President – Robert Leroux
Robert Leroux has been working for technology and multinational companies in the Metro Vancouver area since 1994. Graduate of Douglas College in Information Systems he further his studies being trained in database software applications such as Microsoft Sql Server and Oracle.
With a background in network disaster recovery, Robert is able to guide businesses to recover from data loss to helping business protect themselves from data loss.
Born in New Westminster, Robert moved out to Surrey then eventually to Langley in 2006. At the end of 2007 Robert broke away from corporate employment and started his own business. After twelve years of being self employed, Robert continues to enjoy watching his business grow but has some time to help out in the community from helping SEEDS (Self Employment & Entrepreneur Development Society) with their re-establishment to helping with Langley Pos-Abilities Society.
Vice – President – Shannon Ediger
Shannon is a registered social worker. She has worked in hospital and community health settings for many years, changing to project leader for Langley health services a few years ago. In this capacity, she has supported community development of a network in Langley (LINC), a specialized senior’s team, and numerous new community programs to support seniors. She has also developed an education series for health staff and community members that she presents twice a year.
Her passion for equal and fair treatment of all people is a cornerstone of her work and personal life. She is also an avid gardener, baker and mother of 4 daughters.
Treasurer – Colleen Loewen
My name is Colleen Loewen. I have been volunteering for Langley Pos-Abilities Society for about 8 years now, and I have been on the board since April of 2018. I enjoy giving back to my community and getting to know those that live in it. I like to be a good example of giving back to my three kids, ages 18, 15.5, and 11. I also like to see the expression on the kids faces when we present the TOAD program to their schools and they get that look of understanding of what it must be like for someone with a physical challenge.
Having been on the board for a year now, I understand why it is important to commit to it for at least a year, as there are different events that happen all year long. It’s always exciting to get new members on the board and see their enthusiasm for helping and trying new things. They have a fresh new way of looking at things, new ideas, and can use their gifts to help in new ways. It is also important to have people on the board that have been there long term, so they understand how things work, where things are, and can help train the new members. I have been working very closely with Zosia this past year, as I have been doing the treasurer position, and have seen a lot of changes and improvements to the Society. I am excited to see what the future for Langley Pos-Abilities holds as we try to do things like the Mobility Repair Day, more TOAD days, and the Accessibility Audit we plan to do for seeing how businesses are Mobility friendly for all abilities.
Secretary – Sheryl Rose Newman
My mission in life is to care for those in need and help them achieve their highest potential. After a short nursing career, I later founded Spinal Cord Injury Foundation of the Philippines and worked as peer support coordinator at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, before moving to Surrey, BC, where I live today with my husband, Christian, and two sons, Matthew and Justin.
Director: Marketing & Fund Raising – Nazanin Lakani
Naz graduated from Sauder School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in Marketing. She has experience in creating marketing plans and promotional materials.
Naz is currently working towards her Diploma in Rehabilitation and Disability Management at Simon Fraser University. As a Benefits Specialist (Disability Manager) at First West Credit Union, she is familiar with barriers and challenges people with limited abilities face, and wants to help bring awareness and positive change to this cause.
Director: Communications– Adrian Brugge
Adrian Brugge is Married to a wonderful woman and is the father of 12-year-old twins (boy/girl) and is self employed as a graphic designer. He has a passion for communication, creativity and ideas. Adrian grew up in a family where there were several people with disabilities and where advocacy, be it talking to someone on the street or petitioning governments for funding was a part of life. Adrian grew up with a father who was losing his hearing through Meniere’s Disease and a brother who faced mental and physical challenges through Cerebral Palsy. It is through the example his parents set in working to help establish group-homes, the deinstitutionalization of Woodlands, and working to secure both better access and better supports and funding for those with disabilities. By the age of 9 Adrian was volunteering at Joy Fellowship’s (a church set up specifically for the disabled in Surrey) summer camps.
Adrian also has had to learn how to face his own disabilities, Adrian was diagnosed with Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) at 12 then later also diagnosed with ADHD at 28. Over the years Adrian has learnt how to better work with hearing issues from his experiences and his fathers, as well as how to work with, manage and improve learning issues and the needs that are presented though his CAPD and ADHD. At 8 Adrian developed Psoriasis and by 19 started to deal with the symptoms Psoriatic Arthritis. By the age of 30 Adrian was unable to walk or hold anything in his hands for more than a few seconds. It was around this time he was also diagnosed with an acute form of Spina Bifida.
Adrian draws on his own experiences, his brothers, and his father to advocate for: better accessibility, better support, and better education for the public to help shed stigmas and barriers. He understands the challenges people with limited abilities face and wants to help bring awareness and positive change to this cause.
Director – Volunteers – Jean Moulton
During Jean’s 50-something life, she is a High School graduate, some college. She was married and belonged to many organizations or volunteered over many years at the Canadian Kennel Club (C.K.C.) and at Langley Lodge for pet therapy. Jean has been around pure-bred dogs for her entire life and has owned her own places. She was a Chef for over 30 years and has enjoyed working with several different employers. Following a traumatic event four years ago she is now looking forward to volunteering with Langley Pos-Abilities Society.
Executive Director – Zosia Ettenberg
Zosia was born in Drummondville PQ of Polish and Swiss parents. As a result, she grew up in a home where four languages were spoken. As she was always a curious child, she ended up learning all four languages. Now she speaks English, French and Polish and can make herself understood in German.
She had polio at 6 months of age which created a whole new set of challenges for her as well opportunities. She decided to be a Physiotherapist and graduated from McGill University with her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (B.P.T.) degree in 1966. She worked for 25 years in the field becoming Director of Rehabilitation Services and eventually Director of Education and Quality Assurance at Langley Memorial Hospital in BC. After downsizing and some medical challenges she changed careers and went into the Financial Asset Management business. Zosia loved to say that she used to “help people who were physically sick and now I am helping people who are financially sick.”
Due to some medical issues at the turn of the century she was unable to work for a few years but returned to the industry in 2006, specializing in senior’s needs. In 2010 she created and founded Langley Pos-Abilities Society.