New Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for In­clu­sion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties

Lo­cal CNA em­ployee ap­pointed

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Min­is­ter Re­spon­si­ble for the Sta­tus of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties Kevin O’Brien has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of 18 new in­di­vid­u­als to the Provin­cial Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil for the In­clu­sion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties.

Mr.. O’Brien in­di­cated “Mem­bers of the coun­cil have a demon­strated record of lead­er­ship in the ad­vance­ment of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. They will be in­stru­men­tal in achiev­ing in­clu­sion in the prov­ince.”

The coun­cil ad­vises the min­is­ter on mat­ters re­lat­ing to per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of the provin­cial strat­egy ‘Ac­cess. In­clu­sion. Equal­ity’ for the in­clu­sion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in New­found­land and Labrador.

J. Paul Walsh (Chair) is a Se­nior Busi­ness An­a­lyst with New­found­land Power Inc., is an ex­ec­u­tive Board Mem­ber of the Coali­tion of Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties - New­found­land and Labrador, a mem­ber of the Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee for Stu­dents with Dis­abil­i­ties (Me­mo­rial Univer­sity), and mem­ber of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the Glenn Roy Blun­don Award.

Among the ap­pointees is Donna Piercey, a Co­or­di­na­tor of Disability Ser­vices at the Col­lege of North At­lantic in Burin. She is ac­tive in the com­mu­nity pro­mot­ing in­clu­sion for in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties. Donna is also an ac­tive vol­un­teer for Burin Penin­sula Voice Against Vi­o­lence.

Other mem­bers ap­pointed in­clude Nor­man Austin, El­iz­a­beth Chaulk, Delia Con­nell, Don Con­nolly, Paula Cor­co­ran, Lorna Gil­bert, Den­nis Gill, Karen Hil­lier, Philip Lun­dri­gan, Shane Martland, Justin Mercer, Pa­tri­cia Moores, Bruce Old­ford, Nancy Reid, Kata­rina Roxon and Free­man Wise­man.

Coun­cil Chair Mr. Walsh said “I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing with the mem­bers of coun­cil across the prov­ince and with the Min­is­ter in con­tin­u­ing to im­prove and en­hance in­clu­sion for all people in New­found­land and Labrador. This coun­cil continues to lead the way in seiz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to fos­ter in­clu­sion for ev­ery­one through­out our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mr. O’Brien thanked the out­go­ing Coun­cil mem­bers for their ser­vice and work to sup­port in­clu­sion.

“The in­au­gu­ral mem­bers of this coun­cil were in­stru­men­tal in launch­ing our provin­cial in­clu­sion strat­egy. They iden­ti­fied is­sues of im­por­tance, and brought for­ward solid, well-grounded ad­vice based on their ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­per­tise. They should be rec­og­nized for their ded­i­ca­tion, ef­fort and guid­ance.”

Ap­point­ments to the coun­cil are made ev­ery two years. They have a range of disability rep­re­sen­ta­tion in­clud­ing hard of hear­ing, learn­ing, men­tal health, mo­bil­ity, neu­ro­log­i­cal and vi­sion.

April 2012, the provin­cial govern­ment re­leased ‘Ac­cess. In­clu­sion. Equal­ity.’ – a strat­egy for the in­clu­sion of per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties in New­found­land and Labrador. The strat­egy is a frame­work to sup­port ac­tion to­wards in­clu­sion, mak­ing ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties ac­ces­si­ble and in­clu­sive.

Ef­forts to ad­vance in­clu­sion in­clude work­force in­vest­ments to in­crease labour force par­tic­i­pa­tion, such as $12 mil­lion in fund­ing from the Labour Mar­ket Agree­ment for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties. This pro­gram is de­signed to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als ac­quire the skills, ex­pe­ri­ence and sup­ports to pre­pare for, en­ter or re­main in the work­force.

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