Our Board Members:
BC Rehab is governed by a dedicated and passionate Board of Directors. Our Board members are volunteers and come from a variety of backgrounds. They offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to make BC Rehab a strong and effective organization.
Bruce is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC). He retired in 2001 from the public accounting firm he co-founded.
He is active in early stage biotech and software companies in Canada where he has been instrumental in founding, building and selling a number of such companies. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of ARC Medical Devices Inc., a ‘spin off’ from UBC that he co-founded.
Bruce has served on a number of public company boards and currently serves on a number of private company boards. In addition to his corporate involvement he has served on a number of ‘not for profit’ boards including the Better Business Bureau, Crime Stoppers and various youth organizations. He is currently the Chair of the B.C. Rehabilitation Foundation.
He is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying backpacking, bicycle touring and fly-fishing.
Ian retired in 2013 after 27 years as a corporate lawyer in Vancouver, and now fills his time with family, travelling, day-hiking, backpacking, gardening, reading and attempting to stay physically fit. His love of the outdoors is one of the reasons BC Rehab’s mandate appeals to him – to be able to assist anyone who is working to overcome a challenge is very fulfilling, and the strength and determination of the individuals who BC Rehab helps are a continuing inspiration.
Walt Lawrence was born in Vancouver British Columbia. He has been married for twenty five years and has two daughters.
Walt was injured in Kelowna at age eighteen in a diving accident forty-six years ago leaving him with a C2/3 Spinal Cord injury.
Walt went on to pursue a career in counselling, achieving a Registered Rehab Professional Degree. He has been working at GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre for the past twenty five years. He was most recently awarded a Doctorate of Divinity and has dedicated his life to advocating for persons with disabilities working closely with the City of Vancouver and various other boards. For the past eighteen years Walt has been on the board of BC Rehab Foundation and finds it very rewarding.
“BC Rehab Foundation is a life changing organization which I am proud to work along side as it has assisted and enabled many individuals towards maximizing independence”
Rachel Abel is an Occupational Therapist on the inpatient spinal cord injury program at GF Strong Rehab Centre. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology prior to completing her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at UBC. She has experience working in acute care facilities such as St. Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital, however, has spent majority of time working on the various inpatient programs at GF Strong Rehab Centre.
Rachel enjoys cycling and playing sports, including tennis, which she also teaches in the summers after work. She also loves hiking, running, and beach walks with her puppy. Rachel is extremely excited to join the BC Rehab Foundation and help assist clients with increasing their independence.
Al has been involved with BC Rehab Foundation since its inception in 1994 and prior to that, was a director of the BC Rehab Society running George Pearson and GF Strong Hospital for 5 years. He became chairman of BC Rehab Foundation and was chair for 6 years.
BC Rehab Foundation is a very worthwhile organization, it benefits people with disabilities and being part of this is a very rewarding job.
Dr. Heather Fay
While working as a family doctor, she trained in many complementary fields and used them in her practices in Scotland, the Middle East and western Canada, being certified in clinical hypnosis and in medical acupuncture. The medical acupuncture training, by Dr. Steven Aung, at the University of Alberta, was followed by further training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and medical acupuncture in Beijing.Dr. Fay works with patients who are interested in looking at the mind – body – spirit connection in relation to acute and chronic illness, stress, cancer, injury or pain.
Knut is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Simon Fraser University. He retired in 2015 from the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer after 20 years of service. Prior to that, he worked for 10 years at the BC Rehab Society when it ran the George Pearson Centre and GF Strong where he was the Director of Finance and Administration.
Knut has served on a number of “not for profit” boards and was a part-time instructor at the BC Institute of Technology in the Fundraising Management Certificate program. In addition, he obtaining his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2003.
While competing as a member of the Canadian National Ski Team, Knut was injured in 1974 leaving him with a T11/12 Spinal Cord injury taking his life in a very different direction. His combination of personal and professional experience with the challenges faced by persons with disabilities give him insight and a desire to assist those working to overcome their personal challenges.
BC Rehab is staffed by one devoted individual who has been with the Foundation for over 10 years. She offers a wealth of knowledge for individuals with disabilities and will advocate for those who require her help.
Client Services and Administrative Coordinator
Trynka Gogal is in charge of Client Services and the Administration at BC Rehab. Trynka has been working for BC Rehab since the beginning of 2005. She attended Langara College Fine Arts program, but left early to travel. Trynka found her true joy when she started working for BC Rehab. She has learned not only how to run a foundation, but most importantly she learned how to advocate for individuals with physical disabilities.