our people

Meet the people behind Disability Without Poverty. From our board to our provincial coordinators, from our staff to our leadership table, from our volunteers to our community partners, we bring people together with the goal to bring prosperity, passion, power and full participation to everyone with a disability in Canada.

Click on each member to learn more about them.

Board of Directors

Michelle Hewitt

Michelle Hewitt

Chair

Michelle Hewitt, a former public school math and music teacher and principal, is dedicating her time and talent to getting people with disabilities out of poverty.

Luca Patuelli

Luca Patuelli

Vice-Chair

Best known to dance lovers around the world as Bboy Lazylegz, Luca Patuelli wants all people with disabilities to live their lives with “no limits”.

Meenu Sikand

Meenu Sikand

Vice-Chair

Meenu Sikand was the executive lead for equity, diversity and inclusion at Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto.

At this time, DWP is redesigning its leadership model. Our work continues to be led by disabled people.

Click on each member of our Leadership Table to learn more about them.

Leadership table

Ali Mohamed

Ali Mohamed

Ali Mohammed has a specific interest in helping racialized people with disabilities from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds build stable and secure lives in Canada.

Andrea van Vugt

Andrea van Vugt

Andrea van Vugt is the founder and president of the Disability Pride Alberta Foundation with the mission to celebrate, educate, and empower the disability community.

Black woman with straight shoulder-length hair. She is smiling and wearing glasses.

Andrea Zackary

Andrea Zackary is a former Deaf Olympian and World Championship qualifier in track and field.

Brenda Lenahan

Brenda Lenahan

Brenda Lenahan founded BC Complex Kids Society, a grassroots organization that advocates for better support for children with medical complexity.

Clare Li

Clare Li

Clare Li works in procurement for the aviation industry and has a passion for bringing human rights and sustainability practices to her work.

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Elizabeth Lowe

Elizabeth Lowe has and interest in activism, campaigning specifically for the cause of people with disabilities, and has spoken on issues concerning the quality of Quebec City’s paratransit service.

Tom Jackman

Tom Jackman

Tom Jackman is currently a board member at Autism Canada, and has previously served on the board of the Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Tricia Lins

Tricia Lins

Tricia Lins  began an advocacy group in Langley so self-advocates have a stronger voice in the community, and always looks for new ways to encourage people to participate.

National Staff

Click on each member to learn more about them.

Rabia Khedr

Rabia Khedr

National Director

Rabia Khedr leads the Disability Without Poverty movement. She previously served as a commissioner on the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

Sabrina Latif

Operations Manager

Amy Ma

Communications Manager

Provincial Team

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Don Slater

Don Slater

Alberta coordinator

Jan Nass

Jan Nass

Alberta Coordinator

David Wudel

David Wudel

Alberta Coordinator

Amanda Lockitch

BC Community Organizer

Kat Wong-Perrotta

BC Administrative consultant

Janet Rodriguez

Ontario Community Organizer

Andrea Zackary

Ontario Community Organizer

Lisa Presutti

Ontario Administrative Assistant

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