Council of Canadians with Disabilities Welcomes New Member-at-Large

November 26, 2021 | For Immediate Distribution

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) welcomes Ingrid Palmer as a Member-at-Large to our National Council of Representatives.  “Ingrid brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from the disability community,” states Heather Walkus, Acting Chair.

“My commitment is to amplify the voices and experiences of persons with disabilities who are Black and Racialized and who have not sufficiently been represented at many tables” said Palmer.

“CCD welcomes Ms. Palmer’s expertise and leadership as an important voice that ensures CCD’s convener mandate supports individuals, groups and organizations dedicated to human rights equity in Canada, have a meaningful voice at the table,” said Heather Walkus.  “Ms. Palmer’s knowledge of barriers that face people with disabilities will help CCD enlarge its vision of the essential ingredients for creating a more equitable, accessible and inclusive Canada.”


For more information contact:

Heather Walkus, 1st Vice Chair, a/Chair
Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Tel: 250-501-1112

Ingrid Palmer - Bio

Ingrid Palmer is the Director of Networks and Relationships at Toronto Neighbourhood Centres, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Macaulay Child Development Centres, as well as a Community Consultant and Co-Chair of the Accessibility In Action project at the Institute for Research and Inclusion Society.

In addition, she is an award-winning inspirational speaker and the founder and CEO of Focus On Ability - a motivational campaign designed to inspire triumph over adversity.

Ingrid is a producer of disabled content with the Disability-Next Media Lab, and a member of the Ontario Disability Coalition, and Black Voices United- a group of visually impaired professionals.

About CCD

CCD is a national human rights organization of people with disabilities working for an inclusive and accessible Canada.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is a social justice organization of people with all disabilities that champions the voices of people with disabilities, advocating an inclusive and accessible Canada, where people with disabilities have full realization of their human rights, as described in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) unites advocacy organizations of people with disabilities to defend and extend human rights for persons with disabilities through public education, advocacy, intervention in litigation, research, consultation and partnerships.  CCD amplifies the expertise of our partners by acting as a convening body and consensus builder.