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 were the long time owners of the McDonald's Restaurants in Prince George, until they sold them in 2017.
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.
Leon Erickson, DirectorI am a member of the Lhoh Ja Bou (Bear) clan in Nak’azdli. Born and raised in Fort St James I moved to Prince George to gain access to more resources for my daughter who has lived with Cerebral Palsy since she was eight days old. As a Teacher Candidate at the University of Northern British Columbia I will effect positively the lives of youth in the North for years to come.
Sna Chalya - Thank you for having me as a member on the board.
Aidyl Jago, DirectorAidyl Jago is the proud mother of a child on the Autism Spectrum and has been accessing the CDC’s services since 2015. Acknowledging the invaluable role of the CDC in our region’s special needs community, Aidyl is excited to lend her 20+ years of expertise in nonprofit and voluntary sector management to her role on the Board of the CDC. Aidyl holds a Master of Business Administration degree from UNBC, and Bachelor of Applied Arts from Ryerson University. She also serves on the Boards of the UNBC Childcare Society and the Prince George Folkfest Society (Coldsnap Festival).
Aidyl and her geologist husband, Paul, are also both musicians and the owners of Sound Factory, a full-service music store and successful music school located in the heart of Prince George. Sound Factory is an accessible space, and aims to create an inclusive and fun environment for music students of all ages and learning abilities.
Julie MacMillan, DirectorJulie MacMillan is a mother to three children of which her eldest is undiagnosed and fully dependent. Having accessed the CDC regularly for the first five years of her sons life she is fully aware of the significant impact the facility has to offer. In her spare time Julie works as a registered nurse at UHNBC in ER and loves farm life south of town. She now looks forward to giving back to the CDC following so many years of receiving invaluable support for her son.
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.