SCACL Board of Directors
Bob Ware- President
Bob Ware first joined the board in 1999. He brings a wealth of experience and background knowledge to board table discussions. Bob is a professor emeritus of the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, and a parent of a person served by SCACL.
Mishelle Brydges – Vice-President
Joining the board in 2019, Mishelle comes from a professional background in movement education and with the perspective gained from many experiences as a parent advocate. She joined the SCACL board of directors with hope, wanting to share her passion for education and for creative innovation to develop new opportunities for growth within our Sunshine Coast community for people with diverse abilities.
Nancy Brindley – Secretary
Nancy joined the Board in 2012. She developed an interest in serving people with developmental disabilities as a teenager through her involvement with an adult named Doreen. For many years, Doreen joined her family for holidays and weekends. Having spent over 30 years in education, she had the opportunity to work with individuals with a variety of special needs. Along with her husband she became involved with SCACL in the late 90’s when he decided to volunteer for the organization and became a good friend with one of the individuals served. Nancy also coached Special Olympics bowling for a year. Her passion is people and building healthy communities. In the context of SCACL, Nancy’s goal is to support Clarence, the Executive Director in creating a vibrant, happy and safe community for staff and persons served such that they “look forward to what the next day will bring”.
Katryn Harris- Treasurer
Katryn Harris joined the Board in 2019. She spent a number of years in L’Arche communities living with people with developmental disabilities (1993-96 in Trosly, France, then until 2001 in Vancouver and Lethbridge) and building community with them. She has worked in translation, technology and project management; including building and running a software development company (Open Box Integration) from 2005 until 2018. Katryn’s focus in business was empowering people to pursue their passion by making technology a tool that serves them rather than the opposite. She is fascinated by people and their stories and how they tell those stories. Katryn has been gifted through relationships with many of the people with disabilities she has known and lived with, and looks forward to more great relationships through involvement with SCACL.
Susan Blockberger – Past President
Dr. Susan Blockberger has been a member of SCACL’s Board of Directors since January, 2017. She is a retired speech-language pathologist, having worked for almost forty years with nonspeaking individuals who use alternative communication systems. She believes passionately in the rights of every individual to have their voices heard, and to have a good quality of life including access to life-long learning opportunities. She learned of SCACL through a family friend, and quickly realized that this was an innovative organization with caring and committed staff who supported individuals with disabilities in our community. She joined the board in the hopes that she could contribute and support SCACL in their mission to provide opportunities for full citizenship for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Paul Davis – Self-Advocate Representative
Paul Davis is the Self-Advocate representative on the Board. As a person who has received services from SCACL for several decades, he brings a unique and valuable perspective to the Board table. Paul is interested in encouraging social opportunities and community connections amongst persons served by SCACL, and also between SCACL and the wider community at large.
Joshua Boyd – Director
Joshua has been working in Health Care for 26 years, since 2005 as an R.N. (B.Sc.N). He began working with persons with disabilities through the Easter Seal camps in BC, working and volunteering with the BC Lions Society spanning 10 years, including five summers as counsellor, programmer and/or R.N. Earlier in his career, Joshua worked as a live-in caregiver for two gentlemen with Muscular Dystrophy, as a caregiver for Vancouver Island Autistic Homes society, as an Inclusion Facilitator at summer camps and as a one on one support worker and volunteer for children and youth with mental and/or physical disabilities. His time at the Easter Seal camps sparked his passion for supporting those with disabilities and eventually led him towards a career in nursing education. As an RN, he has worked in acute care, long-term care, emergency, pediatric palliative care, home care, in the private and public sectors and internationally. He has been training health care assistants and personal support workers for 7 years, the last five being with Capilano University – kálax-ay campus.
Pat Feindel – Director
Pat Feindel has a long history of working as a community-based researcher and communications professional with organizations advocating for social justice and human rights in BC. From 1998-2006 Pat served as the communications director for Inclusion BC. Through her role, she participated in the collaborative multi-media art project From the Inside/OUT! that enabled former residents of Woodlands and other institutions to tell their stories through art and photography, which led to the creation of the Woodlands Memorial Garden installed on the forgotten and erased graveyard for residents of Woodlands and Riverview institutions. Inspired by that work, Pat embarked on graduate studies at Simon Fraser University where she conducted collaborative research with families on disability history in BC. She completed her PhD in 2019 and taught a course at SFU on Disability Studies and Social Justice. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2020, Pat worked as a consultant for the Resource Centre to develop a Poverty Reduction Strategy for the Sunshine Coast. She is also currently serving on a reference group for a provincial project creating values-based training materials for Homeshare care providers.
Sally Thicke – Director
Sally Thicke, now retired, comes to her work on the SCACL Board from a career in education; a special education teacher, elementary and secondary classroom teacher, and school Principal. Much of her professional work was spent advocating and creating opportunities for learners of all abilities, often where none seemed to exist. Sally brings a passion for inclusion, equity and full access citizenship. Sally also enjoys the outdoors and is an enthusiastic supporter of opportunities for playing, learning and growing in the natural. She is excited to be a part of this positive, caring, forward thinking Board.