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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Tracy Humphreys, Founder and Chair

Tracy is a mom to three children with disabilities and she herself tracybluehas ADHD and other invisible disabilities. She has been an active volunteer in BC schools for over 20 years, as a board member on her local PACs, the District PAC in Victoria (VCPAC), and as a BCCPAC representative for VCPAC. She also served as Board Vice President of Elizabeth Buckley School for 3 years. She is currently a consultant CEO for beauty companies, a partner in CareQuadrant, and winner of the 2019 Victoria Community Leadership Award in Lifelong Learning for her work with BCEdAccess as a full time volunteer advocate for families of children with disabilities in British Columbia schools since 2014.


Nicole Kaler, Treasurer

Nicole has three school aged children in the Surrey School District. nicolek the real deal resizedAfter her eldest child’s Autism diagnosis, Nicole dedicated herself to becoming a career parent committed to the caregiving and advocacy required to support her daughter. Nicole is currently focused on the volunteerism and community activism that can leverage the experience and knowledge that she has acquired in the process of securing her daughter’s right to an education. Her efforts have included advocacy at the school level, various political levels, and ultimately within the Human Rights Tribunal process.

Nicole works with BCEdAccess to use her experiences to empower parents and challenge our education system so that all children have an equitable opportunity and a safe and healthy experience in BC public schools.


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 moderate the 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.

17 Comments

  1. Shelagh Martinusen
    Shelagh Martinusen April 14, 2015

    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

    • Cathie Camley
      Cathie Camley April 18, 2015

      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. TRACY HUMPHREYS
    TRACY HUMPHREYS April 14, 2015

    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!

  3. Carrie Mae Garber
    Carrie Mae Garber April 20, 2015

    How can I join this group ?

    • championsforwellness
      championsforwellness April 20, 2015

      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

  4. Michelle
    Michelle April 22, 2015

    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?

  5. shritichitrakar
    shritichitrakar February 22, 2017

    How can I join? Is there any group in Langley/Surrey area?

  6. milestonemanmanor@telus.net
    milestonemanmanor@telus.net September 17, 2019

    You don’t need to feel alone again – join over 1000 parents and caregivers – who understand your story

  7. […] session we had the pleasure of speaking with Tracy Humphreys who is the founder and chair of the BCEdAccess Society. She discussed with us the importance of equitable access to education and how our role as teacher […]

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