Board of Directors
Linda has been a volunteer with BIAYR and the former YRHISG for 15 years. She has a healthcare background in which she has supported ABI survivors through case management and education. She has been on several community committees representing persons with ABI.
Mark Lapowich is the executive director at Innovative Case Management Inc. (ICM), a community based company that provides case management and occupational therapy services to individuals living with acquired brain injuries (ABI). Prior to joining ICM in 2011, Mark practised law for a decade. Over the years, he has been involved with various groups and associations specializing in promoting education and awareness regarding ABI. Mark was born and raised in York Region and is devoted to providing support and resources for ABI survivors and their caregivers.
Cameron is a digital marketing executive specializing in paid media. His love of sports led to his interest, and eventual passion, for helping those affected by acquired brain injury. Having grown up in Richmond Hill, he relished the opportunity to give back to the ABI community in his hometown.
Faryar Foroodi is the owner and managing director of the Home Instead Senior Care franchise servicing Richmond Hill/Vaughan. Prior to caring for seniors, Faryar has worked for over 10 years in the healthcare industry as a breast cancer researcher, clinical trial project manager, as well as sales/marketing of medical devices and pharmaceuticals. He also take pride in volunteering his time with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Canada and Hospice Vaughan. As Chair of BIAYR’s Education Committee, Faryar is committed to increasing the quality of life for survivors and their caregivers.
Brian has recently graduated with a university degree graduate in Accounting when he was a pedestrian hit by a car Feb 1998. This brain injury, although considered catastrophic, has opened my eyes to others struggles with life. Brian has since dedicated his time to helping those with ABI. He has recently served on four different disability boards/committees including the BIAYR simultaneously for eight years.
John Groe is Managing Partner; Accessibility Consultant at Accessible Daily Living and President of DriveLab Inc. John has spent most of his career working hands on in both the medical/rehabilitation and Insurance industries. He has extensive knowledge of rehabilitation having worked in one of Canada’s top Trauma and Orthopaedic Hospitals for more than a decade. He has helped thousands of individuals regain their independence through training and rehabilitation.
Leslie is a Service Director at Bartimaeus Rehabilitation Services Inc. York Region has been a part of her district and as such she wanted to contribute to the people that she supports in this area. She brings 30+ years of experience to this role with Bartimaeus Rehabilitation, her own company and the Dept. of Social Services where she worked in Income Support/Employment Support and as an Assistant to the Administrator in charge of public relations.
Adam Little is a partner at Oatley Vigmond Personal Injury Lawyers LLP. His practice is dedicated to obtaining compensation for his injured clients, including claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, medical negligence, and occupiers’ liability. Adam was raised in York Region, and has a special interest in traumatic brain injury cases. For Adam’s full bio, see: https://oatleyvigmond.com/people/adam-r-little/#heading
Wayne had a motorcycle accident in 2007 that resulted in an ABI. He has been active in the Brain Injury community since by speaking at conferences, peer mentoring with other survivors and facilitating a support group for survivors.