The Face of CPABC
Cerebral Palsy Association of British Columbia is run by a team of dedicated, compassionate staff. Some work full-time, many work part-time, but all of them work diligently to get the most out of the funding we get to benefit those living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Many times, they are the first point of contact between the Association and our beneficiaries and is the face of CPABC.
Executive Director - Elizabeth Specht
CPABC's Executive Director, Elizabeth, has over 30 years in the non profit charitable sector. She has received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership and service, and also recognized as Business Leader of the Year by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth is past Chair of Volunteer Canada, as well as Managing Director of Volunteer BC. She spent 17 years serving the community of Richmond and prior to that, was engaged with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver.
Elizabeth loves to travel, her most recent journey was to Uganda on a softball mission with her daughter and a group from all over Western Canada. Married and with two teenage girls, she loves gardening and visiting Gabriola Island.
Director of Operations - Denzil Muncherji
Denzil is a recent addition to the not-for-profit world. In 2017, she graduated with a BA in Anthropology and certificate in not-for-profit studies. She began working for the CPABC in 2018 as her first industry job. Starting as Programs Coordinator and working her way to Director of Operations, Denzil focuses on creating and implementing programs, while keeping in contact with the membership to assess and answer needs.
A true pluviophile at heart, Denzil is happiest when it rains and she enjoys playing ultimate and going for walks in this weather. She enjoys skiing in the winter, golfing and camping in the summer, and going for trivia nights all year round! Going an unconventional route, her family has a turtle and a bearded dragon to keep them on their toes!
Program Advisor - Jeanne Morton
Jeanne has worked with the CPABC since 2012 as a Consultant - a bit of a "Jack of all trades". She cherishes the generosity of our members sharing their lived experiences. She has an extensive history working with people with disabilities, in government, private, and not for profit sectors as a Behavioural Consultant, Manager of Residential & Vocational Resources, Navigator and Advocate.
Born in Newfoundland, Jeanne has been on a perennial westward migration, having lived in most of Canada's regions, eventually settling in Vancouver. With husband Robert, Jeanne has 3 adult children including their daughter in law. Jeanne loves theatre, concerts (almost any genre) and knitting. She can generally be found in the company of one (or more) of the family's critters.
Administrative Assistant / Bookkeeper - Arijana Cajic
Arijana is a new member of our team. She has over 10 years of professional experience in providing customer services, administrative support, and completing various clerical tasks in office, eatery, legal service, and non-profit environments with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law and a Hospitality Diploma. Her job is to monitor, distribute and input data, and to maintain a professional yet kind relationship with members and other interested parties for cooperation with the organization. She plays a significant role in providing support to the entire team in administrative tasks and financial management. Arijana is fluent in Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, and is familiar with German and Spanish. Very often, you will find her on long walks by the beach, camping, or helping people in need.