Wingspan Events

Wingspan 2024: National Celebrations of Learning Dates:

Wingspan artists have been working in residence with students or touring to different schools and art galleries. What did the students learn from the artists with disabilities or Deafness? Join us for these public celebrations of learning across Canada.

BC: May 31st, 2024 Delta Seaqaum Secondary School and VSB Elsie Roy Elementary School with Wingspan Artists-In-Residence

Internationally renowned Jugpreet Bajwa, an Indo-Canadian classical, folk, and rock singer, will work with students to create a performance to showcase at Seaquam Secondary School and Elsie Roy Elementary on May 31, 2024. The Honorable Carla Qualtrough will provide welcome words.

Jugpreet Bajwa


My musical journey began at the age of five which evolved into a lifelong passion despite facing the adversity of Eye Cancer, to which I lost both my eyes. With a degree in Indian Classical Music and a Diploma in Western Classical Music, I’ve received guidance from renowned mentors across diverse musical genres and can sing in 16 languages. My accomplishments include triumphs in international singing contests besides performing in over 1000 shows globally and judging musical competitions.

Beyond music, I’m deeply engaged in philanthropic efforts, advocating for topics such as disabilities and mental health. I’ve represented Canada at FICCI Frames in India, received honours like the Darpan Awards for Breaking Barriers, the Drishti Award for Innovation in Arts, and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Release of numerous albums and singles in various genres and languages reflect my life’s mission: spreading love and peace through music globally.


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The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

(Minister of Sport and Physical Activity)

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Physical Activity, has strongly supported Wingspan since its inception. A successful human rights lawyer and Paralympic swimmer, Minister Qualtrough is a champion for Delta and is committed to addressing inequality and advocating diversity. Minister Qualtrough has been visually impaired since birth. In 2016, she first emphasized eliminating barriers for youth and all Canadians with disabilities nationally and globally. Honourable Qualtrough looks forward to providing welcoming words at the BC Showcase at Seaquam Secondary School in the Delta on May 31, 2024. 

Connor Derraugh


Music has always been front row center in my life. In 2010, at 15 years old, I suffered a traumatic brain hemorrhage during routine surgery that initially paralyzed the right side of my body. Despite this setback, I remained determined. I’m a graduate of the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies program with a double major in sax and piano.

I’ve performed at various events including the Winnipeg Jazz Festivals, the Asper Jazz Series, and the 2018 and 2019 Downtown Concert Series. As well, I’m a regular performer with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. I am an EA at a local high school with their band.

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Cordelia Donovan


Cordelia is a singer-songwriter based in Vancouver, BC, residing on the ancestral lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Originally from Gimli, Manitoba, she studied Voice and Classical Percussion at Brandon University before pursuing music full-time in the West.

She’s performed across Canada, from Vancouver to Montreal, at venues like The Rickshaw Theatre and Fort Garry Hotel. Cordelia is deeply involved in Vancouver’s music scene, creating and hosting the Gander Jam, hosting the monthly Soundhouse Jams and participating in experimental improv events. She leads an original art-rock band called “Cordie M. Sad” and contributes as a producer and singer to the event band “Supersonic Hearts”.

MB: June 3rd 2024 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery—Churchill Secondary and Greenway Elementary with Wingspan Artists-In-Residence

Winnipeg students have a rich learning opportunity to work first-hand with Manitoba Métis multidisciplinary artist Candace Lipischak, renowned jazz pianist and saxophonist Connor Derraugh, and contemporary dancer Natalie Sluis to showcase their talents at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on June 3rd from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd. Winnipeg, MB R3C 0N3
Time: June 3, 2024 12pm-3pm
12:00pm – Introduction by Jenel Shaw Wingspan Coordinator and executive
director for Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba
12:05pm – Introduction by UBC Professor. Leslie G. Roman, Wingspan Cluster
Lead and Lorelei Bunkowsky, Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Student Studies
Winnipeg School Division
12:10pm – Greetings on behalf of the Province by MLA Nellie Kennedy
12:15 p.m.- PowerPoint of students work: Greenway Elementary teachers, Robyn
Johnson, Becky Brown and Wingspan residential artist, Candace Lipischak
12:20pm – Cranky Show by Greenway Elementary students
12:50pm – Wingspan touring artist Natalie Sluis Dance Performance and Dance
1:20pm – break
1:30pm – Wingspan residential artist Connor Derraugh and Churchill students
perform, including a brief introduction of students by Churchill teachers Chris
Rempel and Kylie Hoydale
2:45pm – Closing words
3:00pm – Showcase ends

