Our Newest Member of the Board of Directors

We are thrilled to introduce you to Jason Dunkerley, the newest member of the Board of Director’s Coordinating Committee.

Jason is a fabulous fit for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability. Jason was born in Ireland. He and both his brothers were blind at birth. Jason grew up with supportive parents who encouraged him to play outside with other children. Many of his teachers introduced him to a variety of different sports. This interaction instilled a deep-rooted love for physical activity, which has been a defining part of Jason's life.

Jason competed in track throughout high school at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, Ontario and at the University of Guelph, where he studied International Development. Jason also has a Masters in World Literatures and Cultures obtained from the University of Ottawa in 2014.

Before joining the Public Service as a policy analyst, we were lucky enough to have had Jason work for us. Between 2008 and 2015, Jason was the coordinator of the All Abilities Welcome program that encouraged recreation leaders to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

As one of the founding members of the Achilles Ottawa running club for athletes who are blind, as a board member with the Ontario Blind Sports Association, and through his involvement as a coach with the Ottawa Lions, Jason hopes to encourage people of all abilities to catch the physical activity bug - just as he himself did.

Jason has proudly represented Canada at five Paralympic Games. He is a five-time medallist in middle distance track.

Welcome, Jason!

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The following is information provided in our latest update. If you would like our updates to come straight to your email, please sign up today! Just a quick reminder for members to join us for the 32nd ALACD Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 12:00pm (Eastern time). This is an opportunity to get an update on our activities and chat with our leadership team. To register and to receive the Zoom link, contact jane@ala.ca.

Inclusive Playgrounds Resource

The Canadian Disability Participation Project is excited to announce and share with you the newly released Inclusive Playgrounds resource! An interdisciplinary team of researchers (with expertise in childhood disability, physical activity, children and youth geographics, and planning and design of built environments) conducted a scoping review that analyzed the existing literature on inclusive playground design.

Are the WHO Guidelines on Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Inclusive or Appropriate for People Living with Disabilities?

We know physical activity is important for health and wellbeing, especially for persons with disabilities. Accordingly, it is important to have inclusive physical activity guidelines for people living with disabilities—but are the WHO's guidelines themselves inclusive? Drs. Martin Ginis, Latimer-Cheung, and West explored this question in their commentary on the WHO guidelines, discussing why the guidelines may not be inclusive or appropriate for persons with disabilities. Continue reading to better understand this perspective.