Meet Our Staff

The CASE staff are energetic and invested in working to raise the diversity of the Canadian labour market.

The unique skills and experience that they each bring are essential to CASE's work to increase employment inclusion of Canadians who experience disability.
If you have any questions about CASE staff or programs, please contact us directly.
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Joanna joined the CASE team in 2019 as the Association’s first Executive Director. She brings with her many years' experience supporting diverse Canadians to plan for and build the lives that they want in a community.

Joanna has worked most recently as the Executive Director of an Independent Facilitation Organization and is a past steward of the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network. Joanna holds degrees in Exceptionality in Human Learning, Social Services, and Voluntary and Non-profit Sector Management. She lives in a small town in southern Ontario with her husband and two teenage boys. In her off time, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, and reading.

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Mary Beshai

DIRECTOR OF VIRTUAL ENGAGEMENT, MENTORABILITY CANADA

Mary is an experienced program manager who has worked with organizations undertaking ambitious initiatives in the private, public, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. Mary is passionate about sustainable social change. She worked most recently in international development programming that sought to empower women and youth in vulnerable circumstances to secure their livelihoods through meaningful employment and entrepreneurship endeavours. She has also worked on assistive device development for individuals experiencing mobility disabilities in developing countries.

Mary lives in Chelsea Quebec with her husband and two children and enjoys playing in nature with her family and friends. Presently, she shares her home office with the family’s rabbit and skinny pigs.

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Belinda Deenik brings to CASE robust knowledge and awareness acquired through 20 years of working alongside individuals who experience disability. Throughout her career, she has fulfilled extensive training, coaching and facilitation roles. All of these positions solidified her prior learning around the critical role of nurturing core gifts, talents and interests, as a pivotal pathway to career development. With a well-rounded career in the social service and training sectors, Belinda is currently enhancing her knowledge from a human resources lens. She recognizes the influence of the global market and the need for enhanced diversity and inclusion practices. As a trainer, Belinda is passionate about developing co-creative relationships with key-stakeholders, creating responsive resources and participating in a paradigm shift around supported employment.
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Nicole MacDonald brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to CASE, with over ten years of experience in community development, program coordination, and communications. Throughout her academic career, she has obtained a diploma in Nursing and a Degree in Social Work and is currently a registered Social Worker practicing in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Nicole believes in the power of programming and has developed and facilitated programs on both a federal and provincial level. In all of her experiences, she has yet to meet a person who does not possess great strength and potential.

In her downtime, she takes pleasure in living (as off-grid as possible), spending time with her family, and raising a little nature boy.

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Jeanette Paynter

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

For the majority of her career, Jeanette has worked in the accounting field in a not-for-profit organization. Her love of spreadsheets and reconciliations is widely known by those working with her. You will often hear her saying, “I can create a spreadsheet for that”.
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Alex Rascanu

STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS SPECIALIST, Building a Stronger Workforce PROJECT

Alex Rascanu is passionate about employment inclusion for people who experience disability. His experience in the employment services community includes having served as program consultant within the Government of Nova Scotia's Employment Nova Scotia team, program coordinator with the employment services agency The Career Foundation, and member of the grow and nurture the skilled workforce taskforce by the Halifax Chamber of Commerce.

Alex's other work experience includes having served in roles such as global market research analyst with the world's largest snacks manufacturer, as director of business development for Canada's largest cancer research and treatment centre, and as communications and outreach lead for a federal Member of Parliament.

Alex holds a master of public administration from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Toronto.

After hours, Alex enjoys travelling and spending time with his family, reading, and serving in the community.

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Gina van Dalen

NATIONAL PROJECT DIRECTOR, Building a Stronger Workforce PROJECT

Gina has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, with an emphasis on the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) sector. Gina worked most recently at TechNation as the Executive Director, Talent Division with broad responsibilities for the development of and support for a suite of talent development programs, including its award-winning CareerMash and the national work-integrated learning Career Ready programs. She is known for creating a true consensus between government, business, and academic communities. In particular, her work with Business Schools in deploying the TechNation Business Technology Management (BTM) programs across the country.

Adventure and wanderlust have always been in her DNA. Through work and pleasure, she has travelled to over 30 countries. She lives with her husband, son, dog and two cats in Toronto and enjoys pottery, scuba diving, and spending time at her cottage on the Bruce.

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Wendy is passionate about networking potential mentoring opportunities, building capacity for people experiencing disability and employers. She has worked as an Independent Facilitator and, more recently, as a Community Support Worker with Community Living.

Her background working in rural communities began as a Rural Organizations Specialist, having supported rural youth and adults across Ontario with needs assessment and program implementation. Along with her first-hand knowledge as an employer of a respected sales and service agri-business for over 20 years, Wendy knows the importance of community.
With a keen interest in learning, Wendy completed the foundations course for psychosocial rehabilitation. She holds an MSc from the University of Guelph with a research focus on collaboration for educational change.

Wendy’s other passion is around the use of labyrinths in healthcare. She currently lives on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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Charley MacDonald’s progressive career in Supported Employment began after completing post-secondary training in Human Services and beginning her role as a Job Coach with a community-based service provider in New Brunswick. Throughout her career she has contributed to Employment Inclusion in a variety of roles including job coaching, job development, program coordination, facilitation, and leadership. Following a relocation to Alberta, Charley continued to support Canadians in meeting their career, employment and educational goals as a Career Coach and Workshop Coordinator with an Alberta based organization. Charley’s background in Human and Social services, Career Development, Adult Education, along with her genuine passion for inclusion allows her to bring extensive and unique expertise to her role as National Trainer.

Charley lives in Okotoks, Alberta where she enjoys spending time in nature, taking new adventures and making lasting memories with her family and friends.

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