President – Robert Leroux
Robert Leroux has been working for technology and multinational companies in the Metro Vancouver area since 1994. A graduate of Douglas College in Information Systems, he furthered 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 and help businesses 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 – Stacey Wakelin
Stacey Wakelin is a passionate community advocate and volunteer, residing in Langley with her husband and two teenagers. A belief that communities should be inclusive and safe for all has informed much of Stacey’s volunteer efforts. From organizing Compassion Pop-up events to bring kindness and much needed essentials to our neighbours experiencing homelessness, to community dinners that encourage connection—bringing people together inspires much of Stacey’s work in the community. A background in the creative arts inspired Stacey to teach arts and crafts classes to refugees at a Surrey non-profit. She is also a member of the Triple A Senior Housing Society Board.
The majority of Stacey’s working life has been spent in the retail industry, the management side and co-ownership. Stacey feels very fortunate to be able to step back from her work, to focus on several volunteer roles in the community. Joining the Board of Langley Pos-Abilities is a wonderful way to work with this team to make our community more accessible and inclusive for all.
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.