Paul Gauthier, Founder and Executive Director, Individualized Funding resource Centre Society (IFRC)

Paul’s key responsibility is program development for the IFRC and in collaboration with other organizations and municipalities in the province. He oversees all financial operations, and government resources.

Prior to the IFRC, Paul’s career also focussed on improving the quality of life for all British Columbians with disabilities and has been a key figure in multiple, successful municipal projects that impact people with disabilities.  Paul is a founder of the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) program; a government funding program which allows people with disabilities to remain in their homes and employ their own personal support workers through individualized funding. His passion for helping people with disabilities has never waivered and his steadfastness lends him to being proof of its benefits to full participation in society.

No stranger to public speaking, Paul readily gives of his time, knowledge and experience in order to educate others on the value of individualized funding and how to be successful with it. He is a goal-setter and a natural born leader; breaking down barriers so people with disabilities can pursue their dreams.

Paul is also a Sports champion for Boccia. A multiple Gold medal winner, he successfully represented Canada as 5X Paralympian and in 2004 was the first Canadian to win a gold medal for Canada in this sport.

Paul was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, received the BC Community Achievement Award in 2009 and the Premier’s Athletic Award for 7 years between 1995 and 2003. He received the BC Paraplegic Association award for Outstanding Community Contribution in 2005 and was named Sportability’s Male Athlete of the year in 2005.

In 2019 Paul was inducted into the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Hall of Fame. It is his sincere hope that the next generation of athletes will continue to impact the Sports World by challenging themselves and society with true Community and World inclusion.

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Chris Hofley, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Individualized Funding resource Centre Society (IFRC)

Chris brings over 20 years of combined business and personal support experience. In addition to his career in the banking industry, Chris continues to give much of his time to mentoring young people with disabilities through various community and educational programs.

Being a person with tremendous empathy for others and strong social conscience for community, he has also spent 20 years counselling people with addiction through various programs in the lower mainland. He has brought his high level of passion for helping others succeed forward as a critical part of the team.

An open, strong communicator, Chris enjoys public speaking before groups at events and education sessions for people who are learning about community living. He has a unique way of working with families in addition to people living with both physical and development disabilities. Whether it is supporting peers, and resolving challenges which impact people with disabilities or lending friends a helping hand, he will utilize his skills and extensive resources to resolve the issues he’s presented with. Chris is a valuable contributor to the success of any team he is on and his lighthearted sense of humour and enthusiasm keeps the team moving forward with an abundance of zeal.

Chris has an innate ability to connect with people from all walks of life. In supporting people with disabilities, he builds strong relationships with support workers and other resource professionals who make a significant difference to people with disabilities living in the community.

Chris applied that same spirit to team sports when he played Power Soccer off and on for 10 years. Chris enjoys being active, travelling to warm destinations and with the same team spirit he demonstrates every day the people and issues he supports professionally. That energy is also channeled into his personal life with his devotion to family.

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Dalton Finlay, Right Fit Manager/Navigator (IFRC)

Dalton has been with the Right Fit since its 2017 inception and has since forged many positive relationships with clients, housing providers, and the many vital partners of the project. Dalton has brought over seven years of related experience to the project which has provided him with additional insight.

With a foundation of knowledge in the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL), Dalton is able to provide RFP clients with a high level of support in remaining independent in the community. With a thorough knowledge of home support and assistive equipment, he can address the needs of the individual in an all inclusive and comprehensive manner.

Dalton has strong ties to the disabled community. His mother has Cerebral Palsy and had been told she would never be able to have children; she defied the odds when Dalton was born. Dalton has a passion for assisting people with disabilities to live life to the fullest and credits his mother for being an example of strength and resilience, and for the ability to remain calm and centred in the face of life’s challenges.

Dalton and his wife enjoy travelling and collecting Funko Pop! figures in their spare time. Dalton is also an animal lover and together he and his wife have a small chihuahua named Rex.

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