About Intellectual Disabilities Society

  • Our Mission
  • Our Vision
  • Our Values

Our Mission

To support families and serve children and adults living with intellectual disabilities by:

  • Providing quality programs and services which support the development, independence and empowerment of adults, children and families
  • Working in partnership with adults, children, families, Society members and members of the community
  • Advocating for and developing a full range of community based services to meet the unique needs of each person and family

Our Vision

A community where all people with disabilities have equal opportunities to lead active, fulfilling lives and are recognized as contributing members of the community.

Our Values

We celebrate the individuality and diversity of each person.
We value the contributions of each person.
We believe in a community where everyone belongs.
We believe caring relationships enhance the quality of life.
We promote understanding and acceptance through participation in community life.
We believe working together makes a difference and shapes the future.
We encourage creativity and innovation.
We build our service on a foundation of open communication, respect and trust.

Community Impact

When people feel included in their community, they naturally develop and grow their talents and instincts providing immense value to the businesses they work in, the groups they attend and the friends and family they interact with.

Diversity and inclusion breed productivity and innovation in our community as the ability to learn and grow from each other is exponentially expanded.


Allen Smith

Executive Director

April Grant

Director of Human Resources

Carole Hawthorne

Director of Services

Kaveh Hajighazi

Senior Manager of Life Services

Shima Farokhi

Senior Manager of Services

Ayda Toussi

Payroll Manager

Nunu Nasimi

Executive Office Manager

Nikita D’souza

Marketing Manager

Alex Nail

Program Manager

Amitoj Toor

Program Manager

Chris Hui

Program Manager

Heather Malvern

Program Manager

Nahid Sohrabi

Program Manager

Prerna Maheshwari

Program Manager

Ulrika Bristow

Program Manager

Why Intellectual Disabilities Society?

Board of Directors

Len Slade


Shirley Clarke

Vice President

Vlad Pinovic

Member at Large

Jerry Miachika


Linda Sellars


Dave Crowe

Property Chair

Carole Harkema

Member at Large

Ryan Picklyk

Member at Large

Reza Nazarinia

Member at Large

Mark Killian

Member at Large

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