Donelda Laing

Co-creator and co-facilitator of the Let Your Light Shine program, Donelda provides an insightful and organized perspective to the team.

A passion for being with horses has opened the door to participating in and contributing to the equine assisted learning and personal development programs at Emerge Equine.

Having completed the formal certification as an Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach with Emerge Equine, as well as the required practical hours, Donelda is now available to work with and support individuals, couples and families as they navigate life. She specializes in trauma recovery for women and teens.

Donelda with Roy

With a Masters Degree in Social Work, Donelda brings a wealth of knowledge in program development and facilitation. Her experience lies in the areas of

  • Suicide intervention
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Victim services, grief, and loss counselling
  • Working with adult victims of sexual assault as a child
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Personality Dimensions/True Colours
  • Strengths Finder
  • Community development
  • Appreciative Inquiry facilitator and trainer
  • Working with the homeless population
  • Emergency management
  • Community development
  • Proposal writing
  • Community & public sector engagement
  • Leadership and development courses at the college level
  • Standard Operating Procedures for Isolation Facilities – working collaboratively with various First Nations to explore and develop isolation facilities for vulnerable individuals and families

Passionate about social justice and the development of strong systems to support people, Donelda’s knowledge, skill and experience in Emergency Management, Emergency Social Services, community development and program development have enabled her to expand her horizons and help build stronger communities.


2012 Award of Merit – Family and Community Support Services of Alberta – FCSSAA

2009 Award of Excellence – Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators

2006 Chancellor’s Award – Award for highest achievement in cohort; Royal Roads University

2006 Celebrating Northern Women