Stefan has lived his entire life as the younger sibling of his brother Michael who has Cerebral Palsy. His upbringing uniquely shaped his worldview as he developed a profound understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis. His parents were tireless advocates for Michael’s inclusion and integration, and Stefan has adopted that philosophy. He hopes to devote much of his work in the future to furthering those objectives and is embracing his role as Chair of the Plan Institute Board.
Stefan obtained his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Victoria and currently works as a lawyer in New Westminster. His practice is focussed mostly on personal injury, but his legal interests extend to estate planning, capacity, and human rights. In his spare time, Stefan enjoys a variety of sports, including golf, soccer, tennis, and hockey.
Cathy Anthony and her family joined PLAN as young parents, and she truly feels blessed for the journey that her son Josh has led her on. She feels her life has been enriched through the connection to families, who have been her mentors, guides and supporters. Cathy has over 30 years of experience supporting and advocating with families who have family members living with disabilities, both in her career and through extensive volunteering. She enjoys facilitating workshops, including Plan Institute’s annual Caregivers Retreat. She joined the Plan Institute Board in 2017 and also is the Chair of PLAN’S Board of Directors.
Junni has extensive resource planning, financial reporting and analysis, financial management control, and administration experience working with post-secondary institutions and not-for-profits. Junni deeply believes that inclusive communities are stronger communities, and is committed to advancing Plan Institute’s mission.
Diane is a Professor and Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. She has had many leadership roles in health research at both the provincial and national levels. She and her wife Andrea have been members of PLAN for many years.
Anton Medvedev, Treasurer
Anton has extensive experience in the fields of financial performance management and reporting, acquired through his time in the finance department of a multinational corporation and the professional services and product departments of a Toronto-based scale-up. Anton holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson university as well as CPA, CMA and CFA designations. This is Anton’s only board role and he is excited at the prospect of using his skills to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.
Cynthia works as Program Manager and Outreach Coordinator at Disability Alliance BC’s Access RDSP Program in partnership with Plan Institute and the BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS). She holds an MA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia with special interest in Asian Diasporic Literature and intergenerational trauma. She sits on the Transitions Advisory Committee and is a member of the Disability Tax Fairness Alliance.
Hengameh is a Law Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. Hengameh recognized a need for educational resources and accessible platforms for people with disabilities to learn about investment. As a result, she is starting to work on a start-up to address the gap. While still at the beginning of this work, she thought community serving on Plan Institute’s board would be a very good return on the time and effort she’s invested in educating herself. In addition, she is visually impaired and brings with her a deep personal understanding of the work Plan Institute participates in.
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