To raise awareness and provide education while working toward a community of
INCLUSION FOR ALL
to live, work and play in a barrier-free community
The Access Oceanside Association
Board of Directors
Sandra Hobson, Chair
Sandra Hobson is Professor Emerita in the School of Occupational Therapy at Western University (London, Ontario). She also holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment at Pacific Coast University, where she teaches workplace health and disability management. She was the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate from the Belarusian State Medical University for her work there. She is a life member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. She has both a personal and professional interest in access issues. She sits on Parksville’s Advisory Design Panel, the board of Inclusion Parksville Society, and serves as chair of Accessible Oceanside Association.
Ralph (Olaf) Tietjen, Secretary/Treasurer
A resident of Parksville since 2017 and retired Airline Manager, the challenges faced by disabled persons became clear when his wife became an amputee in 2019.
He has since learned much about navigating the resources available to disabled persons and became interested in lobbying local governments and businesses to make their services and physical premises more accessible for all to enjoy.
Maureen Pilcher, Recording Secretary
A long time resident of Coombs, has recently retired from her Land Use consulting business, and is now working with AOA to ensure inclusivity and accessibility for those who are “differently abled”. Maureen is also actively pursuing accessible transportation options for Area F residents with mobility challenges. (Handi-Dart)