SCACL Board of Directors
Susan Blockberger – 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. Susan has served on the Board of Directors since June, 2017.
Nancy Brindley – Past President
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, she joined our 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 Glen, 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”.
Deb Amaral – Secretary
Anders McKinnon – Treasurer
Anders McKinnon is the original Brewmaster/Production manager at Persephone Brewing Company in Gibsons. He became aware of SCACL when he was introduced to the founders of Persephone, and was inspired by their commitment to community by partnering with SCACL. Through early childhood interactions, personal relationships, and co-workers, Anders developed an appreciation and admiration for the unique qualities of individuals with developmental disabilities. He joined the Board of Directors in 2018 as a way of serving his community, continuing to grow the partnership between Persephone and SCACL.
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.
Sven Brindley – Director
Sven Brindley is an entrepreneur, founder and lead designer of a software development business, which has happily afforded him opportunities to travel globally and extensively for his work. His involvement with individuals with developmental disabilities stretches back to his first jobs working in summer camps for individuals with developmental disabilities in Ontario where he grew up. In the 1990’s, on a sabbatical from his work and looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, he started volunteering with SCACL. Sven greatly values the close personal relationships he has developed with some of the individuals SCACL serves. He brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the board table, and enjoys problem solving and shepherding big ideas to fruition.
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.
Deb Mealia – Director
Katryn Harris- Director
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.