Linda PerryLinda has advocated and worked for and with people with disabilities for nearly forty years. She first volunteered on Vela's Board of Directors in 1987; started working for Vela in 1990; and quickly developed the first Microboards. Linda provides direct support and facilitation to many Microboards and individuals accessing Individualized Funding. As Vela's Executive Director, her other responsibilities include: project development; consulting support to families and organizations outside of B.C.; providing workshops and presentations; and initiating networking opportunities with other like-minded organizations.

Linda was a 2006 finalist for the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award for Community Development and received the B.C. Big Picture Award for 2011.  In April 2013 Linda accepted the Celebration of Families award from our sister organization The Family Support Institute (FSI).  Linda's unparalleled commitment and leadership has been pivotal and central to our growth, development, and success!

Family and friends play an integral role in Linda's life. She is a proud mother and grandmother. Linda and her husband, Bryan, parent five exceptional and delightful children. Her large and boisterous family is a source of joy and inspiration for Linda.