New Advisory Council for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
Local CNA employee appointed
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.