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The Power of Inclusive Allyship Panel
In honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Rick Hansen Foundation is hosting a live discussion on ‘The Power of Inclusive Allyship’ with allies, advocates, and people with lived experience of disability.

Scroll down to read about our panelists and moderator. Each panelist brings a unique perspective on the importance an power of allyship in creating a disability inclusive future.

Panelists will discuss:

-The definition of allyship and its importance,
-What allyship means from a personal perspective, and
-Tangible actions we can take to become better allies with the disability community.

ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.

Nov 30, 2022 10:00 AM in Vancouver

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Speakers

Dr. Rheanna Robinson
Assistant Professor, Department of First Nations Studies @University of Northern B.C
Dr. Rheanna Robinson is a Métis mother, scholar, and advocate for Indigenous health, disability, and education. She was raised in Smithers and has resided on the territory of the Lheidl T'enneh Nation (Prince George) for the last twenty years. Rheanna completed her PhD in Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia in BC's lower mainland, but has a deep commitment and love for Northern BC and all it has to offer. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of First Nations Studies at UNBC, Rheanna is actively engaged in Indigenous disability-related research and, as someone who lives with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), she looks forward to future studies about the experiences of Indigenous peoples living with MS in Northern BC and its impact on individuals, families, and communities.
Paulo Manuel Guerrero
Retail Associate & Product Tester and RHF Ambassador @Lululemon
I focus a lot in my community. Whether that’s the spinal cord community or any other community I involve in (cars, gym, work,) I try to bring the best of myself to share as much as I can about me in the most transparent way. Two, I focus a lot on sports. Currently my focus is on skiing and weight lifting with CrossFit as well as track. Although track is a summer sport land training is also and integral part of my routine which I do in the winter months. Lastly, my career. I’m 24 years old and not sure what I want to do but I make a point to always keep trying new things and putting myself in positions for opportunities to come across my life. Currently I work at Lululemon in retail at park Royal and work in the head office as the fit test model for the Paralympic apparel. I also do pilot testing at head office trying different garments in their climate chamber to see how they perform. I also manage gym five nights a week and work as an RHF Ambassador.
Laetitia Mfamobani
Digital Accessibility Specialist @Rick Hansen Foundation
Laetitia works as a trusted advisor in the development and implementation of accessible communications for the Rick Hansen Foundation’s communications materials and platforms. Laetitia has worn many hats over the years, including Accessibility Tester, Program Coordinator, Project Coordinator and Liaison, and News Analyst. For several years, she sat on the board of CNIB (B.C and Yukon division). Laetitia holds degrees in Math and Philosophy, and Applied Policies.
Trish Kelly, Moderator
Managing Director @Untapped Accessibility
Trish Kelly (she/her) is Managing Director of Untapped Accessibility, a consulting agency helping Canadian organizations reach beyond compliance to create truly inclusive workplaces. Trish has supported Canadian organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors to operationalize accessibility and inclusion.  Her knowledge of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility is informed by her experience as a leader in socially responsible organizations, as a justice-focused advocate in the community, and as a child of a disabled parent.
Dr. Karen Keddy
Associate Professor @Ball State University
Dr. Karen Keddy, formerly from Nova Scotia, has a Masters of Architecture from Dalhousie University. Karen has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Since graduating in 2006, she has been teaching in the architecture department at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Karen teaches disability justice and universal design to first year architecture students as well as graduate students. Karen recently completed her RHFAC training online at NSCC, and she has embedded much of what she learned into her courses. Karen’s scholarship is on designing for disabilities with a focus on hearing disabilities. Due partly to her own lived experience of having a profound hearing disability, Karen has developed a keen interest in communication barriers and design strategies to mitigate them.
Spencer van Vloten
Writer, Editor, Community Advocate @BC Disability.com
Spencer is a writer, editor, and community advocate from Vancouver. He's passionate about community living, social policy, and highlighting the great work that British Columbians do in their communities, with many of these stories featured on his websites BC Disability and You & Me BC. His writing on inclusion has also been featured in publications across Canada, and he is particularly interested in the effect that poverty has on mental and physical well-being. In addition to his writing, Spencer is the chair of Community Living BC's Vancouver Council, working with self-advocates, families, and other allies to further the community inclusion of people with physical and intellectual disabilities. He believes that people are stronger when they come together, and wants to help build fully collaborative advocacy movements.