Board of Directors


Good morning to all of our friends, members and partners of the Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada.

In September 2019, it was with great pleasure that I accepted the position of president of the Board of Directors. You can rest assured that I will do my utmost to fully perform my new duties.

With the help of the other members of the Board, and Gloria, I am committed to representing and defending the interests of the members of TVAC, ensuring that the program continues to adequately meet our needs, we, the Canadian thalidomide survivors, so that we may age with dignity. I make it one of my priorities and this, without losing sight of TVAC’s mission: “To empower its members and improve their quality of life.”

2020 will be a very important and busy year. I commit to provide assistance and support to TVAC’s head office, as well as to regularly monitor the EPIQ program.

As has already been said, continue to tell the story of us, the thalidomide survivors. Always remember that the thalidomide tragedy must not sink into oblivion…

Let us remain united, for our greater good.

Yours truly,


Myriam Bouffard – Quebec Representative
President of TVAC

Other members of the Board of Directors

Peter Settle – Ontario Representative

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.


Aline Vachon – Member at large

Mario Dufour – Quebec Representative

For over 36 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.

Photo de Mario Dufour

Gregor Wolbring – Western Representative

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.

Photo de Gregor Wolbring