About Us › Our Team

Our dedicated instructors offer a wide range of expertise. High expectations are set for individuals to support them in achieving their goals. Their approach is flexible to accommodate different learning styles. Our instructors foster a meaningful, supportive and stimulating environment. Team members are trained in:
  • Standard First Aid and CPR
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Safe Food Handling
  • WHMIS

Paula Thomlison

Executive Director

Paula joined the Crossing All Bridges Team as its Executive Director in October 2015. She comes to the organization with a strong background in fund development, community development, marketing and communication, program development, and health promotion. She is an accomplished leader with long-standing ties to the Brantford community and has established many partnerships and working relationships that demonstrate the power of collaboration.

Over her long and varied 30-year career, Paula has worked extensively with Boards of Directors, governments, not-for-profit and public organizations. She has a deep understanding of the issues facing not-for-profit organizations and is passionate about providing equal opportunities for all citizens.

Most recently, Paula was a public library manager of Marketing, Communication and Development, a post she held for 13 years. Prior to that, as the National Director of Programs & Services for the foundation of the Canadian Living magazine, Breakfast for Learning, she traveled throughout Canada providing consultation on community development strategies, partnership building, social marketing, fund development and program planning to advisory boards across the country.

Paula is a passionate reader, loves to spend time with her new grandson and enjoys the relaxation and health benefits of yoga. Gardening and travel are also high on her list of ‘favourite things.’ She is thrilled to be part of the Crossing All Bridges team.

Michelle Carpenter

Supervisor of Operations

CABLC’s Supervisor of Operations, Michelle Carpenter, brings a strong educational background to her work at CABLC. Her B.A. in Children’s Education and Development, with a minor in psychology, coupled with her DSW ensures that the operations and programming at CABLC run smoothly, efficiently and with the right mix of educational programs and fun. Michelle’s work as a committee member of Special Education Advisory Committee of the Grand Erie District School Board contributes to her deep understanding of the needs of youth as they transition out of high school. An advocate of independent living and community inclusion, Michelle is passionate about the work we do and CABLC and strives to see our participants meeting goals and breaking barriers.

In her downtime, she enjoys spending time with her family outdoors, and loves to garden. Michelle is excited to see the big things that the future holds here at Crossing All Bridges.

Steve Davidson

Shredding Barriers, Supervisor of Social Enterprise

Crossing All Bridges is pleased to welcome our new Shredding Barriers Social Enterprise Supervisor, Steve Davidson. Steve started with us in May 2017 and brings a nice mix of skill sets to the position. As a Youth Support Counselor with St. Leonard’s Community Services for seven years, Steve is incredibly comfortable working with and mentoring adults living with varying abilities. As an entrepreneur himself, he has plenty of experience in marketing, sales, and networking. As the owner of a personal training facility, he fully understands the role of starting a business and nurturing its steady growth during the ebbs and flows of a fledging operation. We’re happy to have Steve on Board to guide the success of our Social Enterprise.

Steve enjoys giving back to his community and, as a personal trainer, has offered specialized training for many individuals with various physical and developmental abilities. He is a passionate competitor, enjoying baseball and volleyball. If you can’t find him on the field, you’re sure to find him in the gym.

Michelle Drake

Supervisor, Social Enterprise and Research Development

Michelle Drake, previously the Job Readiness instructor is now the Supervisor of Social Enterprise and Research Development. Her focus is to fulfill CABLC’s mission and meet the demands of CABLC’s services by finding new ideas, products and services to fulfill a social need. Michelle values social enterprise as a viable option for CAB participants to experience employment in an operating business. Michelle began her journey with Crossing All Bridges in 2012 with her field placement from Mohawk College where she graduated with Honours in Social Service Work. Michelle also brings knowledge and experience from her degree with Wilfrid Laurier University where she graduated with a B.A in Contemporary Studies. Michelle’s life experiences, working with exigent behaviours, and previous experiences within the agency, allows her to offer a variety of skills and knowledge to our team and to our participants.

Natasha Efner

Instructor, Community, Culture and Me

Natasha Efner is the Community, Culture and Me instructor, as well as our Health and Safety Representative. Natasha shares our participants’ passion for our community and organizes a variety of volunteer opportunities for Crossing All Bridges, including Earth Day clean up, Canada Day Set Up, and looks forward to continuing to explore further experiences. Natasha graduated from Mohawk College’s Educational Assistant program and studied French Language at the University of Windsor. Besides being an avid soccer player she also enjoys playing hockey, hiking and reading.

