Speaker Series # 3

Fun for Everyone: Calgary’s Push for Accessible Recreation

ARK proudly presents our third installment in our educational Speaker Series! “Fun for Everyone: Calgary’s Push for Accessible Recreation.”

Join us for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, July 7th at 7:30 PM.

The evening includes an informative talk and an interactive Q&A with our guest speakers.

Our speakers this time are City of Calgary Parks Department Project Manager, Joan Macdonald and Karen Dommett who is the program manager at Calgary Adapted Hub.

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Joan Macdonald

Joan Macdonald, Project Coordinator - City of Calgary Parks Development & Capital Services

“Change is the end result of all true learning” – Leo Buscaglia

A certified CSA playground inspector and  student of accessibility and inclusion, Joan is a 25 year Parks veteran and has been coordinating Capital projects since 2013. Working with communities, Parks Foundation and other charitable organizations she and has helped to build over 100 playgrounds for Parks in Calgary.

Her talk will focus on the exciting developments in inclusive parks in Calgary, including accessible facilities for those parks. She is heavily involved with the current construction of 10 inclusive parks in Calgary in 2021. She will share how these playgrounds are developed and what Parks is doing to create recreation and play opportunities for all Calgarians.

Karen Dommett, Program Manager - Calgary Adapted Hub (CAH)

Karen Dommett is the program manager at Calgary Adapted Hub (CAH) powered by Jumpstart. CAH’s goal is to create inclusive opportunities for recreation and sport for children in Calgary. 

Karen worked as the Manager of Athlete Services with the 2019 Canada Winter Games. She oversaw the planning and logistics of all things related to participant experience. Through this integrated event hosting experience, Karen learned quickly about the importance of representation and advocacy for athletes with a disability and was inspired to make this a focal point of her career to use sport and recreation programming as a platform for social change.

She will talk about how CAH’s work is about connecting families to accessible recreation and she will highlight some opportunities that currently exist. Additionally she will address the complications posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for families who are seeking accessible recreation for their children with disabilities.