Meet the Family Support Team

Jennifer Ruse

Jennifer Ruse

North Central Family Support Manager

I have spent my professional career in a variety of roles within Human Service. I began supporting people with disabilities while I was going to college and university in Victoria, BC. After relocating to an Indigenous community near Cranbrook, BC, my career took a new direction in front-line early intervention and child protection. I have worked for many non-profit organizations, including providing disaster relief with the Red Cross, and have always been a strong advocate for those in need. An activist at heart, I strive to be a voice for those who don’t have one and to challenge ourselves, our communities, to become more inclusive.

Outside of work, I have an amazing partner and I am a Step and Kinship Mom to 3 beautiful, sparkly tiny humans (and a gentle giant with four paws). Kitchen dance parties and cooking delicious homemade food are a favorite in our house. I am passionate about human rights, equality, coffee and chocolate.

Kayleigh Lake, BA Psych, SW Dip.

Kayleigh Lake, BA Psych, SW Dip.

Lone Parent Coordinator

I am the Lone Parent Coordinator at the North Central Family Support Program, that operates out of the Huntington Hills Community Association.

I work with single parents that live throughout Calgary, providing various supports, resources, referrals, and programming. I have lived in the Huntington area for most of my life and I am very grateful to be a part of such a vibrant community and workplace.

I am a graduate of Mount Royal University, where I received my diploma in Social Work as well as my BA in Psychology.  My previous work has included working in a residential treatment program for children and youth with autism and volunteering my time through Hospice Calgary.

Developing strong relationships is the foundation to everything I do, both professionally and personally.  I pride myself in the passion, respect, and support I provide to those I work with.

Outside of work, I enjoy going for hikes, camping, and eating ice cream. I have spent many summers back country camping and do not mind getting a bit of dirt under my nails.  I like staying busy, while taking the time to do the things I love with the people I love.

Desiree Sanderson

Desiree Sanderson

Family Support Coordinator/GEMS Facilitator

I am the Lead Facilitator for the GEMS girls empowerment group and Family Support Coordinator with the North Central Family Support Program.

I am a proud resident of Huntington Hills and has been an active participant in HHCA programming since my son was born in 2014.  I work from a holistic perspective and am very passionate about the work that I do in my GEMS program and the community.  I have a warm and welcoming personality and always goes above and beyond for those in need of support.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and hiking, and recently spent five days back country camping and hiked over 50kms in five days carrying over 40lbs on my back. I love to challenge myself and thrive on crossing things off my bucket list.

Lorraine Spector, MHS APP, BA Psych, RSW

Lorraine Spector, MHS APP, BA Psych, RSW

Family Support Coordinator

I have the unique privilege of providing Social Work support in two of the ‘‘ programs within the Huntington Hills Community Association. Working three days a week as Family Support Coordinator in the North Central Family Support Program and two days a week as Lone Parent Facilitator with the Building Strong Lone Parent Families Program.

My role in both programs is supporting families, creating, coordinating and facilitating social connection programs, providing community educational events and collaborating with other agencies and organizations.

As part of my current role,  I facilitate the FOCUS for Attention support group for parents of children with ADHD, a program I began in Cochrane 11 years ago while working as a Family School Liaison.

I am the proud recipient of the Innovation In Social Work Award through the College of Social Work.  I love creating and co-creating programs for people to connect, learn and grow. The Walking Group, Creative Cafe and Lone Parent Networking Collective are some of those programs. There’s a magic that happens when community connects and it makes a positive difference in people’s lives.

On a personal note, I am the proud mom of an amazing daughter and we have an adorable rescue pup!