Real Help From Real People
At the core of Children’s Link is our people – dedicated professionals who allow us to offer resources, information, connection and hope to families and professionals in our community. Through one-to-one conversations, support groups, workshops, and online networking opportunities, Children’s Link provides a safe, accepting environment for people to learn, share and connect.
Eryn DewaldExecutive Director
Eryn Dewald is a mom to four incredible humans. She is a connector, a community builder and coach. Eryn loves to help people reach their full potential. The truth is, we all have our heads buried deep in life and rarely see the “nudge” necessary.
We all have a natural gift or talent. One special gift we can call our own. For her, this special gift is inspiring others, helping them find their way and make connections and course corrections that count. Inherently, there must be an understanding about many industries and skills. The inference is not that one must be talented at all of these industries, but it does imply an understanding of systems. Throughout her story she has felt the most joy from this gift. From her interminable desire for life-long learning and completing a recent Masters Degree in Leadership to her ongoing commitment to volunteer work, to various experiences in assisting others to find their potential-she is at home inspiring greatness.
Eryn’s strategic thinking and coaching background bring a unique set of skills to the Children’s Link. She is excited to support the team, clients and stakeholders in continuing and further developing resources and supports to ensure we have communities where people are informed, supported, and valued.
Lorna SeligTransition Coordinator
Lorna Selig is the Transition Coordinator at The Children’s Link Society. She supports families to complete the documentation that is required for youth to move into the adult services system. The whole process, although it may look daunting, can be done easily and smoothly with the method that Lorna has developed. Lorna facilitates the Transition Workshops and the Family Managed Support Workshops which are held several times per month at Children’s Link. She is often invited to speak about the Transition process to schools and parent councils, pediatricians, community organizations and family support groups.
Lorna is the chairperson for the Annual Calgary Resource Fair for Youth and Young Adults with Special Needs. This long running, popular Resource Fair hosts 40-50 community service vendors offering information to families who have a youth with disabilities proceeding through the transition to adulthood.
In her spare time, Lorna teaches personal safety to children and adults with her company, Safe4Life Personal Safety Training and Self Defense. She is an active community member and an enthusiastic team player.
Susan CortesFamily Liaison and Connector
Susan Cortes has had the privilege of working for The Children’s Link Society in various capacities over the past 15 years. In 1997, she and her husband were blessed with the birth of their beautiful daughter. She came into this world with a lovely spark for life, as well as high and complex needs. Raising her daughter has given Susan a lot of insight into the issues families face on a daily basis as they bring up children with special needs. Susan’s daughter earned her Angel Wings in 2017. Susan and her husband also have a wonderful son.
At the Children’s Link Society, Susan works hard to empower families to access resources of which they may not be aware, as well as helping them organize for the transition to adult supports. She also assists families to network in order to prevent isolation and to stay mentally healthy. Over the years, she has been involved in the community with CP Kids and Families and Emily Follensbee School Council.
Believe in your child because often what they can accomplish will dazzle you.
Tannis SigfussonFamily Liaison & Program Coordinator
Tannis comes to Children’s Link as our Program Coordinator and an addition to the Family Liaison team. She is a proud mother of 2 precious girls; 18 and 24 and has spent the past 18 years advocating for her daughter with complex needs. Raising her daughter has provided Tannis with an intimate and varied understanding of the special needs world, the pediatric medical system and the various services in our community that support children with disabilities. She has been devoted to helping and assisting families and children for many years. She has been fortunate to serve in several opportunities as an advisor, facilitator, support worker and family-centered care coordinator at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia. Tannis brings with her a strong mindfulness of what it is like to parent and balance both a high needs child and a typical child, along with the struggles and realities the typical child faces having a sibling with challenges. She refers to the typical child or children as the silent hero’s.
Tannis is devoted to creating and implementing a Learning Centre for Children’s Link. The intention is to educate and create more awareness on Inclusiveness, understanding and empathy regarding those most vulnerable in our society.
Kelsey KryskiCommunications Coordinator
Kelsey Kryski started working at The Children’s Link Society in September 2015 and presently holds the position of Communications Coordinator. She completed her senior level practicum with CLS in April 2015, working alongside Blythe Gunn and other professionals in the field developing a comprehensive Adult Service listing with the FSCD Strategic Partnership-Transition Committee. She has two more classes to finish her degree with the University of Calgary – with plans to finish in the near future. After getting to know the CLS team during her practicum, Kelsey was inspired by the incredible work they were doing and has since joined the team. Since starting as a Family Link Consultant, Kelsey has been exposed to many facets of the human services field and her responsibilities continue to grow. Her past experience lets her bring a fresh perspective to the CLS group. Before working with CLS, Kelsey worked for Society for Treatment of Autism with their Recruits and Pursuits program as a practicum student leading to a supervisory role for the program. Lastly, Kelsey is a wife and mother to a beautiful son and daughter.
Mikaela Johnson began working at The Children’s Link Society as a Technology & Design Intern in November 2019 and currently holds the position of Community Relations and Donor Engagement Coordinator. Mikaela graduated with a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies in April 2019 and shortly after, began as an intern at CLS, supporting with technology & design, coffee socials, and starting an online newsletter for the organization. After completing her internship, Mikaela couldn’t help but to stay with the wonderful organization and team that Children’s Link is!
Mikaela brings knowledge from her degree, practicums, and her experience and love of supporting children, youth, and adults with disabilities, particularly youth with autism. Mikaela previously worked at the Autism Asperger’s Friendship Society of Calgary (AAFS) and has worked alongside families as a community support worker. In her spare time, Mikaela enjoys getting out into nature, vegetarian cooking, volunteering, and travelling.