Board of Directors
The Community Ventures Society (CVS) has an excellent Board of Directors made up of parents, educators, business owners and professionals who are champions and advocates for people with disabilities. Find out more about this great group of Directors who help share all that we do at CVS.
Leann Buteau, B.ED, M.ED is 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 over 12 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.
Jenna Christianson-Barker is a Faculty Member of the Disability and Community Studies Department at Douglas College, focused on preparing practitioners dedicated to thoughtful and dignity filled supports. Through a variety of professional roles, she has had the opportunity to lead federal employment initiatives, sit on national working groups, identify and build on gaps in service, collaborate with both federal and provincial government, participate in and inform research, and create and deliver academic programming. She also works as a Research Assistant with the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship and is working on a PhD at UBC in Interdisciplinary Studies, Community Engagement, Social Change and Equity. Having most recently served as Board Chair for CVS until 2023, she is honoured to support the CVS team in their mission to facilitate opportunities for people to live the life they choose.
Lynda Miller is a Director at Community Ventures Society and also one of our past Presidents. 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, retired from her career in social work (and a short stint in library science) in 2020 and is now privileged to be able to alternate her time between Vancouver and Denman Island. Her social work career comprised a range of experiences, including work with children and adults with disabilities in hospitals, rehabilitation centres and in the community. Prior to her retirement, she was a social worker for over 10 years with Acquired Brain Injury Services in the Fraser Health Region. Nancy continues to seek opportunities both to apply and enhance her skills and knowledge. She has been on the CVS Board since 2010.
Karen Headridge is the mother of a young lady who is currently in CVS’s Community 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. Additionally, Karen has worked with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Clare Hetherington 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.
Davi Bachra has a wealth of experience as an educator in the local community. Davi is part of the Vocational Education and Skills Training faculty at Douglas College. Davi has a range of experience in the local community and is passionate about the work CVS undertakes as it supports people with disabilities and their families.
Cynthia Zenti is Mom to an adult son who is a joyful participant at CVS. Cynthia’s professional career spans 40 years and includes; VP of Sales, Consultant, Keynote Speaker, Coaching & Training in Sales, Marketing and Personal Development. She works with both companies and individuals. Cynthia advocacy for diversity and inclusion started as a child, having a brother with Developmental Disabilities. She is passionate about helping people unlock their potential.
Kathryn Anthistle has extensive experience as a lawyer of nearly 20 years in both the public and private sector, financial services, securities and regulation. She is a mother to 3 young children, including twins. She has a passion for the principles of equity and inclusion, including gender equity. In addition to an LL.B., she had a Hons. BSc., including a major in gender studies. She has advocated for necessary supports and inclusion for children with disabilities since entering the daycare and education system in BC with her own children. She serves on the Accessibility and Advisory Committee through her employer at the British Columbia Securities Commission and has prior community experience through organizations such as the United Way. She is thrilled to serve on the CVS Board and contribute to the advancement of inclusion for the people CVS serves and their families, facilitating opportunities and access for all in realizing full human rights and fulfillment within the community.