The Board of Directors and Senior Management
Al Clark, PresidentAs the father of an adult daughter that was born with Spina bifida, Al has a long association with the CDC and a great appreciation of the critical nature of the centre’s services.
Al is also on the Board of the British Columbia Association of Child Development and Intervention (BCACDI). The association represents most of the province’s charitable child development agencies in BC, playing an important advocacy role for children and youth with special needs across the province.
Alan is a Registered Professional Engineer and works for the City of Prince George as an Infrastructure Engineer. As a member of the Board Building Committee, Al has lent his professional expertise toward the centre’s most recent expansion and renovation projects.
Gary Russell, Vice PresidentGary has been a Systems Director for 26 radio stations throughout British Columbia, Alberta and the NWT. He is currently the General Manager Vista North - 8 stations throughout the Cariboo, Central Interior and Bulkley Valley Lakes District.
He has been on CDC's Board of Directors for 15 years. In that time he created the Dutch Auction, a very successful former fund raiser for the Centre, which raised over $250,000 for the CDC.
Gary is a parent of a child with special needs and a long time advocate.
Val O'Connor, SecretaryVal is an long time and very active supporter of the CDC. Val and her husband Dean are the owner/operators of the McDonald's Restaurants in Prince George.
Brenda Gendron, TreasurerBrenda is the Chief Financial Officer of the Northern Development Initiative Trust. She is a Certified Management Accountant, earning her designation in 2005.
She has a personal appreciation for the work of the CDC. The younger of her two sons was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when he was one, leading her to access all facets of the CDC's services. The CDC helped facilitate his development into the highly functioning child he is today.
She joined the Board to help support the CDC's services, helping the Association assist other children as the Centre helped her and her family.
Helen Chipman, DirectorHelen is a retired Professional Business Administrator and has been a member of the CDC Board for eight years. With two grandchildren with special needs, Helen has a great appreciation for the services CDC has to offer, both for the children and the parents.
Kent Cooper, DirectorKent is the Financial Manager for the Bid Group of Companies. He was formerly a Senior Commercial Account Manager/Deputy Manager for RBC in Prince George and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree. Kent and his wife Shelly have two children and have resided in Prince George since 2004. Kent served as a Board Member for the CDC from 2004 to 2006, and returned to the Board in 2010.
Anu Klar, DirectorAnu Klar is a lawyer practising in Prince George. She moved from Vancouver, BC in 2015 and joined the board of the Child Development Centre in November 2015. Previously, Anu served on the board of South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society. Anu is thrilled to be apart of CDC and the community of Prince George.
Mark Nelson, DirectorMark has been a Commercial Account Manager at RBC in Prince George since 2012. Born and raised in Prince George, Mark left between 2001-2009 when he played Junior and College Hockey, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from Quinnipiac University.
He joined the board of CDC in December of 2014 to help support and promote their services.
Darrell Roze, Executive DirectorDarrell is a long-time administrative manager, with expertise in strategic planning, industrial relations, financial management, contract management, and program design. Darrell received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia, and his Masters of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.
Darrell lived in Prince George from grade 5 through grade 12, then he moved away until returning in 2005. He is of First Nations descent from the Kwakwaka'wakw First Nation on northern Vancouver Island.