About

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The Team at Branching Out Support Services aims to offer the highest quality services to families in Dufferin County and beyond. We know this starts with value based leadership, team work and a dedication to putting people first.

 

We value the dignity and worth of all humans.

 

We value inclusion and diversity.

 

We value choice and will empower all members of our community to exercise their choices.

 

We value open communication and integrity in that communication.

 

We value high quality service and creative care solutions.

 

We value community and the importance of relationships.

 

We value social justice and dedicate ourselves to this cause.

At Branching Out it is our daily responsibility and joy to serve people who have neurodiversities and their families. We do this with community, choice and creativity. We are committed to creative care solutions, recreation and social programming, 1:1 support and day programming. Join us as we make our community inclusive for all.

Meet The BOSS Team

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Kimberly Van Ryn,
CYW, RYT, BA Human Services
 
Founder

Kim started her career as a Child and Youth Worker in foster and adoptive care. After a short break from the human services field she returned to work in day services with adults with neuro diversities and found her true calling.

 

Over the past years of professional development Kim has attained her BA in Human Services with honors, her Trauma Informed Care and Counselling certificate and studied the Spell to Communicate method to work more deeply with non-speaking people. She is also expanding into teaching at local colleges and agencies about neuro diversity, trauma, valued roles and the social enterprise model.

 

With her team, Kim opened the doors to Branching Out Support Services and it's been quite the journey ever since! The growth and learning has been exponential and based deeply in the community, which is right where Kim wants to be and where she finds her greatest flow and alignment.

 

When not engaging with BOSS and the CommonFare Kitchen Kim loves teaching yoga, riding her bike, roller skating, playing in the garden, making holistic body products tending to her plants.

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Sara Clarke,
DSW

 
Executive Director

I have been with BOSS since it was just a dream during the planning stages.  As a Mother of a child with neurodiversity, I wanted to create a positive, safe, and encouraging place for individuals to build skills, enjoy organic relationships, and have fun while reaching their own goals and creating their own path.  I’m so thankful our team can bring ideas to life and build services to support our community and beyond.  I have over 20 years of experience working with individuals with neurodiversities through the education system, Community Living, the Town of Orangeville, programs for youth, and community projects.  I graduated on the Dean’s List from the Developmental Services Worker program at Loyalist College.  I’m honoured to be the Executive Director at Branching Out Support Services.

 

I have a passion for continued personal and professional development, building forward thinking community connections, and creating belonging for everyone. I’m an advocate for disability rights and a strong believer in providing lots of opportunities and choices.  I love supporting people to gain skills for independence and self-advocacy while boosting confidence.  These are the keys for gaining valued roles and leading enriched, meaningful lives.  

I’m a Personal Support Network Facilitator, and a Safe Relationships and Healthy Sexuality Facilitator.  I have completed training in creating diversity and equity in communities. I 'm certified in mental health first aid and committed to bringing awareness and reducing stigma around mental health.  I’m a member of The Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities and The International Social Role Valorization Association. 

 

I’m a Mom of three fierce and beautiful children who hold my heart and keep me on my toes. My high school sweetheart still has me laughing with his witty personality after all these years. I love a huge variety of  music, being in nature, a good cup of coffee or tea, and sharing life with family, friends, our BOSS Tribe, and my sidekick Poodle named Harmony.  

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Megan Williams,
BA Cognitive Psychology and Family Studies
 
Day Services Facilitator

I started at Branching Out when it was just a dream and a twinkle in all of our eyes. It began with a purpose and a beautiful mission. I am continually grateful and astounded to be a part of this amazing team and community. 

 

I started working in this field in 2017 after graduating with honours from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts and Science, specializing in Family Studies and Cognitive Psychology. At the time, I was very lost and had no idea what to do with my career, but once I started working with these wonderful people, I quickly fell in love with this area of Developmental Services. 

 

I have a passion for working with the people in our community and helping them build skills, make friendships and have a little bit of fun while doing so. My number one priority while working at BOSS is making sure that the people I work with feel safe, happy and excited to be a part of this community. I make sure that BOSS is a safe place where people can simply just be themselves and have fun while learning important skills.

 

With all of my heart, I believe BOSS is the people we work with. They are the reason I do what I do and why this program is the way it is. They have taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of. I am grateful for them every single day and I am so lucky to get the privilege of hanging out with them during the week. They are a big reason I am where I am today and I can't believe I get to be a part of such a beautiful community. 

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Carly Baker
Day Services Facilitator

Back in 2020 when I was doing my co-op at Humber College in Orangeville for the SSW program, I had the opportunity to come to BOSS for my placement and I have been here since then. I am now a part of our day services program.
I'm grateful to be apart of a team of kind, caring, fun, safe, clever, respectful individuals who not only support each other, but our whole community as well. I enjoy the meaningful work, opportunities and adventures that our team encounters.  

My two life passions are supporting people and helping animals in general, I strive to learn as much as I can in both areas. I love doing various kinds of art and nature hobbies such as: vegetable gardening, painting, boating, power tool crafts, wood burning, learning about insects, etc. and I enjoy bringing those hobbies into BOSS to share with our friends.
I spend my free time with my 8 beautiful furry animal companions, 3 tanks of fish companions, a giant millipede friend and a lovely colony of kingworms that sometimes morph into beetle friends. 

