Occupational Therapist, Owner/Clinical Lead
Diana brings a forward-thinking, “can do” and calm attitude to her practice. She enjoys sharing with families and the team about the dynamic interplays she observes when a child moves, learns and plays. Diana feels the art of OT as much as the science.
Diana has owned and operated Sharpe Occupational Therapy Services (SOS) in the Cowichan Valley since 2013. Since beginning to work in paediatrics in 2004, Diana previously worked with teams at the NONA Child Development Centre (Vernon), Sundrops Child Development Centre (Duncan), and the Pivot Point Family Growth Centre (Victoria). She places high priority on multi-disciplinary involvement and collaboration.
Brandi Pringle, Occupational Therapist
Brandi joined our team in November 2017. She brings rich life experience and a high energy yet easy-going approach to her practice. Brandi has a lightness and joy in her step, as well as good sense of humour.
What intrigues Brandi most is the practical nature of OT and its client-centred, holistic focus on meaningful activities. Brandi is detail oriented and analytical. She is also passionate about the environment and people’s connection to the natural world.
In her prior career journey Brandi spent quite a bit of time studying primates! In her spare time, she currently enjoys exploring the outdoors whether by foot, bike, kayak or canoe. She also paints and plays guitar or ukulele whenever she gets a chance.
Tyson Dyck (Program Assistant)
Tyson joined our team in April 2017, bringing with him a demonstrated ability in creative thinking, leading groups, and having clients form relationships with him easily. He has made strong contributions to related teams at: Nanaimo Child development Centre, Autism BC, CBI Health Centre, and Bill's Place Support Services.
Tyson shows an extreme dedication to his passions - including the field of occupational therapy, which hopes to pursue this as a career himself one day. His keen attitude and contagious laugh have quickly made him into a valuable team member at SOS!
Tyson was a varsity athlete at VIU for many years; he has already shown an ability to transfer skills from his sport background into his experiences with our clients. He excels at prompt, respectful communication with colleagues, team members and clients.
Christa Lasell, Client Liaison (Program Assistant)
We are fortunate to have Christa L. join our team this year and step into the role of liaising with our clients and supporting in many ways.
Christa has over 10 years of experience in client care with persons with disabilities. Christa is a hard worker and truly cares about the needs of our population, which makes her a great fit for her new role with us. I look forward to seeing how she evolves into the position with her caring, flexible and joyful manner!
Similar to what Brittnie did Aug 2017-May 2018, Christa will be doing a limited amount of hours as a program assistant (transporting and working 1:1 with a few clients) and mainly focusing on the Client Liaison role.
Brittnie Marples, Program Assistant (outgoing)
Brittnie Marples joined us in August 2017.
She will be beginning her maternity leave May 30th.
We wish her well on her new journey into parenting!
Erica Farrell, Physiotherapist (Colleague)
Erica is passionate about working with children. She is based Up Island and available for 1:1 or co-therapy sessions every 2 months. She has been helping developmentally challenged children with gross motor skills since 1984, when she graduated from the Manchester Royal Infirmary Physiotherapy programme. Her work is kind, respectful and catered to each child and their family.
Soren Sigmar, Contractor (Assistant)
Soren joined us in July 2016. He has recently relocated to Nanaimo and provides services for Nanaimo based families. With a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education, Soren is returning to VIU in Sept 2018 to further his education by obtaining his teaching degree (Elementary Education). As part of his work with us, Soren has participated in courses with Michelle Garcia-Winner and Pamela Crooke (Social Thinking) and Sarah Ward (Executive Functions).