The Extend-A-Family Board of Directors
Works as an accessibility planner; was an Extend-A-Family host for several years; has worked and volunteered with children and adults with various types of disabilities over the years, primarily in recreational/sports settings. Serving the Board since 2008.
Parent of a child with developmental disability. Worked in a leadership role for a large national retailer for over 22 years, monitoring and improving team performance. Served as a member on the Parent Council Committee at her son’s school for several years and advocating for inclusion. Serving the Board since 2013.
Is a Senior Accountant at a professional accounting firm and is currently working towards obtaining her Chartered Professional Accountant designation. She has a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, Honors Specialization in Accounting from the University of Western Ontario. Serving the Board since 2015.
Mother of a son with a developmental disability; long-time member of another organization serving people with disabilities. Serving the Board since 2003.
Mother of a teenage son with Autism. In Fall of 2016, reached out to Extend-A-Family when feeling a little lost during my son’s transition into High School. The support and community of Extend-A-Family has been an absolute blessing for myself and my family! There is nothing I would like more than to give back in any way that I can. Spent much of my career as a Corporate Recruiter. Part of that role is working closely with the leadership team to advance inclusive and diverse hiring practices. I also enjoy running, bicycling, good coffee, good books and time with family and friends. Serving the Board since 2017.
Mother of a daughter with Down Syndrome; journalist. Member of the Board since 2016.
Working in the hospitality industry (hotels). I have been a part of Extend-A-Family for most of my life as I have a developmental disability myself. I am committed to the idea of inclusion for the betterment of our community. I have done workshops and training on inclusion since high school. In addition, I have been giving speeches on the strengths of differently abled people since 2015. Serving the Board since 2018.
Works in the non-profit sector with over a decade of experience in organizations focusing on disability service, health promotion, youth leadership and inclusive recreation; specializing in project management, development, organizational leadership. She has a BA in Disability Studies with a Minor in Organizational Leadership as well as a Diploma in Outdoor Recreation Management and currently works as the Director of Development at L’Arche Toronto. Serving the Board since 2013.
The Extend-A-Family Staff
Jessica Van Wyk
Safe & Secure Futures Networks Coordinators
Jessica Van Wyk