Board of Directors
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.
Our Board Members:
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.
David Doig has a BA in Political Science (UBC) and a LLB (Manitoba).He is the principal of David H. Doig & Associates, a Vancouver law firm specializing in plaintiff personal injury litigation, primarily involving brain and spinal cord injury matters, as well as other complex negligence/contractual litigation matters relating to personal injuries.
He frequently lectures on the subject of medicine, rehabilitation and the law and has been a guest speaker to lawyers, law students, and the medical community, as well as the general public.
Mr. Bruce Hay is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of British Columbia (UBC). He retired in 2001 from a public accounting firm he founded.
Mr. Hay has been very active in early stage biotech and software companies in Vancouver where 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.
He 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 Vice Chair of the BC Rehabilitation Foundation.
Mr. Hay is married, has two adult children and one grandchild. He is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying backpacking, climbing, bicycle touring and fly fishing.
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.
He said “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. "