Jenel Shaw

(Touring Artist, Staff)

Jenel Shaw is a self-taught visual artist. Her artistic focus is learning new ways to craft and explore artistic expression. Jenel graduated with her masters in Disability Studies from the University of Manitoba. Her dissertation, An Autoethnological Study of Art as a Tool of Empowerment, examined her own experiences with mental illness and disability art. Jenel is executive director of Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba and the sensory and content reviewer for Prairie Theatre Exchange  . Jenel serves on many arts boards including being the Co-Chair of the Manitoba Artist-Run Centre Coalition and the Liaison Director for the Manitoba Cultural Society of the Deaf. Jenel is a strong advocate for the d/Deaf and disabilty arts community and provides anti-ablesit training for the arts 


Leslie Roman

(Wingspan Cluster Lead and Principal Investigator and Touring Artist, Director)

Professor Leslie G. Roman, Educational Studies, UBC has throughout her career led inspiring transformative spaces for disability artists, cultural politics and public pedagogies that reshape institutional ideas of who belongs and whose knowledge matters. As the inspired lead of Wingspan Dis/ability Arts, Culture cluster and prior to that in 2008, the Unruly Salon, she seeks to create spaces for interdisciplinary scholars and artists whose work exceeds the narrow metrics of “excellence” to redefine humanity.

 A Killam Fellow and AESA book award winner, she is the editor of Hallmarks: The Cultural Politics and Public Pedagogies of Stuart Hall, Routledge, 2016.  Her work in disability arts with Geoff McMurchy and many others led to three special issues in the International Review of Disability Studies, the International Journal of Inclusive Education and the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. An acrylic painter, poet. and jewelry-maker and aspiring film-maker, editor and director. Her paintings and poetry have been published in the aforementioned journals. Most importantly, she is the mom of a beautiful pre-teen son whose energy keeps her on her toes.

Prof. Roman identifies as a Jewish artist with an invisible disability, from a working-class background, who lives in a Canadian family from the global diaspora of Nepal, Eastern Europe and Latino Texas and Chicago.

Photo credit: Felicia Byron


Lorelei Bunkowsky

(Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Student Services)

Lorelei joined Winnipeg School Division in October 2023 as Assistant Superintendent, Inclusive Student Services. She has a wealth of experience as an educator with 33 years of teaching experience. Lorelei was a Principal for 18 years with Seven Oaks School Division prior to joining Winnipeg School Division.

Lorelei has a tremendous compassion for students and advocates for equity and inclusion for all children in Winnipeg School Division.

Lorelei is an avid supporter of the arts and sings and plays in a family band.

Nellie Kennedy

(MLA for Assiniboia)

Nellie Kennedy was elected as the NDP MLA for Assiniboia in 2023. Ms. Kennedy will be offering welcoming words for the Manitoba showcase as a provincial MLA for the 43rd Legislative Assembly.

Nellie takes great pride in her ties with the Assiniboia community, where she and her husband, along with their two children, have been residents for more than 13 years. Nellie is dedicated to providing assistance to families and seniors, and she worked as a community service worker within the Community Living Disability Services program for persons with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, she played a pivotal role as the co-founder and volunteer director of the Postpartum Depression Association of Manitoba, advocating fervently for mental health. As a valued member of the NDP team, Nellie is committed to championing initiatives aimed at enhancing our educational system, expanding childcare options for Assiniboia families, and addressing healthcare issues.

Robyn Johnson


Hello! My name is Robyn Johnson. Throughout 18 years of teaching experience at Greenway School, I have been provided the opportunity to work with a beautifully diverse group of students with all abilities. Inclusion of all students is a fundamental part of Greenway School’s philosophy and practice. Over many years, Administrators, Specialists, Resource Teachers, Classroom Teachers and EA’s at Greenway School have worked to develop programs and differentiated lessons suited for students with Autism and or Adapted Skills that individualize their needs for success at school and within the classroom. As a Grade 5 and 6 Teacher, my classes have been blessed with opportunities to appreciate the importance of accessibility, sign language, braille, the use of language supports, ever evolving technological supports, and incredibly diverse thinking of each and everyone. It has been a privilege to learn from and about all of my students’ unique abilities.

