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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:

 

Ida Belete
Ida Belete - Mental Health and Addictions First Responder Facilitator

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

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.”
Muhammad Ali

 


 

Lorelei Bender
Lorelei Bender - Medical Office Assistant Instructor

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

 


 

Ashley Chase
Ashley Chase - Medical Administrative Assistant Instructor

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Ashley is a trained Medical Office Assistant by trade, and two years ago, was offered the opportunity to teach the Medical Administrative Assistant course here at McKay. She had worked in doctor’s office setting for years before joining our team.

Ashley loves anatomy and physiology, as well as terminology. Also, she strives to give her students the best education possible, and tends to go above and beyond by making herself available not only during class time, but as well as during her down time. She will do everything she can to see her past, present, and future students succeed!

More about Ashley…
Ashley is a mother of three, two girls and a boy. She is an animal lover as well and has two dogs at home too. She is fun loving and has a bubbly personality, which makes her very easy to get along with. If she can help she always does. To sum her up in a nutshell, she is a caring and compassionate individual who loves to see people succeed in their endeavours, and help with that to the best of her ability. 

Educational Quote
Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
Dwayne Johnson

 


 

Shelley Christianson
Shelley Christianson - Manager, Human Resources; Director, Massage Program/ Clinic

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

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
Rae Connolly - Vice-Principal

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

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 all students, 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

 


 

Luke Coupal
Luke Coupal - Criminal Justice

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

Who are you as a professional?
Luke is a lawyer with Caritas Law in Saskatoon. He completed his Law Degree at the University of Saskatchewan, articled with the Department of Justice for Canada, and finished his Master of Laws at York University. He is a former Crown Prosecutor and now serves as a Criminal Defence lawyer among other specialties. Luke’s experience as Prosecutor and Defence provides McKay students with a rare opportunity to examine the Criminal Law from both a government and individual perspective.

More about Luke…
Luke also completed a Degree in International Cooperation and Conflict, after which he deployed to Afghanistan as a Canadian Army Captain. In 2015, Luke was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration.

Educational Quote
A little learning is a dang’rous thing; / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.”
Alexander Pope – “An Essay on Criticism”

 


 

Courtney Horsley
Courtney Horsley - Medical Office Assistant Instructor

How long have you been with McKay?
2 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.”
Ronald Dahl

 


 

Brian Kidd
Brian Kidd - Criminal Justice Instructor

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

Who are you as a professional?
Brian enrolled in the Canadian Forces at age 18 serving as a Combat Engineer for 6 years. Soon after leaving the CF, he entered the field of private security and investigations obtaining global experience. For the last ten years, Brian has been enjoying a high level of success as a corporate security manager, security project manager, private investigator and advisor with specialization in surveillance and CEM. Owner and operator of a private, security intelligence advisory company based in Saskatchewan, serving Clients on a referral basis.

Member, ASIS International,
Member, Canadian Association of Threat Assessment Professionals
Certified Physical Security Professional (PSP)
Certified Anti terrorism Specialist (CAS)
Certified Counterintelligence Threat Analyst (CCTA)

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

 


 

Kimberly Ann Quiring
Kimberly Ann Quiring - Program Director/ Instructor, 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

 


 

Lynnea Reiter
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 🙂

 


 

Sandy Shukin
Sandy Shukin - Educational Assistant/ Instructor, 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

 


 

Michelle Smith
Sandy Shukin - Educational Assistant/ Instructor, Medical Office Assistant Program

How long have you been with McKay?
1 Year

Who are you as a professional?
Michelle was born and raised in Saskatoon and after completing her Kinesiology degree from the U of S she relocated to Yorkton to begin her career as an Exercise Therapist. She spent the majority of her career working in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management. 

After two decades of her Exercise Therapy career, Michelle returned to school to obtain her Diploma of Advanced Therapeutic Massage and then opened her own multidisciplinary massage therapy clinic which she ran for 3 years before relocating back home to Saskatoon.

More about Michelle…
Currently, she divides her time between her small family, being a massage therapy instructor and operating her clinical massage therapy practice. In her spare time Michelle loves to seek adventure in the outdoors. 

Educational Quote
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela

 


 

Wendy Smith
Wendy Smith - Massage Clinic Receptionist

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

Who are you as a professional?
Wendy has an education in Cosmetology and Medical Administration. She has worked primarily in medical offices, hospitals and has worked in the hospitality industry. She has a passion for education and has extensive experience in office management and team management.

Wendy was excited to take on this new opportunity with McKay as the Student Massage Therapy Clinic Administrator as well as instructing classes.

More about Wendy…
Wendy loves to swim and if you can’t find her at the school, she will be at your nearest pool. She teaches swim lessons and enjoys leisure swims with her family. Wendy loves the outdoors and spends her time at the lakes in the summer and sliding down snowy hills in the winter.

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

Self

 


 

Lenny Vineham
Lenny Vineham - Instructor, Graphic Design & New Media Production Programs

How long have you been with McKay?
2 Years

Who are you as a professional?
Lenny started his teaching career in Newfoundland, his home province, with Academy Canada and brings to McKay over 22 years experience in the creative and multimedia industries. He additionally attained an Instructor’s Certificate from Memorial University (Newfoundland) in 2015, and, had once led students to visual communications awards for a consecutive 3-year period (2015, 2016, 2017).

Lenny holds the values of equality and respect, highest above all others, as he believes that students learn best in a fair and neutral atmosphere. Additionally, he maintains the school website and is a part of the social media team.

More about Lenny…
In his free time, Lenny likes to spend time with his family. He also enjoys playing piano, and being active outdoors. Lenny is a big sports fan, as well, and hopes, one day, that the Toronto Maple Leafs can come to terms with Lord Stanley 🙂

Educational Quote
Education, is the highest form of Love one can receive.”
self

 


 

Darren Watson
Darren Watson - Instructor/ Supervisor - Massage & Hydrotherapy Program

How long have you been with McKay?
New Staff

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

 


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