The Community Ventures Society has an excellent Board of Directors made up of parents, educators, business owners and professionals who are champions and advocates for people with disabilities.
Lynda Miller is the President of Community Ventures Society. She is a parent who has an adult daughter who is a participant at CVS. Lynda has been a member of the CVS Board of Directors since 2007 and she previously served as Treasurer for 2 years. She is active in her community and has served on various community living boards and committees since 1983. Lynda is now retired after a long career of working as an ICBC Administration Manager. If you are interested in joining our Board of Directors, please leave a message for Lynda through our office at 604.939.8070.
Cindy Lee - Treasurer
Cindy Lee, BA, has worked in the Coquitlam School District for 24 years as a Work Experience/Transition Facilitator. She has also been a leader for the school district through the Employment Roundtable of the Tri-cities, a group that has paid employment for people with developmental disabilities as a goal. The Roundtable brings together the school district with service providers, people with disabilities, employers, and government. Cindy has been involved the City of Coquitlam committees involved with accessibility, parks and leisure, and also involved with with the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
Nancy Anderson, MSW, MLIS, is currently a Social Worker with the Acquired Brain Injury Services in the Fraser Health Region. She has worked with children and adults with disabilities in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and in the community. Nancy lives in Coquitlam has been on the CVS Board since 2010.
Ric Tesan - Director
Ric Tesan is a recently retired Burnaby school teacher. During his 35 years in the Burnaby district, Ric was a Coordinator in the P.E. Program, established district-wide volleyball/track meets and ran outdoor education field trips. Ric has been instrumental in fundraising projects for the Burnaby Children's Fund, helping to raise almost $100,000. He also played a key role in the creation of Burnaby's first Fine Arts Elementary School at Confederation Park School. Ric has served with FSI, Vela Microboard Association and Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), where he has served on Boards and coordinated many fundraising projects. Ric and his wife have created a Microboard for their adult daughter, and she has a strong network of friends and family coordinated by her family and PLAN.
Lori Woods, BScN, RN, MEd, has lived in Coquitlam for 28 years. Lori began her professional career working in public health and home support. Since that time, she has focused on teaching others and she currently coordinates the Disability and Community Studies Department at Douglas College. Lori is passionate about celebrating diversity, social justice and working collaboratively in finding new opportunities in current realities.
Valerie Irving works for the Family Support Institute of BC as the Training Coordinator. In her role, she supports and transfers knowledge to families across British Columbia who have children with disabilities. Valerie is also a parent of a young woman with a developmental disability who is starting the transition to adulthood. Valerie has been on the Board of Directors of CVS for 14 years.
Christina Radziejewski - Director
Christina Radziejewski, MBA, MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in private practice in Coquitlam, BC.
Christina founded the Innova Centre for Counselling & Psychotherapy in 2012 to help individuals, couples and families by providing counselling and psychotherapy services with the highest level of integrity, compassion and care. Christina is especially passionate about helping individuals reach their fullest potential, and to live a meaningful and purposeful life.
Christina and her husband are volunteers in the community in various capacities, and are proud parents of twin girls.
Chris Ackerman - Director
Chris is passionate about his city, work, family and friends. He loves his job and finds himself surrounded by very positive and enthusiastic people. Chris has grown up in a family that values inclusion in our community. Chris was the lead in Keller Williams Red Day and helped renovate CVS's building on St. Johns in Port Moody.
Chris is the principal of the Ackerman Real Estate Team located in Port Coquitlam. Chris has a diverse background in business, construction, psychology and finance.