Meet the board

The Kinsmen Foundation of BC is a 100% volunteer run organization. Our Board of Directors is the driving force and we are grateful for their dedication and contributions.

Meet the board

The Kinsmen Foundation of BC is a 100% volunteer run organization. Our Board of Directors is the driving force and we are grateful for their dedication and contributions.

Philip Jewell Portrait

Philip Jewell

Executive Director

Meet Philip

Philip is a 30 year member of Coquitlam Kinsmen and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization, including Past President, Past Treasurer and Chair of the Foundation, and Past Kinsmen Governor for BC and Yukon. In addition, he has served as Treasurer for the Kin Canada Foundation and has served as a Director and Past Chair for the Coquitlam Kinsmen Housing Society and Past Chair for Festival Coquitlam. He also was a Director of Protocol for the 2016 55+ Games in Coquitlam. Philip retired as Director of Services and Real Estate for the General Paint Corporation after 42 years with the company.

Scott Wood Portrait

Scott Wood

Chair of Board

Meet Scott

Scott is a Senior Sales Rep with Digi Canada. He is the Chairman of the Kinsmen Foundation of BC. Scott is a 
Life member of the Victoria Kinsmen which he joined in 1995. He is also the Slo Pitch National Area Director for Vancouver Island since 2005,  He is proud to have received the BC Hall of Honour Award in March 2019.  Scott is married to Shannon and has 2 children, Matthew and Morgan.

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Ron Skuggedal

Vice Chair of the Board

Meet Ron

Ron is the President of Viking Construction Ltd, a company that has been operating for 57 years in Prince George and Kitimat. He has been a member of the Kinsmen Club of Kitimat for 14 years. His main focus as a Kinsmen is to raise funds for the Kinsmen Foundation of BC, which helps people  to improve their quality of life. In 2016, Ron was elected to the board of the Kinsmen Foundation. His goal as a board member is to increase funding beyond the annual support of the Kinsmen Foundation, in order to build a legacy fund that can support people with disabilities in the future. Ron believes it is important to ask for financial support in order to assist people with disabilities in achieving autonomy and independence.

John Meneghello Portrait

John Meneghello

Director

Meet John

John is President and Owner of JLM Marketing Limited. Appointed by the provincial government, he was Director and Chair of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. He was also a Director of the Crossroads Hospice Society. John was honoured with a Life Member of Kin Canada and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was a Silver Medal Bearer for the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay. In the past, John has served as a Canada 150 Community Leader, Sgt of Arms for the BC 55+ Games, President of the Vancouver Transportation Club, Chair of the Coquitlam Public Library Board of Trustees, Chair of the Kinsmen Foundation of BC, and a member of the City of Coquitlam Economic Development Committee. He has also served as Chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Golf Classic and is formerly a member of both the Kinsmen and Rotary organizations.

Ruth Manz Portrait

Ruth Manz

Treasurer

Meet Ruth

Ruth is the Office Coordinator and Team Leader at Canada Life Insurance Company and has 28 years of experience working in disability insurance. She has been a member of the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam since 2016 and has served two terms as President, one term as Secretary, and one term as Vice President of the club. Ruth is actively involved in all club activities and was co-chair of the 2019 District Kinvention.

Ruth Marzetti Portrait

Ruth Marzetti

Director

Meet Ruth

Ruth is the Executive Director of Technology for Living. She has been in the position since November 2015. She is pursuing a rewarding career in managing nonprofit organizations in Vancouver and London, UK. Ruth has been on the Board of the Kinsmen Foundation since 2016 and enjoys fundraising for the Kinsmen Annual Golf Tournament. In her free time, Ruth spends time with her family, cycling, and staying active.

Lonny Wiebe Portrait

Lonny Wiebe

Director

Meet Lonnie

Lonny currently lives in Telkwa, BC with his wife Charlotte and their children. He manages a community market consisting of four retail bank branches and has been with the same company for over 27 years. His employer is very supportive of his involvement with Kin. Lonny joined Kin through the Vanderhoof Kinsmen in 1997, holding various club level positions, including President and Treasurer. He transferred to the Mackenzie Kin Club in 2005, returned to the Vanderhoof Kinsmen in 2012, and transferred to the Bulkley Valley Kinsmen in 2019. In 2013, Lonny took on a leadership role at the District level, serving as Deputy Governor, District Treasurer, and District Secretary, before completing two consecutive terms as District Governor. During his time as District Governor, Lonny served on the board of the Kinsmen Foundation of BC. He is proud to be on the board and contribute in any way he can. 

Portrait Stacy Berry

Stacey Berry

Director

Meet Stacey

Stacey has been the Service Director for District 5 (BC and Yukon) Kin since 2022 and will continue for the upcoming year, 2023/24. She is enjoying her role as the  Treasurer for the Kinette Club of Lake Cowichan. Stacey has also been a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer. 

She is employed by the Cowichan Valley School District since 2003 as the Student Information Systems Manager.

Stacey is married with 3 children and 2 grandchildren.  She lives on Vancouver Island where she enjoys golfing, fishing, camping, reading, crafting and playing board games with family and friends. 

Lonny Wiebe Portrait

Laura Goodwin

Director

Meet Laura

Laura Goodwin is the office and payroll administrator at Avison Management Services Ltd. in Vanderhoof, BC.  She has worked in bookkeeping and accounting for over 24 years. In her spare time, she enjoys walking her dog, working out, spending time with family and friends and living vicariously through her daughter, Meghan Heyd’s acting pursuits.

