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.
Complete bios and photos coming soon.
Kristin Griffin has a life-long passion for animals, grew up training and showing dogs, and began working with horses at the age of 16. Kristin began her professional career by working in the veterinary field and has since transitioned into working with children with special needs as an Education Assistant. She started volunteering at VTEA in 2014 and has been involved in various areas of the organization ever since. As a strong supporter for mental health and wellness, Kristin is passionate about the work that VTEA does. She is currently working towards her BA in Psychology. Kristin’s role at VTEA is mainly in events and fundraising.
Since 2006, Lynn Moseley has served as Vice President of a small private equity firm in Vancouver, BC, as well as a private family charitable foundation. Prior to that, she was a corporate communications executive for a global chemical company as well as a member of their mergers and acquisitions team. Lynn has a life-long passion for horses and started riding as a young girl including showing in the hunter-jumper ring. Committed to giving back, she is a long-time supporter/volunteer of many organizations tackling the issues of mental and physical health. Lynn holds an MBA with a focus on organizational management and leadership. Lynn’s role at VTEA focuses on overall organizational health, development, and communications.
Paul Paterson 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 since 2006 Paul has been serving VTEA as Treasurer.
Brenda Singbeil grew up in Agassiz, BC, and attained her Registered Nurse designation at the RCH School of Nursing in New Westminster. In partnership with Wayne Singbeil, as well as her role as mother to two children, Brenda attended to the financial and operational needs (and overall ‘go-fer’) for Brenway Poultry Farms Ltd. Brenda was also involved in a biological fly control business and the management and staffing of a sporting good store. Brenda’s community service began by volunteering during her teenage years as a Brownie & Girl Guide leader and progressed to various executive level tasks with Mt Olive Lutheran Church, Registrar for Aldergrove Minor Hockey, various positions with Aldergrove and BC Ringette Associations, and Manager for provincial ringette teams. 2009 brought new opportunities for Brenda with her decision to join Langley Hospice Society as a palliative care volunteer, as well as facilitator for Adult Bereavement Support groups. Brenda lends expertise in the areas of administration and serves as VTEA’s Board Secretary.
Wayne Singbeil has been a resident of Aldergrove since the age of 14. He worked as a heavy-duty apprentice before buying his first poultry farm in 1967 which, through the acquisition of two additional farms, became Brenway Poultry Farms Ltd. in 1971, a commercial egg supplier and pullet rearing facility and one of the first fully automated egg farms in Western Canada. Wayne was also part of a biological fly control business and partnership in a sporting goods store. Wayne has been volunteering for more than 23 years, coaching Aldergrove Minor Hockey and BC Ringette teams. Early retirement provided the opportunity for travel as well as annual forays back to Saskatchewan to enjoy his love of farm tractor work. In 2009, deciding to help a VTEA staff member stuck in the snow led to being a long-term volunteer at VTEA in all areas of barn and facility maintenance as well as assisting riders in the arena and the election to the Board. Interaction with riders is “the icing on the cake” for this VTEA volunteer.
Debbie Styles has been volunteering with VTEA for many years. Debbie’s involvement with VTEA began as a client, when her daughter began riding with VTEA in 2009. Throughout the years she has been the Board liaison for the instructors and most recently her duties focus on the responsibilities of the recording secretary. Professionally, Debbie held many supporting roles in the areas of law, banking and real estate. Debbie is and will always be a very active member of the community at large.
Jackie van Dassen
Jackie van Dassen is the Director of Finance of a Community Living Association, whose mission is to support individuals with developmental disabilities and their families within an inclusive and caring community where each person has choice, opportunity and a fulfilling quality of life. Jackie moved from Ontario to the Fraser Valley in 2015. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and KPMG alumni which is where she was first introduced to VTEA. Jackie gained her love of horses by spending time riding in the summers in her youth and speaks highly about the life changing impact horses can have in the lives of those they serve. Jackie lends expertise in the overall administration of VTEA as well as IT support and event planning.
Robin Woodbridge is a retired businessman. After being in the corporate world in the financial and utilities industries for several years, Robin served in the private sector as an owner/manager of two customer service companies. Upon the birth of his daughter, Robin sold the businesses and embarked upon an adventure as a stay-at-home dad which included volunteering with his daughter’s school and various sports activities. Robin served and chaired on the Boards of various educational and municipal service organizations. His current volunteer work is dedicated to VTEA, continuing his lifelong passion for horses and working with children. Robin brings strength to the Board in areas of facility maintenance and safety and procedures policy.
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.