Staff and Directors

Wanda v1Executive Director – Wanda Gendron

I combine my skills as a family support worker with my experience as a parent of children with diverse abilities and my lived experience with cerebral palsy. At WSFC since 1996, I am profoundly affected  as I listen and respond to families of children with physical or invisible disabilities. At WSFC, we combine what we learn from individual family experience into a collective voice for diversity of ability. We are better together.

My passion is to give children and youth of diverse abilities the opportunities to achieve their potential. Given a chance at their hopes and dreams, challenged children work hard and accomplish beyond low expectations. It is my honour to work with caring volunteers who help us provide our unique resources for families in need. Kindness has great power to create needed change.

When I’m not at WSFC, I enjoy cats, tall trees, campfires, and the quiet, complex beauty in nature.

Read about my story here.

Board Members & Directors

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Director – Reza Bafandeh

Reza Bafandeh has joined the WSFC board on May 2015 as a Director to help with the Strategic Revamp of the organization. Mr.Bafandeh has received his MBA from Queens University with a major in Operations Management. Mr.Bafandeh has worked in various industries such as Waste Management, Pharmaceuticals, Beverages, Health and Nutrition and International E-Commerce. Aside from his experience he has been involved in multiple CSR initiatives (KaBoom, Foresters and Vitamin Angels) and has previously served 2 years as a Director in the Non-Profit educational body of APICS Vancouver.

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Vice Chairman- Maggie Quinn

I started my time at the Western Society for Children as an HR Assistant, however, now I also volunteer as a Strategic Planner.  In this role, I have been able to help break down the opportunities and threats facing WSFC, as well as help formulize the long and short term goals of the organization. Outside of my work here, I am earning my BBA at the Beedie School of Business, and have goals of one day becoming an HR Manager.  I am so grateful for the knowledge and perspective I’ve gained at WSFC, an organization that provides such important services to the community.

 

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Treasurer – Chris Coldicutt

I have been a Board Member since April 2012 and am currently WSFC’s Treasurer. I analyse WSFC’s financial information, modify budget plans, as well as being involved in committees that address that needs of people who are marginalized. I seek ways to make a positive difference in families facing poverty and inequity.

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Secretary – Ruby Gill

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Director – Kari Baker

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Director – Troy Cressman

I am a district sales manager for engineered products in British Columbia for the world’s largest manufacturer of energy efficient pumps. I got involved in charity  fundraising while pursuing my engineering degree at UBC  over 10 years ago. When I decided to get re-involved, I knew that I wanted to contribute to a local organization with a focus on helping children. I was fortunate to find WSFC and have been volunteering here  since 2009. WSFC’s ethics and purpose have kept me engaged.

I spend my free time with my wife and two small children playing out in nature.

Screenshot_2014-11-24-08-39-09-2Director – Breanne Firth

Bree: I began volunteering at the Western Society for Children (WSFC) in November 2013 and very quickly fell in love with the organization. Initially I intended to be available to assist with children and offer my time as a Leisure buddy. However after regularly meeting with Wanda, I learned more about WSFC and the overall need gap for funding and resources that exists for families who have a child with a disability. As my knowledge grew, my perspective changed from speaking in terms of “disability” to speaking in terms of “ability”. This is where I discovered my passion for the organization and when offered the opportunity to become a Member on the Board of Directors, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be more involved with such a great cause and with such a great mentor. The organization offers hope to families in various forms. WSFC individualizes its assistance and helps families on a case by case basis from equipment, recreation services, leisure time, and family education so that no family falls between the cracks.

I’m proud to be part of an organization that harnesses differences within it’s team to provide such catered assistance. My personal background is in Business, with my BBA being completed from BCIT. Despite my original lack of knowledge, Wanda embraced me in WSFC and has ignited my motivation to pursue Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

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