Freya Hunter, M.Sc
Owner, Director

Freya Hunter is the owner and director of Autism Behavioural Service Inc. Freya has both a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Psychology from the University of Waterloo and a Master's of Science in Psychology from the University of Pheonix. She has over 20 years experience within the autism field, supporting children, teens, and adults. In 2007, Freya opened Autism Behavioural Services and has since built two successful clinics in Fergus and Orangeville, serving both Wellington and Dufferin Counties. Freya is a dedicated and passionate professional who believes that all children should be given the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. 

 

 

Haley Payne, M.Ed., BCBA
Clinical Supervisor

Haley has been working in the field of ABA since 2011 and has been practicing as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst since 2014. Haley holds Bachelor degrees from the University of Guelph (Applied Science, Child, Youth and Family) and Brock University (Education) as well as  a Master of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Arizona State University. Haley has experience working with children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities in both clinic and community based settings in intensive and consultative roles. In her free time Haley enjoys spending time at the cottage, going for hikes and going to the gym.

Avrya Lucas, M.Sc. (Candidate)
Senior Therapist

Avrya is a Senior Therapist at our Fergus location. Avrya has been working in the field of ABA for 3 years and is Registered Behaviour Techinician (RBT). Avrya is currently pursing a Master's degree in psychology, specializing in ABA. On the weekends you can find Avrya outdoors or at the cottage, and spending time with her family. Avrya loves seeing the positive impact ABA has not only on the children we support, but their families as well. She shares that she is motivated by parents sharing the growth they are seeing in their child outside of therapy.

Emily Richard, B.A
Lead Instructor Therapist

Emily is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) and Lead Instructor Therapist at our Fergus location. Emily also works at our Orangeville location as a Senior Therapist in training. Emily  has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a  Autism Behavioural Science Certificate from Algonquin College.  She is certified in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) as well as Level C CPR. Emily has 5 years experience working with children with autism and learning disabilities and has been working in the field of ABA since 2017. In her spare time, Emily enjoys spending time with her friends, family and most importantly her cat. She also enjoys going on hikes and shopping. When asked what she loves most about her job, she shared that she loves the kids, specifically stating that having the opportunity to help them learn, develop and grow as individuals is the most rewarding aspect of her job and she wouldn’t trade it for the world!

Jayme Croteau
Lead Instructor Therapist

Jayme is a lead Instructor Therapist at our Fergus site and a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT). Jayme has a Child and Youth Worker diploma and is certified in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention as well as CPR and First Aid. Jayme has over 10 years of experience working with children including working in a residential setting with individuals with complex needs has been working in the field of ABA since 2017. In her spare time, Jayme enjoys spending time with family, going to the dog park and camping. Jayme's favourite part of her job is seeing the faces the kids make when they learn something new or obtain a new skill. Ever since she was young, Jayme has wanted to work with kids and help them get the most out of life and she couldn’t be happier to have found herself on this path.

Amberly Sikkema
Instructor Therapist
Avery Thornton
Instructor Therapist

Avery graduated from Georgian College with a Social Service Worker diploma and has more than 5 years experience working children and young adults. Avery is trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (CPI) as well as CPR and First Aid. Outside of work, Avery enjoys spending time with her family and friends. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, Avery shared that she loves watching the kiddos learn and develop new skills to help with their future endeavours!

Nicole Stewart
Instructor Therapist, Social Skills Program Lead

Nicole has been working as an IT at ABS Inc since 2017 and has a diploma in Child and Youth Care. Nicole is also trained in safeTALK and Non-Voilent Crisis Prevention (CPI).  Recently, Nicole took on the role of Social Skills Program Lead. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with her dog and her fiancé. When asked what she enjoys about her job, Nicole shared that she loves watching the kids gain new skills that they have worked so hard on!

Ashley Stahurski
Instructor Therapist

Ashley came to ABS Inc as a placement student and has since taken on the role of Instructor Therapist at both our Fergus and Orangeville locations. Ashley is currently in her last year of the Child and Youth Care Diploma program from Sheridan College and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law from Carleton University.  Ashley is trained in ASIST and has been working with children since September 2018. When not at work, Ashley enjoys spending time with her dog Klaus. When asked what she loves about her role, Ashley shared "I love the constant learning and how every day is different!"

Lindsay Balkwill-Ing
Instructor Therapist
Lindsay has a CYW diploma and is an Instructor Therapist at our Fergus site. Lindsay has been working in the field of ABA since 2006 and is trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI). Outside of work Lindsay enjoys spending time playing with her kids and reading. Lindsay believes that no child should be left behind, every person has potential and the right to be all they can be!
Samantha Heinrichs, B.Ed.
Instructor Therapist

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a postgraduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science. She is a passionate about her work as an Instructor Therapist and has over 5 years of experience working with children and youth with autism including implementation of ABA in both school and clinic based settings.  In her spare time, Sam enjoy reading, playing volleyball and going for hikes. When asked what she likes about working in this field, Sam shared that it is incredibly rewarding to see a child grow and learn the concepts that you helped play a big role in teaching them; like how to read, how to wash their hands, or how to communicate with others.