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.
Our goal is to provide equine experiences through programming, to supplement costs for maintaining horses, program and to enable individuals, regardless of age or ability, to participate in equine experiences.
Dennis Quilliams, Board Chair
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.
Margaret Nelson, Board Member
Margaret 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.
Karen Quilliams, 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.
Sarah Morland, Marketing
Sarah Morland is the CEO and Creative Director at MordevStudio. Sarah grew up with a love and passion for horses, and enjoys to spend her time away from work with them. Sarah has experienced the relaxing and healing benefits of spending time with her four legged friends, and hopes to help encourage others to share those same experiences.
Paige Syndal, Vice Chair
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.
Amy Schumacher, Board Member
Amy is an Occupational Therapist in Red Deer. Amy grew up riding horses and has volunteered with therapeutic riding programs in Edmonton in the past. Because of her work with both children and adults with disabilities and the research and proven benefits of Equine related therapy, Gaitway is a perfect fit. Amy hopes that through Gaitway opportunities and accessibility to Equine related therapies can be accessible for all.
Krista McLean, Board Member
Krista McLean is a teacher in Red Deer. She has experience working with students with diverse needs, and strives to make classrooms inclusive environments. Krista grew up around horses, and has a love of all animals. With her background in education and her admiration for horses, she came on board with Gaitway because they recognize the therapeutic qualities of horsemanship and make riding accessible to everyone.
As a non-profit the biggest challenge is raising FUNDS to provide the services and subsidies to enable individuals to participate in equine activities.
Fund Development Committee: A group of people actively involved in finding & submitting grants, presenting opportunities from service clubs and securing organizations participation, "brain storming" other avenues for revenue. Their goal to ensure there are funds for scholarships and for funding the programs that Gaitway provides. This is a year round activity that requires ongoing research into available funding models.
Advisory Committee: A group of individuals with expertise in various area that affect those with special needs as well as expertise in other areas that will be an asset to Gaitway's mission. Areas such as physical therapist, occupational therapist, Doctor, lawyers,those in the disability field as well as other areas. These individuals would be available to for networking to various agency's, aiding in helping set up individual programing needs and other consulting needs. While this would not be a "formal" committee , it would be a group of committed people dedicated to helping Gaitway fulfill its mission and vision.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer your time and energies to this great non-profit.
Horse and Rider Volunteers: There will be times when we need volunteers to be horse handlers and sidewalkes for riders that need that assistance. Programing is provided through HorseSense HorseManShip. Contact them at email@example.com to find out where you can help.