The Haldimand Abilities Centre​

Looking beyond disabilities, focusing on capabilities and expanding possibilities.​


Albert Longtin

Albert has been part of the HAC team for just over 6 years.  He is employed by the Alzheimer's Society to drive the van for the HAC.  Albert worked at Dofasco for  30 years in the Maintenance Department.  He is a team player who is caring and brings a high level of both compassion and humour to his roll at the HAC.  His hobbies include fishing and woodworking.

Ashley Everets

Ashley began her career at the HAC in 2010. She is a Recreation Therapist with Brain Injury Services and you will see her facilitating programs at the HAC. Ashley likes to bring enthusiasm, creativity and a good time to work! In her personal time you can catch her laughing and joking with family and friends. She loves anything about baseball and hanging out with her dog Daisy.  

Cassandra Shepherd

Cassandra has been a program facilitator at the HAC  for one year and works for Vision Loss Rehab Ontario.  She has an educational background in Social Service Work and originally started at the HAC as a volunteer.  Cassandra sees herself as being approachable and hopes participants will come to her if they need a listening ear.  She is best described as supportive.  Her personal hobbies include colouring, reading and word searches.  She also enjoys music and movies.

Cindy Beaver

The HAC is fortunate to have had Cindy keeping us all organized for the last 10 years.  As a graduate of the Connestoga College Legal Secretarial Program Cindy has worked in the field as an administrative assistant for over 25 year.  It is her commitment to organization and logic that keeps us all in order!  In her spare time, Cindy enjoys gardening, jigsaw puzzles and caring for her pets.

David Wallis

As the newest member of the HAC team, David is excited to be here as the Manager of Health Promotion and Education.  David is an employee of the Alzheimer's Society and has an education in Human Services and the Non-Profit Sector.  David brings his positive outlook and optimistic sense of humour to the team.  David sees himself as an original!  In his free time David enjoys music, his dogs, travelling and photography.  

Keisha Thelwell

Keisha joined the HAC in November 2017 as a program facilitator employed by  Brain Injury Services.  With an education in Recreation Therapy, Keisha is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.  As a team member Keisha sees her strengths in her innovative ideas, organization and her cooking abilities!  She describes herself as sporty with a passion for soccer, baseball and basketball.  In her free time in addition to all these sports, Keisha loves her Marvel comic books, tea and travelling!

Lauralynn Johnston

As one of the long time team members, Lauralynn has been a program facilitator with the HAC for nine years.  She is employed by Vision Loss Rehabilitation as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist.  Lauralynn has a vast resume of education including a Bachelors in Contemporary Studies and a Bachelors in Education.  She brings her experience, organization and dedication to the team and describes herself as efficient.  Some of her hobbies include fitness, yoga, cooking new foods, travelling and baking.

Sandra Mallett

Sandra came to the HAC team in September of 2016 in the role of Public Relations Co-ordinator and exercise facilitator.  She is an employee of the Alzheimer's Society.  Sandra has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Brock University.  She is a friendly and optimistic person who tries hard to help her team in anyway possible.  In her free time, Sandra drives her three children to their various sporting activities and cheers them on from the sidelines.  She loves reading, swimming, long walks and scrapbooking.  

Sherri Miller

Sherri has been working for the Alzheimer Society of Haldimand Norfolk for over ten years.  She is the inspiration behind the Sit to Be Fit Program which is a highly successful fitness program for adults offering over 140 classes each week! She is passionate about making fitness fun and enjoyable for all.  Sherri sees herself as approachable so if you have a question, ask it!  In her spare time, Sherri enjoys exercise and woodworking.

Susan Cuming

Susan is an employee of the Alzheimer's Society where she has been the Public Education Co-ordinator for over 8 years. Her educational background includes studies in Recreation and Leisure Studies, Management in the Non-Profit Sector as well as Studies in Dementia. Susan describes herself as happy and enjoys a wide variety of hobbies including Agility work with her dog, Laughter Yoga, Qigong, kayaking and any other outdoor activities.

Yvonne Nardi

Yvonne is an employee of the Alzheimer's Society and has worked at the HAC as a Counsellor and Program Facilitator since November 2011.  She is a Social Service Worker but also studied Canadian History and Political Science.  As an essential member of the HAC, Yvonne brings humour, knowledge, caring and endless amounts of trivia to the team.  She is creative and enjoys art, reading, cats and dogs as personal hobbies.