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3 new people appointed to Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities

The Government of Alberta announced earlier this week that the lieutenant governor approved the recommendation to appoint 3 new persons to sit on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

The Government of Alberta announced earlier this week that the lieutenant governor approved the recommendation of Rajan Sawhney, the minister of community and social services, to appoint 3 new persons to sit on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

The following 3-year appointments will be effective 1 July 2020:

  • Heath Birkholz
  • Greg McMeekin
  • Charlene Tolentino

Heath Birkholz is a freelance filmmaker based in Edmonton. He is a member of the steering committee for Pan Disability Connection in Edmonton and the community advocate coordinator with Self Advocacy Federation Edmonton. Last year, he organized a march in downtown Edmonton to promote Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Greg McMeekin is a Calgary-based lawyer who is also an advocate for people with disabilities. He, himself, has cerebral palsy. He has been a volunteer with Calgary Legal Guidance, a member of the Calgary Transit Access Advisory Committee, and a previous member of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Charlene Tolentino works as a public guardian representative with the provincial government.

McMeekin will replace Neil Pierce as the council’s chair.

All board members are eligible for the following remuneration:

  • $150 for each period up to and including 4 hours
  • $265 for each period 4–8 hours
  • $390 for each period over 8 hours

They’re also entitled to paid travelling and living expenses.

In addition, the chair is paid

  • $200 for each period up to and including 4 hours
  • $350 for each period 4–8 hours
  • $550 for each period over 8 hours

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 5 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left. I recently finished writing a book debunking several capitalism myths. My newest book writing project is on the labour history of Lethbridge.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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