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.
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, program development, and communications.
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.
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.
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.
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 external relations and fundraising.
James Marchand has a life-long passion for volunteering; he has extensive experience in the not-for-profit space. James has been a volunteer with the Canucks Autism Network since 2014, helping children with autism participate in various sports to promote physical and social development. James has also worked for the Special Olympics of BC; helping run their Performance Program for athletes with intellectual disabilities, before transitioning into the field of accounting. He is currently a Senior Accountant at KPMG Enterprise. James is excited to combine his not-for-profit and accounting experience to help VTEA as a Board member in the area of finance.
Angie Parnell is the City of Port Moody’s General Manager, People, Communications & Engagement, and leads the City’s Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Engagement teams. Angie has enjoyed over 25 years with the City of Port Moody. Prior to her appointment as General Manager, Angie led the Human Resources team as Director. Angie is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), an Accredited Insights Facilitator, holds a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources from Royal Roads University and Human Resources Management and Leadership Certificates from BCIT. She has provided mentoring to human resource professionals and has volunteered in health care and as part of the faculty at Capilano University’s MATI programs supporting the learning, leadership, and growth of local government professionals. Angie believes in the importance of “heart” in leadership in the workplace.
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.