Momentum Developmental Support is a collaborative team of people working towards the common goal of enriching lives for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We work together with individuals, their families, and community supports to deliver care aligning with each resident’s unique needs and development goals.
Our team consists of Developmental Support Workers, who provide support and supervision to allow as much independence as possible for our clients; Home Managers, who work to create opportunities for residents to learn and grow; and Administrative Support teams, who provide team-based leadership ensuring quality service across all aspects of the organization.
All our team members are trained in first aid, have provided successful background and vulnerable sector checks, follow the standards set by the National Association for Developmental Disabilities, are certified by the Crisis Prevention Institute, and receive extensive training.
Chad Perrin has been the Executive Director for Momentum since 2017. Having obtained his BSW from the University of Manitoba and his Clinical MSW from Memorial University, Chad is a registered social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a licensed Dual Diagnosis Specialist via the National Association for the Dually Diagnosed, specializing in the co-occurrence of psychosis and intellectual disability. He has 20 years experience in social services ranging from child welfare to home care, homeless to mental health service provision and support of persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). He is a member in good standing with the Canadian College of Health Leaders, and serves on several Boards including the Mental Health Care and Treatment Review Board for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Mental Health Association for Newfoundland and Labrador and Inclusion Canada Newfoundland and Labrador.
Joelle Stratton brings a strong business savvy to her work as Regional Director. With ties to the community across Newfoundland and Labrador, her financial acumen is eclipsed only by her values-based approach to leadership. Joelle’s decades of experience in business has been a tremendous asset during our growth, ensuring the organization has the infrastructure to meet the needs of our clients and their families.
Caroline McKeever is the Regional Director for Eastern and Rural Newfoundland at Momentum and has been with the organization for the last seven years. Prior to working with Momentum, Caroline spent 15 years working with Children, Youth, and Families in Ireland. She has a BSc degree in Behavioural Science and a passion for inclusion and diversity, creative problem solving, and innovation in the industry. Caroline and her husband live in Conception Bay South, and have two children.
Erin Head received her Bachelor of Education in 2007 and began her career as a primary/elementary school teacher, before moving into the world of not-for-profits, preschool, and even banking before finding her place at Momentum in 2020. Her new role of Community Engagement Coordinator was created with the knowledge that engaging with the community and creating stronger partnerships allows Momentum to serve our clients better and work towards our mandate of enhancing futures.
Erin and her husband are parents to two children and a menagerie of pets.
Trevor Duggan recently joined the Momentum team as Business Administrative Assistant to support the varying business elements that go on in the background at Momentum that support its operations. He came to us from the Public Service Sector, after having worked there for several years. Trevor has extensive administrative skills, having worked in various administrative roles during the course of his career both within the public sector, not for profit organizations and other private companies. In addition to his administrative skills, he also prides himself on his customer service skills having worked the front line in various previous roles. When Trevor is not working, you may find him crafting, exploring, or spending time with his family which consists of his husband, three dogs and four children.
Kim Green brings a variety of recruiting and advising experience to our team. She is responsible for making sure the right people are in the right roles to serve our clients.
Kim joined our team in 2019 as a Staffing Specialist before joining the Human Resources team in 2021. She brings a wealth of experience with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters in Employment Relations.
Samantha Rose recently joined the Momentum team to support the clinical work of Momentum’s programs and its staff across all the geographical areas we service. Samantha is a licensed clinical social worker in Newfoundland and Labrador, having obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social work from Memorial University. Samantha has over a decade of experience in the human services field, having formerly served in roles in child welfare, supportive housing and most recently as a clinical therapist utilizing such modalities as narrative therapy, solution and brief focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy. Samantha and her husband live in the greater St. John’s area and have one child.
Heather Murphy is one of our Behavioral Health Coordinator’s, servicing Eastern and Rural Eastern Newfoundland. Heather has been with Momentum since 2017, first as a Home Manager and then transitioning into this role. She graduated with a BA from Memorial University in 2006 and began her career with Alberta Health Services, working as a Speech and Language Pathology Assistant, an Occupational Therapy Assistant, and then a Child and Youth Developmental Specialist. Since returning home to Newfoundland in 2016, Heather joined Momentum and became a certified Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Instructor. When she’s not at work, Heather is a devoted mother to her two daughters.
Samantha Sheppard is one of our Behavioral Health Coordinator’s, servicing Western Newfoundland and Labrador, having joined Momentum in 2018. She’d spent several years working with the IDD community after completing her degree in psychology in 2015. As Behavioral Health Coordinator, Samantha works alongside Momentum’s developmental support workers and management team, while collaborating with the health authority to coordinate support services to our clients.
Jessica Noble is the Training Manager with Momentum. Prior to moving to Newfoundland in 2019, Jessica worked with both children and adults with developmental disabilities in various settings. Her background in inclusion and special needs, helps Jessica make connections between our clients and the community. When she’s not working, Jessica loves exploring Newfoundland, camping, and spending time with friends.
Corey Parsons has been scheduling manager with Momentum for just over a year and is responsible for handling the scheduling of all our staff and resources. When Corey is not at work, he’s usually at home reading a good book, spending time with his cats, and spending time with family and friends.
