ABOUT SPEC Association For Children & Families


Established in 1978, the SPEC Association for Children & Families, began as a fee-for-service program with Alberta Social Services and Community Health. Since SPEC’s incorporation in 1979, the programs have continued to grow and offer services for children and families under the guidance and leadership of dedicated board members, staff, and volunteers.

SPEC is focused on the positive development of kids by providing a continuum of services from early intervention (prevention) to high intervention during crisis. By providing family support services, SPEC continues to focus on a variety of preventive and educational programs that promotes a caring and committed community where kids are resilient and valued.


A strong and resilient community


Engaging families and community in the well being of children and youth


Our work is guided by honesty, integrity, transparency, open communication and ethical conduct.

SPEC values all people as individuals who will be treated with dignity in an environment that is open-minded and non-judgmental.

We value encouraging the development of self-reliance and resiliency through support and advocacy.

We value quality services delivered with integrity and best practice.

At SPEC, we promise to honour the trust of people we serve and respect their privacy in our services, within our professional code of ethics.

SPEC strives to provide services with minimal barriers to participation.

We value building relationships with other agencies, programs and resources in the community to better serve children and families.


We believe children and families:

Have a right to:

• Well-being

• Be safe

• Be heard

• Have hope

• Be informed

• Have the capacity to change

• Need positive, healthy relationships

We believe in being a vital part of our local,
regional, and provincial communities.




Click to view our 2018-2019 Annual Report



Click to view our 2017-2018 Annual Report


Roberta Rogers


I have lived in Brooks for almost 40 years. I spent the bulk of my 35+ year career working in the Addictions field before becoming the Clinical Supervisor for Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health. I retired from that position in February 2017.
I was raised on a farm outside Lethbridge and come from a close knit family. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Lethbridge; a Master of Education Degree specializing in Adult and Community Education from the University of Calgary and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Robert Kennedy College in Zurich Switzerland.
I hope by sharing some of my background you can see I believe in lifelong learning and the importance of family and community in helping support people be healthy.
I have joined the SPEC board because I think this organization shares these same values and as an organization SPEC continues to grow and evolve.
I look forward to meeting and working with all the staff and members of the community in my new role.

Misty Weich


Our newest Board member. . . Welcome Misty!
I have lived in Brooks for about 15 years now. I enjoy volunteering and helping out. I have volunteered in various local charities including church. I look forward to working with the staff and other volunteers

Pamala Hauser


I moved from Edmonton in 2005 and began my teaching career in Brooks. I taught at Holy Family Academy until 2013 and then transferred to St. Joseph’s Collegiate where I currently teach. I am an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and have one child currently studying Political Science in University.
I am excited to be part of the SPEC community and look forward to meeting the people who run this organization! I am the newest Board member and currently Secretary of the Board and a member of the Fund Development Committee.

Amy Dyck


I grew up in Brooks and still live in the area along with my husband and our three kids. I have a heart for the community, its vitality and reliance and have volunteered in various capacities over the years in various local charities including church, health care, community events, youth outreach, and woman’s organizations. I am very pleased and excited to be a part of the SPEC board of directors. I bring strong marketing and communication experience to the board and very much look forward to being a part of the exciting direction and plans that SPEC is bringing to fruition.

Levi Fernell


I'm 29 and have been fortunate to have had many unique life experiences over that time. At 20, my daughter being born caused me to grow up fast. The drive to provide for a young family pushed me towards a successful oilfield career. At 23, I started and operated my own oilfield service company in North Dakota. At 25, I sold my business. I spent time with my daughter then travelled the world. Since 26, I've worked as a manager at JBS Lakeside Feeders. I look forward to sharing what I've learned as an entrepreneur, manager, and father as a SPEC Association Board Director.

Matthew Hill


I grew up in a small rural community in Northumberland, UK. Following university I worked as a high school teacher in London, and met my wife who was originally from Brooks. I transitioned from teaching to entrepreneurship in 2011, building a successful specialist cleaning business before relocating to Brooks in 2017. I work for Community Futures Entre-Corp as the Small Business Advisor in Brooks. I enjoy the variety of work I do, and the range of people I get to meet. I am hopeful that I can bring my diverse skills and experience to the SPEC board.
I am proud to call Brooks home and I am committed to playing an active role within the community. SPEC plays such an important part in the lives of many residents and I am passionate about ensuring the continued health and success of the organization.

Maureen (Moe) Andruschak

Acting Executive Director

I joined the SPEC family in 2000 as a member of the newly created LINKS Community Information Centre program. Currently, I am the Director of Programs at SPEC, ensuring the safe development, implementation, management, and evaluation of SPEC programs, and provide direct supervision to the Program Managers. I ensure programs meet the needs of participants in accordance with adopted standards and established policies and procedures. As a member of the management team, the Director of Programs participates in strategic planning, policy development, agency communication, annual and on-going budgeting, problem-solving processes, and agency change management. My edcuation background is Social Work. I am a long-time community resident, mother of five adult children and am very proud to call Brooks home.

Carol Gill


I joined the LINKS team in 2010. Born and raised in piura-peru, I moved to Canada in 2010. My credentials are a BSc with a Major in Business Administration. I bring with me almost 20 years of experience in a senior leadership and executive management position. I have experience working with expansion projects with multi-disciplinary teams in a very dynamic and goal-oriented organization. My spoken languages are Spanish, English and French.

Jenelle Heckbert

PCAP (Parent and Child Assistance Program) Program Manager

My name is Jenelle Heckbert, I am the First Steps/PCAP Advocate at the SPEC Association in Brooks and County of Newell area. I have been working in the human service fields and social work fields for over five years now, with a background in marketing and business. I have enjoyed the challenges and skills I have acquired while working with people, and different diverse organizations which have made me passionate about helping people and their families be successful.
The First Steps program is designed for women who are pregnant or twelve months post pregnant who are struggling with substance issues. The program also supports women and their children who have suspected or confirmed Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The goals of the program are healthy stable families, with healthy babies being born with little to no exposure to drugs or alcohol.
Know someone who would be a good fit for the program? Don’t hesitate to call, we can meet and go from there.

SPEC Association’s phone number: 403.362.5056
First Steps/PCAP cell phone number: 403.363.4641

Tracey Harahus

Links Community Services Program Manager | Brooks & Region Makerspace Program Manager

Our newest Program Manager at SPEC - Welcome Tracey!