“Vis comme sit u devais mourir demain…. Apprends comme sit u devais vivre toujours!” - Gandhi

Molly Lyne

Instructor, Health, Wellness & Creative Arts

Molly Lyne is the fitness, health and wellness program and creative arts program instructor. Molly also works on internal events, as well as providing supervision for the students in the cooperative education program. She attended College and University for Therapeutic Recreation and Leisure Services. She strives to live a highly active lifestyle and enjoys inspiring others to do the same. In the summer Molly is the Special Olympics Track & Field Assistant Coach and in the winter you can find her on the ski slopes. She also enjoys being creative, and uses this creativity to work with participants to produce beautiful art. Molly is excited to bring her years of experience as a respite worker and activities coordinator to a passionate learning Centre.

Melissa Malloy

Instructor, Culinary Arts

Melissa Malloy is the Culinary Instructor, and has worked at CABLC’s summer camp program as a camp coordinator since the summer of 2014. Melissa is a diploma graduate of Mohawk College’s Social Service Worker program. Melissa was invited to complete her six hundred hours of field placement hours at CABLC, which she successfully completed prior to her employment.

Melissa is a mother of four biological children and assists with the care of two step-children. This, combined with her education, provides her with the skill-sets to help our participants strive for success. Melissa’s favourite inspirational quote is “You were given this life, because you were strong enough to live it.” She believes this best describes her, and the participants at Crossing All Bridges.

Lucas Peckham

Instructor, Job Readiness

We’re very pleased to introduce the newest member of the CABLC Team. Lucas Peckham has joined us in the role of Job Readiness Instructor, covering a 1-year maternity leave. Lucas holds a B.A. in History as well as a B.A. in Special Education, Secondary Education from Graceland University in Iowa, U.S.A. With his extensive knowledge working with youth, and most recently, as the Activities Advisor with Columbia International College, Lucas brings a wealth of experience to Crossing All Bridges. Stop by and say hi - just follow that booming voice and look for his beaming smile! Welcome, Lucas.

Melissa Stark

Instructor, Job Readiness

Melissa joined CABLC as the Program Assistant and Transitional Support Worker in 2016. Her passion, willingness to learn and demonstrated leadership abilities were the perfect blend of skills to allow her to successfully step into the role of Instructor at CABLC. Taking on the role of instructing in the Job Readiness program has proven to be a good fit for both Melissa, the participants and CABLC. She embraces the work enthusiastically and plans to incorporate more community partnerships into her program to help support the work of building life skills in our participants. Melissa attended Medix College of Healthcare and obtained her diploma for Personal Support Worker. While at Medix, she completed her 5 week PSW job placement right here at Crossing All Bridges. It was an instant connection – Melissa fell in love with our program. She couldn’t be happier stepping into her new role.

In her downtime, Melissa loves arts and crafts, enjoys learning, is not afraid to try new things, and cherishes her time spent with friends and family. She loves helping others and gets a lot of joy spending her days with our participants.

Alexis (Lexi) Hutchinson

Transitional Support/Program Assistant

Alexis (Lexi) Hutchinson joined the CABLC team in February 2017 in the role of Transitional Support/Program Assistant. Lexi is the perfect example of “good things come in small packages.” This energetic, enthusiastic and passionate young lady brings over 5 years experience to her role of providing additional support and resources to some of CABLC’s participants who often find transitioning to programs a bit of a challenge.

A graduate of Niagara College’s Educational Assistant/Special Needs Support program, Lexi’s previous experience with the Brant Haldimand Norfolk Catholic District School Board and the Canadian Deaf-Blind Association has provided her with excellent skills that easily transfer to her work here at CABLC.

Lexi is an active volunteer with Special Olympics and the Down Syndrome Association. In her spare time she enjoys sports such as hockey and soccer. At our recent Golf Fore Learning Tournament we also found out she’s a heck of a golfer!

Laura Percival

Shredding Barriers Job Coach

Another great addition to the CABLC team is our new Shredding Barriers Job Coach Laura Percival. Laura joined us in July 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Western University with special interests in abnormal child psychology and child development. Most recently, Laura held a position at Lansdowne Children’s Centre. She is anxious to apply her extensive skills working with individuals with varying developmental disabilities to motivate and train the employees of Shredding Barriers. The combination of Laura’s academic background, her experience as a support work and her infectious enthusiasm will surely help us grow our business.

Volunteers and Co-op Placements

  • Our volunteers are members of the community with specialized skills that are a valuable resource for the program.
  • Our co-op participants come from a variety of educational settings and we welcome them to the Centre.

Download a volunteer application and then please contact us for an interview at 519-751-0123 or info@crossingallbridges.ca