I am a member of the BCITS’ Board of Directors since its inception. I work full time at BCIT as the Program Head on the teaching faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Technology Program. I am also an Adjunct Professor of the UBC Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program. Other than teaching and coaching young people, I enjoy spending time travelling with my wife and two daughters.
I have had a lifelong commitment to ground up community development and I have been involved with BCITS since I helped to develop PROP in 2001 and engineered the creation of BCITS in 2006. I am also passionate about law and policy reform that shifts traditional power balances, which explains my involvement in initiatives like the reform of British Columbia’s adult guardianship laws, the Equipment and Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI), the Medicare Protection Act and the Healthy Communities Movement.
I have been volunteering with BCITS since its inception in 2006 and a recipient of its predecessor’s services since 1983. At Shaughnessy Hospital a young Simon Cox set up a telephone that I could dial and a television that I could change channels on, both without using my hands. Back in those days I did not think the technology was available. It is my pleasure to work with such an outstanding organization.
I am the founder of ICAN Resource Group Inc., a multifaceted corporation primarily focused on Medical Assistive Devices and Multimedia Development in Kelowna, British Columbia. As a passionate advocate for Independence through Technology I decided to join the Tetra Society’s Kelowna Chapter as the coordinator. In 2012, I became a member of the Board of the BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS). Volunteering is extremely important to me and my volunteer contributions include President of Kelowna’s Disabled Sailing Association, Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay, Neil Squire Society and Muscular Dystrophy Canada. In my free time I enjoy traveling overseas.
I am a founding director and client with BCITS. My ability to function in the community has been significantly supported by the wonderful work of TIL and PROP. I am also the founder and principal of KMK Law Corporation and I am the Chair of the Province of BC’s Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board. I am a passionate advocate for both the disability and seniors communities. One of my biggest focus over the past several years has been in the area of home care supports and specifically, the Choices for Support In Independent Living program (“CSIL”). My greatest passion is my wife, Cora, and my 10 year old daughter, Maurene. We enjoy spending quality time together in our new community of North Vancouver.
For 22 years I was the Executive Director of the BC Coalition of People with Disabilities. During those years I have been a founding member of many organizations, including BC Association of Individualized Technology and Supports for People with Disabilities (BCITS). At Canada’s 125th birthday Celebration I was awarded the Governor General Award for my community advocacy and work. The Trial Lawyers Association of BC awarded me the President’s Award in recognition for my work and contribution.
I am the Director of the MAKE+ applied research team at BCIT. We are a fifteen person multi-disciplinary team that conducts applied R&D in emerging and next generation product development including assistive technology and medical devices for clients in industry, academia, government and the community. I also have a family which includes, my husband Ryan, our 17 year old daughter Mia, two dogs Casey and Belle, and our corn snake Rex. I enjoy travel, photography and cross-country skiing.
I am a client of BCITS, and have been with them since sustaining a spinal cord injury in 1978. Upon discharge from rehabilitation, the environmental controls provided by the organization have enabled me to live independently within my community. I have worked in the field of digital mapping as a Computer Aided Design instructor, and have been able to pursue my passion for sailing. I continue to be a strong advocate for accessibility as I now spend much of my time as a volunteer, mentor and director within several non-profit organizations.
I’ve been a board member since the beginnings of BCITS and have worked alongside PROP and TIL from those early stages until now. I’m also a user of their wonderful services. Some of my interests are aircraft, traveling, hockey and getting to know people. My favourite past time is cruising the streets of Ladner on a warm sunny day sipping hot water (FYI every day in Ladner is a sunny day!)