Theresa Tancock - Family Services Coordinator


Theresa graduated from the Special Education Teacher’s Assistant Program at Kwantlen College in 1999. She was hired as a Teacher’s Assistant in 1998 with the School District of Langley and hasn’t turned back since! In 2003, Theresa became an Intervenor with the School District. “This was my first introduction into the world of Deafblindness and I soon discovered that it would change my life and my whole way of thinking! The world of Deafblindness opened so many doors for me.”


Theresa has almost completed the Intervenor for Individuals with Deafblindness Certificate Program, offered by Douglas College, with only one course to go! In 2006, she became a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Deafblind Association – BC Chapter. She attended the International Conference for Deafblindness in Perth, Australia in September of 2007 and upon her return she began working part-time as a Deafblind Consultant for the Early Intervention Program of CDBA-BC.


When her student with Deafblindness graduated in June 2008, Theresa accepted the position as Family Services Coordinator for CDBA-BC. She is an advocate for families of children with Deafblindness and also coordinates the many programs offered by the Association, such as the Summer Intervention Program, the Summer Recreation Program, the Hospital Intervention Services Program and the Relief Intervention Services Program.


Theresa is married and a mother of two young adults. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and getting together with family and friends.




Sue Gawne - Early Intervention Program Director


Sue graduated from the Educational Assistant Program at Okanagan University in 1996. She was hired as a Certified Education Assistant in 1996 with the Penticton School District. She started working for the school district as an Intervenor in 1998. Sue was also a Foster Parent during that time. In 2009 she graduated from the Intervenor for Individuals with Deafblindness Certificate Program offered at Douglas College. It was through her Foster Parenting experience that she was introduced to the unique world of deafblindness and was bitten by the deafblind bug!


In 2007, Sue joined the Canadian Deafblind Association -BC Chapter as a part-time Consultant for the Early Intervention Program supporting families in the Interior and Northern areas of the province. As the Early Intervention Program continued to grow, the position became full time in 2008. As of the spring of 2012 - bringing her many years of experience as an Intervenor, Foster Parent of a child with deafblindness, and as a Deafblind Consultant - Sue accepted the position of Program Director for the Early Intervention Program. She continues to provide family centered support and training to families with children with deafblindness and their teams throughout the province.


Sue has two adult children and one grandson. She enjoys being outdoors, adventure travel and spending time with family and friends.





Allison Mail - Early Intervention Consultant (Island)



As the Early Intervention Consultant, Allison looks out for the needs of our youngest members.


Allison graduated from University of Western Ontario with a BA in Developmental Psychology. Her introduction to the world of deafblindness was in 1986 when she began work as an Intervenor at the W. Ross Macdonald School, Brantford Ontario in the Deafblind Unit, In 1989 she began working as a Resource consultant, traveling Ontario supporting students with deafblindness aged birth to 21 and their families. In 1999 she heard the call of the west coast and moved to Richmond to serve as the Executive Director of Deafblind Rubella Housing, which is now Deafblind Services Society of BC (DSS-BC). She took some time off to start her family, and in April of 2003 she started in the Early Intervention Program for the BC Chapter. The Early Intervention program gives Allison the opportunity to use her many skills as an Intervenor, Resource Professional and Deafblind consultant in her work with families all across BC.


When not working at the CDBA-BC, Allison spends her time “dressing up like a princess” and shooting arrows with the Society for Creative Anachronism.