Our Team

A Team of Professionals

 

At McKay Career Training, we are proud of the dedicated Faculty and staff that represent the heartbeat of our school.

Our professionals, with a combined experience of 120+ years, are certified, registered and enthusiastic to teach the programs specific to their respective industries. Our support and administrative staff carry out a range of duties that include step-by-step student loan assistance, general student inquiries and many other core roles to ensure that your stay at McKay is comfortable, consistent and career-orientated.

 

Our team includes:

 

Shelley Christianson

Principal | Human Resources & Programs

How long have you been with McKay?
Joined team in August 2020

Who are you as a professional?
Shelley brings with her 29 years of experience in the administration and management of postgraduate medical education training at the University of Saskatchewan and has transferred those skills into her role at McKay. She loves the coaching aspects of human resources and thrives on helping others to realize and reach their full potential! Shelley’s positive outlook, ability to manage change and eye for process and program improvement make her a welcome asset to the leadership team here at McKay! She is excited to work with the the massage program team on many positive updates to the program and to work with the McKay team as a whole in her role as Human Resources Manager.

More about Shelley…
Shelley is the mom of a young man and enjoys spending time with family and friends as often as possible (which typically entails hours of laughter)! She loves road trips and regular visits to Jamaica, sometimes with her son….sometimes on girls trips! She has a love of decorating and is frequently changing up her interior and exterior decor….HomeSense knows her by name! Shelley will always try to find the silver lining in any situation.

Educational Quote
“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them”
Walt Disney

Rae Connolly
Vice Principal

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Rae is a vital part of the recently improved Management Team at McKay.

Since joining McKay Career Training in October 2019, Rae has implemented a number of measures to increase the school’s presence and brand recognition. She directs all marketing, advertising and public relations, both on social media, and also in-house.

Rae is committed to both educate and inspire our students, she is an encouraging force towards everyone, and takes pride in seeing young adults succeed. Her door is always open and will at any time, sit down with students to discuss their journey here at McKay.

Educational Quote
“With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.”
– Dr. Suess

Lynnea Reiter
Student Finance

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Lynnea has been with McKay Career Training since early 2019. After graduating High School, she completed her Business Administration/Management Diploma at Lakeland College. After working for a few years, she decided to continue her education, and, at this time, completed the Veterinary Medical Assistant Certificate at Lakeland College. Lynnea gained some experience within Veterinary Clinics, but ultimately, went back to her business roots.
Her position within McKay is Student Finance and Admissions.

More about Lynnea…
When Lynnea is not at work she spends her time at the family farm. Also, she enjoys grain farming, raising cattle, hunting, fishing and spending time with her Husky, Tikka.

Educational Quote
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Dr. Seuss 🙂

 

Ida Belete

Director | Mental Health & Addictions First Responder Program

How long have you been with McKay?
Two years

Who are you as a professional?
Ida has been working in the Mental Health and Addictions sector for many years! She has worked as a Case Manager in a harm reduction facility, where she fell in love with the area of advocacy and support for those with mental health difficulties, and addictions. Additionally, she has worked with youth and families who are dealing with a variety of barriers, to help them progress and find success. Ida was in charge of a program, dealing specifically with teen parents, who are navigating the social services industry. Advocating for people who have experienced trauma and other roadblocks is a passion of hers which she participates in professionally and personally.

More about Ida…
Ida loves to spend time with her family and partner, going on road trips, and doing anything active! Dancing is a major part of her life, and, has been actively involved since she was 14. She loves trying new food, and learning about different cultures, so she travels whenever she can! Anything that can make her laugh (which is pretty easy) is on the top of the list of things that makes her happy!
Educational Quote
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”

Muhammed Ali

Lorelei Bender

Medical Office Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
20 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Lorelei obtained her Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of our very own McKay Career Training and holds a diploma in the Medical Office Assistant program. Lorelei has not only worked in the medical field, but has years of experience in teaching post-secondary classes. She looks forward to meeting each new class and sharing her love for the medical field.

More about Lorelei…
When Lorelei is not working, she enjoys traveling with family, spending time outdoors and enjoying an active lifestyle.

Educational Quote
Education is not only a ladder of opportunity, but it is also an investment in our future.”
Ed Markey

Kimberly Ann Quiring

Medical Office Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
15+ Years

Who are you as a professional?
Kimberly has been in the medical field since 1990 and is an alumnus of the Medical Office Assistant program. She is, additionally, Program Director.

More about Kimberly…
Kimberly is a jovial woman who imparts her knowledge with passion, compassion and humour. She enjoys old horror movies, Harley Davidson motorcycles and crochet in her spare time. On weekends she can often be seen on the highway exploring the small towns and cities in our province.

Educational Quote
“A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”
Lorna Whiston

Sandy Shukin

Medical Office Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Sandy is the Educational Assistant and one of the instructors for the Medical Office Assistant program. She is a graduate of McKay Career Training in the Medical Office Assistant program. Additionally, Sandy has worked in the field for seven years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team.

