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.
Jenna Christianson-Barker - President
Currently a Faculty Member of the Disability and Community Studies Department at Douglas College, and with a range of professional experience, Jenna has had the privilege of holding the titles of consultant, hiring manager, service provider and now educator. These varied perspectives have resulted in a unique understanding of the value of diversity and a true passion for workplace inclusion. Previously with the Pacific Autism Family Network as their Director of Strategic Partnerships and Adult Programming, she led the development and implementation of innovative employment programming. Jenna has an MBA from Loyola New Orleans and a degree in Political Science from Pepperdine University.
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.
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.
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.
Leann Buteau - Director
Leann Buteau, B.ED, M.ED is Vice Principal with the Coquitlam School District who has worked as a student services teacher, low incidence case manager and school based resource teacher before becoming an administrator 9 years ago. She is passionate about inclusive education and employment for the people we serve and looks forward to serving on the CVS board. She is the mother of 3 adult daughters and married to a retired social worker as well as an advocate for a women in her 40s who she has known since their teens.
Karen Headridge - Director
Karen is the mother of a young lady who is currently in CVS’s Inclusion Program. Karen has served on numerous Boards and Committees that are dedicated to the advancement of inclusion for people with developmental disabilities and her experience adds depth and value to the CVS Board of Directors. Karen is currently employed by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Clare Hetherington - Director
Clare is the mother of a young lady who is currently in CVS’s Tamarack Inclusion Program. Clare is a retired District 43 elementary school teacher. Her experience as a resource room specialist supporting students with learning challenges and special needs is a valuable asset to the CVS Board of Directors.
Scott Bewley - Treasurer
Scott has a wealth of experience in Finance and with the community living sector. Scott was previously the Director of Finance for CVS. In 2018, Scott joined Kinsight in the role of Director of Operations. Since 2019, Scott has worked as Controller for IATSE (the International Alliance of Theatric Stage Employees), Local 891. Scott's experience in the community living sector and his expertise in Finance will be of great benefit to the CVS Board of Directors.