Examples of Other Workshops and Presentations
Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods has developed a stellar reputation for our ability to create and deliver insightful, interactive, and entertaining presentations specific to the needs of each audience. CAN has spoken on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to: inclusive transportation, universal access, streetscape design, disability awareness education and/or training, inclusionary practices, adaptive sport and recreation, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Examples of presentations that CAN has and will deliver:
• “Creating Inclusive Work Environments” at Sources Professional Development Event
• Disability Awareness Workshop for Front Line Staff with the City of Burnaby (multi-year contract)
• “Embracing Ability: Redefining a Diverse Workforce” for Abilities in Mind Conference
• “Public Transportation: Our Key Towards a Sustainable Livable Region” CAN’s ED Keynote Speaker at TransLink’s Annual Access Awareness Day Lunch & Learn
• “Understanding Disability and Universal Design” at Cities Fit for Children Conference in Kamloops
• “Inclusionary Practices for Active Living” presented in Kamloops
• “Inclusionary Practices for Streetscape Design” to Coquitlam Access Committee
• “Disability Awareness Training” for Directorates and volunteers of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows BC Disability Games
• “Employing People with Disabilities in the Tourism Sector” with SPARC
• Disability Awareness Seminar and Creation of Staff Guidebook at The Arbutus Club
• “The Evolution of the Pedestrian” & “Examples in Universal Design Walking Tour” for Walk 21
• “Accessible Transportation System, Connecting People to Their Community” for Connecting Communities Youth Summit Conference on Transit, People and Places: Designing for Transit
• “Disability Awareness” LOVE (Leave Out Violence) Media Arts Program
• “Life with a Disability” at Picture This Film Festival “Employing People with Disabilities” at SPARC’s Access Awareness Day Dialogue (also interviewed on CBC regarding presentation)
• “Accessible Urban Space: A Facilitated Discussion on Inclusive Communities” UN World Urban Forum (also interviewed on CBC regarding forum)
Heather incorporated many interactive activities and kept their presentation flowing. In a unique way the activities enabled audience members to physically understand what someone with a disability may experience in various situations. Heather is a very enthusiastic presenter and their presentation was informative and easy for audience members to understand.
As a woman with cerebral palsy, I appreciate that Heather has both personal and professional experience in this field. Heather’s focus on the use of language to discuss the person before the disability was empowering. When I attended Heather’s presentation I felt a sense of like-mindedness. They said a lot of things that I’ve wanted to say but did it in a way that reached a broader audience effectively. When Heather began talking about adaptive equipment I became excited as I was not aware of most of the equipment currently out there.
As a person with a social work degree this presentation will assist me in sharing what I learned with others in my community.
Lisa Coriale BSW, Member of Kamloops Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities