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ORIGINAL AIR DATE: 

July 10, 2021

3:30 pm
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9:30 pm
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Diversity & Inclusion in Parasport

This engaging panel discussion will focus on ensuring parasport remains open to all. The panel will look into the inclusivity of parasport as well as some barriers that still exist and what can be done to overcome these as organizations and individuals alike.

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Elisabeth Walker-Young

Paralympian and DEI Educator
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Elisabeth is a 4-time Paralympian, a member of the Order of Canada, was Chef de Mission for Canada’s Paralympic Team in 2015, is a certified Spinning instructor and an active member of her community library board of directors. Elisabeth is Manager of Programs, Accessibility Certification at the Rick Hansen Foundation. When not working and volunteering you will find her being active alone or with her husband, daughter and dog. She can also be found reading, cooking, tending and talking to her indoor and outdoor plants and channelling creativity, fun and real conversations with her family.

Elisabeth is a 4-time Paralympian, a member of the Order of Canada, was Chef de Mission for Canada’s Paralympic Team in 2015, is a certified Spinning instructor and an active member of her community library board of directors. Elisabeth is Manager of Programs, Accessibility Certification at the Rick Hansen Foundation. When not working and volunteering you will find her being active alone or with her husband, daughter and dog. She can also be found reading, cooking, tending and talking to her indoor and outdoor plants and channelling creativity, fun and real conversations with her family.

Carla Qualtrough

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Government of Canada
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Carla Qualtrough is the Member of Parliament for Delta, British Columbia. She has been a Cabinet minister since she was first elected in 2015, first serving as Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities and then as Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Minister of Accessibility. She currently serves in the senior role of Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.

She is active on a number of Cabinet committees and has been at the centre of the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is responsible for many emergency measures, including the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, Employment Insurance and the one-time payment for persons with disabilities. As Canada works to recover from the effects of this pandemic, Minister Qualtrough is leading the charge on creating jobs, upskilling workers and implementing a historic Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Prior to entering politics, Minister Qualtrough practised human rights law at the provincial and federal levels and was a vice chair with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal. She also has an impressive background in sport, having competed for Team Canada in the sport of swimming, and she has won a number of world championship and Paralympic medals. She has volunteered extensively at the local, national and international levels, focusing on inclusion and equal access for all.

She has been inducted into the Canadian Paralympic Hall of Fame and has been recognized as one of Canada’s most influential women in sport on a number of occasions. Minister Qualtrough has been legally blind since birth and is a passionate advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities. She led the creation of the Accessible Canada Act and is internationally recognized for her work in disability inclusion. She has received a number of awards for her advocacy, including from the Disabled Women’s Network of Canada, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society, the Abilities Centre and the International Paralympic Committee. She is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Minister Qualtrough lives in Ladner with her husband Eron, her two youngest children and her mother.

Andrea Carey

Chief INclusion Officer, INclusion INcorporated
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Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies, and is the Chief Inclusion Officer for INclusion INcorporated. Andrea has been a senior leader in sport and physical activity and champion of inclusion for more than a decade. She spent ten years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and chaired the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Paralympic Pathways Committee. Andrea is currently a Board Director with KidSport Victoria.

Andrea Carey is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional, holds a Masters of Education in Leadership Studies, and is the Chief Inclusion Officer for INclusion INcorporated. Andrea has been a senior leader in sport and physical activity and champion of inclusion for more than a decade. She spent ten years on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Paralympic Committee, and chaired the organization’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Paralympic Pathways Committee. Andrea is currently a Board Director with KidSport Victoria.

Richard Peter

Paralympic Gold Medallist
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Richard “Bear” Peter began playing wheelchair basketball at age 15 after a team came to his school and introduced him to wheelchair sports.  He has been using a wheelchair since being injured in a bus accident at four years old. Peter became a staple of Team Canada since first making the Senior Men’s National Team in 1994. His athletic repertoire includes back-to-back Paralympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004, a Paralympic silver medal in 2008, a third Paralympic gold medal in 2012, and a world championship title in 2006. He retired from the National Team following the 2012 season. Now currently, is on the National Para Badminton team and enjoys a wide variety of sports at all levels. Richard is known for his tenacity, dedication and focus. In 2000, Peter received the Tom Longboat National Award for Aboriginal Male Athlete of the Year. In 2008, he was named Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. In 2010, he was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2012, he received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for his outstanding athletic accomplishments.

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