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About IL Canada

Founded in 1986, Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) is the national umbrella organization, representing and coordinating a network of Independent Living Centres (IL Centres) at the national level.

The Board of Directors for IL Canada are comprised of a majority of people who themselves live with a disability and include Members at Large as well as a representative from each Province where an Independent Living Centre is located. 

IL Canada’s  aim has been about empowering the individual to self-identify positive changes. IL Centres are designed to facilitate greater independence through the active and meaningful involvement of persons living with any form of disability in all aspects of their lives.




Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) commits to promoting and building awareness of its mission by undertaking the following activities:

Policy articulation and development

Guidance and support to IL Centres in     

operations, programs and services delivery

Resources, training development and providing networking opportunities

Liaison and education with the government, general public, community agencies, media, nonprofit and private sector


Executive

Carole J. Barron

National Chairperson

St. John’s, NL

Samantha Walsh

1st National Chairperson

Toronto, ON

Carrie Ernst

2nd National Chairperson

Halifax, NS

Mark Green

Treasurer

Regina, SK

Kathleen Odell

Secretary

Toronto, ON

Kimberly Yetman Dawson

Member at large

St. John’s, NL

Chelsea Reddekop

Beth Caskey

Julie Haché

Carole J. Barron

Carrie Ernst

Kathleen Odell

Deborah Kennard

Robin East 

Provincial delegates

Alberta

British-Columbia

New-Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia

Ontario

Quebec

Saskatchewan

Kimberly Yetman Dawson

Samantha Walsh

Ralph Meehan

Mark Green

Members at large

Newfoundland and Labrador

Ontario

Ontario

Saskatchewan

It is with heavy hearts that the board of directors for IL Canada regretfully announce the passing of Deborah Kennard (1954-2019), board member, colleague and friend.


As a fierce activist for the rights of persons with disabilities, all those that knew Deborah, knew of her dedication to the independent living philosophy and what that meant for persons with disabilities. Deborah lived her life with an incredible sense of resilience, a respect for the rights of everyone and a smile that lit up a room. She had a gentle quiet wisdom and believed in the simple truth that individual people have the power to make a difference but that together we are stronger.


 IL Canada will be forever grateful for Deborah's tireless work and advocacy on both a national level as well as for her work within her own province, as chair of Vie autonome – Montreal.  The memory of this truly remarkable woman will remain with IL Canada and all its sister centres across the country embedded in the work we do each day. It will be the memory of Deborah's tenacity and genuine kindness that will remain with us all as we forge ahead for the rights of persons with disabilities.


 On behalf of the IL Canada Board of directors, we would like to offer sincere condolences to Deborah's family, friends, colleagues and to everyone who had the pleasure and honor to meet and know her.

In Memoriam

DEBORAH LOUISE KENNARD 1954 – 2019

Independent Living Canada envisions an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.

Independent Living Canada is a national non-profit association of Independent Living Centres run by and for people with disabilities who promote the Independent Living Philosophy.


Independent Living Canada supports the development of Independent Living Centres, and provides education and leadership for its member organizations, partners and communities.

Our Vision

Our Misson

 1. Be consumer-controlled

More than 51% of people directly involved in the organization’s management and decision-making are people with disabilities.


 2. Serve cross disability

Offer programs and services to all persons, regardless of the type and number of their disabilities.


 3. Be community-based and not-for-profit

More People with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities which affect their lives.


 4. Promote full participation & integration

Supporting people with disabilities and encouraging individuals to participate in all aspects of economic, cultural and social life in Canada.


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2451 Riverside Drive Ottawa ON Canada K1H 7X7

TÉL :  1-877-713-3373 

(613) 563-2581

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