MEET OUR

TEAM

At Enfants en Équi-Libre our team is  not only made up of experts in their fields, but they are also passionate and dedicated to the important work they do

Team of professionals

Joannie Chiasson

Co-Founder of Enfants en Équi-Libre

Occupational Therapist M.Sc.

Certified in Hippotherapy (level 1, American Hippotherapy Association)

If we had to describe Joannie in a word, it would be passionate. Her work with children is what fuels her. In order to maximize the full potential of each child, Joannie prioritizes her own professional development and an interdisciplinary approach to her practice. It is her belief that we must be focused on the needs of families and their children. At any given time you may find her attending a seminar, conference, or training in order to stay at the forefront of new developments in her field.

She is heavily involved in the development of her profession and participates as a teaching assistant in the occupational therapy program at the Université de Montréal. She also contributes to clinical training of students by hosting several interns from different universities each year. Pursuing her strong desire to share knowledge, she’s been participating in the continuing education department of the Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire du Québec in the therapeutic riding module since 2013.

jchiasson@enfantsenequi-libre.com

Devon O'Farrell

Co-Founder of Enfants en Équi-Libre

Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, AI)

Certified in Animal Assisted Therapy (CZQ)

Devon discovered therapeutic riding while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Human Relations from Concordia. Having always been involved in the equestrian community of Vaudreuil-Soulanges, she already believed in the power that animals had to inspire, motivate and engage us. Now, she is passionate about working with her specially selected animal partners, whether they are horses or dogs, to create meaningful relationships with her clients that promote growth and development within each individual.

Devon is a fervent believer in the interdisciplinary approach that we so often speak of at Enfants en Équi-Libre. She is constantly striving to increase her scope of knowledge in her field which combined with her passion for learning and her desire to offer the best possible services to her clients, leads her to attend numerous workshops, seminars and trainings in Québec and Ontario each year. Her clients appreciate her for the accuracy of her interventions, her constant smile, and the great consideration she gives them.

dofarrell@enfantsenequi-libre.com

Andréanne Paquette

Occupational Therapist M.Sc.

Andréanne received both her bachelor’s and master’s degree in occupational therapy from Université de Montréal. Since beginning her studies she knew she wanted to work in the pediatric sector. During her master’s, she carried out a research project on the Readability of manual handwriting of Québécois students at the end of first grade according to the style of writing used.

Andréanne has experience in occupation therapy with children from various clinical settings as well as in hippotherapy. She completed a pediatric internship at the Valleyfield Hospital and worked at the Raymond Dewar Institute with children presenting a physical (sensory, language, auditory and motor) disability. Currently, while working for Enfants en Équi-Libre, she works simultaneously at the Centre Montérégien de Réadaptation (CMR) with children in the motor impairment program. Andréanne is dedicated to working in pediatrics and is passionate about her work. One of her greatest strengths, which is appreciated by all the children she works with, is her creativity in the preparation of activities that are pertinent, but also fun and enjoyable!

apaquette@enfantsenequi-libre.com

Julie Oelman

Equine Assisted Learning Coach (CanTRA Equine Facilitated Wellness Candidate)

Teacher of English Language Arts (High School and Grade 12) B.A., Dip. Ed., M.A.

Parelli Natural Horsemanship (Level 2 Online and Freestyle)

 

Julie retired from teaching to pursue her interest in horse therapy programs, beginning as a volunteer with EEE. She knew she wanted to combine her years of experience in education and love of teaching with her love of horses. Having worked at Lower Canada College and Centennial Academy, Julie has 26 years of experience teaching students with a variety of learning profiles and Individual Education Plans. In helping each student reach their potential, she was at the forefront of developing a Portfolio program in language arts, and was invited to present her work in schools, universities and school boards throughout Quebec, and also participated in local and international projects with the Ministry of Quebec. Now retired, she is tutoring students in English Language Arts and English as a Second Language.


Julie’s love of learning also led her to study Natural Horsemanship, attending clinics across Quebec. Learning how horses communicate with each other, and how we can better understand our communication with the horse, led her to explore opportunities in equine assisted education programs. Utilizing the horse as a partner in the learning process opens opportunities for students in realizing their learning goals. Assessing the needs of each client, Julie has a passion for creating fun and insightful activities for the horse and student.

julieoelman@enfantsenequi-libre.com

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DEDICATED

VOLUNTEERS

Without the support of our incredible volunteers, our equestrian programs would not be possible!
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