ADMINISTRATION

Karen Betts

Karen grew up in Oakville Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Ontario. She then went on to complete here B.Ed from Canisius College and taught in a primary classroom for 9 years before making the move to the Okanagan. After Karen arrived in Vernon she decided to make a career change and started working part-time for Meridian 10 years ago. She is now our full time H.R and Financial Administrator. Karen has been vital in helping build Meridian up to the expanding company it is now. When she’s not crunching numbers, Karen enjoys swimming, travelling, hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with her husband and two boys

Caitlyn Strange

Originally from Ontario, Caitlyn’s love of snowboarding brought her to BC permanently. As Meridian’s Administrative Assistant, Caitlyn ensures invoices are out on time and oversees the booking and co-ordination of FCEs, as well as the admin side of things for Meridian’s Work Hardening Program and Pediatric Program. She is the proud owner of a therapy dog who loves to soak up the attention of the residents at local care homes. Caitlyn’s capacity to care brought her to Meridian where she loves the staff, clients, and seeing people return to doing what they love!

Kaylee Yarker

Originally from Hamilton Ontario, Kaylee joins us after years in the hospitality industry where she is happy to have escaped alive. As a diehard hockey fan (reference the picture to the right) Kaylee never misses a Philadelphia Flyers game, or the chance to trash talk the other therapist’s teams. Kaylee’s favourite part of the job is greeting the clients in the Vernon office and seeing their progression week in and week out. Kaylee also coordinates the the Vernon office’s new client referrals and does a fantastic job of ensuring the candy dish is stocked with all of the good stuff!

Michaela Gagne

Michaela grew up in Red Deer, Alberta and completed her Business Administration Diploma in Calgary. After meeting her boyfriend Geoff in Calgary who is a raised Vernon boy, they visited Vernon and Michaela fell in love with the Okanagan and had to move here! Michaela is the Administrative Assistant, overseeing Functional Driving Evaluations, HandyDART bookings for Vernon and Salmon Arm and providing back up reception support to Kaylee. Michaela has a nurturing personality, which is what interested her in Meridian Rehab. Michaela is also our in-hourse expert for the TV show “The Office” and will take trivia questions anytime!

Janie Bandringa

Janie is based in our Kelowna office and is Meridian’s parent-liaison. She is the go-to contact, helping parents navigate their funding and making the most out of their therapy dollars! Janie grew up in Kelowna and has her Master of Arts (Development Studies) from York University in Toronto and Bachelor of Arts Political Science at UBCO. She loves working for a company that’s centered on helping people achieve their goals and reach their potential. Janie grew up riding horses and loves her nerdy shows – Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Game of Thrones!

Catey McLellan

When you call our Kamloops office, you’ll have the pleasure of speaking with Catey! She is our Kamloops receptionist and coordinates HandyDART bookings for our therapists there as well. Spending her formative year in Kamloops, she enjoys dirtbiking and off-roading with her fiance and their dog, Royce. She also loves music and art! Catey has her diploma in Office Administration and puts it to good use at Meridian where she enjoys working with the senior population and meeting clients from all walks of life.

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