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, BC Council for Families, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture, Inclusion BC and Autism Canada. Jake also sat on the City of Burnaby Access Advisory Committee for six years and is a past member and chair of the TransLink Access Transit Users’ Advisory Committee.
In December 2018, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Community Living BC by The Honourable Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. 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.
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.
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.
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”.
Geri has worked with people with various abilities for over 30 years: as an Executive Director of a therapeutic leisure program for adults with physical disabilities; and currently with a lower mainland municipality in the areas of inclusion, diversity and community connectedness. She is also a sessional instructor and practicum supervisor at Douglas College Therapeutic Recreation program.
Geri joined the PLAN Board to broaden her knowledge of issues that affect people with disabilities participating in community recreation and how to increase access. “I am looking forward to working and learning from PLAN about how we can make our communities more accessible and inclusive. Hopefully I can share my knowledge and give back in some way.”
Laney joined the PLAN Board of Directors in September 2017 after attending our AGM with her Godson, Jake, and wanting to be of service to PLAN. Laney has 25 years of Financial Planning experience and specialized service knowledge of RDSPs, charity giving and estate planning.
In addition to continuous professional learning, her volunteer role with PLAN and her support role in Jake's life, Laney enjoys yoga, meditation and spending time with her Portuguese Water Dog, Bentley.
Sharon has contributed to PLAN in many ways over the past 14 years, including as a Mentor, Advocate, Committee Member, and now as Board Member since September 2018. She is a retired registered social worker (RSW) who focussed on the field of mental health and wellness for much of her career. She is also a well known advocate for family leadership in our communities, and has served on Boards for a number of family driven organizations over the years.
Sharon and her sister are committed to PLAN because they believe in the mission and values that inspire our work to support people with disabilities to live good lives in the community, and also to help families make plans to secure the future for their loved ones.
In Sharon’s own words: “Serving on PLAN’s Board of Directors is one small part of ensuring that a good life is within everyone’s reach.”
Janet's career in supporting people with disabilities began in the early 90’s with a four-year term as volunteer President of the Surrey Chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association where her team built a strong relationship with the school district. This was followed with four years employment with LDABC, the provincial office. During this time Janet was the Parent Support person and delivered educational workshops to parents, educators, social workers, university graduates and adult consumers. Years later she was on the Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta and their representative to the National office, the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada.
Janet enjoyed a successful career as an employment counsellor: developing and delivering personal development/life skills and employment programs. Working with the unemployed simply reinforced her understanding of the needs of people with invisible disabilities, as over 60% of her clients had diagnosed or undiagnosed learning disabilities, ADHD and/or mental health issues.
In addition to the many ways Wendy has contributed to our organization over the past five years, she is also a loving sister to Wendy, who has been a longtime PLAN Member.
Dallas is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA and holds B.Ed, M.Ed., and Ed.D
degrees from the University of British Columbia. Now retired, he was a professional performer and arranger for a number of years, and spent more than 20 years as a teacher in the B.C. public school system and as a sessional instructor at the University of British Columbia, frequently guest conducting local groups and serving as adjudicator for both traditional and jazz festivals.
Along with his wife and daughter, Dallas has contributed to PLAN in many ways over the years, most recently joining our Board of Directors in September 2018. He also currently serves as principal clarinet and assistant conductor with the Vancouver Concert Band and as president of his daughter’s Microboard, the Queen of Nature Society.