Board of Directors

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.

Sept 23, 2013 010Lynda Miller - President

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.




Sept 23, 2013 027Nancy Anderson - Director

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.


Sept 23, 2013 019Lori Woods - Director

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.




Sept 23, 2013 021Valerie Irving - Director

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.