PDD Provincial Advisory Committee - Member Biographies - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

PDD Provincial Advisory Committee - Member Biographies

Colin Atkinson – family representative, Camrose

Mr. Atkinson has a son who has been receiving supports from the PDD program since 2002 through two agencies in the Camrose area. A bank manager by profession, Colin served on the Board of Directors of the Camrose Association for Community Living (CAFCL) from 2004 to 2009, and assisted with several of their fundraising activities. He also volunteers extensively for the Special Olympics in Camrose. Colin was nominated for the PDD Provincial Community Citizenship Award in 2009.

Keith Moore – family representative, Grande Prairie

Mr. Moore has a son who receives community access supports through a local PDD-funded service provider agency. Keith is a strong supporter of inclusive post-secondary education. He and his wife have participated in stakeholder engagement sessions with the PDD Northwest Region Community Board regarding the PDD Priority Actions and the region’s business plan.

Donna Desjardins – family representative, St. Paul

Ms. Desjardins has a son who has received PDD-funded supports to assist him to participate in the community and attend post secondary education. Donna believes in empowering self-advocates, and her son is a strong self-advocate. Donna has been an avid promoter of community inclusion and has worked hard for fully integrated classrooms. She is the co-chair of AACL’s Family Voices group in Northeast Alberta and previously served as a Board Member on both the PDD Northeast Region Community Board and the PDD Provincial Board. Donna and her husband run an accounting business.

Joan Lee – CEO, Vecova Centre for Disability Services and Research, Calgary

Ms. Lee has been the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Vecova (formerly VRRI) since July 1, 2010, and was formally appointed to this position in October. Formerly, Joan was the Senior Director of Operations at VRRI. She has over 30 years of experience in the rehabilitation field and an extensive background in supervision and leadership development, strategic planning and organizational change processes.

Dale Peterson – COO, Catholic Social Services, Edmonton

Mr. Peterson is the Chief Operating Officer (Disability Services) with Catholic Social Services (CSS) based in Edmonton. CSS operates in three PDD regions (Edmonton, Northeast, and Central). Dale’s community involvement on many inter-agency groups and committees and boards speaks to his experience and passion about community service. Dale has demonstrated innovative thinking in working with PDD Edmonton Region Community Board and Alberta Health Services to create effective housing supports for individuals with complex needs. CSS was one of the first agencies to develop a performance measurement framework and is also the first service provider to pilot the personal outcomes index with the PDD Edmonton Region Community Board.

Krista Staples – Executive Director, Taber Special Needs Society, Taber

Ms. Staples has been the Executive Director for Taber Special Needs Society for approximately 20 years. This organization operates within the Municipal District of Taber and provides home living, community access and employment supports to about 20 individuals. Krista is an active member of the regional service provider council.

Ann Nicol – CEO, Alberta Council of Disability Services (ACDS)

Ms. Nicol has 30 years experience in the human services field within Alberta. Ann started her career as a community outreach social worker before embarking on a 20-year career with the Government of Alberta serving in social worker and senior management positions. Before taking over as CEO for ACDS, Ann was the Executive Director of a national human service organization with programs for children and adults, including outreach, consulting, residential and vocational services. She is a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work.

Bruce Uditsky – CEO, Alberta Association for Community Living (AACL)

Mr. Uditsky is the Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Association for Community Living. He is recognized internationally as an advocate and leader in community inclusion and social justice for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Bruce has served on the boards of numerous community organizations and was a founding member and Chair of the Alberta Disabilities Forum, a federation of provincial organizations representing persons with disabilities. He has been instrumental in the development of a number of unique and innovative community initiatives, in particular, in founding and expanding inclusive post-secondary education across Alberta and in other parts of the world.

Modified: 2012-09-27
PID: 15080