About Us and Our Supporters
VTEA has been operating since 1983 and we are most grateful for our supporters and the financial assistance we receive from the Province of British Columbia. Nevertheless to ensure excellence in our programs, fundraising is an ongoing priority.
Dedicated to enriching the lives and to developing the full potential of children and adults with disabilities and to lead them closer to independence through therapeutic horseback riding, therapy, recreation, life skills and farm related activity.
Our dedicated Board is diligently pursuing a strategy that will enhance the excellence of the services given to our riders and will give VTEA a sound infrastructure on which to build its future.
Lance Nadeau, President
Lance brings a background of business operations and administration to VTEA. He has 5 years experience as Vice President of Operation Network Services at Glentel and has owned a number of businesses for 20 years. President of VTEA since 2012, Lance sees the benefit VTEA brings to those less fortunate. He volunteers because he believes in giving back to his community.
Dale Hopkins, Vice President
Dale was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Calgary, and came to Langley in 2009. He is an elementary school teacher as well as a professional magician. His love of horses and the outdoors brings him to VTEA.
Paul Paterson, Treasurer
Paul first brought his daughter, Andrea, to VTEA in 1984. Andrea had Leigh’s Syndrome and benefited from riding for 23 years. What a change from sitting in a wheelchair to riding a horse! Paul enjoyed the financial aspects of his Saskatchewan farm experience, and in 2006 he offered to serve as treasurer.
Brenda Singbeil, Secretary
Brenda has lived all her life in the Fraser Valley. Since their marriage in 1971, she has been Wayne’s active business partner. In addition to her activities at VTEA, other local associations, and the church, Brenda volunteers at the Palliative Care Residence as part of the Langley Hospice Society.
Debbie Styles, Director
Suzanne White, Director
Suzanne’s experience with horses began in Winnipeg where she rode as a young girl. She has managed an equestrian centre, owned a racing stable, raced horses, judged shows, trained horses and taught riding. While still owning horses, she gained experience in promotion, sales and accounting working in retail sales. A volunteer since 2012, Suzanne is proud to be part of the VTEA team.
Jo Wing, Director
Jo, at VTEA since 2007, loves working with riders and seeing their progress and joy at interacting with the horses. Her involvement with horses started in childhood in England with the Pony Club, and has continued throughout her life, including riding and showing with her daughters. Jo’s background is in livestock and horticulture, real estate and residential development.
Wayne Singbeil, Director
Wayne has lived in Aldergrove since 1959. He bought his first egg farm in 1967, which he built into the first fully automated commercial egg operation in western Canada. He has also partnered in a biological fly control business and a sporting goods store. With Brenda, his wife, Wayne is active in local associations (Minor Hockey, Ringette), the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, as well as VTEA since 2009.
Donations, big and small, in cash or of materials and supplies, are essential to maintain the excellence of our programs. Here are just some of the major corporations, agencies and social clubs that are strong supporters of community activities such as our VTEA programs.
Grants and donations of $5,000 or more
Grants and donations of $1,000 or more
Adrians At The Airport Restaurant Ltd.
Ambleside Tiddley Cove Lions Club
Andrew Mahon Foundation
Burnaby Lougheed Lions Club
Capilano Lions Club
City of Langley
Corporation of the Township of Langley
Fort Langley Lions
IRIS The Visual Group Western Canada
Ladies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles
North Delta Lions Club
Peace Arch Monarch Lions Club
Phyliss And Irving Snider Foundation
Royal Canadian Legion BC/Yukon Command
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #4 PAC Com
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 118
Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary Legion #240
Township of Langley Fire Department
Vancouver Metro Monarch Lions
Variety – The Children’s Charity
Western Water Farms & Gardens Inc.
White Rock Lioness
Donations of $100 or more
BC Hydro Employees’ Community Services Fund
Biggar Enterprises Ltd.
Canine Co-Stars of Canada Ltd. DBA Waldo & Tubbs
Coast Capital Savings
Crompton’s Auto Care
Delta Scottsdale Lions Club
Envision Credit Union
Langley Elks No. 259
Langley Lions Club
Lighthouse Spiritual Centre
Mid-Valley Screens Ltd
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #006 Cloverdale
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #008
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #060 West Vancouver
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #061
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #177
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #265 Aldergrove
The Fort Wine Co.
Tsawwassen Boundary Bay Lions Club
Vancouver Champlain Heights Lions
Vancouver Renfrew Lions Club
Please note that private donors are not listed here
for reasons of privacy and security.