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Vela Microboard Association of BC

Organization Details

(604) 539-2488
(604) 539-2483
Under Review
Year founded: 
Total Membership: 
Organization Region: 
Lower Mainland & Upper Fraser Valley

About Vela: Established in 1985, Vela Canada is a not-for-profit based in British Columbia, Canada. Vela Canada assists individuals with disabilities in taking greater control of their lives by exploring ideas that can lead to customized, inclusive and creative supports through developing a Microboard™ or accessing Individualized Funding. There are now over 1,100 Microboards™ in BC alone, providing individuals with a self-directed lifestyle.

Vela Canada, known internationally as the experts on the development of Microboards™, was the first organization in the world to offer this focused service. They have been gaining traction and have been asked to help international family groups, organizations and governments throughout Canada, Australia, the United States, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and the Republic of Ireland. 

Microboard Supports: A Microboard™ is a small (micro) group of committed family and friends (a minimum of 5 people) who join with an individual with a disability to create a non-profit society (board). Together, they help the individual plan his/her life, advocate for what they need, monitor services and ensure they are safe. They also help the individual connect with their community, manage funding and monies, and do fun things together.

Individualized Funding: In British Columbia, Individualized Funding (IF) refers to a payment option for individuals with disabilities served by Community Living BC (CLBC). The money given to the person by CLBC through IF is to be used to create new or replace existing services, enabling the individual to arrange and manage their own services with the assistance of an agent.



Organization Address: 
#1 - 5761 Glover Road Langley British Columbia Canada V3A 8M8
Mailing Address: 
British Columbia Canada
Board Members: 

President, Christina Thomas

Staff Members: 

Executive Director, Linda Perry (lindaperry@velacanada.org)