and they are each passionate about the positive impact that Pivot Point can have on the lives of our staff and our clients. Read their stories below and learn more about our incredible Admin Team. 

   
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Amanda Nickart,

Human Resources Manager

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Working with children and families is, and has always been, a passion and focus for Amanda.

She completed her certification in Early Childhood Education specializing in Infant and Toddler Development and Special Needs. She then went on to achieve her BA in Family and Social Relations from the University of Windsor.

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Brenda Gould,

Resources Manager

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Brenda, Pivot Point’s Resource Manager of five plus years, ensures that our 8 remote offices across the Province have the supplies they need to effectively support the children, families, and individuals in our care.

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Jodi Shuttleworth

Accounting Manager

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Dedicated to her career, Jodi Shuttlewoth spent 10 years in the accounting sector of the business world. She was so focused on her work that she forgot to take a vacation (silly gal). She made a life-changing decision and gave up the corporate life, moving to Mexico for 2 years.

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Oshyanna Fraess

Community Relations Coordinator

Marketing@PivotPoint.ca

Pivot Point is happy to welcome Miss Oshyanna Fraess as our newest member of the Head Office admin team!  Please check back soon to read more about this rising star! 

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Leslie Tennant

Business Innovation Manager

Leslie.Tennant@PivotPoint.ca

Before Pivot Point, Leslie worked in the investment sector of the finance industry. Even though she thrived in this fast-paced field, Leslie always had an interest in supporting children with developmental and learning disabilities. She left the business world behind and began a new career as a behaviour interventionist with Pivot Point.

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Shelley Pedersen

Client Services Manager

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Born Calgary, Alberta, Shelley Pedersen moved out to BC and began her post-secondary education at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her focus shifted when she discovered a natural passion for Behavioural Psychology and she transferred to SFU.

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Behaviour Consultants

Pivot Point hosts a large team of professional Behaviour Consultants, most having reached the internationally recognized credential of being Board Certified (See BACB.com for more). Each consultant manages a caseload of client families within their local region, and is committed to designing and implementing the best possible treatment plan that will create the most positive change possible for each client they serve.

Alex Delange

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA & B Level RASP

Region: North, South and East Fraser

Alex.Delange@PivotPoint.ca

Alexandra Delange, a Behaviour Consultant with Pivot Point, has been a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst since 2011. Graduating with her BA from Simon Fraser University she went on to complete her coursework in Applied behaviour Analysis (ABA) through the Florida Institute of Technology.

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Chidori Takahara

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA & B Level RASP

Region: Vancouver & Richmond

Chidori.Takahara@PivotPoint.ca

Originally from Fukuoka, Japan, Chidori Takahara joined Pivot Point in 2009 and has been working in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island ever since. She is a Board Certified assistant Behavior Analyst and is currently working under the supervision of Clinical Director, Elizabeth Sparling as a Behaviour Consultant.

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Julie Hedderson

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA

Region: Victoria

Julie.Hedderson@PivotPoint.ca

Julie Hedderson majored in Psychology, graduating with distinction and completing her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2008. After joining Pivot Point in 2011, Julie discovered her passion in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis and went on to complete coursework through Florida Institute of Technology. In December 2014, Julie became a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst.

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Katie Treleaven

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA & B Level RASP

Region: Lower Mainland

Katie.Treleaven@PivotPoint.ca

Katie Treleaven majored in psychology and graduated from the University of Victoria in 2008. After working privately for several years, Katie joined Pivot Point in 2010 as a Behaviour Interventionist as well as a Program Assistant. Moving from Vancouver Island to the Mainland in October of 2011, she expanded her roles to include Child Care Worker as well as Regional Manager Assistant.

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Kenny Ho

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA Practicum Student 

Region: Lower Mainland

Kenny.Ho@PivotPoint.ca

Kenny graduated from the Simon Fraser University with a B.A in Psychology in 2013 and joined Pivot Point shortly after, where he has worked for several years as a Child Care Worker, Behaviour Interventionist, and eventually as Program Assistant as well. Kenny has always wanted to work in a place where he can put a smile on the face of the people he serves, and to have a positive impact on their lives. For this reason, Kenny feels that Pivot Point is the right place for him!

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Lexie Kosick

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA & B Level RASP

Region: Victoria

Lexie.Kosick@PivotPoint.ca

After graduating from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in Psychology, Lexie wasn’t sure on the direction her career might lead her. A chance meeting in 2010 led Lexie Kosick to Pivot Point where she began her career as a Child Care Worker. She hadn’t planned on working with individuals with ASD, but quickly discovered her natural niche.

