Board of Directors
Ted is an author, a college professor and a psychotherapist with a private practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and 25 years of clinical experience. Ted and his family became one of PLAN’s youngest Lifetime Members and over the years he has grown to become an active part of the future of PLAN. Ted is a previous Board Chair of PLAN Institute and currently is on the Board of Directors of PLAN.
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..
Ray Smith recently retired from a career in healthcare technology management within the Vancouver Health Authority, where he spent the latter years leading a team in the acquisition and support of medical diagnostic systems. He apprenticed in electronic engineering in the U.K., and later worked in the scientific apparatus manufacturing industry before emigrating. Ray and his spouse, Hazel, have three sons: Robert, Andrew, and Chris. They became Lifetime Members of PLAN, with Robert, in December 2010. Ray has been active in membership support, and has served on advocacy and research committees at PLAN. He has a particular interest in housing, and during the last year has helped Robert successfully transition from home to living independently in an apartment, thanks in large part to the knowledge and advocacy skills he gained at PLAN.
Pat’s title in no way fully describes her incredible contribution to families not only in PLAN but also throughout the province of BC. Pat has years of experience supporting and advocating for and with families. Her warm manner and strong listening skills are greatly appreciated by all of us at PLAN. Now retired, Pat has provided family support, conducted PLAN orientations, facilitated will and estate workshops and trained PLAN facilitators. Pat and her husband Ric have four children. They are Lifetime Members of PLAN who support their daughter Erin, now a young woman, to live a meaningful life, with a personal network and individualized staffing through a “Microboard”.
Marty is a Lifetime Member of PLAN. He is also the parent of two sons, Michael and Stefan. It is his concern for Michael, which first compelled him to serve as a PLAN board member during its formative years. Over the years, Marty and his wife Jackie (now deceased) worked tirelessly (both individually and as members of various boards/committees) to advance the concept of integration and inclusion of people with disabilities. The Michael Wittman Society for Autonomy, a microboard, is an example of this continuing philosophy.
As a long-serving Association Board member at The Centre for Ability (CFA), Marty has been active on several committees, including the Finance Committee. In the private sector, Marty was involved in a number of enterprises; he founded and was Director of a private post-secondary college (Metro College) until his retirement. During those years he served on several industry and provincial governing boards.
Marty has taught at Capilano University/ College for some 35 years. Most recently, he spent two months in China teaching courses in Communications in International Relations at an affiliated university. He continues to enjoy the role of part-time Instructor in the School of Communication at Capilano.