Jennifer Baumbusch, parent representative. Jennifer has a daughter with disabilities; she sits on the Board of Directors of BC Centre for Ability. Jennifer has a doctorate degree in nursing and a background in older adult care. Jennifer will provide input on the family perspectives; ensuring training and resources are responsive to the needs of families. Jennifer will also share her expertise in research and development of training resources.
Tanya Brown, the Aboriginal Supported Child Development Coordinator of Coast Fraser North Region of British Columbia. Tanya also works for the Squamish Nation, Ayas Men Men Child and Family Services as an Aboriginal Supported Child Development Community Developer. Tanya will provide input on the resource needs of the Aboriginal communities and ensure training resources reflect and support Aboriginal culture and heritage.
Jody-Ann Edman, parent representative. Jody-Ann has a child with a disability. Jody-Ann will provide input on the family perspective and the need for integrated support for the social emotional development for children with disabilities at home, in school and in the community.
Dawn Embree, Executive Director of Lower Mainland Purpose Society. Purpose Society provides a continuum of services to children, youth and families in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, including parenting programs, youth drop-in and development programs and programs for immigrants and new comers. Purpose Society will act as a liaison to community outreach programs, youth services.
Ruth James, parent representative. Ruth has Bachelor of Education (Primary Education) and Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. Ruth has have experiences in setting up education program and teaching in Africa.
Angela Kwok has been the Executive Director of BC Centre for Ability since 2005. She worked as the Director of Social Work and Support Services from the Centre for Ability from 1991 to 2004. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University Of Wisconsin, U.S.A. She extensive experiences in working with children, youth and adults with atypical neurological development. She has been extremely active in promoting family centred and inclusive practice for persons with disabilities in BC. She coordinated the development of the Partnerships Training Initiative for early childhood educators in BC funded by the Canada/British Columbia Strategic Initiatives Program from 1996-2000. She conducts many workshops for health care professionals on "Cultural Competency" “Family Empowerment Intervention” and "Building Effective Partnership with Families." She has published many articles on family centred practice. She co-authored the Partnerships Training of Trainers Guide in Family Support and Family Centred Practice. Angela sat on many advisory committees relating to service delivery to individuals with disabilities including the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee (PWDAC), the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship. At present she is a member of the Advisory Committee on Children and Youth with Special Needs of the Office of Representative for Children and Youth in BC.
Dr. Arlette Lefebvre, a child psychiatrist at Sickkids Hospital and Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre in Toronto. Dr. Lefebrve is the founding president of Ability Online, the first online network for children with chronic illness and disabilities. Dr. Lefebrve sits on the Executive Board of the Media Awareness Network of Canada. Dr. Lefebrve will provide her expertise in child development, psycho-social issues and the use of social media for training and support
Dr. Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Development Psychologist and Professor in the Human Development, Learning, and Culture program in the Faculty of Education at the University or British Columbia. She is also the Interim Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership in the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine. She received her B.Sc. in Education from Illinois State University, her MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa, Before arriving at UBC, Dr. Schonert-Reichl served as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. Prior to her graduate work, Dr. Schonert-Reichl worked as middle school teacher and then as a teacher at an alternative high school for “at risk” adolescents. The author of more than 100 articles and two books, Dr. Schonert-Reichl studies the social and emotional development of children and adolescents, particularly in relation to identifying the processes and mechanisms that foster positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency. Her most recent research includes evaluations of school-based programs that integrate mindfulness practices with social and emotional learning. She is also conducting interdisciplinary research in collaboration with neuroscientists and psychobiologists examining the relation of executive functions and stress physiology to children’s social and emotional well-being. She is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and the Botin Foundation’s Platform for Innovation in Education, and an award winning teacher and researcher. She is active with several national and international advisory boards, including the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Research Advisory Group. Dr. Schonert-Reichl has been internationally recognized for her collaborative work that translates research into practice, and in 2009 the Confederation of University Faculty Association (CUFA-BC) awarded Dr. Schonert-Reichl with their highest Distinguished Academic Award – the Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award.
Sara Shaw, Program Director of Burnaby Neighbourhood House, represents community service providers and linkages to out-of-school-care programs, Neighbourhood house network, and community services.