Laura was a member of the Kinette Club of Vanderhoof from 2011-2020 and became one of the founding members of the newly amalgamated Kin Club of Vanderhoof from 2020-present. Laura has served on the executive in every position over the years and is the current treasurer. She also was the acting treasurer for the 2023 Kinvention. 

She is excited to be on the board of the Kinsmen Foundation of BC and looking forward to helping fundraise as well as contribute to the team in order to learn, grow and help make the Foundation even more successful.

Portrait Stacy Berry

Kathleen Miller

Director

Meet Kathleen

Kathy lives on Vancouver Island with her husband Gary. She is employed at the Cow Bay Marine Pub, where she has worked in the office for nearly 20 years.
She is a Life Member of the Duncan Kinette Club. Kathy joined the club in 2006 and has held the position of President for over 10 years. She also held the position of District 5 Governor for 2 terms. She has held her current role on the District 5 team as Club Support  since 2021.
Kathy enjoys spending time at the family beach bungalow with her 3 children, their spouses, 7 grandchildren and extended family. She also enjoys gardening and crafts.
She’s excited to have been voted in as a Director on the Kinsmen Foundation Board, especially in light of the effort she’s put into upgrading her skills over the past few years, specifically in preparation for challenges such as fundraising.
Kathy is looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and being part of the team, moving the Foundation forward.

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Our History

1940s

The Kinsmen and Kinette Clubs provided support to the Red Cross by offering short-term loans of basic medical equipment. The Kinsmen Club of Vancouver donated land to establish the G. F. Strong Regional Rehabilitation Centre. The first office of the BC Polio Fund opened at Hornby & Smithe. Bruce Grey, a Kinsman from the West Vancouver Kinsmen Club, became the first President of the new Kinsmen Foundation.

1950-60s

During the Polio Epidemic, service clubs (Kinsmen) raised funds for iron lungs and other equipment in British Columbia. In 1952, the BC Polio Fund was officially incorporated as a foundation, which later became the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation of BC. Also in 1952, the Kinsmen endowed a Chair in Neurological Research at UBC and funded the Kinsmen Tower. In 1955, the foundation shifted its focus from finding a cure for polio to rehabilitation for those affected by the disease. In 1968, the Kinsmen and Kinettes of District Five designated the foundation as their District Project and renamed the Mother’s March to the Kinsmen’s Mother’s March. The President of the foundation also became a member of the District Board on the District Council.

1970-80s

During the 1970s, service organizations like Kinsmen provided funding for equipment and support to disability groups, governments, hospitals, the George Pearson Centre, and the G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

In 1973, the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation moved to a new office building on West 12th Avenue.

The Foundation provided the world’s first electronic assistive device to Mrs. Jo Kelly.

In 1975, the foundation won the Canadian Readers Digest Award for work with people with disabilities and ran the province-wide KIN/Win Lottery, a first of its kind.

The foundation also introduced the popular “Kids on the Block” program, provided funding for a special room at Ronald McDonald House and supported the Noble House Project, an accessible residence for disabled adults.

New programmes were created: Technology for Independent Living (TIL), providing environmental controls and assistive devices; the’ Disabled Living Resource Centre’ ; the ‘I Can Talk Too Program’ at Sunnyhill Hospital and the ‘Computer Comfort Program’ at the Neil Squire Foundation. The Kinsmen Foundation also supported organizations such as Multiple Sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, the BC Paraplegic Association, the BC Lions Society for Children with Disabilities, Spina Bifida, the Red Cross, and the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC and the CKNW Orphan’s Fund.

In the mid-80s, the Red Cross requested funding from the Ministry of Health to develop a proposal for an equipment loan program for clients in care facilities, but the request was denied. The Kinsmen Foundation provided early equipment to help the Red Cross initiate the program.

The Foundation was also actively involved with various organizations advocating for people with disabilities, but many reports and recommendations for improvements were not acted upon by the government. In 1989, the Assistive Devices Task Force Report, which focused on communication aids and computers, made progress and led to the establishment of SETBC (Special Education Technology BC) with support from the Kinsmen Foundation and government backing for the programs.

1990s

The Technology for Independent Living (TIL) Program merged with the new Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) and with both programs operating under the auspices of the BC Paraplegic Association from 2000 to 2006.

In 1992, the ‘Continuing Care’ program funded the ‘Aids to Independent Living Program’ at the Kinsmen Rehabilitation Foundation, offering long-term loans of equipment to low-income seniors in the Lower Mainland. In 1994, the ‘Aids to Independent Living Program’ was transferred from the Kinsmen Foundation to the Red Cross, and the Foundation stopped providing long-term equipment loans to British Columbians.

2000s

The Provincial Equipment and Assistive Devices Committee (PEADC) was established, with the Kinsmen Foundation being a participating partner.

In 2006 PROP (Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program) and TIL (Technology for Independent Living) were moved from the BC Paraplegic Association and incorporated into the BC Association for Individualized Technology and Supports (BCITS). Both programs received support from the Ministry of Health Services and the Kinsmen.

From 2008 to 2014. the Kinsmen Foundation supported the creation of the BC Personal Supports Council and Personal Supports Network, as well as the Equipment Assistive Technology Initiative (EATI) Program, which included ‘Super Navigators’ to provide information and assistance to those most in need of support.

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