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Doreen Shaw

Doreen has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities for forty years and her family has been closely connected in many ways. She is married to Tony and they have six children, three of whom have developmental and physical disabilities. The family has been a strong advocate and supporter in this field; and this has provided an unparalleled level of expertise and understanding. Together they shared their lives with First Nations People in Lower Post, B.C., Iskut, B.C., and the communities of Pelly Crossing, and Whitehorse, Yukon. And together they shared their home with foster children and provided a respite home for young offenders.

Doreen was educated in England and earned her Special Education teaching credentials in 1973 followed by studies at the University of Victoria specializing in medical anthropology and medical ethics. She was hired by the Stikine School District as Principal of the Special Hospital Homebound Program. Employment has also taken her into the medical arena with involvement in specialized home care for medically fragile clients.

Since retiring in 1991, Doreen has used her knowledge and experience by supporting several non profit organizations and has served on the following Boards:

  • The Child Development Center, Whitehorse.
  • Community Options for Children and Families, Victoria.
  • CLBC Central Island Community Council, now amalgamated into the Central/North Island.
  • President of the Parksville and District Association for Community Living.

Doreen knows the challenges of parenting and caring for persons with disabilities ‘first hand’. Living in isolated communities has taught her resilience and self-reliance and that a community working together gives each valued member a hand up, not a hand out. To be valued for who you are is the greatest gift of all.