B1 – 90 Garry St. Winnipeg, MB R3C 4H1 - Phone: (204) 478-6644, Fax: 204-478-6677 - info@indep.ca

The Team

Victor Andres

Kathleen Moore

Lisa Borchert

Matthew Benedet

 Camille Benedet

Rebecca Harasym

Heather Howdle

Rebecca Harasym
Admin Assistant
Telephone: 204-478-6644
Fax: 204-478-6677

Rebecca Harasym came to Independence Inc. with valued experience both in the public healthcare system as well as the commercial sector. As the Administrative Assistant for Independence Inc., Rebecca is responsible for providing administrative and clerical services in order to ensure ongoing effective and efficient operations for staff and customers alike. The utmost professional, Rebecca has proven herself to be an integral member of the growing team at Independence Inc. Please feel free to contact Rebecca at any time with any questions or concerns.

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Kathleen Moore, RRP, B.A
Rehabilitation Consultant/PGAP Clinician/Clinical Care Manager

Telephone: 204-474-2666
Cell: 204-471-2569
Email: kathleen@indep.ca

Kathleen is a Registered Rehabilitation Professional with the Vocational Rehabilitation Association Canada (VRA). Her educational background focuses on conflict resolution, psychology, and adult education. She has:25+ years’ experience in the private rehabilitation sector

  • 33 years experience providing case management/crisis counselling in the public insurance sector
  • Providing rehabilitation services for a client population with the following disabilities: physical, psychological/psychiatric, traumatic brain injury, developmental and learning
  • Experience working with clients in crisis (i.e., suicidal or threatening)
  • Through the Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP) assisting individuals in resuming their participation in activities that once gave their life a sense of meaning and purpose
  • Cost effective, time conscious and goal oriented rehabilitation plans
  • Return to work planning and facilitation
  • Mediation & Conciliation as party of a return to work plan
  • Vocational rehabilitation assessments
  • Employment/career counselling
  • Job search assistance
  • Resume preparation & interview coaching
  • Work experiences, employability assessments, job shadows and informational interviews

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Lisa Borchert, B.A., RVP
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant / PGAP Clinician

Telephone: 204-474-2977
Cell: 204-471-2736

Email: lisa@indep.ca

Lisa is a Registered Vocational Professional (RVP) through the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada. (VRA).   She is a professional Career and Employment Counselor with 19 years’ experience coaching diverse individuals moving into meaningful employment.   Lisa is now certified as a PGAP Clinician.

Lisa maintains a strong focus on the client; overcoming barriers and creating work/life solutions to assist clients in moving forward.  Lisa has extensive experience providing the following services:

  • Vocational Assessments
  • Transferable Skills Analysis / Labour Market Reports
  • Return to Work planning / Career Exploration / Career Development
  • Arranging / Monitoring volunteer and work placements
  • Developing job search strategies / supporting clients through the job search process
  • Employment maintenance and transition support
  • Creating effective resumes and cover letters

A Certified Trainer and Instructor, Lisa is an Instructor in computer and job search classes through the Winnipeg School Division Continuing Education.   Lisa has written and trained courses in business management, life skills, computer skills and industry-specific skills.  As a workshop facilitator, her seminars have included job search, interview skills, skills analysis and interactive women’s self-esteem seminars.

Continuing education / certification includes the U of W Professional Leadership and Development program, Adult Learning and Literacy and Conflict Resolution. A double Bachelor’s degree in English and History provide a strong background in writing and research.   Lisa is the past President of VRA Canada Manitoba Society and a past member of the VRA Canada Executive Council.

We look forward to Lisa assisting your clients in the vocational rehabilitation process.

Lisa will travel throughout Manitoba for in-person client services, and also provides services by email, toll-free telephone or Skype.

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Heather Howdle, BMRPT, MPT

Rehabilitation Consultant


PGAP Clinician

36 Main St., Erickson, MB   ROJ OPO

Telephone: 204-650-0557

Email: heather@indep.ca

Heather is a registered Physiotherapist with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba, and a member of the Manitoba and Canadian Physiotherapy Associations. She has 25+ years of experience as a physiotherapist and medical rehabilitation consultant.

Her experience focusses on the whole person and identifying the cause of an issue with the goal of self-management and independence. She works well with the whole health care team. Heather has significant experience in the non-profit, academic, insurance, public and private health care sectors. Services include but are not limited to:

  • Return to Work Planning
  • Case Management
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)
  • Rehabilitation Consulting
  • Physiotherapy Treatment
  • Acupuncture integrated with Active exercise therapy
  • Acute and Chronic Pain Management and Education
  • Post-operative Joint Replacement Rehabilitation
  • Independent Physical Examinations
  • Permanent Impairment Assessments
  • Functional Job Demand Level Evaluations

Heather is well known in the community for providing effective strategies and creative solutions enhancing client satisfaction and outcomes.

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Matthew Benedet, O.T. Reg. (MB)

Rehabilitation Consultant/PGAP Clinician

Telephone: 204-474-1660
Email: matthew@indep.ca

Matthew is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

Matthew graduated from the University of Manitoba and has experience in occupational assessments, return to work and rehabilitation.

As a member of the Independence Inc. team, Matthew is taking referrals for:

  • Ergonomic Assessments
  • Personal Care Assessments
  • Physical Demands Analysis
  • Return to Work Planning
  • Permanent Impairment Assessments
  • Progressive Goal Attainment Program (PGAP)

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Camille Benedet, O.T. Reg. (MB)

Occupational Therapist

Phone: 204-474-2910

Email: camille@indep.ca

Camille is an Occupational Therapist registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Manitoba and the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.

She has experience with: orthopedics, cognitive assessment, functional assessment, home assessment, rehabilitation, discharge planning, and chronic pain management.

Camille is able to provide:

  • personal care assessments
  • home assessments
  • permanent impairment assessments
  • worksite assessments
  • ergonomics assessments
  • return to work planning

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Victor Andres, RN BN
President & Founder

Rehab Consultant

PGAP Clinician

Telephone: 204-474-2228
Cell: 204-471-5668
Email: victor@indep.ca

As President of Independence Incorporated, Victor maintains an active and varied caseload, assisting clients with the management of complex medical, rehabilitation and return to work issues. Services delivered include:

  • counselling individuals as they adjust to disabilities and the resulting impact on their ability and/or inability to work
  • coordination of programs of rehabilitation including arranging specialized assessments, and facilitating the resulting recommendations
  • consensus and team building amongst key stakeholders in the return to work process, including employees, employers, care providers and insurers

Over the past 26 years as a Registered Nurse, Victor has become well known in the community for his client focused and comprehensive approach to disability case management. He brings a unique perspective and ability to assess and remove barriers to recovery and return to work plans. This includes facilitating a wide range of return to work scenarios despite inherently complex rehabilitation challenges. Services provided in English and Victor is also fluent in Spanish.

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