MEET

Our Team

Ricky Kwan
Leader of Culture, People, and Services

Site leader of CONNECT partners. I am a Occupational Therapist by
background. My role is to ensure that the CONNECT team have what they
need to support the residents and their families as they Redesign their lives. At
the core of what we do is CONNECT’s culture, Service Philosophy, Vision, and
Values.

Rain Van Der Kamp
Leader of the Coaching Resource Team & Independence Coach (OT)

Rain is a human who is enthusiastic about embracing change and finding new ways of doing things. This tendency has followed Rain on journeys both physical and academic. Rain has cycled across Europe (got lost only a couple times); learnt to fly gliders (crashed just once); learnt to unicycle, juggle, and walk on stilts (fell at least 7 times but stood back up at least 8 times); and most recently they left a little piece of their soul at the North West end of Hudson’s Bay. Prior to pursuing a career in occupational therapy, Rain went through a period of being chronically studious: during this time they conducted a study of teenage clumsiness, searching for a way to prove this phenomena’s existence, and achieving a Masters of Science in Kinesiology for their efforts. Rain is thrilled to find themselves with an amazing team at CONNECT Partners and to be a part of this endeavor.

Scott Duncan
Independence Coach (OT)

Diane Vaughan
Play Coach (Recreation Therapist)

Vanessa Chang
Interim Health and Wellness Resource Leader (LPN)

Erika Van Vliet
Communication Coach (SLP)

Erika recently moved back to her hometown of Vancouver, BC after living in Edinburgh, Scotland for several years.

Erika became interested in the field of Speech-Language Pathology after being diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which can impede effective functioning of the facial muscles.  This served as motivation to help other people who may be experiencing difficulties with their communication, eating, drinking, or swallowing.  It also served as the basis for Erika’s MSc Thesis topic, “Examining evidence of Speech Therapy offered to people with Myasthenia Gravis” which she hopes to publish in the coming months.  Erika has provided communication and swallowing support to people across the continuum of the lifespan for a variety of reasons.  Erika is passionate about working with the person she is supporting to reach their self-determined goals and facilitate increased participation in their lives.

As Erika has just moved home after living abroad for more than 10 years, she is enjoying being around friends and family again.  Erika is particularly excited about the upcoming year as she and her fiancé are busy planning their wedding.

Graham Au-Lange
Communication Coach (SLP)

Alina Bychkova
Nutrition Coach (Registered Dietitian)

With a strong family history of heart disease, Alina grew up unsettled, believing that it was only a matter of time before she, too, had a heart attack. It wasn’t until a grade 9 health seminar that made her realize that it didn’t have to be this way. She was inspired to take charge of her health through nutrition, and to help others enjoy food while living their longest and fullest lives possible. Alina finished her education in 2016 and has been helping individuals live their best lives ever since! This is why she couldn’t be more thrilled to continue this work with Connect Partners.

Alina is passionate about sushi, tiramisu cheesecake, cats, travel, and nature. Her favorite activities include burlesque dance, cuddling her cats, camping, and eating with her family and friends.

Cyrus Ng
Social Wellness Coach (Social Worker)

Amanda Harvey
People Resource Coach

Amanda Harvey received their Hons. B.A. in Political Science in 2020 in London, Ontario before moving to Vancouver later that same year. Before working for CONNECT Partners, they worked in the non-governmental sector as an advocate for environmental and Indigenous rights, providing research and developing municipal policies. Having always gravitated towards community-based work, they are passionate about creating change through direct action.

In their free time Amanda likes to write and listen to music, spend time with their loved ones, and be in the great outdoors.

With a passion for helping others find their own happiness, Amanda is excited to be a part of a growing team that puts people and community first!

Alex Buchanan
People Resource Coach (Recruitment, Performance & Well-being)

Germain Rauguth
Athletic Coach

Ethan Cole Montinola
Support Coach

Nickigene Doydora
Personal Care and Support Resource Coach

Owen Muckle

Owen Muckle
Service Resource Coach

Owen graduated from UBC Okanagan in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology & a minor in psychology. He has always been enthusiastic about learning ways to bring about positive change for others. With an interest in eventually going back to school for further education, he is fascinated by all things within the realm of mental health, specifically around mindfulness and other ways to improve maladaptive mental states. Being one of the first Life Redesign Coaches hired for this project has been an exciting and rewarding experience; he is very eager to continue with CONNECT Partners in his new role as a Service Resource Coach.

When he isn’t working, Owen enjoys going out and spending time with friends, biking, swimming, listening to music and spending time at home with his two cats.

Rachel Fernn
Admin Coach

Janak Awatramani
Admin Coach

Karen Tims
Director of Leading Practice and Life Redesign

Jamie Curran
Director of Culture, People, and Services

Patti Flaherty

Patti Flaherty
Chief Executive Officer

Patti Flaherty has worked in the field of brain injury and rehabilitation for almost 30 years. Before joining CONNECT as Executive Leader in 2007, she was a Senior Operating Officer at Vancouver Coastal Health responsible for the site operations of the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre. Patti has a degree in physical education, a Master’s of Education and completed the Executive Health Leadership Program at the Rotman School of Management. She helped develop and promote CONNECT Partners’ Life Redesign Model, which emphasizes social capital and person-centred coaching with a creative and flexible approach.

Patti is a founding member of the Interdependence Network, a past chair for the British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) and past chair for the Pacific Coast Brain Injury Conference Society. Patti is an active member of the Canadian College of Health Services Executive since 2005 and has been a mentor for the Executive Mentoring Program for the Canadian College of Health Service Executives. In her downtime, Patti enjoys time with her family and friends. She enjoys yoga, the outdoors, great music and traveling.

John Sherwood

John Sherwood
Owner

John Sherwood has almost 30 years of experience working in health care and holds a BA in Economics. He joined family home care business Classic LifeCare in 1993 and has since helped expand the reach of services to include brain injury and stroke, mental health and addictions and transportation assistance. John relates to CONNECT Partners’ approach because he believes that the individual being is in control of their goals, choices and life. John enjoys travel, fishing, skiing, and time with family and friends.