Board of Directors

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Philip Corke

Chair

Phil has served on the board of Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) since 2012, most recently as chair.  He is hoping that ...

Phil has served on the board of Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) since 2012, most recently as chair.  He is hoping that he can continue the great work of those before him as CHKC drives to expand their services while improving the lives of those most vulnerable. A father of 3 great young kids and a husband to an amazing wife, Phil enjoys spending time outdoors or building something when he isn’t working for the family’s Communications and Television Channels businesses.

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Al Kowalenko

Vice Chair

Al is a senior consultant based in Toronto with his firm of URSA Enterprises which specializes in management and ...

Al is a senior consultant based in Toronto with his firm of URSA Enterprises which specializes in management and communications.

Previously, he was the executive director of a national music products trade association for 30 years (1979-2009). His background also included stints as vice president of a large public relations consulting firm, and executive director of a symphony orchestra association based in North York for 12 years.

His involvement with the GTA deafblind community as a volunteer intervenor began in 1973 with the Deaf-Blind Association of Toronto (DBAT) and continues to the present. He is also currently vice chair of the CHKC Board of Directors, and chair of the CHKC Board Strategic Planning Committee.

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Kim Wrigley-Archer

Past Chair

Kim was chair of the CHKC Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. Kim began her service on the CHKC Board in 1998 as one of ...

Kim was chair of the CHKC Board of Directors from 2016 to 2018. Kim began her service on the CHKC Board in 1998 as one of two deafblind members at that time and had served as vice chair since 2014. With her election as chair, Kim has earned a place in history as the first deafblind person to lead the organization’s Board of Directors.

Kim first began receiving intervenor services through CHKC’s new outreach program in 2007. Her interactions with intervenors and staff have given her an even greater understanding of the agency, how it is run and the important work it does for the deafblind community. Kim is able to combine her perspectives as a Disability Studies scholar, a successful business professional and as a person who is deafblind receiving intervenor services to guide her work on the CHKC Board.

After spending 20 years in corporate IT, Kim enrolled part-time in Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies in the summer of 2000. The empowering program opened Kim’s eyes and gave her the tools and language she needed to address accessibility and advocacy issues in the community. With a degree, several awards earned during her studies and a lifetime of her own experiences, Kim left the corporate IT world in 2003 to pursue various projects as an advocate and accessibility expert.

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Vivian Bright

Treasurer

Vivian first obtained his C.A. designation in England where he lived and worked until emigrating to Canada at the age of ...

Vivian first obtained his C.A. designation in England where he lived and worked until emigrating to Canada at the age of 30. While working in public practice after arriving in Toronto, he also studied for his Canadian C.A. designation (now C.P.A.) which he obtained in 1986.

Throughout his professional career in Canada, Vivian has worked closely with not-for-profit entities both in an accounting and auditing capacity, and he therefore brings a broad and valued experience to CHKC.
Vivian strongly believes in giving back to the wider community, and his expertise and experience are a great fit for CHKC. He is delighted to be of service to the Board in this volunteer capacity.

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Hon. Vim Kochhar

Founding Chair

Vim is a businessman and former senator. He is most known for his leadership, vision, passion and commitment towards ...

Vim is a businessman and former senator. He is most known for his leadership, vision, passion and commitment towards empowering people with disabilities. Vim has made major contributions to removing barriers and bringing equality to individuals who are deafblind.

He has also been a pioneer and driving force behind the growth of the Canadian Paralympics and is well known for his ground-breaking work on behalf of people who are deafblind. His project, Rotary Cheshire Apartments (RCA) and CHKC enables deafblind people to live independently in a barrier-free environment.

He was an inaugural trustee, chair of the Content Committee, and fundraising team member raising $167 million for Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which opened in 2011.

He has been recognized with the Order of Ontario, Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from York University, the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship, and Lifetime Achievement Award by the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame. Vim was also chosen by India Abroad as one of the 30 most influential Canadians of Indian origin. CARP also listed him as one of the top 25 Canadians over 45 who have contributed to the quality of life for others and have made a difference in Canada.

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Anupam Kothari

Director

Anupam has been the president of the Kothari Group of Companies since 2014, a diversified real estate development and ...

Anupam has been the president of the Kothari Group of Companies since 2014, a diversified real estate development and lending company. The Kothari family and the Kothari Group support many charitable causes in Ontario and Manitoba. The focus of those efforts has been in health care and education. As part of their commitment to the communities they are building, they wanted to ensure that they gave back to those communities in a meaningful and impactful way. Anupam joined the board of CHKC to assist with the future expansion plans.

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Mark Albert

Director

Mark is a longstanding board member of CHKC, joining the Board of Directors just after the first term founding ...

Mark is a longstanding board member of CHKC, joining the Board of Directors just after the first term founding members. Mark was proudly a member of the founding and sponsoring Rotary Club, joining this board as part of that Rotary commitment. He remained on the board to be involved in the most inspirational and functional part of integrating and providing a more balanced environment for this sector of our members of humankind, who are hearing and visually disadvantaged.

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Tina Marano

Director 

Tina is a tenant of CHKC, who has lived in one of our apartment units since 2002. She really enjoys her independence while ...

Tina is a tenant of CHKC, who has lived in one of our apartment units since 2002. She really enjoys her independence while also receiving intervenor services on a regular basis. Tina received a Bachelor of Social Work from Ryerson University from 2004 to 2011. In addition to her educational background in Social Work, Tina received a certification in Grade Two Mastering Literary Braille through correspondence at the Toronto’s CNIB. She has been a member of CHKC’s Board of Directors for five consecutive years and enjoys swimming, walking, reading, and cooking homemade Italian food on her time off.

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Betty-Jean Reid

Director

Betty-Jean is a retired George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program Coordinator & Professor. She has ...

Betty-Jean is a retired George Brown College Intervenor for Deafblind Persons Program Coordinator & Professor. She has been involved in the field of deafblindness for over 23 years. Her background with CHKC is as a board member starting in 2004 and then with the amalgamated Rotary Cheshire Homes (RCH) and CHKC. She served as chair from 2015 to 2017 and is involved with several committees.

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David Young

Director

David is principal at David Young Law, a privacy and regulatory counsel practice. He has been advising clients on privacy ...

David is principal at David Young Law, a privacy and regulatory counsel practice. He has been advising clients on privacy issues since prior to the enactment of Canada’s private sector privacy laws. He advises both private and public sectors on all aspects of privacy law including compliance procedures, consent, data sharing, employee privacy, personal health information, security, breach response and access to information. David advises on marketing matters including digital advertising, anti-spam, social media and food and drug law. His practice also includes corporate regulatory compliance.

David is a co-author of Canadian Advertising and Marketing Law (Carswell) and Marketing Communications Services Agreement – Commentary and Model Agreement 5th ed. (Association of Canadian Advertisers).

David is the 2015 recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Karen Spector Memorial Award for Excellence in Privacy Law. He is recognized as a ranked lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers & Partners 2018 Canada Guide and The Best Lawyers in Canada. David is a member of the Canadian Marketing Association’s Ethics and Standards Committee.

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