Amanda graduated from Yorkville University with a M.A. Counselling Psychology in 2012. As a requirement of her masters program, Amanda spent one year providing counselling (individual, group and family) under a social worker at the Group Health Centre Counselling Department. While at GHC Amanda also co-facilitated the support group “When Mom and Dad Separate” and assisted with groups promoting the social development for children with special needs. Amanda credits this experience for helping her discover her love of working with children and adults with diverse needs. Amanda is a member of the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy and completed level one of the Registered Play Therapist training program. Amanda graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a B.A. Psychology in 2009. While at Western, Amanda volunteered for Autism Western and the annual foster children of London Christmas party. Amanda began her career at Breaking Away in 2012 as a casual support staff employee. She enjoyed being able to contribute to the personal growth and development of each student. Amanda loved being a member of the Breaking Away family, and in April 2015, she happily accepted the Program Director position at Breaking Away. Amanda enjoys baseball, reading, going to movies and travelling.
Sandra graduated from the Sault College Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant program in May 2015. She graduated from Lake Superior State University with a BSc in 2002 and received her teaching degree in 2003 from Lakehead University. Sandra taught grades one to six for ten years. She also has additional qualifications in Special Education and Math. Sandra has been married for over 20 years and has 3 active boys. Her family moved from Marathon to Sault Ste Marie 2 years ago. She was very active in volunteering with the Marathon community and has already started volunteering in Sault Ste Marie with the St. Basil Parent Council and the Sault College OTA/PTA Advisory Committee. Sandra and her family enjoy outdoor activities- camping, hiking and fishing. Her favourite activity is watching her sons play sports, especially hockey. Sandra is a huge Soo Greyhound fan. Sandra was a Sault College placement student with Breaking Away and wanted to be a part of the Breaking Away family. She believes in the philosophy of Breaking Away where young adults can ‘break away’ from perceived limitations in order to grow and learn in a fun, comfortable and non-threatening environment.
Laryssa graduated from the Sault College Occupational/Physiotherapy Assistant Program in May 2015. She plans to continue her education by pursuing her masters degree. Laryssa was a placement student at Breaking Away and upon completion of her program was offered a casual support staff position.