About Us

The Developmental Disabilities Association is a community living agency that provides over 50 community-based programs and services to children, adults and their families with developmental disabilities in Vancouver and Richmond. We create extended networks of support, investing in individual needs, and always striving for an inclusive and safe community. Over 1600 individuals and families in the Vancouver and Richmond area are served by the Developmental Disabilities Association every year. Our mission is to enable people with developmental disabilities to reach their full potential.

About Our Bloggers

Born and raised in Vancouver (minus her 4-year soujourn in Grand Forks), Alanna Hendren has been the Executive Director for the Developmental Disabilities Association since 1997.  She’s been recognized for her contribution to the community living and social services sector with multiple awards from the ministry and from different associations. She holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and is a Certified Association Executive. When she’s not working, she’s busy enjoying the company of her two adult children, Tayla and Clayton, or going for a long walk with her dog Chloe. Alanna is a voracious reader and is currently working on her book about the history of the female spirituality.

Joyce Leung is an Interaction Design graduate with a minor in Communications. Having worked in different design and communications roles within the past 3 years, she is a self-proclaimed Jack-of-all-trades. She did not experiment with social media until her second year of University, and has since moved onto finding the next “big” trend. She claims to not be ‘addicted’ to any of these new “it” technologies. Her passion lies in communicating with words and visuals to create a pleasant experience for her audience. In her spare time, she enjoys doing fun projects like comics creation, cheesy music video storyboarding, and video games.

Victor Tang is a volunteerism enthusiast. He’s previously volunteered as a volleyball coach for Richmond Secondary School, a server at one of Union Gospel Mission’s soup kitchens, and currently volunteers as a United Way Campaign Coordinator, martial arts instructor at Kerrisdale Community Center, and also as a Big Brother with Big Brother’s of the Lower Mainland. When not volunteering or working, he’s busy growing his sole proprietorship, Tang Marketing and Communications. Additionally, Victor is a student at the University of British Columbia and is expected to graduate with his MBA sometime in 2012. He also owns and operates Tang Marketing and Communications, a boutique marketing communications firm based in Vancouver.

Disclaimer: Blog entries with a specific author name attached to them are the opinions of individual staff and do not reflect the opinions of DDA as a whole.

For more information, visit the Developmental Disabilities Association website.

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