E. Anne Macgregor
Founder & Vocational Rehabilitation Practitioner
I created bravework in late 2017 to service individuals, employers and insurance agencies by offering disability and vocational rehabilitation solutions with a focus on occupational wellness and thriving.
I've been providing Manitobans with vocational rehabilitation services to assist with their return to work after job loss, injury or illness since 2007. My experience has been a combination of public and private practice.
I am skilled in working with clients with functional, psychological, cognitive and emotional and health impairments. We work together to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining or returning to employment, to a position in the community and/or to the quality of life. I am a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional #1169 (College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals), Registered Rehabilitation Professional (Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada), hold a Bachelors of Human Ecology with a minor in Commerce, Certifications in Career & Employment Coaching, Rehabilitation Case Management, Motivational Interviewing, ASIST and others. In 2022, I was elected as the President of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Manitoba.
The key to my passion for the field has been exploring and discovering new ways of working with clients. In 2018,
I completed a certification in Applied Positive Psychology to access additional tools and interventions for working with clients to break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. Special PERMA-V (Positivity, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Achievement, Vitality) interests include applications of neuroplasticity, post-traumatic growth, growth mindset and character strengths. I am also certified as a Bounce Back Better (B³)® trainer, offering individualized and group programs for building mental, physical, emotional and social resilience.
The pursuit of vitality has been one of my lifelong passions; I've held certifications in Group Fitness and Resistance Training from the Manitoba Fitness Council since 2002. In addition, I am a committed volunteer in my community. As a cancer survivor, I am honoured to be a Speaker for the Terry Fox Run.
*Signature Strengths are Curiosity, Hope, Fairness, Social Intelligence and Zest.
Karen Sablowsky, Vocational Counsellor
After several years of working in health care and in graphic arts, Karen was inspired to make a career change and enrolled in university. In 2018 she obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Manitoba. A self-described lifelong learner, she is a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional (CVRP) with the College of Vocational Professionals and has certification as a Resume Strategist from the Career Professionals of Canada. Highly skilled and empathetic, Karen brings six years of counselling and employment support experience and eight years of experience working with people with disabilities.
This, combined with her mission to equip others with resources and motivation, Karen has empowered many clients to manage their mental health and disabilities and thrive in vocational wellness.
*Signature Strengths are Humour, Curiosity, Kindness, Honesty, and Love.
Don Bruin, Vocational Rehabilitation Professional
Don graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph in 1984. He has worked as a Vocational Evaluator since 2003. He is a member of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (Registration # 3492) and holds the Registered Rehabilitation Professional (RRP) designation. He is also a member of the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals (Registration # 347) and has achieved the Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional credential.
Don is certified to administer and interpret the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). His training and qualifications enable him to assess an individual’s potential for employment and opine on an individual’s employment capabilities and the vocational implications of a medical impairment.
Don administers, scores, and interprets vocational psychometric tests, and systematically assesses an individual’s worker traits, such as vocational aptitudes, interests, functional abilities, academic competencies, and employment and training potential. He has prepared reports for insurance companies, Workers Compensation Boards, Veterans Affairs Canada and legal firms. His primary areas of practice and expertise include Vocational Assessments and Evaluations, Transferable Skills Analysis, Labour Market Surveys, Employment Readiness, Return to Work Plans, Occupational Profile Analysis and Vocational/Rehab Counselling.
* Signature Strengths are Curiosity, Honesty, Love of Learning, Humor and Gratitude.
Jenna Edwards, Counsellor
Jenna has close to a decade of experience working as a Counsellor with adults in mental health. She completed her Bachelor of Social Work in 2014 and has recently completed her Masters of Social Work.
Jenna also has strong case management skills for working with clients in return to work plans. Her tailored approach in rehabilitation counselling involves psycho-social education, affect regulation, behavioural activation, cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, self-compassion, and solution-focused therapies.
Jenna has completed Flash Technique training - a minimally intrusive intervention that does not require the client to consciously engage with the traumatic memory; and Rewind Technique training to assist clients experiencing PTSD and trauma that underlies many other psychological problems.
She is client-centred, collaborating on therapy to ensure the best fit for each individual. Experienced as a Trauma Informed Practitioner, Jenna supports and empowers her clients to achieve therapeutic goals.
*Signature Strengths are Perspective, Social intelligence, Fairness, Love and Curiosity.
Chris Curle, Employment Specialist & Research Analyst
Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brandon University as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Curious by nature, Chris brings to bravework diverse professional experience including a background in human resources, executive coaching, medical sales, health education and digital marketing.
Chris is highly resourceful and skilled at performing labour market research to access hidden job markets. She is passionate about supporting clients in their pursuit of meaningful work.
Chris prioritizes professional growth and is continuously improving her career development skills by seeking out learning and networking opportunities. She is with currently pursuing designation as a Registered Vocational Professional with VRA Canada.
*Signature Strengths: Perspective, Perseverance, Hope, Love of learning and Self-regulation.