Board of Directors

A Word from our President

Dear members, partners, friends and supporters of TVAC,

It is an honor for me to be president of TVAC and I take at heart all the responsibilities and great challenges that comes with this function.

In 2015, we have had the great joy of seeing all the hard work that we and our partners of unparalleled expertise and generosity put in the Right the Wrong campaign pay back, when the Government of Canada announced the creation of the Thalidomide Survivors Contribution Program and the Extraordinary Medical Assistance Fund. This victory was undoubtedly a key moment in the history of TVAC and of Canada. It was a life changing announcement for Canadian thalidomide survivors, from which a great number had been facing tragic premature physical degeneration, precarious living conditions and great vulnerability because of their malformations caused by thalidomide.

That being said, without questioning the merits of the Program, in the years to come, TVAC commits to keep a close eye on it and make sure that it is properly funded and administered with transparency, so that Canadian thalidomide survivors can age in dignity.

Having won this important battle that has been one of TVAC’s main focuses since its creation, we can now put our energies to other uses. Of course, being of service to our members by creating opportunities for them to gather in different events and by showing support when needed is our main preoccupation for the years to come.

Strong from our struggles, experiences and victories, TVAC also wants to use its voice to promote drug safety by making sure that the thalidomide tragedy does not fall into oblivion. We strongly believe that by sharing the story of us, thalidomide survivors, TVAC can contribute to make the world a safer place for children to be born in.

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Theresa Vachon – Member at large
President of TVAC

Other members of the Board of Directors

Dominic Sigouin – Ontario Representative
Vice-president

Newly retired, Dominic Sigouin has been actively involved with TVAC for several years. He holds university degrees both in Business Administration and in Physical Activity Sciences. He has worked in the community with a wide range of people, including adolescents with behavioral problems and athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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Myriam Bouffard – Quebec Representative
Treasurer

After working in the federal public service for 28 years, Myriam Bouffard is now retired. Thalidomide survivor, mother of a 30-year-old son and grandmother of a 6-year-old girl, she has been Director of TVAC for a number of years. In this role, she uses experience to provide support, assistance and advice to TVAC’S executive director and members.

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Mario Dufour – Quebec Representative
Secretary

For over 35 years, Mario Dufour has been an electronic sales consultant. Younger, his malformations did not stop him from winning a water ski trophy and from being a roller skating champion. Between his career, his athletic achievements and his involvement as a Director of TVAC, his greatest achievement remains his wife and his three children.

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Gregor Wolbring – Western Representative
Director

Gregor Wolbring is a thalidomider originally from Germany and living in Canada since 1992. He is an Associate Professor in Disability Studies at the
University of Calgary. In his work, he focuses mostly on the impact of emerging and envisioned sciences and technologies.

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Jane Rogerson – Eastern Representative
Director