Members Named to the Accessibility Advisory Board

Department of Justice

February 9, 2018 10:44 AM


Twelve Nova Scotians will serve as the first members of the province’s Accessibility Advisory Board.

“We are very pleased to be appointing such an experienced and diverse group of individuals to the Accessibility Advisory Board,” said Attorney General and Justice Minister Mark Furey.

“Many Nova Scotians face barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society. The board will be working to address these barriers and to help make the province an accessible place for all to live and work.”

One of the board’s first tasks will be to develop and recommend to the minister a strategy and implementation plan which outlines how Nova Scotia will achieve accessibility by 2030. This is expected to be completed in the fall. The board will also advise government on the development of accessibility standards.

Appointees to the board are:
-- Douglas Foster, chair, Sydney River
-- Rosalind Penfound, vice-chair, Dartmouth
-- Alexander Peeler, Conquerall Bank, Lunenburg Co.
-- Amy Parsons, Halifax
-- Anne Sinclair, Halifax
-- Barry Abbott, Halifax
-- Cynthia Bruce, Kentville
-- David Caswell, Waverly
-- Irene Campbell-Taylor, Mahone Bay
-- Kevin Russell, Halifax
-- Marcellina Shwery-Stanley, Sydney
-- Warren (Gus) Reed, Halifax

The establishment of an Accessibility Advisory Board was a commitment under the province’s legislation to make Nova Scotia accessible by 2030.

Under the act, at least 50 per cent of board members must be persons with a disability. The board members appointed today represent a diverse range of disabilities.

For more information on the accessibility directorate and biographies of the board members, visit: https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/ .

FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Twelve Nova Scotians have been appointed to the province’s

Accessibility Advisory Board.

     Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mark Furey says

the board will work to address the barriers many Nova

Scotians face and to help make the province an accessible place

for all to live and work.

     One of the board’s first tasks will be to develop

a strategy and implementation plan outlining how Nova Scotia

will achieve accessibility by 2030. This is expected to be

completed in the fall.

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Media Contact: Sarah Gillis
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              Email: Sarah.Gillis@novascotia.ca