Cathy is a proud parent of two 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.
Jake has been an advocate for people with disabilities, families and human rights for over a decade. He has served on and continues to serve on numerous Boards/Committees for local and provincial non-profit organizations such as: Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, BC Council for Families, Inclusion BC and Autism Canada. He also sat on the City of Burnaby Access Advisory Committee for six years and is currently a member of the TransLink Access Transit Users' Advisory Committee. Jake has had the great pleasure of being on the PLAN Board of Directors since 2015.
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 the current Chair of Plan Institute.
Pat is a Lifetime Member of PLAN and she has a long history of making significant contributions to families not only within PLAN but also throughout the province of BC. She has years of experience supporting and advocating for and with families. Pat’s warm manner and strong listening skills are greatly appreciated by all. Throughout her tenure with PLAN, Pat has provided family support, trained personal support network members, conducted PLAN orientations, facilitated Wills, Trusts and Estate workshops as well as led Representation Agreement sessions. She also is a board member for the Vela Micoboard Association and has co-ordinated her daughters personal microboard for the past 19 years.
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.
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.
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.
Shelley's work in Community Living has gifted her with so many skills and countless friendships and relationships. In her own words, here's why she was inspired to join the PLAN Board for a few reasons:
"I have been watching with interest, the journey of development and rebirth that Tim, Rebecca and families are on, and felt that I might have a contribution to make. My work at Spectrum this past 5 years has cemented my belief that relationships are key in all people's lives. Without key relationships- without people who know, love and care about you - life can be isolated and downright unhealthy. I think that the values of PLAN and PLAN families shine through. There is nothing so beautiful as a parent asking "what more can happen for my son/daughter?" and "how can I know they will be all right when I am gone?"
"There is nothing so beautiful as the response of caring people who say- "let's figure this out together"