Creative pursuits have played an integral role in my life from silk screen printing to martial arts. Helping students develop their appreciation for the arts is one of the many reasons why I love the art of teaching.

Becky Brown


Hello! My name is Becky Brown and I have been teaching for 17 years. My teaching philosophy revolves around creating a supportive and engaging atmosphere where every student can thrive academically, socially, and emotionally. I believe in recognizing and celebrating the unique strengths and abilities of each student, fostering a sense of belonging within the classroom community.

Outside of school, I love spending time with my family at the lake, swimming and having bonfires. I also really love reading…on the beach of course!

Candace Lipischak


Candace Lipischak is a multidisciplinary artist and Métis workshop facilitator. Born and raised on Treaty 1 territory, they are inspired by nature and their French Red River Métis-Polish background.

Self-taught, their visual art work may be connected to outsider art often illustrating unconventional ideas and materials.

Candace is fluent in both French and English 


Photo credit: Thomas Buchan

Connor Derraugh


Music has always been front row center in my life. In 2010, at 15 years old, I suffered a traumatic brain hemorrhage during routine surgery that initially paralyzed the right side of my body. Despite this setback, I remained determined. I’m a graduate of the University of Manitoba Jazz Studies program with a double major in sax and piano.

I’ve performed at various events including the Winnipeg Jazz Festivals, the Asper Jazz Series, and the 2018 and 2019 Downtown Concert Series. As well, I’m a regular performer with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra. I am an EA at a local high school with their band.

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Chris Rempel


Chris Rempel is a seasoned educator with over 20 years devoted to nurturing musical talents in Grade 7-12 students within the Winnipeg School Division. Armed with a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education, Chris runs the Choral and Contemporary Music programs.

Through the Contemporary Music program, students delve into musicality through popular instruments like guitar, bass, piano, and drums. By embracing repetitive chord progressions and accessible music, the program caters to various skill and interest levels simultaneously. The goal is to create a harmonious space where the joy of making music takes precedence over traditional technical skills.

As an advocate for inclusivity and musical diversity, Chris is always looking for ways to meet the needs of the ever-changing demographic of students.

Kylie Hoydalo


Kylie Hoydalo is a Métis artist and art educator living on Treaty 1 Territory. Her work explores ceramic processes and how clay nurtures the relationship between communities and their connection to the land. Kylie seeks to challenge the traditional shapes and functions of ceramics through rethinking wheel throwing, hand building and sculptural techniques.

As an educator, her practice is deeply connected to working with the community and facilitating accessible art workshops for children and adults. Kylie believes that utilizing art with the community is a practice that allows for social justice, fostering deeper connections and permits artists of differing backgrounds and capacities to reach their true potential.

ON: June 6th 2024 Toronto School Board District; Oasis Secondary Alternative School, Skateboard Factory and Oasis Art and Social Change with Wingspan Artists-In-Residence

Felicia Byron


Felicia Byron (she/her) is a Caribbean-Canadian multidisciplinary artist and photographer living and working in Toronto, Canada. Byron has studied at OCAD University and holds a Certificate of Fine Art and Commercial Portraiture from Spéos International Photography School. As a Black woman and neurodivergent artist living with cerebral palsy, Byron explores themes of identity and community as it relates to the African diasporic and to the disabled experience.

Byron’s work, often employs series as a format to evoke a sense of belonging and shared experience. Byron employs a cinematic approach to creating still imagery, through the use light, colour, wardrobe, prop and set design elements to build worlds, weave stories and evoke feelings of familiarity.

*photo by Ishmil Waterman



Danielle Hyde


Danielle Hyde is a multi-disciplinary Tkaronto Treaty 13 Indigenous artist of with lived experience of an invisible mental health disability. Her artwork spans many mediums including new media, murals, painting, photography and installations mixed with performance. Anchoring her practice and process in  the decolonialization of deep transformative accessibility, she centers generosity and ethical relationality in every creative action. She engages all Art as a collaboration, a cocreation. She consciously connects with Art’s fundamental generosity and acknowledge partnerships with the Land, our first art teacher. Art is alive and aware when it is being observed it opens windows of understanding to speak with the viewer. In such conversations when grounded by ethical relationality we can engage Art in dialogues that re-member those things that keep us whole. She collaborates with all beings– seen and unseen, human and beyond-human in a creative chorus to tell these stories that live in community. By creating windows of understanding grounded in generosity, we can grow those critical good places and from within Art and community to flourish together. In dialogue as four-dimensional beings of hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits, we co-create decolonial ecologies of community and accessibility.