Educational Quote
“I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.”
Steve Irwin

Courtney Horsley

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
3 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Courtney is an alumna of the Medical Office Assistant program here at McKay.  She worked in the medical field for a number of years before transitioning into a TA position at the school and then into an instructor position for the Medical Administrative Assistant program. Courtney strives to make the experience in the program positive and educational.

More about Courtney…
When she’s not at work, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, swimming, and being outside.

Educational Quote
“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it, and above all, become passionate about it.”
Roald Dahl

Wendy Smith

Medical Administrative Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?

Wendy graduated from cosmetology in 2009 and then the Medical Administrative Assistant program in 2013. Wendy has worked in a variety of medical settings such as the hospitals, family practices and walk-in clinics. Wendy also taught swimming lessons for many years and loves teaching students of all ages! She transitioned into office administration and team management for several years before coming to McKay. Wendy worked in the massage clinic in late 2020 and now is teaching Medical Administrative Assistant as well as offering administrative support to the school. 

More about Wendy…

If you can’t find Wendy at McKay, she will be spending her time with her husband, son and border collie, Bailey. Wendy loves swimming, hiking, camping and all things outdoors. She recently picked up disc golfing this summer and loves it! Wendy loves short little Saskatchewan road trips and enjoys finding new lakes and beaches to hang out on, disc golf courses to play and new restaurants in small towns. 

Educational Quote
“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”
Malcom X

Alicia Madden
Justice and Security Services Program

Instructor / Program Director

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

Who are you as a professional?
Alicia attended the University of Saskatchewan for three years prior to graduating from Depot in 2001. Alicia brings with her 20 years of policing experience with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police which includes general duty policing in rural, municipal and Indigenous communities. She also spent six years in a financial crime unit investigating major frauds across the Province. She has VIP training and has been a part of numerous visits including Michelle Obama, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

More about Alicia…

Alicia loves spending time with her family, travelling, camping and playing soccer. Alicia has recently been accepted into U of S where she plans to finish her degree in Sociology.

Educational Quote
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
Benjamin Franklin

Brian Kidd
Justice and Security Services

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

Who are you as a professional?
Brian is a corporate security specialist and manager with global experience. After high school he enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces serving as a Combat Engineer for 6 active years. He has been a private investigator across Canada for more than 10 years and now works as an executive in the private security industry.

He has worked closely with law enforcement, corrections and other public safety agencies. He is an internationally certified expert in threat assessments and a member of several professional associations. Brian brings the big picture of law, security and public safety into the classroom.

More about Brian…

Brian lives with his wife in Saskatoon and enjoys spending time at his property in rural Saskatchewan. He is an avid restorer of old junk trucks. For many years he has been a professional instructor assisting investigators and protection professionals to hone their skills. He loves sharing his knowledge with students at McKay.

Educational Quote
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge,
and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Prov 18:15

Leon Durette
Justice & Security Services Program

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

Who are you as a professional?

Leon has 32 years of experience in the field of Corrections, Emergency Response, and Safety. He was the National Master Trainer of Use of Force for the Correctional Service of Canada, where he helped design, develop, and implement training and training standards.

Leon also contributed at the national level to the development of security-related policies and guidelines. With his experience working with other law enforcement agencies, he brings to the classroom a well-rounded understanding of the Criminal Justice System and its key components. Apart from his position with McKay, Leon also works as a trainer and consultant in the private security industry.

More about Leon…

Leon loves spending time with his family and friends, including his dog Moose. He also enjoys travelling the world with his wife and playing sports.

Educational Quote
“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t”
– Bill Nye

Darren Watson

Massage Therapy

Instructor / Program Director

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

Who are you as a professional?
Darren has been a professional massage therapist since 2006. He started his career at a school in Toronto Ontario and completed his training in Fredericton New Brunswick. He has worked with individuals from 3 months of age up to 96 years old. He has worked with many levels of athletic abilities from kids to professionals. He has worked in many setting of the massage therapy profession. From spas, and chiropractic clinics, to owning his own business.

More about Darren…
Darren is a confident and direct person. Fair and honest. He loves to share his experiences and relishes the opportunity to teach/mentor others within the profession.
He likes to create art in his pastime through drawing and painting. Spending time with his family is a top priority which also includes a one year old pug.

Educational Quote
“We can’t learn unless we make mistakes. So make many and learn lots.”
self

Darby Sovyn

Massage Therapy Instructor 

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Darby graduated from the McKay Massage Therapy program in 2002 and was a professional massage therapist working full time for several years. She then moved to practicing part time while pursuing other career paths including policing, medical disability insurance as well as occupational health and safety.  She worked in the spa industry for many of those years and now runs her own part time mobile massage therapy business.  

More about Darby…
Darby is passionate and dedicated to her family which includes her husband and four children.  She loves to travel and spend time hiking and snowshoeing in the mountains.  When not juggling her busy family life, she can be found hiding in a corner reading a good book.  

Educational Quote
Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

Aristotle