Staff

At Adoption By Choice our staff have a wide range of experience

both professionally and personally in the area of adoption.

Please have a look to get to know us a little better.

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Sandra Wagner
Executive Director

I am a registered social worker who has worked in the not for profit social service sector since 1996 with a diploma of Social Work from Mount Royal University and a graduate in 2015 with a Masters of Leadership from Royal Roads University. I have often referred to my social work journey as one that is a blend of experience and education. My social work career has allowed me opportunities in Women’s Shelters, Hull Child and Family Services, and for the last 16 years working with and leading programs to support vulnerable children, youth, and families who are facing challenges with attachment, family cohesion and mental health. Much of my career has been integrating and utilizing evidence based models that support the development of early childhood, youth and family wellness and resiliency

I began my career as a social worker in 1993 with a Bachelor of Social Work from University of Calgary, and will complete my Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie in April 2020.  I also have a Business Administration diploma and Addictions Studies certificate.  Over the years, I have provided crisis and counselling support to youth and adults, couples, families and groups.  I have worked in domestic and sexual violence, sexual exploitation, addictions and mental health, as well as career development.  I have also designed programs and curriculum, supervised programs and teams that included program evaluation and strategic planning.  I began my Adoption by Choice career as a home study writer from 2006 – 2011 and returned in January 2020 as the Adoption Program Supervisor.

Elma joined the team of social workers with Adoption By Choice in 2017. She graduated from Grant McEwan College in 2005, with a Social Work Diploma, then earned a Bachelors of Social (BSW) degree from the University of Victoria in 2007. She is a Registered Social Worker, (RSW) and completed the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) training in 2009. Elma has her own journey with infertility which brought her to have a fulfilling career in Women’s Health with Alberta Health Services since 2008. She has a passion for working with women and families and listening to their personal stories.  During her career, she has worked with families who have experienced perinatal and neonatal loss and supported them through their bereavement.  Elma looks forward to having the privilege of following your adoption journey. In her spare time, she enjoys being surrounded by family and friends and spending time with her husband of 12 years and their 9 year old daughter.

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Anneke Baker
Social Worker, Medicine Hat, AB

I began working for Adoption By Choice in 2008 and I’m very passionate about facilitating adoptions. I feel it is a privilege to work with birth parents and adoptive families through their adoption journey and I appreciate that this can be an exciting and challenging time. My hope is to create comfort, answer questions and be a supportive person through the process. In my I have found this process to be very therapeutic and the connections the birth parents and adoptive families may develop after adoption has been truly amazing. I would be happy to meet with you and offer you unbiased counselling options.

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Diane Dyck
Social Worker, Lethbridge, AB

Diane is a registered social worker with over sixteen years experience in contract adoption work and has been with ABC since 2010. She is a certified life & recovery coach with Joyful Connections Coaching in Lethbridge, AB. She is married with three adult children. Her favourite activities include hiking, reading and personal development. 

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Chantal Tkach
Social Worker, Slave Lake, AB

I completed 9 years of university that resulted in a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor’s degree in Social work, and more recently I graduated in 2013 with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Social work in 2013, through the University of Calgary distance education program in Edmonton. I am a registered social worker in the province of Alberta.

Danielle Holm
Social Worker, Edmonton, AB

Danielle Holm is a Registered Social Worker, (RSW) and is authorized to complete Psychosocial Interventions. She has had a fulfilling career in Women’s Health with Alberta Health Services since 2009. Danielle graduated from Grant McEwan College in 2002, with her Social Work Diploma. She obtained her Bachelors of Social (BSW) degree from the University of Calgary in 2008. During her career she has successfully completed training in perinatal and neonatal grief and complicated grief. Danielle has also completed cultural sensitivity training, received certificates in Working with Clients Who Live at Risk, and Working with Women who use Substances. She accomplished her Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) training in 2016 and has been working with Adoption by Choice ever since. Danielle has a special passion for working with families, this includes families experiencing a perinatal or neonatal loss, along with the privilege of following an adoption journey with birth parents and adoptive families.  Along with her rewarding career, Danielle is a mother of three busy boys. When she is not working, you can find Danielle with a cozy sweater and a hot coffee cheering on her boys at the hockey rink.

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