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Watch our 60th Anniversary video that honours and remembers the civil rights history of people with developmental disabilities in BC. Read more about our history here.

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Mike Keating

 

Since 1977 Mike has worked in support of children and adults with disabilities and their families. 

 Through his experience in his various roles as caregiver, supervisor, community and government based service developer, consultant, senior manager in governme

nt services and executive manager of a community based non-profit, Mike has developed a deep knowledge of the services and supports available in BC.  Seeing how people’s needs are or are not met has left him with a keen sense of the issues faced by families and their family members needing additional supports to live fulfilling lives within their communities.

Mike worked for the Developmental Disabilities Association in the late 1970's, the Mission Association for Community Living in the mid to late 1980's and was Executive Director for the Community Ventures Society from 2001 through 2013.  His work included assisting children and adults with returning to their communities from Sunny Hill Hospital for Children and from Tranquille, Woodlands and Glendale institutions.  Mike worked in the Ministry of Health for 3 years as a service developer assisting individuals with complex physical and health related support needs return to the community and was the Provincial Coordinator for the Provincial Brain Injury Program for 10 years.  "Throughout my 36 years of service I have been blessed to be invited into the homes of families to sit in their kitchens and living rooms while they shared their many joys and dreams as well as their frustrations with service systems.  For me, this time with families has been personally enriching and has deeply informed my work."

Mike has volunteered as a consultant on committees and as a non-profit board member throughout his career.  Starting as the Residential Services Committee chair (1982-1984) with Inclusion BC's predecessor, BCMHP.  He was a Community Board Development consultant for the Vancouver Volunteer Centre.  Mike also served as co-chair of the Community Living Coalition.  He has previously served on several Boards including:  TASH - the Lower Mainland chapter, the Family Support Institute, and Inclusion BC as the Executive Directors’ Network representative.  He currently serves on Boards for the Mission Association for Community Living and the Inclusion BC Foundation.