SCACL Board of Directors
Pat Feindel – President
Pat joined the Board in 2021. She has been involved with social justice and community living organizations for several decades. While doing communications work for Inclusion BC (1998-2006), Pat was impressed by the commitment and passion of “self advocates” and parents who fought for rights and opportunities for those with diverse abilities. She assisted with a collaborative multi-media art project in which former residents of Woodlands and other BC institutions told their stories through art and photography. She was closely involved in the creation of the Woodlands Memorial Garden which commemorates former residents of Woodlands and Riverview who were buried in a forgotten and erased graveyard on the Woodlands grounds in New Westminster, BC.
Inspired by these experiences, Pat embarked on graduate studies at Simon Fraser University where her research highlighted the role of family advocates in BC disability history. She has taught Disability Studies and Anthropology at SFU.
Pat moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2020 and works as a communications consultant for local community organizations and projects around the province. She looks forward to getting to know SCACL members and working together to achieve our vision of “a community where everyone belongs, lives with dignity, and enjoys a full life.”
Mishelle Brydges – Vice-President
Joining the board in 2019, Mishelle comes from a professional background in movement education and with the perspective gained from many experiences as a parent advocate. She joined the SCACL board of directors with hope, wanting to share her passion for education and for creative innovation to develop new opportunities for growth within our Sunshine Coast community for people with diverse abilities.
Joshua Boyd – Secretary
Joshua has been working in Health Care for 26 years, since 2005 as an R.N. (B.Sc.N). He began working with persons with disabilities through the Easter Seal camps in BC, working and volunteering with the BC Lions Society spanning 10 years, including five summers as counsellor, programmer and/or R.N. Earlier in his career, Joshua worked as a live-in caregiver for two gentlemen with Muscular Dystrophy, as a caregiver for Vancouver Island Autistic Homes society, as an Inclusion Facilitator at summer camps and as a one on one support worker and volunteer for children and youth with mental and/or physical disabilities. His time at the Easter Seal camps sparked his passion for supporting those with disabilities and eventually led him towards a career in nursing education. As an RN, he has worked in acute care, long-term care, emergency, pediatric palliative care, home care, in the private and public sectors and internationally. He has been training health care assistants and personal support workers for 7 years, the last five being with Capilano University – kálax-ay campus.
Katryn Harris- Treasurer
Katryn Harris joined the Board in 2019. She spent a number of years in L’Arche communities living with people with developmental disabilities (1993-96 in Trosly, France, then until 2001 in Vancouver and Lethbridge) and building community with them. She has worked in translation, technology and project management; including building and running a software development company (Open Box Integration) from 2005 until 2018. Katryn’s focus in business was empowering people to pursue their passion by making technology a tool that serves them rather than the opposite. She is fascinated by people and their stories and how they tell those stories. Katryn has been gifted through relationships with many of the people with disabilities she has known and lived with, and looks forward to more great relationships through involvement with SCACL.
Nancy Brindley – Director
Nancy joined the Board in 2012. She developed an interest in serving people with developmental disabilities as a teenager through her involvement with an adult named Doreen. For many years, Doreen joined her family for holidays and weekends. Having spent over 30 years in education, she had the opportunity to work with individuals with a variety of special needs. Along with her husband she became involved with SCACL in the late 90’s when he decided to volunteer for the organization and became a good friend with one of the individuals served. Nancy also coached Special Olympics bowling for a year. Her passion is people and building healthy communities. In the context of SCACL, Nancy’s goal is to support Clarence, the Executive Director in creating a vibrant, happy and safe community for staff and persons served such that they “look forward to what the next day will bring”.
Bob Ware- Director and Past President
Bob Ware first joined the board in 1999. He brings a wealth of experience and background knowledge to board table discussions. Bob is a professor emeritus of the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, and a parent of a person served by SCACL.
Vacant – Self-Advocate Representative
A Self Advocate representative on the Board will be elected at an upcoming Self Advocate Committee meeting.