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Peter Chivers

Peter’s professional background includes being a senior strategy consultant at KPMG, one of the global big-4 accounting firms. Currently Peter is an independent management consultant with a focus on enabling organizations to increase efficency and effectiveness as well as dealing with organizational change. His expertise in this area has been invaluable to CACL and he is a much respected leader in our association.
Peter has been CACL Treasurer since 2011 but he has worked tirelessly with members of the national staff and board to help advance selected projects and initiatives. In addition to chairing the Audit Committee and the Assessment Task Force Peter volunteers many hours in the national office. His wisdom and leadership is a mainstay we have all come to count on.

Tim Stainton

Professionally Tim is Professor and Director of the School of Social
Work and Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia. He has published over one hundred books and articles on disability rights and issues. Tim has been a long-time advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities and his passion for advancing the rights of this segment of our population is evident in the number of boards and committees he has been involved with in a variety of capacities. Currently Tim sits on the CACL Board of Directors as well as chairs the Values and Ethics Task Force. He is always available to assist any of the other CACL committees as needed and his commitment to our CACL values and vision is evident by his tireless efforts to move our agenda forward at every turn.

Audrey Cole

Always dedicated to her son Ian and others born with a significant intellectual disability, Audrey Cole has literally changed the world. She has an unshakeable belief that Ian deserves to be treated with the same dignity and respect as any other citizen. That insight led her to the idea of ‘supported decision making,’ the idea that we all make our way through life with the support of others, and if some of us need more support this should never diminish our legal status.  She never wanted her son declared legally ‘incompetent’ because of her concern that such labels lead to inequality and exclusion.  For twenty years she tirelessly brought others to her cause and just recently a right to supported decision making was recognized in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Today, all over the world governments are talking about how to make supported decision making a reality in law and practice. Never doubt the power of one mom’s idea to change the world.