Maureen DeLandreville is a retired businesswoman who first became involved with the Disability Foundation as a sailor with the Disabled Sailing Association where she quickly realized that her days of sailing were not over. In addition, she volunteered to re-establish and expand the Boat Donation Program and successfully turned it into a major funding source. Maureen soon connected with and participated in additional accessible activities offered by the Societies. She brings to the Board her entrepreneurial experience, people skills and her passion for the Disability Foundation’s vision to empower and inspire people with physical disabilities to re-imagine what is possible.
Ryan Miller joined the Disability Foundation Board in 2019. Ryan has a background in finance and law and is currently working with a wealth management firm in Vancouver. He is passionate about the community and ensuring that organizations have a strong foundation and effect strategic vision for their operations. Given his past experience in disability planning, he was drawn to the Foundation and its affiliated societies for the positive impact it delivers to people in the community with physical disabilities.
Geoff Dodds is a Managing Partner and Personnel Partner at Buckley Dodds LLP. Geoff joined the board in 2020 and helps manage the financial reporting/operations of the Foundation and affiliated Societies.
Amney Amery is a media veteran in Vancouver. First in print media with the tourist publication Vancouver Guidelines, Amney moved into radio with CISL 650 before joining the powerhouse of Vancouver TV, BCTV. She has witnessed and experienced all the ownership changes that has characterized the media industry and retired from Global TV/Corus Entertainment in 2016. Throughout her career, Amney deservedly earned a reputation as one of the most respected client resources on the media advertising scene. She has served on various boards over the years, ranging from ABCOM, Vancouver AM Tourist Services Association and the Vancouver Youth Theatre. She has been on the Disability Foundation Board since 2018.
Member at Large
James Blake is the Senior Manager at the University Canada West. He has a higher education and coaching career advancement background, focusing on scholarships and financial aid. A community-focused leader in the downtown area, James hopes to increase the Disability Foundations event awareness in Vancouver and the lower mainland, British Columbia. He is inspired by the Foundation’s initiatives to improve accessibility for people with physical disabilities. James is excited to be part of a foundation that believes in impacting peoples’ lives through the gift of accessibility.
Member at Large
Peter Jefferson helped found the disabled sailing program through his support as Commodore of the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club for the members to purchase and donate a Sunbird for its fleet. Over time, and through his continued support of Sam Sullivan and hosting events to raise funds and increase awareness about the need to improve accessibility, the Foundation (originally known as the Reach Disability Foundation) was formalized and founded in 1996. He was Board Chair of the Foundation until 2014 and continues to be committed to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
Non-voting honorary member
Our founder, Sam Sullivan, wanted to rebuild his life following a high-level spinal cord injury. Over a 20-year period, Sam established seven non-profit groups offering opportunities to people with physical disabilities in Vancouver and across Canada. Sam found that his greatest strength was in bringing people together to create self-maintaining groups: people with disabilities who want to be more engaged, and volunteers and other supporters who want to make a difference.
And that’s what the Disability Foundation does to this day – supporting programs and services that provide opportunities for assistance, activities and social engagement for people with physical disabilities to empower their individual journey.