Special Advisor, READ Initiative
|Phone:||613-520-2600 x 1144|
|Office:||Carleton Technology and Training Centre, Room 3500|
After completing his MSW at Wilfred Laurier University, Dean began his career at the Ontario March of Dimes as a Community Development officer and was quickly promoted to Regional Director. He moved to Ottawa in 1980 to become Executive Director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association and after ten years, joined the team at Carleton to open the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities (PMC). Dean was the former Acting Director of Carleton’s READ Initiative (Research, Education, Accessibility and Design) and he is continuing as a Special Advisor to the READ Initiative moving forward. In addition, Dean has been certified by the Rick Hansen Foundation as a designated RHFAC Professional and is a key player in the Rick Hansen audit of the Carleton University campus to ensure we are working towards a fully accessible built environment.
Dean enjoyed a long career as a competitive athlete representing Canada with medal performances in Paralympics and World Championships in over three decades highlighted by a Gold medal in the 1976 Olympiad, a Bronze Medal in the 1994 Winter Paralympics in Lillehammer and a Silver Medal from the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano. He competed in snooker, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and sledge hockey.
Dean has also enjoyed a long career in various volunteer capacities serving persons with disabilities and recently completed a three year term on the Province of Ontario Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee/Standards Development Committee.