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About Us

Mission

Our mission is to provide the best possible person centered care supporting the individual, their family and our care providers.

Meet Our Team

Carley Leboldus, RN BScN – Provincial Program Manager

While volunteering in Ghana West Africa, Carley gained a love and passion for working with children and their families.  Carley knew it was the field of pediatrics she wanted to work in.  In 2008 Carley started with Resource Ability as a staff nurse in the community working with children and their families throughout the Interior of BC.  She moved into Head Office as Nursing Services Coordinator/Nursing Supervisor as the start of her managment career.  In 2018 she became the Program Manager of Resource Ability with expansion into the Fraser Health Region, Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island .  She brings experience from surgical nursing (adult/pediatrics), public health, gerontology, private nurse consulting/education clinics and as a nursing school educator/clinical instructor.

Shawna Swayze, RN BScN – Nursing Supervisor – Interior/Vancouver Island

Shawna graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2009. Her love of children grew through working in a daycare and helping to teach kids Tae Kwon Do. Shawna began working with Resource Ability in 2009 as a staff nurse and has worked with a number of families in the community since then. She also has experience working on a medical floor. She was hired as the Nursing Services Coordinator in July 2018.

Tara Grayson, RN BScN – Regional Manager – Lower Mainland

Tara graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University (then Kwantlen University College) with distinction in 2006. She discovered her passion working with children and families during her University practicums in public health and at BC Children’s hospital. She’s worked with children and their families in various communities in the lower mainland for the past 12 years. Tara also brings with her experience in surgical, oncology and home health nursing. As the Resource Ability team has continued to expand into the Lower Mainland, Tara was hired to become part of the team in the Spring of 2019 as the Regional Manager/Nursing Supervisor for the Lower Mainland.

Stephanie Liversidge, RN BScN – Nursing Supervisor  – Lower Mainland

Stephanie graduated from the University of Victoria in 2005 with a BSc in Nursing. She found her passion for pediatric nursing during her University practicums at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and BC Children’s hospital. Stephanie has worked with children and families over for the last 15 years at Sunny Hill Health Center, BC Children’s Hospital, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Nursing Support Services. Stephanie began working with Resource Ability as a Nursing Supervisor for the Lower Mainland in the winter of 2020. Her experience working with children and families in these various areas makes her an invaluable member of the Resource Ability team.

Phil Dovey BScN – Regional Manager/Nursing Supervisor  – BC North

Phil graduated with a Diploma in Pediatric Nursing in the UK in 2013 and finished his degree in Practice Development. He has been in nursing in Canada since 2016. Phil has worked in various areas of pediatrics, such as; oncology, community care, medicine and emergency. He has experience being in charge of busy departments and providing education to staff and students. Phil began working in the community with Resource Ability in 2019 and joined the management team in summer 2020. Phil has a passion for pediatric care and believes that it is a privilege to be able to support families in the way that we do.

Erika Richard BScN – Regional Manager/Nursing Supervisor – Vancouver Island

Erika graduated from the University of Victoria Nursing Program in 2009. Erika has been working with children since the age of 11 beginning with babysitting and afterschool care, then teaching horseback riding lessons and refereeing soccer throughout her teenage years. Becoming a nurse and ultimately working in pediatrics was a natural progression. Erika has also gained valuable nursing experience as Nurse Leader in area’s such as Acute Care, Respiratory, Oncology, Renal, and GI. Erika also has experience as a clinical instructor for the UVic Nursing Program, in infection control, and as part of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response Team. Erika began working on the NSS program in the community in 2015, and we are now excited to have her as part of our management team.

Jason Brescacin RN – Nursing Clinical Practice Leader – BC

Jason has spent 20 of his 24 nursing years working in Neonatal Intensive Care. Working at Foothills Calgary, St Boniface Winnipeg, and at Kelowna General. He has held positions as Clinical Resource Nurse, Neonatal Resuscitation instructor and Regional Instructor Trainer, as well as Acute Care of At Risk Newborns instructor. Jason began working in pediatric respite with Resource Ability in 2017 as a natural extension of his career caring for babies and their families. He joined the management team working in the role of Clinical Practice Leader Dec. 2019.

Our Strengths

  • We work closely with other health care professionals in the community such as physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.
  • We strive to build an individualized nursing team for each client.
  • We ensure continuous communication between the care team, the family and the individual.
  • We encourage and support our nursing staff to be involved and participate in many aspects of the client’s life.
  • We encourage, promote and offer educational opportunities for our nursing staff in order to provide the best possible care.