Gaitway to Equine Experiences Foundation Central Alberta
Meet the Board Members of Gaitway: As a board we are committed to helping people have wonderful Equine Experiences by looking for grants and funding to provide scholarships for individuals as well as helping fund various Equine programs.
Chair: Dennis Quilliams, Equine Consultant. HorseSense HorseManShip, and Special Ability HorseManShip. Training horses, clinics and providing horsemanship lessons for 50+ years. The past 15 years has been working with children and adults with special needs. As well as using horses with people with special needs he provides sessions with able bodied riders.
Secretary/Treasurer: Karen Quilliams, retired from the health care field. Working with her husband in providing a program for able bodied riders as well as those with special abilities. While being a "special needs" rider herself, she understands many of the special techniques that are needed for a great horse experience.
Vice Chair: Heather Russell works as a school councillor and teacher. She has worked at various schools within the Red Deer region. Experieinced in teaching students with special needs, both in riding and in Equine Guided Education. She provides Heart and Soul Transformations weekends, using horses.
Members at large:
Margaret Nelson retired from the heath field, nursing, and has served as union leader and on various boards. She currently is a foster parent to a special needs young man, and has worked in the field for many years. Her experience and education prove to be a great assest while serving on the board.
Paige Syndal works in the public school system as a Teachers aid with children with special needs. She has a child with some special needs that has benefited by being with horses. Paige actively "recruits" people that would benefit from being with horses. Paige is dedicated to the program and her abilities are welcomed on the board.