Board of Directors
Ted Kuntz, Chair
Ted is a parent, author, and a psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. Ted has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and more than 25 years of clinical experience. Ted and his family became one of PLAN’s youngest Lifetime Members when they joined PLAN in the 1990’s and over the years Ted has been an active member of PLAN facilitating many workshops and retreats, and making a regular contribution to PLAN’s newsletter. Ted is the author of Peace Begins With Me, and Making Peace With the Future. Ted is a previous Board Chair of PLAN and PLAN Institute and is once again the Chair of the Board of Directors of PLAN.
Pat’s title in no way fully describes her incredible contribution to families not only in PLAN but also throughout the province of BC. Pat has years of experience supporting and advocating for and with families. Her warm manner and strong listening skills are greatly appreciated by all of us at PLAN. Now retired, Pat has provided family support, conducted PLAN orientations, facilitated will and estate workshops and trained PLAN facilitators. Pat and her husband Ric have four children. They are Lifetime Members of PLAN who support their daughter Erin, now a young woman, to live a meaningful life, with a personal network and individualized staffing through a “Microboard”.
Gail is a longtime member of PLAN and she is grateful for her family’s involvement over the years. Her sister and brother are PLAN Lifetime Members. She was introduced to the vision and values that PLAN is based on at one of the Wills and Estates workshops that Jack Collins, a PLAN founder, provided to families throughout B.C. As an family member, the solid philosophy behind PLAN resonated with her immediately. She later joined the Board of PLAN along with two other longtime members, Beryl Sawyer and Susan Whittaker. PLAN has grown and changed, and will continue to change, but it’s core values and vision remain as the foundation of it’s work. Currently, Gail is Chair of the Lifetime Members Committee. She remains committed to working with others to create new options for individuals with disabilities and their families.
Marty is a Lifetime Member of PLAN. He is also the parent of two sons, Michael and Stefan. It is his concern for Michael, which first compelled him to serve as a PLAN board member during its formative years. Over the years, Marty and his wife Jackie (now deceased) worked tirelessly (both individually and as members of various boards/committees) to advance the concept of integration and inclusion of people with disabilities. The Michael Wittman Society for Autonomy, a micro board, is an example of this continuing philosophy.
He was a long-serving Association Board member at The Centre for Ability (CFA). In the private sector, Marty was involved in a number of enterprises; he founded and was Director of a private post-secondary college (Metro College) until his retirement. During those years he served on several industry and provincial governing boards.
For about 35 years, Marty taught part-time/full-time at Capilano University/ College in the School of Communication. He just recently retired and is looking forward to spending more time with family and assisting PLAN in achieving its objectives.
Cathy is a proud parent of 2 adult children. Through her son Joshua, Cathy and her family became lifetime members of PLAN in the mid 90’s. Cathy is also a lifetime member of the Family Support Institute where she has served as a board member, an employee and a resource parent volunteer for over 25 years.
Cathy feels blessed for the opportunities she has had over the last 30 years to be in connection with and learn from many families and their sons and daughters with disabilities, both through her personal experience and professionally in her career in family support and advocacy. She enjoys facilitating workshops and doing presentations and has volunteered extensively, both locally and at the provincial level. Cathy holds a deep passion for issues related to families and their family members and embraces the vision of people living rich, meaningful, inclusive lives, circled by the love of family and friends.
Bosang is an Executive Director of Here and Now Community Society, a non- profit organization helping individuals with disabilities and their families. He wants to apply PLAN’s model to Korean community in Vancouver and spread it to other Korean communities as well. Prior to this position, he worked at Korea Telecom for 20 years in the areas of Strategic Planning and Marketing Strategy. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University. He was also involved in founding Besor Welfare Foundation, a non-profit organization for people with developmental disabilities in Korea, in 2008 and served as a board member until 2010.
Barb has many accomplishments: she is a founding member of BC People First (one of the first People First groups in the world). In 1995, Barb addressed the UN General Assembly (GA), becoming the first self-advocate to present to the GA. Furthermore, The EVE case back in the early ’80, where the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that developmentally disabled adults cannot be forcibly sterilized, is work that Barb is particularly proud of. She was also on the Editorial Committee for CLBC and contributed to their “Just say HI” campaign. In 2011 Barb published her memories A Goode Life and is currently working on the next edition.
Barb is a prolific presenter and workshop co-host for a variety of groups including, Spectrum Consulting, BC Representative of Children and Youth, ESATTA and as a voice for self advocate leadership, most recently on a webinar with Cornell University Citizen-Centred Leadership series.
Barb has also been on the Boards of BC People First, Inclusion BC, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), and International Inclusion.
Barb is a proud Aunt, and amazing friend, volunteer and choir member.
It is important to Barb that PLAN members meet and get to know each other socially. For everyone to be out in the community and “to be seen having fun and seen as people first and the label second”.
Lynette was a registered nurse and a registered psychiatric nurse (RN/PN). She worked in health care for over 35 years. She earned a BSCN in 1978, and a MScN in community health in 1993 and worked at Vancouver Community Health from 1993 until retirement in 2011.
Her volunteer work has included working with a middle-aged lady with MS that allowed her to stay home longer with her family, as a community volunteer for palliative care clients, and worked as a shift care nurse in homes when palliative care clients chose to die at home.
Her current focus is helping to expand her son Corey’s network. Lynette looks forward to being a contributing member with PLAN.
Jake has been an advocate for people with special needs, families and human rights for over a decade. He sits on a number of civic and provincial non-profit committees and Boards of Directors including the BC Council for Families Board of Directors, the City of Burnaby Access Advisory Committee and he is a Past Board Member and current Advocacy Committee Co-Chair for the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI). Jake is both excited and honoured to be bringing his passion for advocacy to the PLAN Board!
Stuart is a professional accountant (CPA) born and raised in East Vancouver who seeks to give forward to the community. Stuart believes in empowering people to meet or exceed their potential, as he regularly mentors accounting students and associates in his spare time. With the help of his wife, Stuart has successfully succeeded in raising his three children with passion and love for people. As Treasurer he looks forward to contribute to the future success of the organization.
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