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Disability Studies Instructor Bios

Dr. Aileen Wight-Felske
Program Coordinator,  Disability Studies, Education Assistant and FASD Education

Dr. Aileen Wight Felske is the coordinator for the Disability Studies certificate and diploma, the Education Assistant certificate and the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education certificate. She joined the College in an instructional and administrative capacity in fall 2014. Prior to this, Aileen was an Associate Professor in Disability Studies at Mount Royal University.  Aileen is a registered psychologist in Alberta with experience in community practice supporting people with intellectual impairments and challenging behaviors. Aileen is a member for the Alberta Council of Disability Services, Commission on Accreditation. With experience in facilitation, professional and academic leadership, and curriculum development and design, Aileen has played an integral role in the curriculum development for on-line course development.


 

Aileen

Donna Jones
Instructor, Disability Studies

Donna Jones is the Lead Instructor with the Disability Studies program since May 2014. With over 30 years in the field, she continues to follow her passion of inspiring new talent and equipping students with the skills to provide quality support to the individuals in need. She has filled a number of front-line roles over her 3 decades of experience, including 8 years at Mount Royal University coordinating the inclusive Post-Secondary Education Initiative. She was also the Program Lead and Instructor for the Disability Studies program at MRU for three years. Previously, Donna worked as a Vocational Specialist with injured workers and taught for a number of years at a private school for children with learning disabilities.

  Donna is a dedicated leader in the field of disability studies. In 2013, she was awarded the Distinguished Part-Time Faculty Award at MRU, and received the Inclusive Education Award from Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre (DDRC). She has been nominated for numerous human rights and community inclusion awards. She sits on the MRU's Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Advisory Committee, Learner Success Committee for Bow Valley College, the Workforce Council Committee, and the Skills and Training Subcommittee through the Alberta Council of Disability Services. She holds a Master's in Education with a specialization in Community and Disability Studies for the University of Calgary and her area of specialty are in supported employment, inclusion, growing community capacity, assistive technology, academic modifications, learning strategies and workplace accommodations.

Donna Jones

Michelle Cole
Instructor, Disability Studies

Michelle Cole is an instructor for Bow Valley College in the Disability Studies Certificate and Diploma program. She has been with the College since August 2014. Michelle has her Community Rehabilitation and Disabilities Studies degree from the University of Calgary, and Mental Health Diploma from MacEwan University. Currently, Michelle is completing her masters in Human and Social Services. As of 2015, Michelle is an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer. With experience in facilitation, face to face, online learning, and curriculum development and design, Michelle has played an integral role in the professional development for the disability sector over the last 8 years.

Michelle Cole

 Elizabeth MacGillivray
Instructor, Disability Studies

Elizabeth MacGillivray has a Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation & Disabilities Studies degree from the University of Calgary and a Developmental Services Worker Diploma from Algonquin College. She has a certificate in Addiction Studies from Mount Royal University and is completing her masters in Human and Social Services. Elizabeth has been working with people for over 15 years in a variety of capacities; educational setting, community building, the City of Calgary, non-profit, and the Government of Alberta as a Caseworker and Intake Worker, working with families. Elizabeth successfully supervised practicum students from Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary.

In the fall of 2014, Elizabeth joined Bow Valley College part time Instructing in both Addiction Studies and the Disabilities Studies programs. She has since moved to fulltime. Elizabeth is also a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.  Elizabeth also completed a continuing education Trauma Sensitive Yoga course with Yoga Outreach. She is currently utilizing this training here at Bow Valley College teaching Yoga to learners through the BVC Student Association. Elizabeth is an avid out door enthusiast where she hikes, camps, rock & ice climbs. Elizabeth has a passion for lifelong learning, empowering and inspiring people to reach their full potential as defined by them.
Elizabeth