Ashley Hynes has been a Staffing Specialist with Momentum Developmental Support since July, 2021.
With a background in Marketing, Communications, and Customer Service she brings a diverse approach to our scheduling team. Ashley has a passion for connecting with good people and understands the importance of finding the right “fit” for both our clients and staff.
Ashley lives in Mount Pearl with her two-year-old son.
Andrew Parrell, Momentum’s Supportive Independent Living Coordinator, has a background in community recreation and leadership and has always been passionate about residential community supports, specifically within the vulnerable sector. Andrew has been a residential-based support worker for the majority of his career. When he’s not at work, Andrew is heavily involved in community recreation or spending time at the cabin with his new dog.
Sherry Keefe has recently joined Momentum as a Home Manager. Sherry is a graduate from College of the North Atlantic’s Community Studies/Family Services program and after her education began and ran her own business for more than six years. Sherry has also served as a program coordinator for the Community Youth Network in Placentia.
Jenelle Butterworth is a Home Manager in the St. John’s-Metro region. She started her career with Momentum as one of our Developmental Support Workers in 2020, and recently joined the team as a Home Manager. Along with raising her 17-year old son with Autism, she brings both a professional and personal experience lens into supporting our adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. When she’s not working, Jenelle loves camping, fishing and just being outside.
Carly is from Fogo Island, NL, but has been living in St. John’s for the past nine years. She resides in Mount Pearl with her partner, daughter, dog (Onyx) and cat (Kiwi). In 2018, she graduated from the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program and began her career at the Tommy Sexton Centre Shelter. Before joining the Momentum community as a Home Manager, she gained experience in shelter work, management, and administration. Carly is very excited to continue to work with the community and make a difference in the lives of others.
Adriana graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work in 2020 and has been working in the community ever since. She enjoys helping individuals meet their unique goals while providing person centered supports. In her spare time you will likely find Adriana at the park with her Old English sheep dog, Mavis. She also enjoys travelling and hiking.
Priscilla LeGrow has been a Home Manager for Momentum since 2023. She graduated from the Child and Youth Care Worker with Addictions Support Program at Keyin College in 2018 during which she was awarded the Child and Youth Care Worker Professionalism Award. Motivated by her passion to help people in vulnerable communities thrive, she began her career as a Harm Reduction Assistant in the Safe Works Access Program (SWAP) with the AIDS Committee of NL. She then worked as a Residential Counsellor in supportive housing and gained experience at the Tommy Sexton Emergency Shelter. Outside of work, Priscilla is a mom to a handsome boy and enjoys spending time outside with him while watching him learn new things every day.
Jennifer Crocker is a home manager in the Corner Brook/Pasadena area, and has been with Momentum since 2019, first as a developmental support worker and now as a home manager. With two autistic children at home, Jennifer has 15 years' hands-on experience working with people with disabilities as well as people with brain injuries. Jennifer has always been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and ensuring that their voices are heard.
Brian Lopes is a Home Manager in Stephenville, NL and has been with the company since 2020. Brian strives to deliver quality person-centered support to our residents and a cooperative work environment for our staff. Prior to coming to Momentum, Brian has worked as a front-line support worker providing care to persons with I/DD for several years, and prior to that served in a management capacity role in a private organization in Ontario for over a decade. Brian identifies his goal is to see the rights of all persons with disabilities be promoted and protected so that they can fully participate in their community through quality support that empowers them to lead self-determining lives. Brian lives with his wife in Stephenville, and they have 2 children.
Tim Morrissette has recently joined Momentum as a home manager for the western region. A native of Oakland, Ontario, where Tim worked with the IDD community for 33 years, he moved to Corner Brook this year to join Momentum as a Home Manager.
Sonya Perrett has recently joined Momentum as a Home Manager in Corner Brook. With a background in Therapeutic Recreation, she’s spent her career working with youth in care. Sonya has lived and worked on the west coast her entire life and spends her downtime with her children and family.
Angel Hedderson, Home Manager at the newly opened ILA in St. Anthony, recently started working with Momentum. Prior to joining the team, Angel spent 14 years working in various roles, including long-term care and community supports at Labrador Grenfell Health.
Momentum is part of a group of community of care ventures, which fall under the umbrella of Seafair Capital. These organizations are grounded in community-based care and span operations in the delivery of patient and client-centric community, home, and residential care.
I feel like I make a difference in my role. To see clients completing activities of daily living and allowing support staff to help, makes me feel like I’m making a difference.
- Belinda Edmunds, Developmental Support Worker
My favorite part of my workday is definitely the interaction with the clients and helping to create moments of joy for them, whether that be playing a game of cards, doing a craft, or something so small like going to Tim’s for a tea.
- Jocelyn Mercer, Developmental Support Worker
I love where I live because I can have my dog, Lady, and I love my staff! I like going to Momentum Center, socializing with old neighbors, going to The Works, and bowling. Staff help me with my recycling business.
- Sean P
At Momentum we work with your Health Authority to create a care plan based on the needs, lifestyle, and personality to match you with the right supports. Get in touch with us to discuss you or your family’s needs.