Thomas Bell, CPABC Board Director
Thomas Bell is a recent addition to the Board of Directors of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. Ontarian born, he moved to British Columbia in 1993. He recalls being invited to join the Board by the Provincial Ambassador of the association, Howard Blank. With years of partnership working with various children’s charities, it was natural for Thomas to eagerly jump on board (pun fully intended, of course). In the years of giving back to the community, Thomas’ diversity of commitments range from children with disabilities to youth sports. But what, he remarks, especially motivated him to join CPABC were his interactions with the Elizabeth Specht (Executive Director) and her daughter’s softball team.
Thomas Bell is no stranger to cerebral palsy. When he was in elementary school, he had a classmate, Bobby, who had cerebral palsy. He claims that Bobby’s inspirational attitude stuck with him throughout the years. In fact, just a few years ago, Thomas saw Bobby on National news discussing mobility access during the snowy season. Since then, he has maintained correspondence with his former classmate, and thanks her for the inspiration to join CPABC.
Thomas’ principal goal within CPABC is to raise awareness. He believes that raising awareness will not only bring more valuable funds for helping children with cerebral palsy, but more importantly, will allow a general integration for those with varying levels of cerebral palsy. His advice to those eager to get involved: learn as much as you can and treat everyone around you with kindness and compassion.
Thomas is a father of two, a rarified Ontarian Canucks fan, and a devoted member of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. We are very pleased to have Thomas Bell as a new and valuable member to the Board of Directors!
Graham McGowan, CPABC Treasurer
Graham McGowan is a new Member of the Board of the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC. After years of professional dedication to his clients in public practice as a CPA, Graham has decided to volunteer with a charitable organization, and finds that CPABC is just the right fit. He recalls his past experience in tutoring young adults with disabilities, including those living with cerebral palsy, and the challenges they may face in accessible learning, and commends the value of organizations such as CPABC. As the Treasurer, he is excited to take on new challenges and learn the ropes. He aims to support the organization from an analytical and financial perspective, with the committed intent to monitor organization budgets and financial stability.
His support helps CPABC meet their goals within the community. Beyond his goals for CPABC, he hopes to develop personally and professionally into a valuable member of the Board. He has great enthusiasm towards new opportunities, within the community as well as on a personal level.
Graham encourages those who are eager to get involved to make best use of CPABC’s comprehensive website and if possible, to reach out to staff members for assistance.
Graham is now eagerly awaiting the end of the pandemic so that he and his fiancée, can officially tie the knot. We look forward to Graham’s new adventures within the CPABC as well as his life. Welcome to the Board!