Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs
Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs

2014-2015 President’s Scholarship Award Winner – Krista Haiduk-Collier

Krista and Peter Sproul

Krista Haiduk-Collier, Community Living South Muskoka and Peter Sproul, Community Living Kingston

As a new CEO, Krista Haiduk-Collier is in the position of developing and implementing new strategic and operational goals to prepare her agency for the future, while ensuring that the excellent work done to date is not dismissed.   Krista’s 24 years at her agency and over 26 years’ experience in the field have left her in a unique position to lead her organization into this new era of direct funding.

Krista has been fortunate to work and be a leader in every area of service delivery, from children to adult, residential, community participation and seniors.  She has been able to build strong teams to support quality work both in her agency and in the community through collaboration.

She has been heavily involved in community and committee work, and is currently Chair of the Regional Family Home Network Committee, and Chair of the Regional Respite Network.  Krista is an active member of the Best Start Network and was Chair of the Early Learning Sub-Committee of this Network for a number of years.

Through her role as a senior leader at her agency, Krista has been able to bring together a number of service areas to develop collaborative work, and thereby enhance quality delivery of services.

In addition to committee work, she was recently able to bring together MCSS, MCYS, Ministry of Education, two local School boards and another agency in the area to develop a local Transitional Aged Youth Integrated Planning Process.

In partnership with her District Municipality, licenced child care providers, and another regional agency, she was involved in the creation of a new Enhanced Support Model for children with Special Needs to attend Before and After School Care, and Summer Camp Programs.