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.
Mary-Jo excels where human engagement is emphasized and people’s capacities and potential are cultivated. As a former CEO, mother, farmer, chef, facilitator and entrepreneur Mary-Jo is a seasoned Project manager and communicator. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, especially after becoming paralyzed 18 years ago, with two young teens.
Her role’s as a Health Coach and Yoga teacher/therapist has given her diverse skills that straddle from human relations to designing the written programs that translate ideas into reality. Mary-Jo’s position as a “Peer Health Coach” with the University of Toronto has involved building the frameworks, then administering coaching programs to the disabled SCI community. In addition to creating and building businesses – cafés, yoga studios and national training programs, she is an UG student (U of Waterloo)of Social Work/Social Development. It is her belief that if we make a way, we will include everybody even those who don’t think they can – because we can. Mary-Jo thinks green, acts locally and lives sustainably, and strives to leave the world a better place.
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.