Board & Staff

We wouldn’t be able to do things we do for our community without these dedicated individuals.

Mary Bickert
Community Coordinator

That reassuring voice on the other end of our phone line; Mary fields calls from our families old and new about events, resources, volunteer coordination, donations, updates, and general inquiries. She also coordinates the activities, marketing, and social media for PLAN Okanagan. She is the backbone and heart of this great organization and we’re proud to have her on staff.

Shelley DeCoste

Shelley DeCoste is a change-maker and a tireless advocate for true inclusion throughout the Okanagan. In 2010, Shelley launched the province-wide campaign to change the word ‘disability’ to ‘diverse ability’.  Her goal was to draw attention to the diverse abilities of those who are labelled with a disability.  It was a call to see what all individuals are able to do and be.

Shelley is a volunteer for a variety of organizations, past self-advocate liaison for Pathways Abilities Society, presenter/educator and course co-developer for the CLBC Welcome Workshop, developer of the Diverse Ability Workshop, currently is a Strategic Initiative Advisor for CLBC, and is a Special Olympian.  Her life underlines her diverse abilities.

David Paynter

David is a founding member of PLAN Okanagan and has served in a variety of roles on and off the board. He and his family have been great supporters of PLAN Okanagan over the years.

Denise Martell
Director & RDSP Presenter

Denise Martell brings her professional expertise and personal experiences to our board. Her background in financial planning has been invaluable in helping with the success PLAN Okanagan.

Lena Charlton

Lena Charlton joined the PLAN Okanagan Board in 2018. Passionate about supporting people with disabilities and their families. Her hands-on approach, knowledge, and experience help to make an impact on the organization. Lena enjoys facilitating the Safe and Secure Book Club. 

Tracey Beckett

Tracey Beckett is a social worker who has dedicated more than 20 years in a variety of family support roles. Tracey found her passion when she had to rise up and advocate for her daughter to have the same opportunities as her typical peers. She is committed to promoting inclusion of people with disabilities in education, employment and beyond. Tracey is currently the Regional Network Coordinator for the Family Support Institute of BC. When she’s not working, you will find her on the sidelines cheering for her kids or on a trail in the great outdoors! 

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Julie Armitage


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Maggie Lister