Stephanie Debisschop (on maternity leave until Spring 2024)
Stephanie joined Plan Institute in 2012 to coordinate the education and awareness program of the Registered Disabilities Savings Plan, a savings vehicle developed and campaigned for by PLAN to assist Canadians with disabilities on their long-term financial stability. She has since moved into the role of Executive Director of Plan Institute. Stephanie has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Human Security and Peace-building, and has spent 10 years working with nonprofit organizations on disability issues, as well as working internationally on community integration initiatives. Stephanie has a strong belief in the right to full and equal citizenship for all those within the community, and is thrilled to be a part of the Plan Institute team.
Franceska first discovered PLAN and Plan Institute in 2010 while researching what the future held for her Autistic son. Since then, she has held various leadership roles within the disability community. She is passionate about supporting families to build their capacity, strengthen their disability voice and grow their networks of support. She has a special interest in guiding families through the difficult process of transitioning their child out of high school and into their next phase of life. She is privileged to have been an integral part of key initiatives such as the BC Summer Institute for Inclusive Learning (held bi-annually at UBC) and the Transition Timeline online tool. She is thrilled to have come full circle and return to Plan Institute as the Interim Executive Director.
Franceska has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Concordia in Montreal where she studied mathematics and business. Outside of work, Franceska enjoys early morning runs, gardening, and spending time with her family.
Jessika joined PLAN and Plan Institute in 2010 and is currently Plan Institute’s Director of Finance. Jessika deeply believes in inclusive and supportive communities that allow everyone to be themselves and contribute their gifts.
Jessika oversees Plan Institute’s finances, manages organizational budgeting and provides financial reports to our auditors, Board of Directors, membership, funders, and government bodies.
Yaya started out as Plan Institute’s Accounting Administrator in 2012, and has since become the main Accountant. She has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Diploma from BCIT in Accounting. She loves working with people, travelling and is teaching herself how to bake.
Rachael joined Plan Institute in September 2021. Previously, she worked for a small non-profit in the UK developing communication tools for people with disabilities and also held a grant writing role at a feminist multi-service charity based in Toronto. With a background in publishing, she strongly believes that accessible information can empower individuals to live in safety and security.
Khair joined Plan Institute in January 2022 with a desire to make positive impacts with his community footprint. Khair has a Bachelors degree in Engineering and after years working in project management on large-scale industrial mega-projects, he decided to transition to more value-driven work in the non-profit sector. Khair strongly believes in the merits of financial literacy and future planning and is excited to bring his experience and passion to his role as Plan Institute’s Program Coordinator.
Liss is a neurodivergent nonbinary person who has had lifelong mental health related disabilities and is currently their wife’s caregiver. They graduated in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Psychology from SFU and were provided with their first professional disability-centered experience through the university’s cooperative education program in 2017. Through the various personal and professional experiences with disability Liss has had, their passion for impacting meaningful change and supporting an intersectional and holistic approach to disability management and services has only grown stronger.
Liss is currently one of the Program Managers at Plan Institute (PI). Their work includes managing PI’s free national Disability Planning Helpline Service; managing the Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning workshops; supporting the Access RDSP program in collaboration with Disability Alliance BC (DABC) and BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS); and assisting with the Disability Without Poverty movement wherever possible. Liss is also on the Board of Directors for DABC and continues to be a health mentor for the UBC Interprofessional Health Mentors Program, which they first joined in the fall of 2022.
Megan joined Plan Institute in March 2022 with a desire to build inclusive and sustainable communities. She graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Environment in Global Environmental Systems and Sociology, as well as a certificate in Social Justice. Throughout her degree, Megan held a variety of student positions in community-building, outreach, and administration that allowed her to discover her love of working in advocacy. Megan has many personal connections to disability and identifies as neurodivergent. She is passionate about lowering barriers, and about sustainability and equity in community life. In her spare time, she can be found wandering local parks and beaches, trying out new crafting mediums, and making music with her choir.