Our Team

  • Image of board and advisory committee members at AdvoCon 2018.
  • Image of board and advisory committee members at AdvoCon 2018.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Tracy Humphreys, she/her

Founder, Chair and Executive Director

Tracy is a lifelong volunteer and social justice advocate/activist, and found her passion for education advocacy when she was a student activist at UVic. This advocacy became focused on K-12 through having 3 children, and she came to disability justice through her children’s experiences with barriers to access to education because of their disabilities. During this time she also uncovered her own disabilities.

In 2014, she pulled together a province-wide network of BC parents and guardians of children and youth with disabilities of every kind, which eventually led to the establishment of the BCEdAccess Society, a provincial charity advocating for equitable access to education.


Anne Whitmore, Treasurer

Anne stumbled into advocacy as she raised her 4 children (2 have multiple disabilities) and was deeply troubled by the common stories and pain that she heard from other families in their struggle for inclusion and accessible supports for their children.

She found her voice (and the BCEdAccess community) in advocating with her school district and has served on the executive of her local PAC and DPAC with a focus on communication and inclusion. Anne is committed to supporting parent and caregivers in finding their way as advocates and parents through her work as a certified coach and trainer in programs like the Circle of Security Parenting™ to support family connections and emotional resilience..


Chantelle Morvay-Adams, Secretary

Chantelle is a passionate advocate for Inclusion. Her journey started over 11 years ago with the birth of her first son. A life full of detours, this new one in her life catapulted her into the role of advocate.

She believes creating connections in our local communities can help strengthen understanding of our diverse identities that will ultimately help those historically marginalized to flourish and to reach their full potential.

This led her to take up the role of DPAC C0-Chair for the Mission School District, . She also started an Inclusion Subcommittee at her children’s school to foster a mindset of Inclusion within the school community. She also won honourable mention for her CIVL 101.7 radio show, All In, delving into what Inclusion means to individuals and society as a whole.


ADVISORY BOARD

The Board of Directors of the BCEdAccess Society works with a dedicated group of active volunteers comprising our Advisory Board, who make up the voting membership of the Society and help guide the strategic direction of the organization. As members of different Board committees, they also take on different roles such as moderating the community Facebook group, and help plan and execute group actions. Individually and collectively, members of our discussion group take up action which we support and promote.

24 thoughts on “Our Team”

  1. Our story is so much like yours. We also had difficulty getting our oldest tested for gifted. Our elementary school was reluctant and essentially refused. They focussed on the kids that did well with rote math basics and spelling. Totally missing some of the truly bright kids.
    Shortly after transitioning to middle school, I inquired about testing.mthey were in disbelief that she hadn’t already been tested. Within 2 weeks Testing was done and she had been invited to participate in the gifted program. She didn’t reach the percentile for official designation and an IEP, but close enough that she got to attend the planned enrichment activities.
    Another example of inadequate access to services

    1. Thank you for sharing your story Shelagh. So many children like yours fall though the cracks…and those cracks just seem to get bigger with more and more children falling through them.

  2. I’m so proud of this dedicated group of women. Reading your accomplishments is impressive. It takes a lot of time and energy to do all that you do and have done, and I appreciate you all so much!

    1. if you send us an email (equitableaccesstoeducation@gmail.com) and include a very brief description of why you are interested in joining, we will then send you an email invitation to the private group 🙂 ~Karen

  3. I am very impressed by your group. I have 3 children and 2 have special needs with what I call invisible disabilities . An adult son with FASD and an 9 year old who is intellectually gift but struggles with sensory integration. …developmental coordination disorder and severe anxiety. I have been a special needs ed assistant for almost 30 years and have tried yo keep my faith in public education..we too are being pushed out…and hard. We are requesting an investigation by Alberta Ed sadly into the school my don attends and i used to work at. Now with our Alberta provincial budget cutting more and freezing school board access to our educational reserves things are getting worse. I wonder do you know of a comparable organization you connect with here in Alberta?

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