Monday, November 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- Family Support Institute of BC
- 604-540-8374 ext. 521
Join us on November 16th for Understanding politics – What does it all Mean? with Rebecca Pauls, Norah Flaherty, and Stefan Wittman
Moderated by Angela Clancy
Join our panellists Rebecca Pauls, Norah Flaherty, and Stefan Wittman to learn how to utilize politics to help support our kids.
What is it all about? We want to help families understand politics, government, and all of the intricacies of that. Many families don’t understand politics and how to use them to their advantage when you have a son/daughter/family member with a disability. Learn and understand the power political leverage has and how you can utilize the parties, your MLA/MP, and even the Ministers/Deputies and the Municipalities to advance your agendas.
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Rebecca Pauls is the Executive Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a Vancouver-based social enterprise that partners with families and people facing social isolation to secure their future by mobilizing relationships and leveraging community assets. Since joining PLAN six years ago, Rebecca has led a complete re-design of programming to integrate principles of person centred planning, ABCD, narrative therapy and independent facilitation. After demonstrating the strength and flexibility of this community approach, Rebecca is regularly invited to consult with organizations about how it can be scaled and applied to population groups across North America. As a mother to four children, Rebecca also has a deep appreciation for the roles that family and friends play in our lives, and is committed to connecting people with other people and places around them.
Norah Flaherty is the proud Mom of a young adult son who lives with autism. She founded the West Point Grey Ball Hockey Team for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities in 2010 to support their social and physical health. It is still going strong.
Norah is a passionate believer and advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities to employment, education, safe and affordable housing and a life of dignity.
Norah works as an Inclusive Workforce Consultant with BC Partners in Workforce Innovation (BC Win). She is the chair of the BC Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Action Group. She served on the Board of Directors of Community Living BC and chaired the Quality and Service Committee from 2010-2015. She is a Board Member of the Canucks Autism Network (CAN).
Norah obtained a Bachelor of Education and Master of Science from McGill University, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University.
Stefan Wittman obtained his JD and MBA degrees from the University of Victoria and currently works as a lawyer in New Westminster. His practice is focused mostly on personal injury, but his legal interests extend to estate planning, capacity, and human rights. Stefan has lived his entire life as the younger sibling of his brother Michael who has Cerebral Palsy. His upbringing uniquely shaped his worldview as he developed a profound understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face on a daily basis. His parents were tireless advocates for Michael’s inclusion and integration, and Stefan has adopted that philosophy. He hopes to devote much of his work in the future to furthering those objectives and currently serves as Chair of the Plan Institute Board of Directors.
Family Support Institute is excited to begin launching free online workshops available to all families/individuals during August to December! Take advantage of the chance to connect and learn together virtually in the safety and comfort of your own home.