June 4th – Disability Awareness Training

Manitoba Access Awareness Committee


Disability Awareness Training 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

12:30 – Lunch (will be provided)

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Session

1000 Waverley Street

In celebration of Manitoba Access Awareness Weekthe Manitoba Federation of Non-Profit Organizations (MFNPO) and the Manitoba Access Awareness Week Steering Committee invite you to attend a FREE half-day disability awareness event especially designed for the non-profit sector.

Did you know Manitoba passed the Accessibility for Manitobans Act and will soon set new obligations regarding disability access? Learn what you can do to become a disability-friendly organization.

Did you know that, under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act, the Customer Service Standard is being developed first?

Training will include:

  • An introduction to the Accessibility for Manitobans Act
  • What you need to know about disability and diversity
  • Practical tips on disability accommodations
  • Q&A with disability experts
  • An interactive Jeopardy style game about disability related topics

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. Please email info@mfnpo.org to be added to the waiting list.

When you register, please indicate if you require any disability-related accommodations (e.g.material sent to you by e-mail prior to the event, sign language interpreters, computerized note taking, etc.) or if you have specific dietary needs. Deadline for accommodations is May 27th.

Guest speakers:

John Wyndels

John Wyndels, Senior Policy Analyst
Disabilities Issues Office

John currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Disabilities Issues Office where he is the Secretary to the Accessibility Advisory Council. He has played a major role in the development of accessibility legislation.

Colleen Waters

Colleen Watters, Policy Analyst
Disabilities Issues Office

Colleen Watters has been a Policy Analyst with the Disabilities Issues Office (DIO), Manitoba Finance, since 2009. She reviews government policy related to disabilities, prepares position papers, advisory notes and ministerial speeches and undertakes background research to identify options for action. she represents the DIO on various community Committees (including the City of Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee), participates in community consultations on disability issues and assumes an important role in organizing the annual Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW).


Heather Hiscock, Training Coordinator
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities

Heather Hiscock is the Training Coordinator with the Society for Manitobans with Disabilities.  Heather has extensive training and knowledge in the Therapeutic Recreation field and has facilitated presentations on topics such as inclusion, adapted recreation and disability awareness for numerous conferences and workshops over the past ten years.  Heather has been a Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) committee member since 2012. She has worked with several disability populations in a variety of settings which has helped her gain perspective and insight into issues related to disabilities.


Traicy Robertson, Supervisor of the Ethno Cultural Program
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities

Traicy has been with SMD since August 2010.  Since her arrival in Winnipeg from the United Kingdom 17 years ago Traicy has worked primarily as a diversity practitioner in the field of immigration, settlement and culture. She has considerable personal experience negotiating and navigating health and social service systems to support a child with a disability in Manitoba. In addition to extensive knowledge and experience working in organizations developing and delivering experiential cross cultural training and awareness. Traicy continues to expand her considerable knowledge in the cross cultural field, more specifically in the area of culture and disability. Presently, Traicy serves on the board of Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association, (MIRSSA), where she chairs the Health Committee, she is also a member of the WRHA Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Working Group,  a founder member of the Canadian Community Health Worker Network of Canada and is also on the working group for the new Winnipeg Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) initiative.

Julie Bell


Julie Bell, Trainer

Julie Bell is an experienced teacher, trainer, writer, researcher, assessment developer and workshop facilitator. Since 1995, she has been training adults in workplace settings, specializing in helping people to thrive in diverse settings. She also provides support and training to adult educators and employers.

Julie’s experience and leadership are both within the context of a human resource team and as an independent consultant. She has shared her expertise through leadership training, EAL, Literacy and Essential Skill instruction, Diversity workshops, authoring and editing of resources and curriculum, teacher training, and teacher mentorship.

Julie has been a trainer with the MFNPO since 2013.

Linda Maxwell

Linda Maxwell, Trainer

Linda has experience working in a multicultural setting for approximately 12 years, as a trainer, EAL teacher and tutor, coordinator, citizenship volunteer, facilitator, and researcher/curriculum developer. Linda has traveled extensively, has been exposed to a variety of different cultures throughout her life, and has been involved in immigrant, aboriginal and Metis communities, as well as with training programs for people with disabilities..

Linda’s credentials include a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education; Certificate in Applied Management; TESOL Certificate, English as a Second Language-Teacher Certification program – U of W (CTESL), and Diversity and Intercultural Trainer for the Province of Manitoba, as well as numerous professional development seminars and activities.

Linda’s area of specialization is the successful workplace integration of newcomers in Canada by breaking down barriers, promoting understanding and building cultural bridges. Additionally, Linda has been a board member on advisory boards for organizations that support and work with people with disabilities.

Linda has been a trainer with the MFNPO since 2013.

Download more information about the Accessibility for Manitobans Act in PDF format. Additional information on the  Accessibility for Manitobans Act is available here.

Manitoba Access Awareness Week (MAAW) is celebrated annually with leadership from a broad range of organizations representing and serving Manitobans with disabilities.  The goal is to remove barriers to access in order to make Manitoba a more inclusive society.

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