New Horizons Professional Support Services Inc. has been a resource to the Thompson-Okanagan community since our incorporation in 1982, providing psychological and behavioural support services for persons with developmental disabilities. We are pleased to be part of a larger community of dedicated professionals, teams, and agencies who share a common purpose: to be a resource and a support for those who wish to better their quality of life. We believe in promotion of inclusion, individual rights, and full dignity for all persons and to that end, strive to provide highly professional and positive supports based on best practices in the field.
Emily McCallum, MA, BCBA
Board Certified Behaviour Analyst
Category A RASP Behaviour Consultant
Emily is grateful for the experiences and education she has received from the many children, youth, adults, families, and teams she has supported in the past twenty years of her career. She held many positions in the field, including Community Support Worker, Child Care Worker, Home Support Worker, Education Assistant, Infant Development Consultant and, for the last 16 years, Behaviour Consultant. Emily began her career as a Behaviour Consultant at the Thompson Nicola Family Resource Centre in Kamloops in 2003 and since then has worked for agencies and in private practice, gaining Board Certified Behaviour Analyst certification in 2011 and joining New Horizons as Director and Behaviour Consultant in 2013.
Emily started her university education in the field of psychology in Kamloops (UCC), and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at UVIC (2001). After gaining further fieldwork experience in the field, Emily completed a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University, 2009) as well as completing graduate level coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis (UNT, 2009). Emily was a founding Board Member and Secretary of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis and continues to serve on the BC-ABA Board as a Member at Large. Emily maintains full memberships in Applied Behaviour Analysis International, Association of Professional Behaviour Analysts, and Association for Positive Behaviour Support.
Emily’s areas of interest and practice within the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis include autism spectrum disorders, severe challenging behaviours, functional communication training and functional skills training for community inclusion, staff implementation support, use of least-restrictive practices, and ethical service delivery. Emily is proud to lead a small and local team of talented professionals who are dedicated to person-centred supports and quality of service.
Kathy Peterson, BSW, MA, RCC
Registered Clinical Counsellor
Kathy holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Social Work. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Kathy provides generalist, evidenced-based counselling services for children and adults who are experiencing a variety of issues including grief and loss, anxiety, low mood or depression, relationship issues, substance use, and other life events that are getting in the way of living the best, most meaningful life possible.
Kathy also provides Behaviour Consultation services for CLBC-funded adults. She has worked as a Behaviour Consultant with New Horizons Professional Support Services Inc. since 2016. Kathy has completed graduate level coursework in Applied Behaviour Analysis (FIT) and maintains full membership in the BC Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA).
Kathy has a passion for working with people and has worked in a variety of capacities throughout her career, including school-based settings, long-term care, community-based settings, and as a home share provider.
Kathy strives to provide a safe, comfortable, and supportive space. She enjoys working collaboratively with individuals, their families, and caregivers. She believes that a team approach contributes to successful planning and positive change.
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
Kayla Ayers, BA
Kayla found her way into the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis through witnessing first hand its positive impact on children who are on the Autism Spectrum. She immediately became fascinated with the science and began working as a Behaviour Interventionist. Kayla has experience with a variety of teaching methodologies including Precision Teaching, Verbal Behaviour, Direct Instruction, Natural Environment Training, Discrete Trial Training, and Functional Communication Training. Kayla currently provides Behaviour Consultation services to CLBC-funded adults, where she values providing person-centred supports to those she serves. Kayla enthusiastic about teaching positive skills to replace and reduce challenging behaviours.
Kayla has a passion for working with people and making a difference in the lives of those around her. She has held various positions in the field including Community Support Worker, assistant ECE and Behaviour Interventionist in a variety of settings such as school-based, home based and community settings prior to joining New Horizons as a Behaviour Consultant in 2018.
Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice in Public Policy from the University of Guelph. Following her Bachelors education, Kayla pursed an Advanced Certificate in Disability and Applied Behaviour Analysis at Douglas College. She has completed her supervised fieldwork required to be eligible for examination to attain Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst status. Kayla is currently enrolled in the Masters of Professional Education degree in Applied Behaviour Analysis from the University of Western Ontario. Kayla is a member of the British Columbia Association for Behaviour Analysis (BC-ABA).
Nina Gales, M.Ed
Category A RASP Behaviour Consultant
Throughout her career, Nina has committed to empowering individuals to be active and engaged participants in their communities. Nina has contributed to individual’s ability to do this in many different roles. Over the years, Nina has built and ran an employment centre for immigrant youth, supported victims of domestic violence, helped young offenders transition back into the community, facilitated community public engagement, and provided behaviour support services for families living with autism.
Since spring 2016, Nina has been providing in-home behaviour services to children under six, with a behaviour consulting agency in Kamloops. During this time, she attained a Masters of Education degree in Applied Behavior Analysis, and completed both her supervised experience requirements for becoming a Category A Registered Autism Service Provider in British Columbia, and to be eligible to sit for the BCBA examination. Nina joined New Horizons in 2019, providing Behaviour Consultation services for children and youth in Kamloops and area.
Nina’s early career path included a career in government and non-profit management. Nina worked with government and non-profit organizations to develop strategic plans, procedures and policies that improved the overall efficiency and effectiveness of those organizations. Eventually, Nina became a recognized leader in designing and implementing behaviour change policy for the purpose of meeting community sustainability goals.
Nina’s areas of interest are teaching young children with Autism using incidental or natural environment teaching, providing meaningful and useful parent support, and replacing interfering behaviour with functional communication skills. Nina practices treatment of the whole individual, focusing on pivotal or foundational skills that enable other more complex skills. Nina has a passion for helping children say their first words and facilitating their maximum learning potential.