About the Author

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Heather McCain has had personal experience with multiples types of disability. Heather’s personal experiences led her to create Citizens for Accessible Neighbourhoods (CAN) in 2005, a small grassroots non-profit organization which has grown to include projects throughout the province of British Columbia.

Through CAN Heather has used her voice to support full inclusion within communities, to improve access to information for people with disabilities and those within their support systems, and to work towards creating barrier-free communities. As Executive Director of CAN Heather advocates and consults, delivers presentations and disability awareness seminars and creates and performs accessibility audits. For her work Heather has been awarded the BC Paraplegic Association Leadership Award, the City of Vancouver Access and Inclusion Award, and the Sport BC President’s Award from BC Disability Games Society.

Through her work Heather realized that the public perception of disability and chronic pain was not a true reflection of the people she met who lived with either or both on a daily basis. In response to these misperceptions, Heather began a monthly column entitled “Abilities” in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Times. This column ran for several years and the response to this column was overwhelmingly positive. Oftentimes health issues, chronic pain and disability are kept in the dark and not openly discussed and this column gave people permission to share their true selves and their true stories and to help change some of the misperceptions. This blog is a continuation of the goal to offer insight into life with a disability and/or chronic pain.

To hire Heather for speaking engagements or disability awareness training contact her by email at info@canbc.org or by phone at 604.437.7331