9 Incredible YYC Advocates for People with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) on December 3 is a special day to recognize the contributions made by individuals to build an inclusive and equal country.

In celebration of IDPD this year, here is a list of remarkable Calgarians making an impact in our city to make it more inclusive for individuals with disabilities. This list highlights professionals from a range of sectors including education, healthcare, interior design, government and non-profit. Whether it’s designing beautiful and inclusive spaces, to developing an accessibility smartphone app for young adults with disabilities; these individuals are paving the way for a vibrant, inclusive community for all.

Our city has many amazing advocates for people with disabilities and we have only touched on several. 

Dr. Sarah MacEachern, MD PhD | Pediatric Resident, University of Calgary

Barry Lindemann | Spinal Cord Injury Peer Liaison, Alberta Health Services

Erin Novakowski | Advocate & high school student

Colleen Huston | Co-ordinator, Disability Action Hall


Dayle Sheehan | Lead Designer, Dayle Sheehan Interior Design Inc. (DSID)

Nabeel Ramji | Manager, Strategic Atlantic and Real Estate Finance at Strategic Group; Accessibility Infrastructure Specialist at RK Access

Dr. David Legg | Professor & Chairperson of the Department of Health and Physical Education, Mount Royal University

Leanne Squair | Issue Strategist, Access & Disability, City of Calgary

Sean Crump | Head Chair and CEO, Universal Access