Board of Directors


President Andy Yu Vancouver
Vice President Susanne Raab North Vancouver
Treasurer Gilles De Condappa Vancouver
Secretary Julia Halipchuk Vancouver
Members At Large: Ronald Blackmore Keremeos
Jim Brookes Victoria
Rebecca Levi Vancouver
Denise Lok Vancouver
Ish Sehmbey Surrey
Andy Yu, CA


Andy Yu brings a wealth of business insight and passion to see full participation for persons with disabilities in the social and economic life of the community. With a Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, a Chartered Professional Accountant designation as well as an Executive MBA from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business, Andy has had successive promotions to his current position of Corporate Controller of a BC based mining company.

Through developing and implementing the “4 R’s” (Revitalize, Reach, Raise, Realize) Strategic Plan for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, Andy has re-structured and energized the association. Andy’s particular passion for promoting accessible employment has been reflected in the CPABC’s growth; as Chair of the 2014 Life Without Limits Gala, he oversaw raising funds to support a Pre-employment Program to provide persons with disabilities with the opportunity to develop both hard and soft skills necessary for success in the workplace.

During Andy’s tenure as President of the Board, the work of the CPABC has been recognized with the City of Vancouver Accessibility and Inclusion Award (Organization category). As well, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia has awarded Andy its Community Service Award.

Andy’s recent appointment to the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility will see his ongoing contribution to Accessibility 2024 a 10-year action plan for making BC the most progressive province for people with disabilities to live.

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Susanne Raab

Vice President

Susanne is a medical malpractice lawyer and advocate for people living with disabilities.  She has been selected for inclusion by her peers in Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Medical Negligence and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in medical malpractice. Susanne is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary trial lawyer society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of North American lawyers, judges and scholars.  Susanne’s practice is devoted to helping people who have suffered injuries as a result of medical malpractice, with a focus on birth injuries.

Susanne is committed to assisting children living with cerebral palsy, both inside and outside the courtroom.  Her work gives her an understanding of the many challenges faced by families who have a child with cerebral palsy, and more importantly, of the remarkable resilience and capabilities of these children when given the resources and support they need to reach their full potential.

Susanne is the Vice President of the BC Cerebral Palsy Association, and Chair of the Advisory Committee and the Fundraising Committee.

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Gilles De Condappa


Gilles’ passion for working with disadvantaged children drew his eye to working with CPABC. As a chartered accountant by profession, Gilles experience with nonprofit organizations is wider than financial. He brings experience with other nonprofit society boards, including serving as secretary-treasurer and is skilled in strategic review and implementation, financial reporting, fundraising strategies and governance. We look forward to Gilles’ contributions to our Association.

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Ronald Blackmore


Ron is a retired Chief Chemist who spent his career years mainly in the northern areas of Canada. He served on the Fort McMurry Cerebral Palsy board for 10 years and the Alberta provincial board for five years. Ron currently lives in Keremeos where he volunteers with the local Special Olympic group and the Agur Lake Camp Society. Ron served on CPABC board for 6 years and returned on the CPABC board in 2015, he fully enjoys volunteering with all three groups.

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Jim Brookes


With a broad range of senior leadership roles in industry and university research groups, Jim brings a multi-faceted background to our board of directors. This experience includes working with NeuroDevNet, which concentrates on research in neurodevelopmental disorders including Cerebral Palsy, as well as business management and fundraising for not–for–profit organizations.

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Julia Halipchuk


A graduate of UBC Kelowna with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, Julia is a Structural Field Engineer who has worked on major mining sites in places as disparate as Newfoundland and Peru. Julia is a former Tanabe Bursary recipient whose energy and enthusiasm is expressed in activities from volunteering in Bolivia to helping organize the 2015 UBC Concrete Toboggan Competition.

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Rebecca Levi


Rebecca is a former tax lawyer with a history of working with charitable organizations. Her experience with corporate governance and charitable tax compliance, and a background in research and analysis, oral and written communication skills and advocacy are strong assets for CPABC.

As the child of a disabled mother, Rebecca is driven to work towards developing and improving disability and accessibility resources in our community. She believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and that with proper support and public education, anything is possible.

Rebecca chairs the Association’s Governance Committee and is a member of the Fundraising Committee.

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Denise Lok, CA


Denise Lok is a CPA,CA and Associate, Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in Canada.  Ms. Lok is currently the Senior Manager, Corporate Finance of Baron Global Financial Canada Ltd. She has multiple years of experience in corporate finance and have served as director, CFO, and/or corporate secretaries for a number of Canadian listed companies.

Denise is a member of Finance Committee

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Ish Sehmbey


Ish’s experience working directly with people living with CP fuels her passion and work on our Board of Directors. With a degree in Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, Ish is a Certified Perorthist. She has demonstrated her deep commitment to “making a difference” by founding a Not for Profit organization to better the lives of girls in India.

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Recruiting Board Members!

CPABC is looking to add members to the board. We are looking for business professionals who are dedicated to create a positive impact for the association. Some of the skills we are looking for are leadership,governance, fundraising, communications, and planning.

Please download our recruitment letter below for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Recruitment letter
to potential
board member

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Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee is an essential part of how we build connections with our membership and learn from people who either live with cerebral palsy, or who are involved with people with CP as part of either their professional or personal lives.

We are looking for people to serve on our Advisory Committee. We are particularly interested in connecting with and hearing from people outside of the Lower Mainland, whose perspective we may not hear often enough.

For more information, click here to contact our Executive Director.