Meet the Self-Advocates of Bethesda

Some of the members of the Chilliwack Group

Kya Bezanson

I have 3 dogs who I adore. I also groom them because I’m learning to be a groomer. Making people smile is my number 1 priority. I loved dressing up for the kids on Halloween at the toy store where I used to work. I love to do art like painting and drawing. Contact me with any questions!

Andrew Toews

I live at Vedder Terrace with my roommate, Jack. I like going for walks and being with my friends and my family. I work at Macdonald’s.

Joanne Doldersum

I live at Vedder Terrace in supported independent living, which helps me with my life skills. I work as a janitor for Bethesda. I like doing crafts and being active in the community.

Mary-Ann Kostelyk

Hi, I’m Mary-Ann. I live at Vedder Terrace and love it! I enjoy going for walks, making cards and being around people.

James Cooper

I’m married to Jacquie. I like to cook, watch movies and play games. I work at a restaurant as a prep cook.

Yoshi Doldersum

I live at Vedder Terrace. I currently work at Superstore as a price checker. I am in a supported independent living program which is allowing me to grow and use my self advocate rights and freedoms.

Stephen Thompson

I live at Vedder Terrace and work at Produce Gone Wild. I like watching sports and meeting my friends for coffee and to go for walks.

Jacquie Cooper

I’m married and I live at Vedder Terrace. I am creative and like doing crafts and taking photos. I like being outdoors. I work at the Galaxy Theatre and volunteer at a daycare.

Jack Witt

I live independently at Vedder Terrace. I'm happy to be a self advocate.

Amber Jeffries

I live at Vedder Terrace with my roommate who is also my friend. I enjoy walking, spending time with my family, drawing, watching movies, and learning life skills with my support worker.

Micaela Gauthier

I live at Vedder Terrace with my roommate and friend, Amber. I enjoy reading, writing, watching movies and TV, baking and spending time with family and friends. I’m involved in self advocacy and happy to chat with anyone who has questions.

Some members of the Abbotsford-Langley Group

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