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James Loughran

Lead Male Mentor

James graduated from the Social Services Worker Program at Canadore College and found his true calling within the neuro diverse community. James has worked for a number of organizations as a front-line support worker over the last 12 years of his career. 

James is passionate about real world learning, mentoring, and being present for people in all experiences of their lives. James loves the outdoors, recreational and social adventures and sharing his passion for music, video games, art, animals and exploring with every person he engages with.

In his role as male mentor at Branching Out Support Services James focuses his therapeutic work on mentoring men in their independent living skills, social interactions and daily living tasks. James has an incredible knack for connection and support in mentoring situations that participants align with.

James has been an essential presence at BOSS since the day it was a sparkle in our eyes. Not only is he the company’s lead male mentor and Guy’s Mentoring Group lead, he also works hard in the Passport Department, maintenance onsite at BOSS, supporting staff, organizing events, does hours of 1:1 support and drives. Most importantly James believes in the dream of a community without labels where we all belong. Above and beyond all the work he does for and with BOSS – he’s the glue that holds it all together.

“I am, We are, All things, One.” ~JPL~

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Jess Plourde

Lead Culinary

Support Professional

“I have always had a passion for food, community, and inclusion. Having the opportunity to combine culinary innovation, and community support is a dream come true.”

Jess does hours of one on one support in the community, and leads The Granola Project: By CommonFare Kitchen; a social enterprise creating a supported workplace for individual’s with neuro diversities. Above all, Jess believes in creating equal opportunities for all members of our community.

“My goal for “The Granola Project” is to mentor our team; teach them skills I’ve learned over the years, help build their knowledge and resume, and prepare them to be the best they can in their work environment. Our granola team teaches me everyday, they lead each other, and I can’t wait to see them succeed in their careers!”

Jess has worked in industrial kitchens for over a decade, and gained the knowledge and skills needed to share with others; but has always dedicated time to her Branching Out Support Services team! From “Campfire Jam Sessions” (music therapy), to dance parties, she never misses an opportunity to put a smile on someones face. 

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Felicia Addesi
BOSS Field

Placement Student

My name is Felicia and I am currently a student of social work at York University. I have also studied social service work at Humber college in which I was given the opportunity to work with various populations. I have always had a desire to work in the field of social work because I genuinely enjoy seeing others being happy and fulfilling their goals.

 

Throughout my education and work experiences, I have learned the importance of not working for community members, but rather with them. This includes building relationships from trust and respect, using their strengths to promote change, as well as the importance of collaboration. I am looking forward to using these skills for my placement with Branching Out Support Services as I believe each individual deserves the right to be heard, be treated as an equal member of society and feel empowered to meet their needs and the needs of their community.  When not studying or working, I enjoy travelling, reading, spending time with my dogs, family and friends

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Meredith Taylor

BOSS Field

Placement Student

I will be doing a full-time placement with Branching Out Support Services in the fall of 2022. This placement will be part of my Masters of Social Work program at the University of Windsor. I am excited about working at Branching Out Support Services as it will be a good fit based on my experience working
with individuals with neurodiversities at the Palgrave United Community Kitchen. I love to cook and I have managed a healthy school lunch program at the community kitchen. We had many volunteers help out in the kitchen to learn cooking skills in an engaging community setting so the collaboration of
Branching Out Support Services and The Commonfare Kitchen seems like the perfect place for me! I currently work for Caledon Meals on Wheels and I live with 3 children and multiple pets in Caledon. I look forward to building connections with the BOSS community and the community partners within
Orangeville.

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CommonFare Kitchen

“I have always had a passion for food, community, and inclusion. Having the opportunity to combine culinary innovation, and community support is a dream come true.”

Jess does hours of one on one support in the community, and leads The Granola Project: By CommonFare Kitchen; a social enterprise creating a supported workplace for individual’s with neuro diversities. Above all, Jess believes in creating equal opportunities for all members of our community.

“My goal for “The Granola Project” is to mentor our team; teach them skills I’ve learned over the years, help build their knowledge and resume, and prepare them to be the best they can in their work environment. Our granola team teaches me everyday, they lead each other, and I can’t wait to see them succeed in their careers!”

Jess has worked in industrial kitchens for over a decade, and gained the knowledge and skills needed to share with others; but has always dedicated time to her Branching Out Support Services team! From “Campfire Jam Sessions” (music therapy), to dance parties, she never misses an opportunity to put a smile on someones face. 

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Join Us!

If you are looking to join an energetic, hardworking, committed team send us a resume! We are often looking for dedicated support professionals to work within  Branching Out Support Services. Check out the "Get involved" page for more info!

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Family Resource Team

We have many other support professional who work with families and individuals in our community on a contract basis. 

We believe all humans can embrace who they are,
can define their future, and can change the world and THRIVE.

Our Mission

Branching Out Support Services provides

creative, community based care for individuals with developmental differences.

A variety of services and opportunities provide choices for people to connect with their passions and participate in activities of their choosing.

 

Our Vision

The vision of Branching Out Support Services is to provide stable and long term relationships, opportunities, therapeutic service and solutions for individuals in our community  regardless of age, race, religious background, sexuality or other barriers they may face in day to day living.

 

At Branching Out our team values safe relationships, quality service, and fun. When we look towards the future we see an inclusive community that is accepting of all people and we are committed to working towards that vision.

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