Julie Smith, Executive Director
Julie is both the Executive Director of PEIACL and carries out the Supporting Families Program as the Family Inclusion Facilitator. She has been an inclusion advocate for over 25 years and her goal is to ensure all individuals with intellectual disabilities are included, valued, and recognized as contributing members to the diverse communities in which we live.
Julie currently resides in western PEI with her husband and 2 sons, one of whom guides her vision and mission of inclusion for all. Through navigating the systems, Julie and her family have learned how to empower persons with intellectual disabilities. Julie is proud to have grown up on military bases across the country, including Slemon Park, as her father Brian is a Canadian military veteran with 28 years of service.
Grace Kimpinski, Communications & Fund Development Manager
902-394-7555 | email@example.com
Grace loves helping individuals and organizations set and achieve their goals, which is why she is so passionate about the work she does at PEIACL. In her free time, Grace does some behind-the-scenes work in theatre, volunteers on a couple of boards for non-profit organizations here on PEI, and spends time with her family.
Adam Spence, Labour Market Facilitator, National Ready Willing and Able Program
902-394-0350 | firstname.lastname@example.org
In his role as Labout Market Facilitator, Adam enjoys promoting understanding and awareness among employers while encouraging inclusive hiring and explaining the benefits of having a diverse workforce. Adam has over 15 years’ experience working as a small business owner, and has additional work experience in both the corporate and government worlds. With his experience with the PEI’s Department of Education, he had the opportunity to form relationships and make connections with great families, organizations, and community associations on the Island.
While living in Japan, Adam met his wife, Kyoko before moving to Australia for a couple of years where he worked/played in the sporting industry. His son, Jordan, is currently in his first-year university (Business Program) while also pursuing his dream of playing pro hockey. This past year he was drafted to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Adam’s daughter, Kairi, is in high school and wants to work in the medical industry. Kairi is very active in volleyball, CrossFit, and is a student counsellor for her school.
Katrina Durdle, Support Match Coordinator
902-388-5432 | email@example.com
As the Support Match Coordinator, Katrina’s goals are to assist individuals and/or their families in finding their perfect match with a Support Worker who will meet the individual at their level and needs and giving the individual, families and workers the opportunity succeed and thrive wonderfully.
Katrina is a recent graduate from Holland College’s Child and Youth Care Worker program and a mom to Tyson and Codilyn. In her spare time, you can find her at the ball field as the Sherwood/Parkdale Baseball U11 Coordinator and her son’s team Manager. Go Knights! In the winter, she will be at the Hockey rink or leading a Brownie meeting in Sherwood.
“I am super excited to be a part of such a wonderful Association that matches my values and passions!”
Nat MacLeod, Project Coordinator
Nat recently joined the team at PEIACL as the Project Coordinator for the Let’s Get to Work project. This project aims to give individuals who have an intellectual disability or autism a competitive edge for successful employment on PEI. This will be achieved by increasing the knowledge, training levels, and certifications for these individuals.
Nat is a student in the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design Engineering program at the University of Prince Edward Island. They have a strong passion for increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in everyday life. Their goal is for all people to feel like there is a place for them in this community