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Board of Directors

The Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.  In accordance with the BC Societies Act, these Directors are accountable for the oversight of Wavefront Centre as a registered charity.

The Board of Directors at the Wavefront Centre is comprised of Directors from diverse backgrounds.  Many of Wavefront Centre’s Directors are Deaf or Hard of Hearing or Hearing and bring deep personal understandings of deafness and hearing loss to their role.

To contact Wavefront Centre’s Board of Directors, please email Barbara Brown, President of the Board at


Board Members

Barbara M Brown, B.ScN, M.Sc.


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A 1959 graduate from the Winnipeg General Hospital as an RN. Worked in clinical practice in Winnipeg, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Following a 1977 BScN, taught at several schools of nursing leading to two Director of Nursing positions. Following a 1988 graduate degree, established a consulting practice that led to working as the hospital administrator in Bella Bella, an Indigenous community on BC’s central coast.


Married and divorced, with two daughters.  My oldest daughter, Jill, is a Nurse Practitioner in Nevada, USA. My younger daughter, AJ, was born deaf and with a neurological disorder similar to cerebral palsy. WIDHH was the only place where I found help when AJ was a pre-schooler. My volunteer time now is to thank the Society for their support at a time of great distress in my family.


Nora McKellin, MSW, RSW

Vice President


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Nora was born with severe to profound hearing loss in both ears and because of her short stature and fused elbows due to a rare form of dwarfism, Nora was trained to learn to listen with auditory verbal therapy.


Nora is a registered social worker at Providence Health Care since 2010 in the areas of: Geriatrics, Adult Protection, Orthopedics, Stroke and Amputee Rehabilitation.  She also worked at the UBC at the School of Social Work.  Nora received her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from UBC in 2005 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto in 2007.


Nora volunteers as a Director at Wavefront Centre as vice-president for the last 2.5 years. Nora has been elected twice to the board. Nora is a past president of the CHHA, 2011-2013, and volunteers at UBC Patient and Community Partnership for Education (PCPE) as a mentor.


Nora loves to go walks, traveling, cooking, hanging out with friends and family especially 2 nieces.


Chris Tam, CPA, CA



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Chris is the treasurer of Wavefront Centre. He was appointed a board member in late 2017 and later nominated at subsequent AGMs, serving on the Finance Committee. Chris is committed to the financial health of Wavefront Centre and excited to take part in building a sound financial foundation for future growth.
He is a finance professional with eight years of experience in public accounting, financial reporting, and advisory, with a focus in the natural resources sector. He is currently the Manager of Accounting at Ero Copper Corp., a listed base metals mining company. Previous roles include financial analysis and reporting at Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and assurance at Ernst & Young LLP. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys making coffee, reading car reviews, and street photography.

Dr. Graham Bryce, M.D.



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I started my journey at Vancouver General Hospital in the same year that Wavefront Centre began theirs, with my childhood spent in Vancouver and, Parksville (Summers with my grandparents). I attended Queen Elizabeth Elementary and, Lord Byng Secondary schools in Point Grey. A post-secondary year of traveling led to UBC (1975-78) Linguistics and, Biochemistry studies before completing my M.D.(1982). at the University of Toronto. My university years were funded by working for captain Ian Bryce LLB. [I served as his salmon fish-boat crew/deckhand] A post-M.D. rotating internship (1982-83) at the Royal Colombian Hospital [President of the Interns.] Was followed by General Practice locums [I delivered 120 babies that year.] throughout B.C. [Included work on the North Coast [Port Simpson First Nations Reserve, Prince Rupert&, Kitimatt.] From the rainforest I headed for the Northern Interior [Dawson Creek [Lived on a ranch caring for 1/2 doz. horses, Terrace, &, Prince George. Subsequently I completed an Otolaryngolgy residency at the University of Hawaii and, UBC, ENT locums throughout B.C. and, Clinical fellowship [Otology and Neurotology] years at the Universities of Toronto and Oklahoma.
I began private practice [Limited to Otology/Neurotology in New Westminister in 1991, becoming Division head of Otolaryngology at St. Paul’s hospital, Vancouver in 1996. Eventually I held the UBC post of Associate Clinical Professor. I practiced at St. Paul’s and, VGH until the end of, ‘Plan-A’ subsequent to a severe R-Cerebrovascular accident [stroke] in 2000. Since then, my work has encompassed rehabilitation and, social-profit governance, advocacy and, fundraising [ resource development.] I married my highschool friend, Cicely Ford in our 4th year of medical school and, our 3 daughters study or, have completed graduate degrees.


Dr. Dean Powers, Psy.D, M.A.


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I have worked in the capacity of a rehabilitation psychologist and medical-legal consultant evaluating residual employability of persons with debilitating orthopaedic injuries, as well as post- traumatic stress and acquired (traumatic) head injuries, since 1980. I have been accepted as an expert witness in the area of vocational rehabilitation in the Supreme Court of both British Columbia and the Yukon and Washington State (USA) and I have presented expert opinions on the employability of persons with disabling conditions. My credentials include a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) from California Southern University, Santa Ana, California, USA, a Masters degree (M.A.) from Simon Fraser University. I am currently a Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Professional-Fellow (CVRP/F) with the College of Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals. I am a Diplomate (ABVE/D) with the American Board of Vocational Experts. I am a registered member and in good standing with the Canadian Psychological Association. I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Society of Medical Evaluators. I have held the position of President for several organizations including the Deaf-Blind Rubella Associations of BC; the Canadian Association of Rehabilitation Professionals BC; and Youth Employment Canada. Currently, I am on the board of directors for the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility in British Columbia.
Since 1984, I have consulted to private and institutional agencies serving the needs of persons who are mentally and physically disabled and persons with closed or traumatic head injury in both Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta as President of Vocational Litigation Solutions Inc.
I am the father of a deaf-blind child now age 43. I am the spouse of Jamie and have been in a same sex relationship for the past 45 years. My hobbies are vintage cars, golf and wilderness hiking.

