An Update From PLAN

Guest post by Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN)

We are honoured and inspired to welcome Cathy Anthony as the new Chair of our PLAN’s Board. Cathy is a fierce co-leader in the Family Movement for Inclusion, and has been involved with PLAN, Family Support Institute and the Simon Fraser Society for decades. We look forward to the kindness, wisdom and strength she will bring to her new role as Chair.

Cathy is following in the footsteps of many other family leaders, going back to Jack Collins, our founding president and Ted Kuntz, our outgoing Board Chair. Ted will remain on our Board, and continue to offer caring wisdom and perspective in the days ahead.

Both Cathy and Ted have written letters about this transition in leadership. If you’d like to read them, we invite you to visit

PLAN has also been working hard to deepen our relationships with families and enhance the way we collaborate to nurture our personal networks. Our new approach is a comprehensive one, integrating principles of person centred planning, Asset Based Community Development, Narrative Therapy and Independent Facilitation. After demonstrating the strength and flexibility of this community approach, PLAN is regularly invited to consult with organizations about how it can be scaled and applied to population groups across North America.

In addition to re-developing our network model, we are also working on tools and resources that can support siblings and younger generations to become more involved in the lives of their friends and family with disabilities. We recently collaborated with Helen Reis on a document that explores how younger generations, particularly siblings, want to be engaged on complex topics like these.

As family-to-family support becomes ever-more important to PLAN families, we are excited to collaborate with like-minded organizations. If you’d like to learn more about PLAN’s updated network development model, or any of our other work, please connect with Rebecca Pauls, Director of PLAN at

To learn more about PLAN, our sister organization, go to