Bonnie Maguffee Director
Our founder and director, Bonnie Maguffee, has over 25 years experience in vocational rehabilitation. She uses her experience and knowledge to provide comprehensive vocational evaluation and placement services, assuring our clients are able to find the right job at the right time. Bonnie graduated from the University of Alberta in 1986, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with distinction majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Human Resources/Rehabilitation Counseling from East Central University in 1996 after internships with Weyerhaeuser Canada’s Occupational Health Department, B.A.C.K Chronic Pain Management Centre in Oklahoma, and Professional Counseling Group. Bonnie has had articles published in Rehab Review and Spinal Columns, and has presented at the National Rehabilitation Conference in Brooklyn, New York and Dallas, Texas. She is a designated C.R.C. and C.V.E., and is qualified as an expert witness in provincial court. She has served as a board member and secretary for the Canadian Association of Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment, is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association, the National Rehabilitation Association and VEWAA, has served as a board member for the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce and was a member of Toastmasters for 10 years. She has also worked with Hire a Student for the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission, and for Alberta Family and Social Services. Bonnie uses her extensive experience and expertise to deliver optimal vocational rehabilitation services to all our clients.
Community Employment Coordinator
Shayna is a Community Employment Coordinator, who joined the R. Work Group team in 2014. Shayna is committed to working with clients ages sixteen and up to find the job best suited to both their interests and unique abilities. Through individual job coaching and one-on-one support, Shayna helps clients maintain employment once they have found the right job. She is passionate about helping clients find confidence in day-to-day life and assuring clients are managing their disabilities so that they can perform their job duties to their highest potential. In addition, Shayna works to make sure every client knows how much they have to offer, with their unique skills, qualifications, and personality. She graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2013, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. She has previous experience as a Youth Support Worker, aiding younger clients who are facing social, behavioural, or legal difficulties, as well as those struggling with mental illness or addiction.
Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor
As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor, Meghan works with clients to assess their skills and interests and find suitable jobs for clients once they are ready to work. Through individual coaching and support, Meghan helps clients learn to manage their disabilities better, and assists in the development of critical workplace skills. Meghan also meets with potential employers to assess available positions, and help community employers better understand who we are and what we do. Meghan graduated from The University of Western Ontario in 2012, majoring in Criminology with a specialization in Psychology. She is also currently completing an Addiction Education Diploma at McMaster University. Prior to joining R. Work Group, Meghan worked with individuals with cognitive, behavioural, and physical disabilities and difficulties, as well as those struggling with addiction or suffering from mental illness.
Community Employment Coordinator
Heather joined R. Work Group in November 2013 as a member of our administrative team. In early 2014, Heather shifted into a new role as a Community Employment Coordinator, working with clients to find jobs that fit their unique goals. She supports our clients through job coaching, skills development, and individual consultation, and aids in both finding and maintaining employment. In 2009, she graduated from St. Francis Xavier University, earning a B.A. in History and Psychology. She is currently working to obtain a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary with a focus on Aboriginal culture.
Vocational Case Manager
Colleen, a dedicated employee of RWG for over 10 years, serves as a Case Manager helping to ensure that our vocational services are delivered in a timely and comprehensive manner. Be helping develop and reviewing the client individual vocational plan, she provides support and feedback on what resources will work best to build career success. She is also a support to the vocational rehabilitation counselors, assisting with vocational evaluation by administering aptitude, interest, personality, intelligence, and basic functional tests and inventories. Colleen graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Alberta and worked in long-term care before coming to R. Work Group in 1998. She has also worked in mental health, stroke rehabilitation, and pediatrics. Colleen is a crucial part of our supportive team at R. Work Group in both internal and client related duties.
Nicoleas Mayne Web Page/Marketing
Nicoleas is our Webpage/Marketing Consultant. He joined our team in April of 2012. Nicoleas designs our marketing materials and website in order to create a better understanding of who we are and what we do. Nicoleas relates to our younger clients, works to present our services in a way that speaks specifically to youth, and presents knowledge connected to communicating with youth to our employers and community contacts. He is currently finishing a University degree in California, and has also been educated at Grande Prairie Regional College, and abroad in Alicante, Spain, taking courses in Sociology, Psychology, and Leadership, among others. Nicoleas joins our team with experience in retail, marketing and customer service, and brings these skills together with his continuing education and passion for youth in order to firmly establish CareerFriends as the valuable resource that it is for youth in our community.