Dr. Eugene Lechelt, PhD


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After earning a PHD in neuropsychology and over 40 years of study and academic research, teaching and
administration at the University of Alberta, Princeton University and the University of Stockholm, Dr
Lechelt retired to Vancouver in 2003 with his wife of 53 years, Sandy. He moved from Edmonton (U of A)
where he served multiple terms as Chair of the Psychology Department and as Chair of the President’s
Advisory Committee of Chairs and leadership positions on many other university committees. He
published over 75 articles and presented over 100 papers at Conferences throughout Canada, the U.S.
and Europe, and won teaching awards at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
He served as Chair of Boards with the Good Samaritan Society and Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta
Division of the CNIB and Vice Chair of the National CNIB Board in Toronto, numerous social service
agencies, and over a dozen professional associations. This volunteer service was recognized nationally
by being awarded the National Award of Merit by the Prime Minister and the Distinguished Service
Award and President’s Silver Medal from the CNIB for the national and international scope of this work.
At present he continues to volunteer as a Director of Wavefront Centre, committee memberships with CNIB, Co Chair of the strata council where he lives, and as Elder at his church. He and Sandy cherish time with their son, David, an ER physician and wife, Sarah, as they facilitate their sons Noah, Nicholas and
Nathan’s pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, and social conscience.


Joy Gong, M.Ed

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Joy Gong was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Canada at the age of six. She has bilateral severe to profound hearing levels, and wears a hearing aid and cochlear implant. Growing up, her primary communication access was through listening and spoken language. In high school, she took American Sign Language classes which has became another addition to her language access. To further develop her knowledge of ASL and Deaf culture, she later took the 10-month ASL and Deaf Studies program through the Vancouver Community College.
Joy has been a board member with Wavefront Centre since 2014. She obtained her educational degrees in Master of Education and Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, and Bachelor of Arts degree in general Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
Being on the board has enriched Joy’s experiences in areas of governance and the importance of supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. Wavefront Centre as an organization, and its staff, are very valuable in providing services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients and has an incredible presence within the community. She is proud to be a part of this organization.
Her other volunteer passions include working in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community with the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association-BC Youth Peer Support Program as a co-founder and co-director, and with the Canadian Association of Educators for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as a co-treasurer.


Muriel Kauffmann

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Muriel Kauffmann has a varied background in business, public relations and the arts. She worked in management positions, wrote for magazines and newspapers, and worked as an actor in television and films, but most of all enjoyed tutoring ESL.

Before moving to Vancouver from Los Angeles, Muriel reviewed theatre in the press and on KIEV Radio, and often addressed groups about the arts. She published her own theatre guide, was the Managing Editor of the L.A. Cultural Guide, an L.A. publication about the arts, and under contract to the L.A. Visitors and Convention Bureau, created a tourist cultural guide for the city of L.A.

Muriel is the past-president of Women Writers West, and past-recording secretary of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (in L.A.). She and Dr. Graham Bryce co-founded the B.C. Balance and Dizziness Society (BADD), and she also served on the board of the Jewish Seniors’ Alliance. (Vancouver)

At this time, Muriel is serving for the second time on the board of the Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility — with pleasure.


Ellen Zheng, J.D.

Appointed Director


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Ellen is a lawyer and business development professional experienced in both non-profit and private sectors. Ellen has been volunteering in her community ever since her first volunteer experience at a local library during childhood. While completing her bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia and law degree from the University of Toronto, Ellen was an active volunteer in student groups, local charities, and free legal clinics.


For over 10 years, Ellen has consulted for, worked in, and volunteered with non-profits across various industries including health, education, legal, arts and culture, and international development. During this time, Ellen experienced all aspects of non-profits from program delivery and fundraising to board governance. With her well-rounded understanding of non-profits and her legal background, Ellen hopes to contribute her skills to Wavefront Centre’s vision of a society where everyone can interact freely without communication barriers.


Kimberly Wood

Appointed Director
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Kimberly is deaf and was born to deaf parents. Growing up she loved to read Stephen King novels in her spare time when she wasn’t playing volleyball, basketball or skiing. In between all her sports, Kim was actively involved in her high school student council, especially working for equal rights causes.

Kim and her partner have been together for almost twenty-three years. They have four children one of whom is deaf and two are hard of hearing. Kim was committed to bringing VRS to Canada, working for this for many years and was in Ottawa when VRS was signed into law.

Kim works full time, enjoys bike riding as a form of meditation, and walks with her well-behaved Pit Bull, Rocko.

Kim’s volunteer work is her way of giving back to the community. She is passionate about seeing members of the deaf community successful in life, in work and in the community. She strives for equality, believing that every individual has the right to equal opportunity and freedom from barriers to make the most of their lives and talents.


Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility is the operating name for Western Institute for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, a registered charitable organization.
Charitable Registration Number #108200098RR0001

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