Meet Our Two-Legged Staff
Our team is made up of human and horse staff, who work together to deliver our programs and services. Below is an introduction to our 2-legged staff and here is where you can learn about our 4-legged staff.
Michelle Ingall - Executive Director
I have an extensive educational and professional background working with horses and people with diverse abilities. Halfway through a Fine Arts degree at York University, I decided to change my major and graduated with a Specialized Honours B.A. in Developmental Psychology. Eventually, my career took me on a path towards equestrian certification, and I am now certified as a Competition Coach with Equestrian Canada, a coach with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. I also have certification as an Equine Assisted Learning Coach with Equine Assisted Learning Canada and a Level 1 with the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada.
I am also a competitive 3-day event rider with my horses Grover (retired) and Russell, my newest addition.
I have worked at PRDA since 2002 and love being able to combine my love and respect for horses with a lifestyle of inclusion and compassion.
Megan Kadler - Instruction Coordinator
Megan has a lifelong love for horses and has been a part of the equestrian community for the last 20 years. She has worked as a student, volunteer, instructor, clinical counsellor, and competitor.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Counselling degree from the City University of Seattle. Her thesis focused on articulating aspects of a novel approach to therapy using Collaborative Practices, horses, and a nurturing and normal environment for clients to heal, recover and transform from trauma and mental health challenges.
She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is in the process of working towards her Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Megan comes from a background of providing services for folks of all ages and abilities struggling with various challenges in their lives including problematic substance use and relational and behavioural challenges. She is a believer in possibilities, connections, hope, and change. As the Instruction Coordinator at PRDA, her dedication is to honour and value the unique perspectives, life experiences, wisdom, and goals of each person she works alongside.
Karen Nishiyama - Administrative Coordinator
Hello! I am Karen and have been a part of the PRDA family since October 2008. I came on board as a volunteer and then in June of 2012, I was offered the job as one of the volunteer coordinators, which I gladly accepted. Then in November of 2015, I took on the role of administrative coordinator while continuing my duties as volunteer coordinator. Never give up on finding your dream job or it finding yourself!
Bill Hendricks - Donor Relations and Event Coordinator
I have been with PRDA since 2007. My present position involves the promotion of PRDA to others within and around our community, recognition of past and present donors, and reaching out for donations that will enhance and promote our therapeutic riding program. I also maintain our “Horse Sponsorship Program” as well as our “Happy Fund”.
By working or partnering with supporters and donors, we can host various events throughout the year. We are thankful for the support we receive. It is crucial for our operations and helps to bring awareness about PRDA and our programs to the communities we serve.
Each year we look forward to fundraising events like:
- Night at the Races
- Pub Nights
- Barn Dance
- Online 50/50 Draws
- Fraser Valley Hounds Society
- Campbell Valley Wine Run
Heather Vilvang - Riding Instructor & Resource Coordinator
I was born and raised in Vancouver’s Southlands equestrian community. I earned my Pony Club B level and successfully competed in 3-day eventing at the Training level.
While I was completing my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the University of Victoria, I began an exploration into Relational Horsemanship, became certified in Equine Assisted Personal Development and earned my equestrian Coaching certification through the Certified Horsemanship Association. Upon my graduation, I began full-time employment as a Community Support Worker as well as coaching young riders through Rise Equine. After enjoying 8 years of learning and working on Vancouver Island, my horse, Celeste, and I moved back to Metro Vancouver and eventually to Langley.
I have worked at PRDA for a couple of years in several different roles. I started out instructing on a casual basis, then worked as a summer student Instructor and now as the resource coordinator and a permanent instructor.
I believe that PRDA is the perfect place to blend my equestrian knowledge, experience and passion with my deeply held commitment to support people with diverse abilities to live lives of their choosing in communities where they thrive as valued citizens.
Sue Shoub - Riding Instructor
Sue Shoub has been active with horses since she was a young girl. She has had experience in various disciplines including competitive show jumping, racehorse preparation, starting colts, and working ranch horses. Sue has also worked as a guide at a number of recreational trails riding stables for about 12 years and has also served as a riding instructor.
In the early 1980s, Sue was a horse-riding instructor at an alternative to a custody residential program for high-risk teens. In 2007 she pioneered a riding program for children at risk at an Israeli orphanage, working there until 2013. In the course of her duties, Sue completed a level two instructor’s course and a diploma in therapeutic riding. The program proved successful for children who had little success in previous more traditional therapy programs.
Sue and her husband returned to Canada from Israel in 2013. She is motivated to continue similar work with children at risk in the Vancouver area. Sue pioneered a therapeutic riding pilot project for Union Gospel Mission and also for Wagner Hills rehabilitation centre. This included programs for at-risk children and youth, and women and men in drug and alcohol recovery. Sue is currently employed as a therapeutic riding instructor at PRDA. Sue is a "Registered Licensed Coach" with Equine Canada and also holds an "International Trainer's Passport." Sue loves the work she does at PRDA. Working together with her students, staff, volunteers, and horses, makes time spent at PRDA very enjoyable and rewarding.
Mireya Hooper - Riding Instructor
I have 22 years of horse experience and have been teaching for 10 years. I have been working at PRDA since September 2012.
I have had a horse or pony since I was 3 years old. When I was 7, I joined the Canadian Pony Club and was a Pony Club member for 11 years. During that time, I gained my instructor of beginner’s certification. In my teens, I competed in three-day eventing up to the Preliminary level on my horse Ohana, who is now a part-time therapy horse at PRDA. In recent years I have been focused on my education and have my B.A. in Psychology. I completed my Bachelor of Education and B.C. Teacher Certification in July 2020.
Suzanne - Barn Manager
Bio coming soon…