Make it yours – a meaningful career with Community Living Huntsville

A smiling woman in a wide-brimmed hat and red T-shirt takes a selfie at at a community festival with a woman in a ball cap, face mask and blue jacket.

Stacey (left) and Heidi enjoy a festival in downtown Huntsville. Heidi says she loves supporting people as a Direct Support Professional with Community Living Huntsville to experience their community, build connections, and achieve their goals. Photo by Community Living Huntsville.

Heidi Collings decided to launch into a new career in Developmental Services with Community Living Huntsville in 2021.

“I felt it was an opportunity to use all my skills,” says Collings, whose background is in therapeutic recreation. “It has been a really positive experience for me.”

As a Direct Support Professional with the not-for-profit organization’s Community Participation team, she supports people with developmental disabilities to pursue recreational, social, employment, and volunteer opportunities, and strengthen their community connections, based on their interests and goals.

Each day she champions people’s choice and inclusion to build a stronger community. And she does that as part of a team that works collaboratively to support people to live their best lives.

“If you enjoy helping people, and you like building relationships and making a difference in someone’s life, I think it’s a great opportunity,” says Collings. “It’s a very rewarding job.”

A smiling woman in a blue top poses for a photo outdoors. There are trees with green leaves behind her.

Heidi Collings says working as a Direct Support Professional with Community Living Huntsville is an exciting and rewarding career. Photo by Community Living Huntsville.

Amber Gordon made the same decision roughly 17 years ago and discovered not only a passion for person-directed support and community building, but also opportunities for career growth. First a Direct Support Professional, her career path led her to Facilitator, Person-Directed Principles, then to Supervisor, Supported Living, before now leading the Supported Living team as Manager, Supports and Services.

She remains passionate and says it is exciting to work for a progressive organization that always strives to discover new and innovative ways to support community members to work toward their goals and dreams.

“What keeps me doing this work is seeing the results – people supported creating meaningful lives in the community they live in, making new friends, finding new interests, and living lives where they are the decision makers,” says Gordon.

Are you looking for an exciting career that matters? Share your unique talents as a champion of choice and inclusion in a rewarding career with Community Living Huntsville.

The organization offers competitive pay, employer-paid benefits, ongoing training and professional development opportunities, a robust employee and family assistance program, and more, in a positive team environment.

Community Living Huntsville supports and advocates alongside more than 300 people with developmental disabilities, and their families, in North Muskoka through its Children and Youth Services, Community Participation, Supported Independent Living, Supported Living, and Supported Employment teams.

Visit to view current career opportunities and apply today. Contact our Careers team at or 705-783-1816 for more information.

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