Our Team

Get to Know Us

Get to know the team behind Branch Out Learning and Behaviour Therapy!
Collaborating, working and growing together since 2013 the Branch Out Team has built a reputation based on providing exceptional quality of service and support through creative, community minded programming for families in the East Kootenays. There is a talented group of special people who are dedicated and passionate about the success of each child and family.
Read all about the team, and feel free to get in touch with additional questions.

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Simone Bourassa

Behaviour Consultant, Clinical Adviser

Over 15 years experience working with individuals with challenging behaviour, Autism Spectrum disorder or developmental disabilities. Collaborating with families, communities and professional team members Simone has an undeniable passion for supporting people. Simone's education in psychology/neuro-science (B.A. Psych) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (M.A.) provides the foundation of the Branch-Out program.

Registered Autism Service Provider (RASP),

Behaviour Consultant,

Clinical Adviser.

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Brenna Traverse

Senior Behaviour Interventionist-Elk Valley

Brenna brings an amazing energy and valuable, diverse variety of experience to the Branch-Out team.

ECE assistant, former pre-school teacher, Douglas College Behaviour Intervention Certificate graduate. Brenna's passion is in working with children, families, and communities.

Elk Valley Senior Behaviour Interventionist Brenna is a shining leader for staff and invaluable support for families.

Senior Behaviour Interventionist-Elk Valley

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Cari Munro

Behaviour Interventionist

Cari lives for creating creative ways to work toward goals for children. 

With an undergraduate degree in Science majoring in kinesiology, Cari is passionate about building learning into movement and other creative avenues. With 7 years experience working with children and youth, Cari's enthusiasm and creativity weaves itself into learning goals, one-one or group sessions. She brings a unique and valuable skill to the Branch out team.

 We are so happy to have Cari on our team! She is constantly feeding the Branch Out team with creativity, enthusiasm, dedication and ingenuity! 

Behaviour Interventionist, Elk Valley

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Shelley Bennett

Behaviour Interventionist

Shelley is a ray of sunshine within the Branch Out team!

With a degree in psychology and a grad diploma in health sciences. Shelley is passionate about helping others and making a positive impact on those that she works with. With infectious positivity Shelley is inspired and  enthusiastic about education and working with young people to help and guide them achieve their up most potential. 

Shelley brings a fun, kind hearted nature to Branch Out, along with a passion to creatively work toward individuals goals. Her love for the outdoors and nature is also something she incorporates into her role at Branch Out, to help individuals learn and grow outside. 

Behaviour Interventionist- Elk Valley

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Cathy Zwicker

Behaviour Interventionist

Cathy joined the Branch Out team in March 2021.

Although she is one of our newest team members Cathy's passion and enthusiasm settles her in to Branch Out perfectly!

Cathy is a current Masters of Counselling student, finishing up her final practicum in the Elk Valley. Her passion for getting out, being active and working with children and youth has been a large part of life for Cathy, having spent the majority of her life volunteering and coaching swimming for Special Olympics.

Cathy is very excited to combine her passion and education at Branch Out Learning Therapy!

Cathy feels Branch Out has been the best part of moving to the Elk Valley and we are SO lucky to have her on the Branch out team!

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Want to learn more about the amazing team behind East Kootenay Behaviour Intervention Program? Get in touch, we’re always happy to hear from our families and community members