Accessible Housing was just voted one of the top five in the category of “shelter” for the Calgary Real Estate Board Charitable Foundations’ 2014 Investing in Hope program. The Investing in Hope program awards funding to important charities in Calgary and area and was created to support the communities where Calgary realtors live and work. Realtors play an important role by nominating and voting online for their favourite local charities to participate. This year, 15 grants of $10,000 will be awarded. Accessible Housing will receive a $10,000 grant from the Charitable Foundation at their holiday luncheon in December. This is the second year that Accessible Housing has been nominated by local realtor Claire Fraser.
Accessibility isn’t something most of us think about very often. We open doors and walk through. We climb stairs, cross thresholds and open cupboard doors with ease. It’s not until we spend time in a wheelchair that we can appreciate the everyday obstacles that many others face. Accessible Housing challenged Dr. David Swann, MLA for Calgary Mountain View, to spend a day in a wheelchair. He spent time at home, in meetings and at his office while in the wheelchair and he learned this along the way. “Certainly an eye opening day. Some things I learned about accessibility by spending my day in a wheelchair: doorways, elevators, and ramps pose a particular challenge, especially if they aren’t wide enough, or have automatic options where things are positioned in hallways and rooms plays a significant role in how successful you are in navigating a typical day and most importantly, I would not be able to remain in my own home as it is now, if I were ever to need a wheelchair.” Dr. Swann posted videos and photos of his experience on social media and will share more at Accessible Housing’s Dinner for Doors evening on November 13th.
Every year since 1998, Avenue Calgary has named forty local educators, innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders to the Top 40 Under 40. This year Accessible Housing’s Executive Director Jeff Dyer has been recognized as one of these compelling Calgarians who does more, better and faster. At just 39 years old, Jeff Dyer has already achieved more than many. Full of innovative ideas and the skill to implement them, he leads with integrity and charisma that motivates others to get involved. For more than 11 years, Dyer has dedicated himself to bettering Alberta communities and improving the lives of thousands of individuals in need. In his current role as Executive Director of Accessible Housing, Dyer works to open doors to accessible and affordable homes for people with disabilities. By fostering new and innovative ideas, he is breathing new life into an organization facing a changing social policy landscape. As part of Jeff’s role at Accessible Housing, he sits as a steering committee member for the RESOLVE Campaign – a joint venture of nine partner organizations looking to build affordable housing in Calgary. Dyer is responsible for overseeing the development of 45 new affordable, accessible homes. The campaign as a whole will raise
June 19th, 2015 Details to be announced.