Charlie Macdonald, Chair
Over his 35 year career with the Nova Scotia Public Service, Charlie led a number of initiatives to support the inclusion of citizens with disabilities. Charlie was the first Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission. The Commission was established to provide advice to the provincial government on the needs and abilities of persons with disabilities. Charlie also led a “Social Inclusion Initiative” with the Department of Community Services. As well, Charlie served as the Senior Diversity Consultant for the Nova Scotia Public Service commission where he provided leadership to the Province’s diversity initiative. In this role Charlie was recognized with the “Premier’s Award of Excellence” in 2010. Most recently, Charlie was the Coordinator for the Nova Scotia Persons with Disabilities Employability Table. The Table presented a “Blueprint for Action for the Equitable Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Nova Scotia” to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.
Charlie has served as a volunteer Director for a number of provincial and national disability organizations including Independent Living Nova Scotia, TEAM work Cooperative and the Canadian Centre on Disabilities Studies. He has also contributed on a number of recent initiatives including the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility Legislation, the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence, the Nova Scotia Joint Community-Government Advisory Committee on Transforming the Services to Persons with Disabilities Program and the Capital District Health Authority’s Diversity Council.
Charlie has a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Charlie is blind and travels with his Guide Dog, Peaches.