Meet The Team

Meet Our Board of Directors

Peggy Crane

Peggy Crane

Executive Director

Gemma Servidio

Gemma Servidio

Chair-Person & Secretary

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Cheryl Lazary

Chief Financial Officer
& Treasurer

June St. Pierre

June St. Pierre

Co Chair

Interested in joining our Board of Directors?

Please email [email protected] for more information.

Meet Our Staff

Peggy Crane

Executive Director

My passion for working with individuals with disabilities in Employment Supports through the Ministry of Community and Social Services has provided me with a fulfilling career and what I believe to be my unique calling for over 18 years. While working in this capacity, it became repeatedly evident that Youth with Intellectual Disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder were lacking support following secondary school for continued development of social skills required to participate in recreation, community and employment. An innovative program has been designed to meet the unique needs of this group and fill the gap with the services our community needs. I am blessed to have been a part of this fabulous development and launch Checkered Door Academy.

Peggy Crane, Executive Director
Jacqueline Edwards - Program Facilitator

Jacqueline Edwards

Program Facilitator

Throughout my career, I have had the great privilege to work alongside families and individuals with diverse-abilities to achieve their goals and participate successfully in their home and community settings. I have completed a BA in Psychology as well as a Behaviour Intervention
certification, and supporting children, youth and adults through behaviour intervention therapy, education, and mentorship has been my passion and joy for over 10 years. I am so thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful team supporting young adults in their journey toward growth and wellness. Checkered Door Academy offers a unique and holistic approach for teaching the skills that foster independence and self-confidence while planning for adulthood. This valuable opportunity serves a great purpose and I look forward to learning with you!

Jeanette N. Smigielski

Program Coordinator/Behavioural Consultant

Within the decade of my career working alongside individuals of all ages with autism, developmental disabilities, dual diagnoses, and various mental illnesses, it has become evident that my purpose in life is changing people’s lives and allowing them to become the best person that they can be.  My education spans social work, psychology, and applied behaviour analysis, and I have experience working in a clinical IBI/ABA agency, a forensic mental health hospital, and in a group home for adults with autism/developmental disabilities.  My philosophy encompasses a servant leadership mentality and a strengths-based approach that focuses on what a person is good at [opposed to their weaknesses] and how to support them in goal development and achievement.  Checkered Door Academy is a much-needed resource in the community, and I am happy and excited to be part of the team.