Disability Advisory Council

Jim Sanders

Chair, DWD CANADA DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Born with a small amount of eyesight in 1947, Jim became totally blind as a young adult. He joined the full-time staff of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) following graduation from Lakehead University. He retired in 2009 after 42 years with the organization. He spent the final nine years with the CNIB as its president and CEO.

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Linda Jarrett

Executive Member, DWD CANADA DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Linda has Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and has experienced a steady decline in mobility over the past 16 years. She relies on travel scooters, stair glides and driving with hand controls to maintain her fiercely cherished independence.

 

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Margaret McPhee

Executive Member, DWD CANADA DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Margaret McPhee was diagnosed with lupus at age 24 and has been on steroids ever since — for 58 years. The lupus has caused muscle, nerve and blood damage and disorders. The steroids have also had various negative effects, but they do keep her alive.

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Linda Crabtree

Member, DWD Canada Disability Advisory Council

Linda has been an advocate for people with disabilities since beginning her career as a journalist/publisher in the 1970s. She was born with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a progressively debilitating neuromuscular disorder, which has taken away her ability to walk and use her hands, and has affected her breathing. She also lives with chronic neuropathic pain. Linda is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and The Terry Fox Hall of Fame. She recently received the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility (Role Model).

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John Priddle

Member, DWD CANADA DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

John enjoyed a career as a business owner, a volunteer for fair trade organizations and a professor of marketing and communications in universities in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Along the way, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Univ. of Ottawa and later an EMBA from Concordia.

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Carol Rankmore

Member, DWD CANADA DISABILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL

Carol Rankmore has an Honours English degree from the University of Manitoba. She enjoyed a successful career teaching high school level English in Winnipeg for 27 years, ending her career with three years as a vice-principal in The Pas, Manitoba. Since retiring to Stratford Ontario, she has volunteered in several capacities with Dying with Dignity Canada, including organizing Curl for Choice in Guelph for two years and serving two years on the Steering Committee of the Grand River Chapter of DWDC.

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