Board of Directors – Coordinating Committee

Since its inception, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALACD) has chosen to operate with its governing body being a Coordinating Committee rather than a Board of Directors. The reason is we are an Alliance that makes and achieves its goals through consensus, collaboration and consultation with our partners and stakeholders. Our governance is in the true spirit of a national network.

Doug Nutting, Chair

Doug worked for Community Living Victoria for 7 years and moved on to the position of Coordinator of Integrated Recreation Services with the Municipalities of Greater Victoria. Utilizing the same vision and skills he had demonstrated earlier in his career, Doug has guided the development of Integrated Recreation Services into the partnership of services known as Recreation Integration Victoria (RIV). RIV is recognized across Canada as a premier inclusive service delivery and funding model.

Rick Turnbull, Treasurer

Rick was elected to the Coordinating Committee in the fall of 2016 and appointed as Treasurer.

Christa Costas Bradstreet, Director Partnerships and Membership

Christa has expertise in the area of physical activity and health promotion built on thirty years of employed and volunteer experience, as well as an academic foundation in health care, physical education and applied health science.

Christa worked as a Registered Nurse, then returned to university to complete a B.A. in Honours Physical Education and two certificates (Fitness Assessment & Exercise Counseling and Sport Administration) at York University. Christa also completed a Master of Arts in Applied Health Science (Health and Physical Education) at Brock University.

Greg Cutler, Director Provincial/Territorial Development

Greg graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2001 with a degree in Recreation. Since then he has held various positions within the Parks and Recreation Department, City of Saint John.

Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos, Director of Research

Kelly is an Assistant Professor in Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. She has research expertise in physical activity and mental health, with a particular focus on disability.

Jennifer Leo

Jennifer Leo

Jennifer Leo, PhD is the Director of The Steadward Centre for Personal & Physical Achievement in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta. With over 15 years of research and community-based experience, Jennifer has focused on understanding experiences of inclusion and participation in adapted physical activity settings.

Gillian Lynne-Davies, Director of Communications

Gillian Lynne-Davies

Starting her career with mentorship from strong disability advocates gave Gillian a firm grounding in the Independent Living philosophy and movement. Gillian has spent over 30 years working in the disability community including: Queen Street Mental Health Centre, National Access Awareness Week (Ontario), PUSH Ontario, Canadian Abilities Foundation, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Spinal Cord Injury Canada.

Jane Arkell, Executive Director

Jane Arkell is dedicated to the area of access and inclusion for individuals with a disability. Her work is primarily in the field of health promotion.

Jane has been Executive Director of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability since its inception in 1989. In addition to her dedication to the Active Living Alliance, she also works with Spinal Cord Injury Canada on the Canadian Access and Inclusion Project.