Workshop for families – securing the future

Workshop for families – securing the future

Securing the Future – Through Microboards and family governed initiatives

16th November 



Eden Park

South Stand Level 3 Lounge

Entrance Reimers Ave

The venue is accessible and with plenty of free parking available.

About the Seminar

This seminar will explore how families can bring people together to develop a range of family-governed initiatives, including microboards, intentional networks and family-governed collectives.


Early Bird if paid by 1st October: $175 Full: $200


Cancellation Fee of $50 will apply up to the 2nd November, then no refund is available.




Lawrence Chok While looking to create an ordinary life for his son, he and his wife decided not to go alone. In early 2008, Lawrence and his wife called a meeting at 8am on a Saturday. Lawrence’s instinct told him if families were really serious, they would get up early in their quest for a good life for their young adult sons or daughters. True enough they came although some late dropped out. Over the past nine years, four families remained in the group to support one another, sharing the common goal of creating fulfilled lives for their loved ones.

Linda Perry is the Executive Director of Vela Canada. During her forty-five year career Linda has advocated and mentored in a variety of capacities for and with people with physical and developmental challenges. For the last twenty-seven years, Linda has worked for Vela supporting the creation of over 1200 Microboards in British Columbia, as well as consulting on projects in other parts of Canada, the United States, Australia, the U.K, Ireland and Norway. Linda is also the proud mother to six children and three grandchildren, several of whom have special needs.

Bridget Snedden has over the last 35 years experience in the disability sector in New Zealand. She has a special interest and expertise in the development of small family governed initiatives. Bridget draws on her own lived experience as a mother of a vibrant young man with an intellectual disability,to support other families seeking to build better futures for their disabled loved ones. Her experience gives her an understanding of the concerns families face when looking to their future, especially as parents age, and the issues this raises for them and their disabled family member. Bridget is passionate about intentional networks and the positive impact they can have in the lives of disabled people and their families.


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