Erin Zimerman

(Teacher at Oasis Skateboard Factory)

Erin “Rock” Zimerman is a key fixture in Toronto’s graffiti subculture, having painted in the city for 25+ years. He is currently employed with the Toronto District School Board as a permanent teacher at Oasis Skateboard Factory, an award-winning arts and entrepreneurship high school program.

Erin holds a BFA from OCADU and a BEd from York University. Photo credit: Robert Cribb

Jane Gordiyenko

(Teacher at Oasis Arts and Social Change Program)

I’m Jane, a dedicated and creative educator with a background in Biology, Psychology, and Geography. My journey has been marked by a curiosity about the world and the human mind. Helping students discover their strengths and passions is what motivates and excites me in teaching.

Born in Ukraine, my cultural roots have influenced my perspective, fostering a global outlook of compassion, empathy, and understanding that I aim to share with my students. I have a deep appreciation for learning about other cultures through travel, connecting with nature, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a focus on fitness, and expressing my creativity through drawing and painting. These passions not only enrich my own life but also contribute to the vibrant and dynamic atmosphere I strive to create.

Recent Events

Feb 14-16, 2024 Wingspan Artists-in-residence: Loon Lake Retreat


Past Events

January 18/19, 2020 Green College Wingspan Symposium/Round Table and Workshops: Mobilizing Metaphors: Murmurations, Ripples and Flows with Against the Grain.

Wingspan Dis/arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy Group Launch of its Symposium brings CRC Chairs, artists, community NGO’s, partners from all over the country in Wingspan’s six Wing Province flew in to share knowledge, mobilize dis/arts voices and research creation to artfully perform inclusion and accessibility at Green College on January 18 & 19, 2020.

March 8, 2018, International Women’s Day | Luminescence: Chanteuse to the Power of Three – Christa Couture, Kristina Shelden and Sarah Jickling
7:30 p.m., The Cultch, 1895 Venables Street, Vancouver



Breathless and intimate, three remarkable chanteuses, Sarah Jickling, Kristina Shelden and headliner, Christa Couture, singing deftly written songs will caress your senses and blow you an audible kiss on International Women’s Day. Known for their artful and gorgeous lyrics which delve into extraordinary loss, love and lightness, three women experiencing different disabilities carry us up their mountains and through their darkest periods to luminescence and light again. Situated between tenacity and vulnerability, whimsical indie-pop and saucy jazz, earthy folk and exquisite story-telling, you will feel you are being in let in a secret you will long remember.

The Georgia Straight describes Couture as “a criminally under-rated songwriter and singer.” Sugar for your ears–musical depth, spunk and candor for your heart and soul. Never together before, this evening’s performance will leave you emboldened, spirited and changed.

General Admission: $30
Seniors and Students: $15
Community: $10

All tickets may be reserved or purchased online through The Cultch or at the door.

Listen to a CBC interview with Kristina Shelden here.

February 3, 2018 | Mind and Music Matters
8:00 p.m., Round House Performance Theatre

Join Sarah Jickling and Greg McLeod from My Good Bad Luck Band for an evening of whimsical indie-pop songs. Canadian songstress and mental health advocate, this 26 year old uses her performances to create mental health awareness. Her music has been featured on radio stations across the country and in independent films. She has opened up about her experiences with Bipolar Disorder and Anxiety Disorder on radio, local television, podcasts, blogs and at live speaking events. Her new album, When I Get Better, was released July 14th, 2017. She can be found in hospital waiting rooms and pole dancing studios around Vancouver, BC.

Then, kick back with Vancouver Adapted Music Society artists The Jeff Standfield Band. Singer/guitarist Jeff will be joined by Dave Symington on drums, bassist Graeme Wyman & special guest Dan Moxon (Bend Sinister) on Keyboards.

There will be a $10 cash entry fee at the door.

Sponsors: Vancouver Adaptive Music Society (VAMS); Sam Sullivan Disability Organization, Equity Office, UBC, Access and Diversity, UBC, Faculties of Education, Art, Schools of Social Work and Allard Law, City of Vancouver, Social Policy & Cultural Development, UBC President’s Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art & Equity.

