Board of Directors
Annette Borrows has been serving people with disabilities towards employment for the past 22 years. Her experience ranges from working with people that have persistent mental health issues, those with mobility issues and supporting people with developmental disabilities.
Annette has spearheaded and written content for Canada’s National Supported Employment Best Practices found at www.employmentforall.ca as well as many other training and workshops that she has facilitated throughout BC and abroad.
Annette is employed as an Employment Strategy Manager for Inclusion Langley Society, Delta Community Living Society and Community Futures of the South Fraser.
Tami Logan has been supporting individuals with developmental disability in the pursuit and attainment of their career goals for the past 33 years. Tami continues to break down barriers that people with disabilities face in the work force. Her experience includes: being an on-line worker in a Community Inclusion site, job developer, job coach and currently she is the Supervisor of Employment Services for Inclusion Langley Society.
Tami has sat on many committees over the past 33 years and is currently part of the Supported Employment Advocacy Network group, Rotary at Work, Focus Disability Network, Langley Dance Connections and the Langley Vocational Committee.
In 1999 Doris started Numbers Unlimited Bookkeeping as a way to supplement the family income and work around her children’s schedules. Numbers has grown over the past 20 years to a company with a staff of eight, and works with a wide variety of businesses, providing full-service bookkeeping and accounting services, and all types of tax services.
Doris has been active in the community in various capacities with the Chamber of Commerce, City Committees, Rotary, United Way, and Community Futures.
Paul McCracken is an Employment Specialist with Communitas Supportive Care Society. He has worked with people with diverse abilities for over 12 years. Paul assisted in setting up the organisations’ paid work experience programs and contributed content to their training workshops and is currently Team Lead. He has a diploma in Psycho-social rehabilitation from Douglas College and is an active volunteer in his community.
Lesley Anderson is a Permanent Resident who emigrated from Scotland to Chilliwack with her husband and three children 28 years ago. She left behind 20 years of being a Youth Leader for a Scottish region and started many Entrepreneurial opportunities.
appropriate Certificates for Job Club and Employment Counselling, Lesley then moved on as the major changes took place, and was offered a Case Manager position in Agassiz with the Agassiz- Harrison Employment and Support Services Inc. She held this position for 7 years and developed good relationships with many of the businesses. By networking and keeping her contacts throughout her working experience in Canada, Lesley has been able to assist many unemployed with or without a disability to discover their strengths and move into employment or volunteer until they feel ready for a more permanent position. She had been dealing more and more with clients who were looking for assistance in Customized Employment. Now she is the Customized Employment Co-ordinator for WorkBC Fraser North East Region in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope areas.
Lesley thrives in all challenges given to her and feels really honored to be part of the FDNS, being able to learn more about how she can better assist her clients with the knowledge gained throughout the networking and conference opportunities.
Linda has been supporting people with disabilities for over twenty years. Her experience extends to supporting people with developmental disabilities, mobility restrictions and persistent mental health. She currently works as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with Canadian Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Services supporting Canadian Military Veterans who have a range of health conditions.
Over the years Linda has sat on various committees to discuss, plan and address issues / services such as housing and community accessibility. She has a degree in Adult Education, in addition to Substance Abuse Counselling Certificate.
In her spare time Linda sits on the Harrison Dragon Boat Regatta Committee, and paddles on a women’s team.
Stephen Evans has lived in the Fraser Valley for the past 25 years. Since 1994, he has worked in the field of Employment Services and Business Development Supports. Having worked as a Self-Employment Program Coordinator/Business Analyst for Community Futures, before moving on to managing several employment assistance programs, he has acquired extensive experience within the employment counselling and business coaching fields. Stephen is also self-employed and has worked as an independent fruit broker. In addition, he has managed a large processing business for more than five years selling locally grown food within the global marketplace. Stephen’s passion for the micro-enterprise agri-foods industry has provided him with specialized expertise within the fields of food production and human resource management.
Stephen currently works for Mission Community Skills Centre Society as the Executive Director. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies from the University of Cape Breton (with distinction) and a Diploma in Applied Arts (Community Development) from the College of the North Atlantic.
Whyles has worked in Employment Services since 1998. Prior to that he worked in Customer Service, Food Services, Forestry, Property Management, Light Construction, Excavation and was self-employed for a time in Food Services. Whyles was on disability for 7 years before returning to the work force in 2000 full-time in the Employment Services field.
He presently has the pleasure of working with a great team at Seabird Island Employment Services delivering Sto:Lo Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training (SASET) employment interventions as a Career Development Practitioner. He enjoys front line work and has a genuine passion for work in this field and in the advocating for equality and fairness in employment for all persons. He has an interest in any activity that promotes community capacity building.
Whyles is a founding member of Focus Disability Network Society.