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Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.

Hülpr can create a unique care plan to support your needs. At its core, Hülpr values and prioritizes client-centred services, personal autonomy, and dignity for all people. We believe that everyone deserves respect and dignity, no matter their abilities or circumstances.

 

Our Team

Collectively, all of the co-founders at Hülpr have experienced different challenges associated with being a caregiver. Our personal experiences and research have illuminated gaps in current service provider models for two of Canada’s vulnerable populations: older adults and people with developmental challenges.

Virginia Yendt

Driver and Accompaniment

Hi I am Virginia.  Over 15 years ago, after completing my Master In Science of Teaching Elementary, I was teaching in Kingston…

Sierra Lewis

Driver, Accompaniment, & Behavioural Therapist

Hi, I’m Sierra and I have over 11 years experience providing rehabilitation, education, behavioural and community supports for a wide…

Sugosha Ganju

Research and Technological Development

Hi, I am Sugosha and am currently pursuing my masters at Queen’s University in International Business.

Coming from India, community & culture have always played a very important role in my
upbringing. Growing up, I have been part of multiple social & environmental ventures and It gives me
immense happiness to help others grow.

Brett Goodwin, RN

Driver and Accompaniment

Brett has been a Kingston over 40 years. Went to local high school and the army reserve regiment. Brett graduated…

Ken O’Hara, RN

Transportation & Personal Support

Hi. I’m Ken. I’m a retired nurse with 11 years experience caring for clients and supporting those in need. I am a strong patient advocate and someone who is passionate about providing client care with an emphasis on independence, dignity and respect. I am here to support caregivers and their loved ones and happy to assist with transportation needs.

Elleigha Crosby

Respite and Personal Support

I have always had a huge interest in helping others and giving back to my community. I am more than excited to join the team and delve into learning more about those with special needs and providing quality care.

Annie Campbell

Retired Nurse, Driver and Accompaniment

I’m a retired Chronic Disease Management Nurse in the Rural Kingston Family Health Organization and I love giving back to…

Megan Stover

Driver, Accompaniment, Nursing Student

Hi I’m Megan and I am currently working towards my bachelor of science in nursing degree. I was born and…

Katie Rybka, PSW

Driver, Accompaniment, PSW, Professional House Cleaner

There is nothing greater than helping people in need.  My passion has always been to do my best in providing…

Tim O’Hara, RN

Co-founder and CEO

The idea of Hulpr was born from my experience with the gaps in the current health system. I was motivated to create a more innovative method for finding passionate service providers and connecting them with caregivers and clients.

Jonathan Ladha

Co-founder, COO, & Certified Professional Consultant on Aging®

Why does it seem like older adults and people with developmental challenges have to take part in a parallel society…

Lauren McIvor

Writer and Researcher

I was intensively studying the autism spectrum research because I wanted to learn how to provide better services for some of my own clients. Tim told me about his idea for Hülpr and I just found it so fascinating!

Dr. Yolanda Fernandez

Advisor

With over 20 years experience dealing with vulnerable sector populations, I feel confident and proud to be assisting with this initiative.
I’m passionate about inclusiveness and…

We are on a mission.

We are on a mission.

Older adults, often referred to as our greatest generation, want to maintain their independence. Most do not want to be “cared for” in a traditional sense, nor do they want to move to long-term care facilities unless necessary. Our service providers are like a caring neighbour in their community, rather than just another name on an appointment slip. Our preference is to hire local and recently retired people from noble professions (e.g., nurses, first responders) who are passionate about helping others. Hiring people with lived experience and helping backgrounds helps to foster connectedness and trust.

Our longer-term vision is to develop and operate specially designed communities for these groups to live and thrive in; places where all are welcome and encouraged to reach their greatest potential. Whether this means operating businesses or just enjoying leisure time, our goal is to build a society in which people from vulnerable populations are actively living and contributing to their community and taking charge of their own health.  We are developing a pro-active, non-intrusive support system that promotes independence and autonomy through technology that was designed to prevent significant health events and send real-time updates to their remote care team and loved ones.  Helping people live longer, healthier lives in their own home while reducing the need for traditional in-home supports.