Board of Directors
|Vice President||Susanne Raab||North Vancouver|
|Treasurer||Gilles De Condappa||Vancouver|
|Members At Large:||Ronald Blackmore||Keremeos|
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.
Susanne is a practicing lawyer bringing a wealth of legal experience as well a background in the world of nonprofit boards, especially board governance models. Her extensive legal experience was centred around medical law and most recently, advocating for people harmed by medical malpractice. She has demonstrated collaboration skills.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trained as a lawyer (although not currently practicing) Rebecca has an impressive list of academic awards and honors. Her experience working with charitable organizations and a background in research and analysis, oral and written communication skills and advocacy will certainly prove to be assets to our Association.
Being the child of a mother with advanced multiple sclerosis, fuels her desire to work towards developing “strong disability resources in our community.” Personal passion and extensive experience prove that Rebecca is a strong asset on our board.
Denise Lok, CA
A Vancouver Board of Trade Speaker inspired Denise to want to “give back” to the non-profit sector. She found CPABC—an organization that she can strongly believe in. A chartered Accountant since 2008, Denise studied Accounting and Transportation Logistics at UBC, graduating with her Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Denise offers broad experience working with publically traded financial firms giving her clear understanding and insight to Board governance issues.
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.
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!
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.