Worked in the field of seniors and disabilities for over 37 years, Moving from New Brunswick to Calgary in 1996 Heather began her career journey, initially , as a psych nurse in 1982, Attained her Certification of Human Services Counsellor in 1988 and completed her Recreation certification in 2014. Heather opened Loving Hands Partners In Care in Airdrie January 2016, relocating to Calgary April 1, 2021.

Hello everyone, I am a social worker and have worked with people in vulnerable situations since 2010. I have been fortunate to be able to work for the last 3 years with special needs people. I am characterized by being a creative, loving, and gentle person; I am also a positive person, and I want to share my smile with you. I am from Colombia; therefore, I have the possibility to teach Spanish at a native level, providing a multilingual learning experience for you. In addition, I love technology and I think it is important to build skills that can push us to connect with others. All these will help you to develop important tools for the future which will allow you to explore what the world has to offer.

Hello everyone, I am a social worker and have worked with people in vulnerable situations since 2010. I have been fortunate to be able to work for the last 3 years with special needs people. I am characterized by being a creative, loving, and gentle person; I am also a positive person, and I want to share my smile with you. I am from Colombia; therefore, I have the possibility to teach Spanish at a native level, providing a multilingual learning experience for you. In addition, I love technology and I think it is important to build skills that can push us to connect with others. All these will help you to develop important tools for the future which will allow you to explore what the world has to offer.

Katya is a full-time artist who has travelled around the world, soaking in all the different cultures she experienced, and landed in a small, quiet town in Alberta, Canada. She believes that creativity is one of life’s largest purposes, and is constantly seeking for and discovering new things. What does that mean for her artistic journey? It means she studies new techniques, explores new genres, and experiments with as many facets of art as she can, especially the performing and visual arts. (Learn more about Katya’s performing art journey here). Katya’s art does not fit one specific style or discipline, but her work is united by her love of life and everything that encompasses. Painting makes her happy, and she considers it a great honour to be able to share this happiness with you.

Hello to all! I have been practicing yoga since 2014 and teaching since 2020. I have tried numerous styles of yoga and my favourite is traditional yoga (Hatha). Yoga has had such a healing impact on my life both mentally and physically, and I am excited to share my knowledge and love of yoga with others. I believe that yoga is for everyone and there is always a place to start. You are never too old or too young for yoga! I am so excited to meet you all!

Hello to all! I have been practicing yoga since 2014 and teaching since 2020. I have tried numerous styles of yoga and my favourite is traditional yoga (Hatha). Yoga has had such a healing impact on my life both mentally and physically, and I am excited to share my knowledge and love of yoga with others. I believe that yoga is for everyone and there is always a place to start. You are never too old or too young for yoga! I am so excited to meet you all!

Ron has been a Singer/Musician/Song Writer/Entertainer since the 70’s. Ron hailed from Drumheller where he entertained for a number of years also wrote a song about Drumheller on it’s 50th Birthday called ”Drumhellers Home” which in the time of records, became the Largest 45 in Alberta, not the most played but the largest. Moving his family in 1985 to Airdrie with TransCanada Pipelines where he worked until 2000 when he started his own Company “Full Score Sound” a DJ & Live Sound Enhancement Company. Ron also participates in a live Duo (John Beer Boys) & also a Nostalgic 60’s/70’s/80’s Band (Ronnie & The Fixations). In 2009 Ron wrote and recorded Airdrie’s 100th Centennial song “Airdrie Home To Me”

Hello. My name is Robert Matoba. I lived in the Brooks area all my life until 2012. Upon  retirement, I moved to Airdrie to be with my wife Diane. She has lived in Airdrie for 32 years. Being retired and new to the area, I looked for things to do to keep me occupied and to meet people. I volunteered for 6 years with a group that provided activities and a meeting place for adults with disabilities and their support workers. After leaving this group and following a time of rejuvenation, I met Heather and decided to join Loving Hands. I mostly just hang out but I’m willing to volunteer in situations where I’m able to and in general, be a support and encouragement to staff and participants alike.

Hello. My name is Robert Matoba. I lived in the Brooks area all my life until 2012. Upon  retirement, I moved to Airdrie to be with my wife Diane. She has lived in Airdrie for 32 years. Being retired and new to the area, I looked for things to do to keep me occupied and to meet people. I volunteered for 6 years with a group that provided activities and a meeting place for adults with disabilities and their support workers. After leaving this group and following a time of rejuvenation, I met Heather and decided to join Loving Hands. I mostly just hang out but I’m willing to volunteer in situations where I’m able to and in general, be a support and encouragement to staff and participants alike.

Khayla Vanhogezand
Child development assistant

Hi, I have worked with children for the past 2 years. I am characterized by being a loving person who care about others, I am a very friendly person who like to share happiness with people around me. I got the lovely opportunity to get to volunteer with the loving hands community and I absolutely love every moment of it!


I am very excited to meet you!

Kiara Hills
Social Worker, program and Admin Assistant

After volunteering for three months with an international organization in impoverished areas of the Philippines, her passion was ignited to use her caring and empathetic characteristics to provide help and hope to those in vulnerable and challenging circumstances. She strives to see the lives of others enriched through community and is committed to offer support in any way she can. She believes everyone has unique strengths and qualities that should be encouraged and celebrated in all phases of life. As a new member of our team at Loving Hands, Kiara will be running our crafts program as well as assisting with other programs and bookkeeping work. She is so excited to be joining us for the summer and to have the opportunity and privilege to get to know all of you!

After volunteering for three months with an international organization in impoverished areas of the Philippines, her passion was ignited to use her caring and empathetic characteristics to provide help and hope to those in vulnerable and challenging circumstances. She strives to see the lives of others enriched through community and is committed to offer support in any way she can. She believes everyone has unique strengths and qualities that should be encouraged and celebrated in all phases of life. As a new member of our team at Loving Hands, Kiara will be running our crafts program as well as assisting with other programs and bookkeeping work. She is so excited to be joining us for the summer and to have the opportunity and privilege to get to know all of you!

Kiara Hills
Social Worker, program and Admin Assistant

Michelle McBee
Human Services

Hello. My name is Emperatriz, however, I go Michelle. I live in Airdrie, AB and have worked with Loving Hands Partner in Care for the past 4 months and I absolutely love what I do with Heather and Ana, they have taught me many things since I joined the team. My passion is to help individuals with cognitive development learning disabilities and continue to take my passion somewhere else and embrace it for others. For me, helping others means improving someone’s life and I want to empower these individuals to be the best version of themselves. I will always be learning something new in this field, however, Heather and Ana were the ones that have helped me build a steady foundation for my future. I speak multiple languages, giving our clients a multilingual and multicultural experience.