Vision Statement

We are a team of devoted parents who have children with severe developmental disabilities and are seeking to form an alliance within the community and non-profit sectors. Our goal is to create therapeutic critical infrastructure for housing complex needs adults who require 24 hour supports and ensuring that they live inclusive and fulfilled lifestyles.

Kristina Koivisto

Kristina Koivisto is a licensed red seal hairstylist who resides in Calgary, Alberta with two of her three sons. She has been a single mom for 15 years raising her three boys all impacted by various disabilities. Kristina learned through this experience that her education was secondary to acquiring the appropriate and adequate services to raise children with disabilities. Her eldest son Mason, who is severely impacted by autism, began her journey to becoming a provincially known advocate for all families impacted within Alberta.
As she began learning to navigate a system that was not designed for individuals with disabilities she created and implemented her own structured system for Mason to have his best quality of life while pursuing her passion in the art of hair design. Her success in her trade was made possible by her relentless perseverance to never give up on her dreams.
When Mason entered adulthood she became very aware of an unmet need within the disability community and founded “Teammason2021 Foundation.” Kristina envisions a community that comes together unanimously to unite as one and create a supportive, caring and inclusive lifestyle for the most vulnerable citizens.

Kimberly Gardippie

Kimberly Gardippie is a devoted wife and mother residing in Calgary, Alberta.  Kimberly has worked with ESII children with the Calgary Catholic School Division for the past 10 years, including EA for PUFF Kindergarten; ESII Diverse Learning Transitions Grade 9-12; EA Junior High and she previously worked with Renfrew Educational Services in ES I and II as well as other various grades for 3 years. 
Kimberly’s daughter was diagnosed with a learning disability at a young age and she has struggled watching the lack of support available to those needing it the most. The lack of services is what motivated her to become an ESII assistant within the school system and to offer her services thru respite. 
Kimberly believes that no obstacle is impossible to overcome with compassion, kindness and a little elbow grease. She truly has a heart for nurturing those with Special Needs and helping them realize and reach their full potential. She truly has a true servants heart and a desire to make the world a better place for all and is very excited to be joining the team to help build the dream!

Tanya Hushard

Tanya Hushard is a paralegal who resides in Edmonton, Alberta with her two children. She has been a single mother for 15 years and has successfully co-parented her children that are both on the autism spectrum. In 2005, Tanya forfeited working full time in order to access the essential supports that her children required in order to support their growth and developmental needs. While spending a decade delivering the therapy that they required, Tanya discovered her passion for horticulture.
She currently manages the floral department at a large local retailer and finds joy in preparing and arranging beautiful flower arrangements. Tanya seeks to implement gardening into her community and provide employment opportunities to people with diverse needs within her community.
Tanya is co-founder of “Teammason2021 Foundation” and is thrilled to be utilizing her skills in this vision plan.