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Divisional Panels

 

CSSEA is governed by a board of directors comprising up to seven elected member representatives, three government appointees and one representative from a government authority. Each membership division is represented by an elected body or panel. The panels serve as the fixed point of reference between the board of directors and the membership.

The elections of member representatives to fill available spaces on each divisional panel are held during the divisional sessions at the annual general meeting. Each division can elect up to eight panel members. Elected panel members serve a two-year term, and may serve consecutive terms.

 

Role of Panel Members

As the elected body representing each membership division, the panel serves as a fixed point of reference between the board of directors and the members of the division it represents. Please refer to the Governance Manual for details on the roles and responsibilities of the panels

In general, the panels will:

  • Select divisional representatives to serve on the board of directors.
  • Appoint divisional representatives to serve on the divisional bargaining team.
  • Participate in the development of the association.
  • Support the strategic direction of the association.
  • Provide direction to the association on all member initiatives and serve as reference group members as required.
  • Assist with conference and AGM planning.
  • Serve as divisional leaders within their membership division.
  • Communicate with their divisional members.
  • Bring forward member issues to the board.
  • Represent and communicate the substance and intent of the association.
  • Enhance the association.

 

Indigenous Services Panel

Chair - Melanie Hudson, Chief Executive Officer
Island Metis Family & Community Services 
Victoria

Vice-Chair -  Adam Calvert, Executive Director *
La Societé de les Enfants Michif (Métis Family Services)
Surrey

Kathleen Bennett, Executive Director 
Northwest Inter-Nation Family and Community Services Society 
Prince Rupert

Jennifer Dysart, Executive Director *
Haida Child and Family Services Society
Masset

Colleen Lucier, Executive Director
Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family & Community Services Society
Kamloops 

Bernadette Spence, Chief Executive Officer *
Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society
Vancouver

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Community Living Services Panel

Chair - Tammy Khanna, Executive Director 
Independent Living Housing Society of Greater Victoria
Victoria

Vice Chair - Dawn Hein, Chief Executive Officer *
Mission Association for Community Living
Mission

Fernando Coelho, Chief Executive Officer 
posAbilities Association of British Columbia
Burnaby

Ryan Cucheron, Executive Director *
Venture Training
Vernon

Dana Gorbahn, Chief Executive Officer
Gorbahn Professional Alternative Resources Inc.
Smithers

Shari Mahar, Executive Director *
Community Integration Services Society
Port Coquitlam

Tanya Sather, Executive Director
Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion
Burnaby

Anita Sihota, Executive Director
Delta Community Living Society
Delta

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General Services Panel

Chair - Judy Valsonis, Executive Director
Touchstone Family Association
Richmond

Vice Chair - Jaye Russell, Executive Director
Sea to Sky Community Services Society
Squamish

Tyrell Arnold
Connexus Community Resources Society, Executive Director
Vanderhoof 

Kelly Kelland
Interior Community Services
Kamloops

Ann Kutcher, Executive Director 
Westcoast Family Services Society
North Vancouver

Sanjeev Nand, Executive Director
Langley Community Services Society
Langley

Rod Santiago, Executive Director *
Archway Community Services Society
Abbotsford

Tim Veresh, Executive Director*
PLEA Community Services Society of BC
Vancouver

 

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*Denotes Member of CSSEA Board of Directors

 

 
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