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About Us

Canadian Abilities Foundation

We envision an inclusive, universally accessible society. Our mission is to advocate, educate, build awareness and deliver effective,
well-run programs that support youth and adults with disabilities and their families and caregivers.  

Our mandate is to:
• Empower individuals living with physical disabilities, mental health challenges or frailties to overcome barriers
to achieve their goals.
• Promote accessibility in order to reduce the stigma associated with disability and aging.
• Provide youth with opportunities for practical employment experience and on-the-job training.
• Celebrate and support family and professional caregivers.

Our commitment is to: 
• Actively uplift our community by promoting inclusivity and delivering programs that enhance the lives of individuals
with disabilities and those living with the effects of aging.
• Continuously improve our programs and actively listen to feedback as we strive to make a lasting and positive impact.
• Foster improved accessibility, increased opportunities and an enhanced quality of life for everyone.

Our programs include:
Publishing and Education  – a participating network of over 500,000 Canadians with 4 magazine titles, social networks and websites.

Financial for Literacy for Youth with Disabilities – a program to educate and mitigate financial risk for young graduates.

Youth Internship Employment Program – over 100 graduates to date.

Return to Work – supports for caregivers and vulnerable adults and children.

Accessibility Mapping – highlighting accessible places and offering community education.

The Caregivers Club – connecting 30,000 plus caregivers from coast-to-coast.

Canada Cares Awards and One Wish Awards – recognition and financial supports.

The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) is a registered Canadian charity. CAF was founded in 1986.

CAF Board

Raymond D. Cohen

David Visschedyk
AMR Barristers and Solicitors

Executive Director
& Managing Editor  
Caroline Tapp-McDougall
President, BCS Group

Jay Rosenfeld
Director of Business Development
Artemis Investment Management

Barbara Kaufman
HR Communications Consultant

Keith Edwards
Executive Advisor 
SCM Insurance Services

Alex Mavroudis
General Manager,
Henry Schein Canada

Hannah Trumper
Director of Audience Development
Newcom Media Inc.

CAF Patrons Council

Joel Dembe 
Chair, CAF Patrons Council
and Canadian Paralympian

Dr. Dan Andreae
Past-Chair, CAF Patrons Council

Paul Bronfman
Chairman and CEO, William F White International

Cameron Graham
Professor of Accounting, Schulich School of Business 

Dr. Eric Jackman
Chair, Jackman Foundation,
President, Invicta Investments Founding Chair
Psychology Foundation of Canada

Stephanie Dixon
Canadian Paralympian and Chef de Mission
2015 Parapan Am Games

Dr. Allan Slomovic
Research Director, University Health Network
Cornea and Anterior Segment Disease Service
Toronto Western Hospital

Dr. Nora Cullen
Division Director for PM&R in the
Department of Medicine
and Chief of PM&R at HHSC and
St. Joseph’s Healthcare

Brian Pel
COO and Senior Accountant, Heuristica Discovery Counsel

Dave Starrett
President and CEO, Easter Seals Canada

Bob Wong
Former MPP, Partner, Leon Frazer and Associates

Linda Duxbury
Professor, Sprott School of Business

Vonna Bitove
Executive Director of the Bitove Foundation

Rich Donovan
Chief Executive Officer, Fifth Quadrant Analytics

Archie Allison
Director, Access and Awareness at Variety Village

Luke Anderson 
Founder, StopGap Foundation