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Lori Christensen

Behaviour Consultant

Region: East & South Fraser

Lori.Christensen@PivotPoint.ca

Graduating from the University of Manitoba with her B.A in psychology, Lori Christensen worked for many years as a corporate trainer. In February of 2013 she joined the Pivot Point team as a Behavior Interventionist and Child Care Worker.

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Lyndsey Fraser

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA

Region: Victoria, Cowichan Valley, and the Kootenays

Lyndsey.Fraser@PivotPoint.ca

Lyndsey Fraser began working in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis in 2009. She began working in schools as an Education Assistant and privately as a Behavior Interventionist. Lyndsey fell in love with the work she was doing and quickly began her Bachelor of Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism through Capilano University in Vancouver, B.C.

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Shannon Friedleifson

Behaviour Consultant

Region: The Kootenays

Shannon.Friedleifson@PivotPoint.ca

After completing her Classroom and Community Support Worker Program at Selkirk College in 2002, Shannon Friedleifson realized her unique passion for working with individuals with varied challenges and abilities. She went on to achieve her Diploma in Human Services, and her B.A in Child and Youth Care.

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Tana Richards, M.Ed

Behaviour Consultant

BCBA

Region: Lower Mainland

Tana.Richards@PivotPoint.ca

Tana Richards is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) at Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.

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Whitney Larzelere

Behaviour Consultant

BCaBA & B Level RASP

Region: Victoria

Whitney.Larzelere@PivotPoint.ca

Whitney Larzelere is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBa) and Family Support Worker at Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.

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Counsellors


Pivot Point’s team of Mental Health practitioners is growing! We are adding new Counsellors and NeuroFeedBack trainers region by region throughout the Province. Many of the professionals listed below are available for individual as well as couples Counselling, and most are ready and available for online sessions via video chat.

Please view the bios of our staff, and check their availability on our online Session Scheduler anytime.

Andria Weiser, MA

Mental Health Clinical Supervisor and Counsellor

Region: South Fraser & Fraser Valley

Andria.Weiser@PivotPoint.ca

Andria Weiser is a clinical counsellor providing individual and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Andria is committed to providing compassionate and competent treatment to her clients. She believes that therapy should be a collaborative process and should be individualized based on the goals and needs of each of her clients. Andria has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has several years of experience working in private practice, as well as public mental health settings.  

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 Lindsay Monier-Williams, MA

Mental Health Program Manager & Counsellor

Region: Victoria

Lindsay.Monier-Williams@PivotPoint.ca

I provide family and individual counselling services to youth, adults, and couples. With my clients, I strive to help improve their emotional and mental well being, develop self-awareness and build better relationships.

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Lindsey Byrnes, MA

Counsellor

Region: Abbotsford

Lindsey.Byrnes@PivotPoint.ca

Lindsey Byrnes completed her undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria in 2012. She has worked in a variety of helping positions including Education Assistant and Youth Care Worker in the Abbotsford School District, Support Worker with Canucks Autism Network, as well as Behavior Interventionist, Child Care Worker, Tutor and Program Assistant with Pivot Point Family Growth Centre Inc.

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Heather MacPherson, MA

Counsellor

Region: North Fraser (Burnaby)

Heather.MacPherson@PivotPoint.ca

Heather is passionate about seeing individuals and families reach their fullest potential.

She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor having received her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and her Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Care Counselling from Douglas College. She has over eight years of experience working with children, youth, and adults with a variety of strengths, abilities, and challenges in the school system, in the community, and in inpatient hospital settings. Heather has supported individuals facing the effects of developmental challenges such as Autism, Down Syndrome, FASD, and Fragile X, and other challenges such as depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Mark Thomas, MA

Counsellor & NeuroFeedBack trainer

Region: South Fraser

Mark.Thomas@PivotPoint.ca

More information coming soon! 

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Professionals


In each region we strive to provide a complete multidisciplinary team. In addition to Behaviour Consultants, this may consist of a Counsellors & NeuroFeedBack trainers, Speech/Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Teachers. Each region also builds a large team of front line service providers (too many to list below) who provide invaluable services through the following roles: Behaviour Interveners, Therapeutic Child Care Workers, Academic Tutors, Respite and Rec Workers, and workshop/event leaders. Please note that not all services are available in every region… yet. Check with your Regional Manager for the latest updates!

This page is currently under construction. Check back again soon for full bios. 

Brian Lai

Occupational Therapist

Region: Richmond, BC

Brian.Lai@PivotPoint.ca

More to come…!

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Christine White, MA

Speech Therapist

Region: Victoria, BC

Christine.White@PivotPoint.ca

More to come…!

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Community Classroom Teacher

Region: Chilliwack

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Region: Abbotsford

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Region: Victoria, James Bay Office

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Region: Cowichan Valley, BC.

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Region: Kamloops, BC.

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