Incorporated as a Society in 1991 and now in its 22nd year, BCANDS is governed by an elected, volunteer Board of Directors who receive no remuneration / honorarium for their governance services. Representatives serving on the BCANDS Board of Directors are located across British Columbia from both urban and Aboriginal communities.
The BCANDS Board of Directors meets quarterly or as needed, in order to receive accurate and up-to-date knowledge and information on organizational activities, while ensuring the fiscally responsible, transparent, comprehensive and relevant operations of the Society which is demanded and expected by our clients, our membership and our funding partners.
2013 - BCANDS Board of Directors
Mr. Frazer Smith Board President
Frazer’s Bio – Frazer is a member of the Tsartlip First Nation. Frazer is a residential school survivor and is also a person who lives with a disability. Frazer enjoys a long history of community volunteer service which includes; founding the Healing Place for all Nations Society (HPFANS); a founding member of the NIL/T,O Child and Family Services Society; serving as Board Chair for the Adult Care Society; Board member on the Provincial Aboriginal Infant Development Program (AIDP) and serving on the Board of BCANDS, first as Treasurer and now Board President. Frazer is a recipient of the prestigious British Columbia Community Achievement Award, presented to him in recognition of his dedication and continued work for the advancement, health and welfare of British Columbia’s most vulnerable people.
Mr. Stephen Lytton Board Vice-President
Stephen’s Bio – Stephen is a member of the Lytton First Nation. Stephen is a residential school survivor, having spent 13 years in St. Georges Residential School and is also a person who lives with a disability. Stephen is an accomplished actor, writer and presenter, who has presented both in western and eastern Canada to various groups regarding his personal experiences in residential school as an Aboriginal person living with a disability. Stephen enjoys all people he meets, poetry and creative writing. Stephen believes that the arts are one of many ways to build bridges both culturally and socially. Stephen’s favourite quote, by Mary C. Crowley, is “Attitude is the paintbrush that colours your world.”
To read Stephen’s story / presentation please click the link below.
Ms. Ruby Reid Board Secretary / Treasurer
Ruby’s Bio – Ruby is a member of the Haida First Nation. Ruby is an Indian Day School survivor, having spent 6 years in Indian Day School and is also a person who lives with a disability. Ruby is a strong voice on the BCANDS Board of Directors and compliments the Board and Society operations through her comprehensive understanding and guidance relating to the Society’s finances, gained through her experience throughout her employment history.
Ms. Trudy Spiller Director
Trudy’s Bio – Coming Soon!
Ms. Anna Sawyer Director
Anna’s Bio – Anna is from the Beecher Bay (Sc’ianew) First Nation and has extensive experience serving on community Board of Directors and community involvement. Some of Anna’s leadership experience includes serving as a Director for the NIȽ/TU,O Child and Family Services Society for 18 years and developing / implementing a woman’s group within the Songhees Nation. In addition to her community work and her support of all persons, Anna is a student at Camosun College, completing the Indigenous Family Support Worker Program.
In addition to our dedicated Board of Directors, BCANDS is very privileged to enjoy the support of the following Honorary Patrons. These Patrons are committed to the provision of accessible, quality and relevant Aboriginal disability and health information / resource and support services available to all Aboriginal persons and communities within British Columbia:
BCANDS Honorary Patrons
Chief Andy Thomas – Esquimalt First Nation
The Late George Watts – Tseshaht First Nation
Chief Simon Lucas – Hesquiat First Nation
Grand Chief Ed John – Tl’Azt’en First Nation
Her Honour the Houourable Judith Guichon – Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
Rick Hansen – C.C. OBC.
Diana Fowler LeBlanc – C.C., B.S.W., D.U.
BCANDS would also like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work performed by Ian Hinksman, Mike Touchie and the entire first BCANDS Board of Directors. Collectively they took the dream of an organization dedicated to assisting the health resource and disability needs of Aboriginal persons and communities within British Columbia and made that dream into a reality. You, your work and your efforts are not forgotten and is reflected in the work that we do today. Thank you!