January 8, 2018 | See My Sounds: Miming and Rapping as Literacy
1:15 – 3:00 p.m, Round House Performance Theatre | SOLD OUT

An afternoon razzle dazzle of miming and rapping by Max-i-Mime an amazingly expressive mime artist who performs for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas and by VAMS songwriter rapper, Greg Spokes Labine. Learning literacy from artists with DEAFNESS and Disability. Presented by the Wingspan Dis/arts, Culture and Public Pedagogy VPRI cluster and collaborative at UBC.

Registration is required This event is now sold out.

Sponsors: Vancouver Adaptive Music Society (VAMS); Sam Sullivan Disability Organization, Equity Office, UBC, Access and Diversity, UBC, Faculties of Education, Art, Schools of Social Work and Allard Law, City of Vancouver, Social Policy & Cultural Development.


Wingspan Launch

FREE ADMISSION – everyone is welcome!

October 19, 2017 RSVP

Venue: the Hatch Gallery in the NEST, 6133 University Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
INSIGHTS UNSEEN AND UNHEARD: "OUR" UBC--PHOTOGRAPHY/ART EXHIBIT - Funded by the Haagenson Grant at the Hatch Gallery in the UBC Nest, Opening Night, Oct. 19 at 5:00 p.m. with music by Sarah Jickling and her band.This art/photo exhibit occurs at the intersections of student life, disability and UBC. It developed from Summer photography workshops offered to students with disabilities. The photos and videos show places of refuge, contemplation, anxiety, and barriers they experience in the built environment. It asks: What does UBC mean to some students with disabilities? How do students who identify as having a disability or impairment experience “’Our ‘UBC”? The show provides rarely seen or heard insights from students with disabilities through their artistic visions.Additional partners and sponsors include: Access and Diversity, The Hatch Gallery, The President’s office, Educational Leadership, Educational Studies.Light Snacks provided by AMS Catering
4:00 p.m. Soft Opening - Photo Shows, the Hatch Gallery
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi and Cathy Browne, Curators
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sarah Jickling and Her Good Bad Luck, Nest
Sarah Jickling, Canadian Indie Singer Songwriter

October 20, 2017 | RSVP

Venue: The Chan Centre for Performing Arts, 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1  Information on Accessibility

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Audience loading, Telus Studio
8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks, Telus Studio
Prof. Andrew Szeri, UBC Provost
Prof. Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
Profs. Neil Guppy and Leslie G. Roman, Co-Chairs of the President’s Working Committee on Disability Culture, Art and EquityVideo clip of Geoff McMurchy's Wingspan Three dance and Sam Sullivan's band
9:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Love at Second Sight, Telus Studio
David Roche and Marlena Blavin
9:40 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Insights Unseen and Unheard: Our UBC, Atrium Gallery (Haggensonfunded art exhibit)Audiences are welcome to enjoy this art and photography show in the Atrium Gallery, as well as Minister Qualtrough's video message.Atrium Gallery
Minister Carla Qualtrough video message
10:25 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. That’s Just Crazy Talk, Telus Studio
Written & Performed by Victoria Maxwell
11:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Coffee Break, Atrium Gallery
Live music by the band: Digger Dan the Dirt Brigade

