Abode Respite Services Inc. 

A Registered Non-Profit Organization

Heather McCann- Executive Director

 For as long as she can remember, Heather had a vision of starting an out-of-home respite program that acted as a home away from home for people of all abilities. Heather grew up as a big sister to Hannah, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, epilepsy, and quadriplegia. Hannah lived every moment to the fullest and taught people how to love beyond words. Hannah was known for her squeals and giggles, colourful clothing, painted nails, and very full life surrounded by a loving support network of family, friends, and incredible respite providers. Hannah passed away in 2008 at the age of 10. Later in life, Heather’s vision she had when she was younger manifested to create Abode Respite Services Inc. Heather graduated with honours from St.Clair College’s Development Services Worker program where she served as Vice President of Thames Students Inc. and was the recipient of the President’s Medal, DSW Leadership Award, and CSA Regional Advocacy Award for her work raising awareness in accessibility on campus, students of all abilities, and challenging mental health stigma. Now, in addition to her Executive Director role at Abode Respite Services Inc., Heather is a member of the Developmental Services Worker Program Advisory Committee (PAC) at St.Clair College. Heather is a dog enthusiast and loves potatoes of any variety. Heather believes the key to happiness is through human connection, lots of laughing, and coffee. 

Ashley Lamont- Executive Grants and Funding Coordinator

Ashley graduated from Psychology and Disability Studies at the University of Windsor in April, 2019. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Education degree with the hopes of being a teacher in the primary/junior division. She works in the Student Accessibility Services department at the University of Windsor and at Carrots N’ Dates on weekends. Ashley is very passionate about advocating with people who live with a disability for accessibility, rights, and respect. She is excited to be a cat mom in the future.

Tyler Knight- Executive Volunteer Coordinator

Tyler Knight is a Registered Practical Nurse with experience working in acute care settings, community care settings and family practice. Tyler is fueled by his passion for helping and motivating others. He considers himself an “over achiever” eager to build upon his career and also be involved in his community. 

Outside of working as a Nurse, Tyler is in pursuit of becoming a Police Constable in the province of Ontario.

When Tyler is not working or chasing his goals, he enjoys physical fitness, volleyball, basketball, golf and being inclusive in his community. Tyler is the oldest of five siblings which has helped teach him how to be a good role model for others. Tyler wants to help spread the movement with Abode to allow people of all abilities the opportunity to break through any barriers in our community.

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it” – Michael Jordan.


Adrian Deschamps- Ability Project Coordinator

Adrian has a passion for facilitating the creative growth in people of all abilities; and also works in the fields of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Community Integration Education. His educational background consists of an Educational Support (E.A.) diploma from St. Clair College, and a bachelor’s degree in Disability Studies and Psychology from the University of Windsor. Adrian is a co-founder of Half Step Away, a social enterprise corporation that embraces creativity and provides a personalized approach to music to people of all abilities. Adrian has a habit of breaking into song at random moments, and will always encourage others to join!