AccessAbility Advisory Council

The purpose of the AccessAbility Advisory Council is to provide input, consultation and advice to the minister on issues affecting individuals with disabilities.

What is the function of the council?

The Prince Edward Island AccessAbility Advisory Council will:

  • Advise the Minster on broad disability related issues;
  • Offer ongoing input into the development of public policy, program and services;
  • Provide a forum to identify and discuss major issues impacting the disability community;
  • Champion research to inform policy and practice;
  • Foster partnerships among persons with disabilities, government and community; and
  • Enhance public awareness and education.

Primary Role: Non-adjudicative
Material Role: Advisory 

How many people are on the council?

The AccessAbility Advisory Council membership is comprised of a maximum of eight members who bring a wide range of non-partisan disability views, knowledge and community based contextual awareness.

    What are the requirements of council members?

    A wide range of disability views, knowledge and community-based contextual awareness is required.

    Will I be paid?

    Council members serve as volunteers and receive no remuneration other than the expenses incurred to travel to meetings.  

    What is the time commitment of the council?

    The Council will meet a minimum of four times a year, with a minimum of one meeting with the Minister.  Additional meetings may be held at the call of the Minister, the Minister’s designate or the Chair.

    Meetings will be set at a date, location and time mutually agreed upon by the Council.

    Council will make use of sub-committees where appropriate.

    AccessAbility Advisory Council - Members
    Name County Term Start Term End

    Nathalie Walsh-Annand (Autism Society of PEI)

    Queens Nov 10, 2020 Nov 10, 2022

    Treena Smith (Canadian Mental Health Association)

    Prince Sep 8, 2020 Sep 8, 2022

    Marcia Carroll (PEI Council of People with Disabilities)

    Queens May 23, 2020 May 23, 2023

    Andrea Cameron (Person with a Disability)

    Prince Sep 8, 2020 Sep 8, 2023
    Carolyn Jenkins (PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada) Queens Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2024

    Bill Lawlor (Queens County Residential Services)

    Queens May 23, 2019 May 23, 2022

    Julie Smith - Chair (PEI Association for Community Living)

    Prince May 23, 2019 May 23, 2022

    Martina MacDonald (Community Business Development Corporation - PEI East Services)

    Kings Sep 8, 2020 Sep 8, 2023

    Deputy Minister - Departmental of Social Development and Housing 

        at pleasure

    How can I apply?                

    If you would like to serve as a member of a provincial government agency, board, or commission (ABC) you can apply online through Engage PEI. 


    For further information about this committee, contact:

    Sheila Gaudet
    Manager, AccessAbility Supports

    Tel: 902-368-5184
    Cell: 902-388-8651




    Published date: 
    November 2, 2021
    Executive Council Office

    General Inquiries

    Executive Council Office
    5th Floor, Shaw Building
    95 Rochford Street
    P.O. Box 2000,
    Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

    General Inquiries:
    Phone: 902-368-4502
    Fax: 902-368-6118

    Engage PEI Inquiries: 

    Visit Engage PEI to learn more about serving as a member of an agency, board or commission (ABC).
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