Musicians: Kristina Shelden (vocals)
Danny Sloan (guitar and vocals)
Graeme Wyman (bass)
Dave Symington (drums)
11:45 a.m. - 11:48 a.m. Wingspan Project Remarks, Telus Studio
Leslie Roman & Dave Symington-Introduction of Sam Sullivan, Sam Sullivan brief welcome remarks
11:48 a.m. - 11:58 a.m. Prof. Santa J. Ono, video message from UBC President Ono
11:58 a.m. - noon Introduction
Dr. Rachelle Hole, co-director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC), UBC
11:58 a.m. - noon Keynote Speaker: BECAUSE WE ARE: Anthem for Disabled Country
Dr. Catherine Frazee, Professor Emerita, Ryerson Disability Studies Program Ryerson University
12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Light Reception, Atrium Gallery, Audience goes out for lunch.
Minister Carla Qualtrough Video message (Atrium Gallery)
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, The Honorable Kent Hehr (possible brief congratulatory video message in the Atrium)
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Forum, multiple spaces
Panel Discussion-Mental Health Acts: Performing the Possible through Dis/Arts, Law and Human Rights Activism, RBC Theatre
(Note: 20 minutes for each speaker, plus 20 minute Q & A.)
Re-performing Mental Illness in the context of Canadian Disability Theatre
Dr. Kirsty Johnston, Associate Professor, Theatre and Film, UBC
Figuring Rights in Culture and Education: The Anxious Intersection of Invisible Disabilities
Dr. Leslie G. Roman, Professor, Educational Studies, UBC
Disability Art and Law
Dr. Jonas Sébastien Beaudry, Assistant Professor, Allard Law School, UBC
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Forum-Difference, Mental Health and Body Image Literacy, Great Performer’s Lounge
Victoria Maxwell and David Roche
3:10 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Live Music with Digger Dan the Dirt Brigade, Telus StudioMusicians: Kristina Shelden (vocals)
Danny Sloan (guitar and vocals)
Graeme Wyman (bass)
Dave Symington (drums)
3:35 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Keynote-Disability as Diagram: Aesthetic Histories and Cinematic Ethics, RBC Theatre
3:35 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. Introduction
Dr. Rita L. Irwin, Distinguished University Professor, Curriculum and Pedagogy, UBC
3:40 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Professor Anna Hickey-Moodey. ARC Future Fellow, RMIT, Australia
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Thinking Dis/arts, Changing Futures with People with Disabilities, Telus Studio
Exploring a pedagogy of affect and dis/arts
Dr. Rita L. Irwin, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Distinguished University Scholar, UBC
These Hands Won't Play Forever" - On Physical Finitude and Spiritual Infinity
Dr. Sam Rocha, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies, UBC
Picture the Extraordinary: Zones of Exception, Refuge, Resilience, and Artful Possibility by Students with Disabilities at UBC
Rena Del Pieve Gobbi
Dr. Leslie G Roman, Professor, Educational Studies, UBC
Dr. Gerald Fallon, Associate Professor, Educational Studies, UBC
Dis/a/r/tography as Invention, Resistance and Renewal: Painting through Motherhood, Trauma, Activism and Scholarship
Jewelles Smith, Doctoral Student, UBC Okanagan
Chairperson, Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD)
Director at large, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
5:20 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. Disability on Stage and Screen, Telus Studio
James Sanders, Actor, Play writer, TV producer

October 21, 2017 | RSVP

Venue: Ponderosa Commons Ballroom in the Education Centre, 2075 Lower Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z2

10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Opening Address
Prof. Blye Frank, Dean, Faculty of Education
Prof. Ali Abdi, Department Head, Educational Studies, Faculty of Education
10:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Winning the Struggle for Inclusion and Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Canada
Co-sponsored by Wingspan, the Department of Educational Studies and the Allard School of Law
10:10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Introduction
Dr. Jonas Sebastian-Beaudry, Assistant Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker
Prof. David Lepofsky, University of Toronto, Osgood Law School, and Queen’s University and Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance
11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Q&A
11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. - 11:32 a.m. Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Dr. Catherine Frazee, Professor Emerita, Ryerson Disability Studies Program Ryerson University
Dr. Tim Stainton,
Professor, the School of Social Work, and
Dr. Rachelle Hole, co-director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC), UBC
11:32 a.m. - 12:02 p.m. Keynote Speaker: BECAUSE WE ARE: Anthem for Disabled Country
Dr. Catherine Frazee, Professor Emerita, Ryerson Disability Studies Program Ryerson University
12:02 p.m. - 12:10 p.m. General Discussion
12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Light Lunch, Ponderosa Commons Oak House Ballroom
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Crip Times: Queer/Crip Art Activism and Resistance in the New World Order?
1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. Introduction
Dr. Kirsty Johnston, Associate Professor, Theatre and Film, UBC
1:05 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Keynote Speaker
Dr. Robert McRuer, Professor, Department of English, George Washington University
1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Q&A
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Panel Discussion
Creative & participatory approaches: Are we being accessible in making space for historically marginalized voices?
Laura Yvonne Bulk, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Dr. Tal Jarus, Professor, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UBC
Sex, Lies and Citizenship: Using participatory theatre to promote sexual citizenship among adults with intellectual disabilities
Dr. Rachelle Hole, co-director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC), UBC
Dr. Tim Stainton, Professor, the School of Social Work, UBC
 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Q&A

* If you require accommodations, please contact Access and Diversity by visiting: or contact Janet Mee, Director, Access and Diversity Office (, 604 822 8950).

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