The Disability Resource Network of BC for Post Secondary Education is the provincial organization that represents individuals who provide programs and services for individuals who have disabilities, in the British Columbia Post Secondary Education system.


Our Mandate

  • To represent field based concerns in a coordinated fashion to the Ministry of Advanced Education.
  • To raise public and government awareness about the educational needs of people with disabilities.
  • To be an information sharing body to all personnel regarding disability related issues in the post secondary system.

Ongoing DRNBC for PSE will:

  1. Provide a forum for discussion on issues of relevance to the membership.
  2. Advocate on behalf of the membership on issues of concern at institutional, community or government levels.
  3. Provide a supportive network for problem solving for members.
  4. Sponsor an annual provincial professional development conference
  5. Sponsor periodic professional development events


Institutional membership is available at a cost of $250.00 annually. This entitles all employees of the institution to a discounted registration rate for the provincial conference.

The executive is elected at the Annual General Meeting, held each year during the conference. Two year terms are balanced whenever possible between program/service, rural/urban representatives.

Positions include: President, Past-president, Secretary, Treasurer, three members at large and a conference liaison person. Ex-officio memberships are currently held by representatives from the Office of Disability Issues.

Monthly teleconferences are held during the academic year and a minimum of one face-to-face meeting is held, usually prior to the conference.


Leanne Mihalicz

Member at Large
Thompson Rivers University

Phone: (250) 828 - 5223
Email: lmihalicz@tru.ca

Amanda Pope

Member at Large
Okanagan University College

Email: apope@okanagan.bc.ca

Rita Dilek

Vancouver Community College

Phone: 604-871-7000 EXT. 7339
Email: rdilek@vcc.ca

Kiren Uppal

Member at Large
Kwantlen Polytechnic Universtity

Email: Kiren.Uppal@kpu.ca

Nicola Soles

Member at Large
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Phone: (604) 599-2934
Email: Nicola.soles@kpu.ca