Fergus Team

Freya Hunter, M.Sc

Freya Hunter, M.Sc

Owner/Executive 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

Haley Payne, M.Ed., BCBA

Clinical Director

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 spending time with her family.

Emily Richard, B.A, RBT

Emily Richard, B.A, RBT

Senior Therapist

Emily  has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Guelph and an Autism Behavioural Science Certificate from Algonquin College. Emily is currently pursuing a Masters degree.

Emily has over 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.

When asked what she loves most about her job, she shared that she loves the kids, specifically, the opportunity to help them learn, develop and grow as individuals!

Lindsay Balkwill-Ing, CYW

Lindsay Balkwill-Ing, CYW

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.

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!

Avery Thornton, RBT

Avery Thornton, RBT

Lead 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.

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!

Enya Farrelly, B.Sc, RBT

Enya Farrelly, B.Sc, RBT

Instructor Therapist

Enya has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) and comes to ABS with the experience of supporting children with various brain based pathologies in residential settings.

An unfortunate series of concussions lead to Enya's early retirement from varsity athletics which provided her the opportunity to coach youth soccer for 3 years during University.

In her spare time, Enya enjoys CrossFit, running, drawing and playing her guitar. She is really enjoying the opportunity to work with children and help them learn and grow!

Shereen Rehman, B.A, RBT

Shereen Rehman, B.A, RBT

Instructor Therapist

Shereen has a Bachelor of Arts with major in Psychology and a post graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science from York University. Shereen has been working in the field of ABA since 2019 and has experience working with clients in home and centre and through telehealth platforms.

Shereen loves watching the kids she works with grow, learn and make progress in their goals!

In her free time, Shereen likes to read and go on hikes.

Avery Bettonvil, BKin

Avery Bettonvil, BKin

Instructor Therapist

Avery graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) with a minor in Psychology from Wilfred Laurier. Avery has worked with kids for 7 years and counting. Avery is a dance instructor and also ran a fundamental movement skills program for children with disabilities while at University.

Outside of work, Avery loves to take dance classes and spend time with her family and friends. Avery loves the opportunity to make a difference (no matter how small) in the in the lives of others and working at ABS brings her so much joy. She loves helping kids build their confidence.

Samantha Heinrichs, B.Ed

Samantha Heinrichs, B.Ed

Instructor Therapist

Samantha holds a Bachelor of Education, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Sciences and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Applied Science in ABA. Sam has over 6 years of experience working with children and youth with autism in a school setting and extensive knowledge of the principles of behaviour analysis in applied settings. Sam continues to expand her knowledge and work as an ethical practitioner within the field of ABA by seeking additional certifications and training. Sam is looking forward to starting her Master’s in the summer of 2021 to enhance her skill and knowledge within the field. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling and going for hikes with her dogs. 

Sam loves this field because she finds it so rewarding to play a role in helping children learn and grow! 

Sarah Pope, ECE, CYW

Sarah Pope, ECE, CYW

Instructor Therapist

Sarah is a registered ECE with diplomas in Early Childhood Education and Child and Youth Care from Seneca College. Sarah has six years of experience working with children and challenging behaviour including experience in a special education autism classroom, a day treatment program for children with mental health issues as well as before and after school programs and daycare. Sarah enjoys her work most when she sees children making improvements and reaching their goals. In her spare time, Sarah loves to travel (her favourite destination is Hawaii!) She also loves spending quality time with friends and family.

Rachel Brubacher, BSW

Rachel Brubacher, BSW

Instructor Therapist

Rachel has a Bachelor of Social Work with a  major in Disability Studies. Rachel has experience working with and supporting both children and adults with intellectual disabilities and autism. From 2016 to 2020 Rachel volunteered with the Best Buddies program and she has been working with children since 2018.

In her spare time Rachel loves hanging out with her friends and family.

Rachel is passionate about working with people and helping them learn new skills.

Shanice Adams. B.Sc

Shanice Adams. B.Sc

Instructor Therapist

 

Shanice has a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. Shanice has been working with children for over 3 years and spends her free time volunteering at Sexual Assault helpline.

When she is not working with children and people, Shanice likes to paint, read and go on walks.

Shanice truly enjoys working with people and helping to make positive change in their lives.

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