PLAN Institute

Executive Team

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TimPlan_for website Tim Ames
Executive Director
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Al Etmanski
Advisor to Plan Institute
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Darlene Darlene MacDonald 
Instructor
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Stephanie Debisschop
Project Manager
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Al Etmanski

Advisor to PLAN Institute

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Al is an author, advocate, and social entrepreneur. President and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), he led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first Registered Disability Savings Plan. Al has written two best-selling books: A Good Life and Safe and Secure. He is a founding member of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Social Innovation Generation (SIG) collaboration. Elected as a global Ashoka Fellow in 2003, Al also holds a faculty position at John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute.He has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, Simon Fraser University’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the City of Vancouver Civic Merit Award and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Matthew Quetton

Chief Executive Officer

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A parent and PLAN member since 2009, Matthew joined PLAN as CEO in June 2010. A long time entrepreneur in the furniture and vehicle industries, Matthew also brings experience from the Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business. His professional goals moved toward serving families after his son Theo (now a cheeky boy of seven) was born with a complex genetic condition. A student of organizational leadership, Matthew is keenly interested in the social leadership potential of families managing disability. He and his wife Leslie also have a daughter, Celeste. Matthew is an avid cyclist and runner and an avowed design geek.

Nancy Ford

Executive Director

 

Nancy joined PLAN in 1996 attracted by the organisation’s values. Her extensive experience includes coordinating and mentoring PLAN families, leading staff  in PLAN’s first Social Audit, developing Weaving the Ties that Bind (an online course in social network development), working with PLAN Affiliate organisations and helping local and international communities to develop Tyzeweb-based support networks. In August 2003, Nancy joined PLAN Institute as Program Director and in July 2009 she became Acting Executive Director. Now the Director for Learning and Family Development, Nancy’s warmth, knowledge, and passion touches everyone she is in contact with. A parent herself, she has first-hand experience of the challenges and successes of PLAN’s mission.

Beverley Pomeroy

Director of Development

 

Beverley’s journey to PLAN began when her youngest child was born with a life limiting illness. On the receiving end of philanthropy, she decided to become part of the solution. She founded Global Currents (formerly PincGiving) – a growing global social giving platform. In 2009, Beverley was named as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under Forty, and was a finalist for the Best Canadian Entrepreneur Stevie Award. In 2011, she is nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for Technology and Innovation. Beverley is a Director of Qmunity and a Board Advisor for Cures for Kids Foundation.

Kathy Bromley

Manager of Learning Development

 

Kathy is responsible for scheduling all PLAN and PLAN Institute seminars. A teacher, she has worked with deaf children in Langley for the past 24 years. Kathy and Rob, PLAN’s current chair, have two children. Michael is now an adult. Shannon is 17 years old and requires care 24 hours a day. Kathy’s knowledge gained working with deaf students and their families, as well as her personal experiences as a parent, leave her well-equipped for success in this position.

Franceska Grantzidis

Coordinator of Learning Services

 

Franceska joined PLAN in June 2010. She has a child with disabilities and was drawn to the organization’s core values, knowing immediately that her family’s affiliation to PLAN would be life-long. She first joined as a community connector and quickly embedded herself in the organisation by project managing PLAN’s Family Talks initiative. Franceska now coordinates the Institute’s workshops, seminars, and events. She also promotes and maintains the catalogue and administrative files. She brings a strong background in office management and human resource relations. Passionate about the work that PLAN does, Franceska is eager to help other families gain from the organisation’s knowledge and experience.

Connie Buhrig

Instructor

 

Connie has been working with individuals and their families since 1986. A psychology graduate from Trinity Western University, she soon realized her passion for supporting families to dream big and turn those dreams into reality. In 2007 Connie, became the first moderator of PLAN Institute’s online course – Weaving the Ties that Bind- drawing on her experience as a Community Connector and Mentor for PLAN since 2004. She has moderated more than 25 successful classes and instructed more than 300 participants globally, fulfilling a personal goal to reduce the loneliness prevalent in communities everywhere. PLAN Institute is truly fortunate to have such a gifted guide and mentor.

Plan Institute 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. . Member of Ashoka Global Fellowship of social entrepreneurs. .

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