Brianne Braun works for Family Network for Deaf Children (Advocacy, Events, and Family Support) and is a Consultant and Parent Liaison in the Surrey School District. She is also a
Registered ASL-English Interpreter.
Brianne is the proud parent of two children, one hearing and one Deaf. The Brauns came to Deaf Children's Society of BC (DCS) shortly after their youngest child was born and they started participating in DCS' Early Literacy Foundations program. After her daughter's graduation from the DCS Preschool, Brianne was eager to get involved and joined DCS’ Board of Directors.
Brianne is passionate about language access for all Deaf and hard of hearing children and is
pleased to be able to support DCS and its bilingual programs and services. She looks forward to
continuing to serve families and the community in her position as DCS Board President.
Jonathan MacDonald is the new Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs within the Newfoundland & Labrador English School District. Over the years, Jonathan has held many educational positions, including as a math, science, and ASL teacher at the British Columbia School for the Deaf (BCSD) and as an ASL teacher at both the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Vancouver Community College (VCC). He continues to work with UBC’s Extended Learning Department remotely. Jonathan also serves as the regional representative for Newfoundland and Labrador on the Canadian Association of Educators of the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (CAEDHH) National Executive Committee.
Jonathan is passionate about early accessible language acquisition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
children, which is what drew him to the Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS). With the benefit of modern technology, he is thrilled to be able to continue to support DCS, from Newfoundland, in his role as Vice President of the Board.
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Matthew Kalenuik ICADC CADC CAPM CCS-AC CCCS is a charitable non-profit fund developer, an internationally certified project manager with a diploma in Applied Project Management through Simon Fraser University, an internationally certified drug and alcohol counsellor with a diploma in Addiction Medicine through the University of British Columbia, and a Canadian certified clinical supervisor. He became connected to the Deaf community shortly after his daughter was born. His daughter was born premature, and with moderate to severe bilateral hearing loss - thankfully members of the Deaf community extended a warm welcome to both Matthew and his family. Growing up, his daughter participated in programs offered by the Deaf Children’s Society of BC (DCS) which helped grow her foundational understanding of signed and spoken language and prepared her to enter school.
An avid artist and photographer, Matthew has hobbies that range from creating visual arts and media, to bike riding and hiking. Matthew is happy to give back where possible, and having experience with visual arts, fundraising, charitable non-profit governance, event planning, and stakeholder engagement, he looks toward a future at DCS where he’s able to use his skills to make a difference in the lives of Deaf children. To see more about his family’s story, and to see the impact DCS has had on them, please watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X44axp5yGyE
Renu Sangha is a Deaf, first-generation Canadian. Her parents acquired sign language as soon as they
found out Renu was Deaf, accessing services from the Deaf Children's Society of BC (DCS) and the BC
Elks Auditory Rehabilitation Centre, now known as BC Family Hearing Resource Society. Upon graduating
from early intervention services, Renu attended schools Uplands Elementary and Mountain Secondary in
Renu Sangha currently serves as the Director of Operations at The Canadian Administrator of Video
Relay Service (CAV). Prior to her role at CAV, Renu worked in the corporate world for more than 15
years, gaining experience in accounting, finance, information technology, and change management. She
holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology and Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA). Renu is also AgileBA Foundation certified and a Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), continuing to utilize her expertise in process improvement and change management.
While working, Renu has held positions on the boards of CAV, the Greater Vancouver Association of the
Deaf, and DCS. She is currently a Finance Committee Member for the Canadian Deaf Sports Association
(CDSA). Renu is a proud mom of a child who is a CODA (Child Of Deaf Adult) and a fur baby and enjoys
reading, traveling and watching movies.