Dr. Alex Hillyard has worked and studied in the field of Human Services for 45 years, retiring from public service in 2018. Alex has an undergraduate and master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta.
During his career Alex has had frontline and senior executive leadership positions working across the lifespan from infant and preschool intervention programs to public education and adult services. The first 25 years involved infant and preschool intervention, mental health services, and public education. The last 20 years were spent with disability services in positions as Chief Executive Officer for the North East Alberta Community Board (1998 – 2005), and the Calgary Region Community Board for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (2005 – 2014), and as Regional Director, Disability Services, Calgary Region (2014-2018).
The core of Alex’s passion has been to help build the capacity of communities and family/social networks to support children, adolescents, and adults to have a meaningful life. Alex has served on advisory committees for the Community Rehabilitation Programs at Grant MacEwan University (Edmonton), University of Calgary, and Mount Royal University (Calgary). Alex has received awards of recognition and appreciation from parent groups, service providers/organizations and was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service.
Alex is the proud father of four children and lives in Calgary with wife Judy Lloyd who together feel blessed to have two grandchildren.