SCI BC’s Board of Directors oversees the strategic, financial and operational sustainability of the organization. Our volunteer board members are all knowledgeable business professionals and five of them * are living with a spinal cord injury.

Contact the SCI BC Board of Directors at info@sci-bc.ca.

Anthony Ariganello

Tony joined the SCI BC Board in 2011 and is a member of both the Audit and Governance Committees. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon.  Prior to joining CPHR BC & Yukon in 2014, Tony was President and CEO of the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada for 11 years.  A graduate of McGill University, Tony has chaired the board of the Direct Sellers Association of Canada, been a member of the board of the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, and the Non-Prescription Drug Manufacturers Association of Canada. He is a member of CPA BC and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and holds the ICD.D director designation. Tony is also the Chair of the BC Audit Council for Local Government.

Don Danbrook *

Don is a peer and dedicated volunteer; he has served on the Finance Committee of the SCI BC Board since 2011 and joined the Board in 2012. He is a CPA/CGA and his career has included a decade with the Canada Revenue Agency and establishment of a real estate development corporation. Don holds both real estate and mortgage licenses. In 2010, Don was certified by Stanford University to train leaders in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program at the University of Victoria.

Bernard Fahy

Bernie has been a member of Spinal Cord Injury BC’s Board since 2002 and he serves on the Finance Committee, as well as chairing the Audit Committee. He has also made a tremendous contribution for over two decades as a board member (now Past Chair) of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, a major funder for this organization. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Chartered Business Valuator, and Trust and Estate Practitioner, as well as President of his own financial consulting company. In 2011, Mr. Fahy was presented with a community service award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of BC in recognition of his dedicated contribution to these organizations, as well as others benefiting our community and people in need.

Frieda Granot

A member of the Order of Canada and of Board Diversity 50, Frieda is a dynamic and highly motivated individual with outstanding vision, leadership and relationship-building skills, and far-reaching international perspective. She has extensive entrepreneurial experience and has spearheaded a variety of think tanks, managing their development from a mere idea to successful, full-fledged entities, developing their strategy, and securing the necessary financial and human resources. Her Board experience includes not-for-profit and Crown Corporation Boards. She holds a BSc in Mathematics, and MSc in Computer Sciences and a PhD in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business. She has been at UBC since 1975 where she’s served in numerous roles including chaired professor, Associate Dean and Dean. Welcomed to the SCIBC Board in 2014, Frieda is a member of the Fund Development Committee.

 Terry LeBlanc *

Terry sustained a spinal cord injury in 1978 while vacationing in BC and returned here from his native Nova Scotia in 1994. Terry has a background in teaching at BCIT, but for many years his focus has been his volunteer work with the SCI BC Peer Program and a myriad of other organizations supporting and serving people with disabilities.  Terry is a strong advocate for accessibility and human rights, and is a very active and valued mentor for our peer program.  He has served on the SCI BC Board of Directors since 2005 and is a member of the Programs Committee, as well as the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Society Board.

Scott McCloy (Vice Chair & Treasurer)

Scott joined the SCI BC Board in 2008. He recently retired from his position as Director of Government, Community and Media Relations for WorkSafeBC, with over 30 years’ experience in this field in both the public and private sectors. Scott remains very active in the community following his retirement and currently holds two executive positions on the SCI BC board, serving as both Vice-Chair and Treasurer.  He chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Additionally, Scott is a member of the Board of the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Society.

Edward Milligan * (Chairperson) 

Ed joined the SCI BC Board in 2000 and has served as Chairperson since 2010. A professional engineer, he is Owner and President of West Shore Constructors. Prior to accepting the role of Chair, Ed’s board contributions included advocacy work as well as participating on the Lions Paraplegic Lodge Board. Ed is also a director of the BC Paraplegic Foundation, as well as Co-Chair of Spinal Cord Injury Canada’s Board of Directors.

 Gerry Price *

Gerry has been a member of SCI BC for many years and joined our Board of Directors in 2002. He is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities and a dedicated volunteer. A resident of Parksville, Gerry is President of ADVentures Adaptive Design, which develops and manufactures products for use with wheelchairs that support greater independence.

Dianna Robertson

Dianna has worked as an occupational therapist since graduating from the University of Alberta in 1992.  She subsequently obtained a Masters Research Degree in Occupational Therapy through Dalhousie University.   Over the years, she has been involved in providing direct treatment and case management services to children and adults, as well as working in driver rehabilitation.  Dianna has been qualified as an expert and has testified in BC Supreme Court and BC Human Rights Tribunals.  Dianna also holds a Law Degree from the University of British Columbia, and practices at D.R. Robertson Injury Law.  Dianna is dedicated to helping injured people get their lives back. She joined the SCI BC Board of Directors in 2015 and chairs the Governance Committee.

Tom Romano *

Tom sustained a spinal cord injury while working as a logger in 1994. He was involved as a volunteer with the Association’s service delivery in the Fraser Valley and then joined the Board of Directors in 1999. Tom is a passionate advocate for architectural accessibility and a very active community volunteer.  He is also an avid golfer and is always enthusiastic about broadening opportunities for others with disabilities to participate in the sport. Tom is a member of the Programs Committee and has also contributed to initiatives supporting the development of accessible housing.

Jessica Vliegenthart

Jessica joined the SCI BC Board in 2017. After acquiring a spinal cord injury at the age of 21 and rebuilding her life, Jessica chose to become an advocate for injured people and now practices personal injury law. Having navigated the system first as a patient and now as a lawyer, she understands the deep frustration and stress that follows an injury. As such, Jessica believes strongly in empowering her clients, ensuring their ability to focus on their recovery while she passionately advocates for their rights. After her spinal cord injury, she represented Canada in wheelchair basketball, winning bronze at the 2010 World Championships and capping off her career playing in the London 2012 Paralympics. Now retired from international sport, Jessica spends her free time enjoying her home town of Kamloops with her husband and young son, where she is very involved in community. She and her husband Jon co-founded the Kamloops Adapted Sports Association (KASA), the first multi-sport adapted sport organization in BC. Jessica is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth ll Diamond Jubilee Medal for Service to Canada, the Ann Roberts Humanitarian Award from the UVic Faculty of Law and the Terry Fox Gold Medal from SFU.

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