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Disability Studies Instructor Bios

Aileen Wight-Felske
Program Coordinator, Aboriginal Adictions Services Counselling and Disability Studies

Dr. Aileen Wight Felske is the coordinator for the Disability Studies certificate and diploma and the Aboriginal Addictions Services Counsellor certificate and diploma program. 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. Her research area is in health prevention and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  With experience in facilitation, professional and academic leadership, and curriculum development and design, Aileen has played an integral role in the curriculum development in Disability Studies and Aboriginal Addiction Services. 


Donna Jones
Lead 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 Masters 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/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. 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 6 years. Michelle is also the former Training and Development Coordinator, Accreditation Coordinator for ACDS and behaviour consultant for WJS Alberta. Michelle is one of the co developers of the current Positive Behaviour Supports training program through ACDS.

Michelle Cole