Paul Gauthier is the founder and executive director, of the Individualized Funding Resource Centre Society (IFRC). His responsibility is program development for the IFRC and in collaboration with other organizations and municipalities in the province. He oversees all financial operations, and government resources.
Prior to the IFRC, Paul’s career focused on improving the quality of life for all British Columbians with disabilities and has been a key figure in multiple municipal projects that impact people with disabilities. Paul is a founder of the Choice in Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) program which allows people with disabilities to remain in their homes and employ their own personal support workers through individualized funding.
Paul is also a Sports champion for Boccia. A multiple Gold medal winner, he successfully represented Canada as 5X Paralympian and in 2004 was the first Canadian to win a gold medal for Canada in this sport.
Paul was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, received the BC Community Achievement Award in 2009 and the Premier’s Athletic Award for 7 years between 1995 and 2003. He received the BC Paraplegic Association award for Outstanding Community Contribution in 2005 and was named Sportability’s Male Athlete of the year in 2005. In 2019 Paul was inducted into the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association Hall of Fame.
Paul will co-facilitate the Accessibility For All: What it is and Why it Matters workshop at the 2022 Spring Education Conference.