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Council members

Greg McMeekin, Chair

Greg McMeekin of Calgary is the current Vice-Chair of the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility and a former member of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He was called to the Alberta bar at the Calgary Courts in 2016. Greg has many connections within the disability community, both as an advocate and liaison as well as having a disability himself, cerebral palsy. Contact Greg

Shino Nakane, Vice Chair

As a mother of a son with a developmental disability, Shino Nakane of Calgary has a passion for helping non-profit groups that strive to meet the unique needs of families like hers. Shino is currently the director of community relations with Autism Society Alberta, helping launch province-wide initiatives like Autism Alberta’s Alliance. She is also the vice-chair for the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance where she helps coordinate national conversations about autism. She has volunteered on a variety of boards and committees over the past decade, most recently on the Alberta Children’s Hospital Ethics Committee. She continually strives to spearhead efforts so that all people are able to live in accessible and inclusive communities. Contact Shino

Alison Cutknife

Alison Cutknife of Maskwacis is an Anishinaabekwe of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation (Ontario), which is a member of the Samson Cree First Nation. One of her daughters has cerebral palsy. Over the past 25 years, Alison has been an active advocate for families of children with disabilities who live on reserves. Her work includes developing the first Early Childhood Intervention Program on reserve, establishing an annual community National Child Day event and conducting culturally appropriate indigenous parent programs. Teaching is Alison’s profession and lifelong learning is her pastime. Contact Alison

Cathy Smith

Cathy Smith of Barrhead is a parent of a 43-year-old woman with a rare disability known as Angelman Syndrome. In caring for her daughter through many years, she has furthered her education in a way that was both extremely challenging and far more rewarding than any educational institution could provide. Through her years working with Alberta Children’s Services, in non-profit organizations as a frontline caregiver and as a volunteer in her community, Cathy commits herself to promote inclusion, accessibility and quality of life for all people with disabilities. Contact Cathy

Charlene Tolentino

Charlene Tolentino is a public guardian representative for the Office the Public Guardian & Trustee. She has vast experience in the disability sector as a former service coordinator with Disability Services for the Government of Alberta. As a licensed attorney (New York), she has over 10 years’ experience providing advocacy support to children in foster care, as well as adults with disabilities in both the United States and Canada. Charlene is also the mother of a child with a disability. Contact Charlene

Dominic Shaw

Dominic Shaw of Calgary effects social change by improving accessibility through transportation services, inclusive recreational sports, future arena design and providing services to the adaptive community. He is an entrepreneur who started Third Wheel Mobility, a consultant who provides advice on mobility barriers and the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association president. He also served as the Calgary Stampede mascot for seven years. Dominic has many connections within the disability community as well as having a disability himself. Contact Dominic

Garth Rowswell

Garth Rowswell, MLA for Vermilion-Lloydminster-Wainwright, is a current member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Garth was a financial advisor for over 16 years and has an extensive background in agriculture business. Garth is actively involved in his community. He has served as board member and president of various clubs and organizations including the Rotary Club of Lloydminster and the Canadian Association of Agri-Retailers. Garth holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. Contact Garth

Heath Birkholz

Heath Birkholz is a community advocate coordinator for Self Advocacy Federation Edmonton and a freelance writer and facilitator who contributes to community building and development by creating accessible tools for individuals with disabilities. Heath is an integrated dancer/choreographer and former community liaison with CRIPSiE, an organization run by artists with disabilities. He is also a community liaison with Solidance and cofounder of Rights to Love, an organization that provides sexual health education and support for people with disabilities. Contact Heath

Michaela Glasgo

Michaela Glasgo, MLA for Brooks-Medicine Hat, is a current member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Michaela was the owner and chief consultant of a strategic consulting agency.

Michaela also initiated petition E-1310 calling on the Government of Canada to recognize female genital mutilation as a barbaric cultural practice, which was tabled in the House of Commons in February 2018. She also provided witness testimony before the Status of Women Committee in Ottawa in June of 2018. Michaela holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Lethbridge. She resides in Medicine Hat. Contact Michaela



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