Board of Directors
Darcy Riddell, Chair
Darcy Riddell is a leadership and social innovation consultant with over 15 years experience in sustainability and social change. A PhD candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, she is an associate professional practitioner with Social Innovation Generation. Darcy worked for seven years with Hollyhock Leadership Institute and cut her teeth on social change and advocacy work as a forest campaigner with Sierra Club and ForestEthics. A founding board member of Drishti – Centre for Integral Action, she serves on the steering committee for the University of Victoria MA in Community Development. Darcy lives in Vancouver with her family.
Barbara McMillan has worked in social and organizational development for over 25 years and is committed to social justice. Director of Regional Strategies for Community Foundations of Canada, she is National Consultant on Youth in Philanthropy, and teaches grant writing at BCIT. She holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Management Degree from McGill University. Barbara serves on the boards of Vancity Community Foundation and SPARKS Canada, and the advisory board of Youthscape. Her three children bring her immense joy, her dogs keep her running on North Shore trails, and her spirit of adventure is still alive..
Ted Kuntz is an author and psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and 25 years of clinical experience. Ted is recognized internationally for his work helping individuals, families, organizations, and corporations to manage life’s challenges and opportunities more effectively and joyfully. His best-selling book, Peace Begins with Me, is based on wisdom acquired during a personal journey as the father of Joshua, a child with disabilities. Ted was honoured with the 2005 Spirit of Community Award for Ability Awareness and the 2007 Chamber of Commerce Award for Legacy Leadership..
Rob is a Partner and President of Force Four Entertainment, a television production company. His award-winning work includes documentaries, lifestyle programming, and drama. Rob produced The Ties That Bind, a documentary following the Jordan family’s quest for their son Chris to gain independence through a PLAN network. Rob and his wife Kathy have two children – Michael and Shannon. Shannon is diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a global developmental disorder. Rob sits on the board of the BC Branch Council of the Canadian Media Production Association and the New Westminster School Board Education Committee, and is President of the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society..
Arthur’s wisdom and creativity are legendary around PLAN. He is a man who radiates kindness. His thoughtful engagement with PLAN’s challenges over the years has helped us overcome many hurdles. Arthur is one of the best read folks we know and a speaker who always stimulates our thinking. Arthur is an architect and a visionary. He and his wife Hazel have created a unique living situation for their daughter Lynn. As a result of their courage and creativity, Lynn indeed has a home of her own..
Donna comes to PLAN Institute with a background in professional theatre, theatre education, social policy planning, and disability advocacy. She co-founded Lifetime Networks Ottawa, a PLAN affiliate and was an active participant in many Ottawa regional disability-related committees. Donna holds degrees in theatre, education, and Russian. She has lived in Moscow and Washington DC and currently resides in London, England, with her husband Jim who is the Canadian High Commissioner. Donna and Jim have two children, Natalie and Nicholas. Nicholas has severe cerebral palsy and is medically complex.
First Canadian non-profit organization to conduct an externally verified social audit.
Successfully overhauled adult guardianship legislation in British Columbia.
Fostered the global Philia Dialogue on caring citizenship.