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Nancy McNaughton – Founding Director

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Personal Success Coach and Community Development Leader

My vision for a service to help people achieve their dreams began to evolve as I worked as a job coach for two successful supported employment organizations. I recognized the need for personal empowerment training and began implementing unique personal development programs and workshops.

In 2009, I officially incorporated Opening Doors to Success Inc. Our programs and workshops have contributed to the personal and professional success of hundreds of our clients over the past six years.

I have also developed and facilitated workshops for organizations in my community, including envision Community Living, Red River College and Academy of Learning.

My personal recovery from major obstacles in my own life, lead me to discovering strategies, tools and truths to overcoming and finding joy and success. I share these principles through delivering fun and interactive workshops. My simple and easy to understand, facilitating style has been speaking to diverse audiences.

The key ingredient to the success of my programs is my shared belief that absolutely everyone, whatever challenge or disability, has the potential to succeed and experience an awesome life and career. I believe that a positive attitude can be taught, and a positive attitude is key to our personal and professional success.

Directing and growing Opening Doors to Success over the past nine years has given me the opportunity to connect with many amazing businesses and resources in our community. These services play a huge part in how my team and I empower the many wonderful of you, that come through our doors!

April Dawne Wells – Program Coordinator

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Good Day All!

I am very happy and proud to be a part of the ODS family! Over the years, I have had a variety of customer/client service jobs that I felt I was successful at, but did not find a comfortable fit until I discovered the ODS program. I began my journey here as a client; then as Program Assistant; then as a Pre-employment Coach and now Program Coordinator. Lending a kind ear, giving guidance, information, and providing a nurturing, yet empowering approach for folks in search of their job/career/life goals, is both rewarding and a success! Also; I love my cat…a lot…oh and chocolate. All the best to our future successes!

Schila Friesen – Pre-employment Coach

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Hi! My name is Schila.

I joined ODS initially as a client. I walked into the workshops believing I didn’t have many skills to contribute to our community having been out of the workforce for numerous years. I walked out feeling empowered and confident in my abilities and now am a part of this amazing team. As a pre-employment coach my goal is to support our clients throughout their journey of discovering each their own strengths and successes.

Sita Thapa – Pre-employment Coach

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Namaste! (hello) I am Sita Thapa

I came to Canada from Nepal with new hopes and dreams. I didn’t know how, but I knew I wanted to be a facilitator. I wanted to help people reach their goal and I wanted to let people know how simple communication can help make or break a relationship. I have always been fascinated with the soft skills training, and I enjoy it the most when I am able to facilitate. My curiosity brought me to Opening Doors to Success and it really opened doors to an opportunity for me. I am happy, excited and grateful to be a part of the ODS team as a Pre- Employment coach. I am looking forward to working with and learning from different individuals.


Helen Harder - Program Assistant

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Hello! My name is Helen I came to Opening Doors to Success looking for help in finding a job. I did sign up for the 12-week workshops and it changed me. I did not finish the program, because I applied for the front desk job and was so excited when I got the position. I enjoy working with such amazing people. It is never too late to go for what you want in a career, and a dream is never too big.


With God everything is possible! It is not always easy, but it is simple!