Weekend Staff

Natalie Duitschaever


I joined Friends of the Family in 2014 after I completed my undergrad in Biology at The University of Guelph. I have experience working in Senior Day Programs.

I bring friendly demeanour and encouraging attitude to each visit and shape the visit to suit the client's needs. I have G & A training as well as Montessori Methods.

Working with older adults is a passion of mine and Friends of the Family fills a unique niche, community connection and therapeutic recreation, so important to the holistic care approach. 

Julie Mason



Julia Pfeiffer

Julia Pfeiffer

I have been with Friends of the Family since 2014. I have an undergraduate degree in Adult Development and experience working in recreational day programs for seniors.

I truly understand and value the importance of socialization and stimulation through daily or weekly visits.

I love working within my community and creating relationships with my many clients. 

Emily Poirier


I joined Friends of the Family in 2016. I have a Bachelor’s in Sociology from University of Guelph.

I wanted to work with Seniors because I strongly believe in respecting and taking care of our Elders.

I also grew passionate because of my grandfather who suffered from Alzheimers. Our family was supported immensely by his companion, who spent a lot of time by his side. 

Paula Shepard

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Paula has achieved her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as her Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Gerontology from the University of Guelph. Paula has obtained a wide variety of training over the years including supportive conversation for individuals with aphasia and extensive knowledge in working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries.

Paula has been a "Guelphite" for 14 years and greatly enjoys all that this city has to offer. Paula's many creative hobbies include crocheting, writing, painting/drawing, gardening, cooking, card making and much more!