Presenter – John Rae
| John Rae, ARCH Disability Law Centre
John Rae brings a broad combination of community, government and union involvements to all of his varied activities.John took early retirement from the Ontario Public Service in 2005 after a 24-year career, during which time he was a Consultant with the Centre for Disability and Work, an Education Officer with the Employment Equity Commission, and prior to retirement a Program Officer with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.
John brought his community perspective to the Canadian labour movement where he served in elective positions at the local, provincial and national levels.
During the past 36 years, John has been a board member of many human and disability rights organizations, including Co-chair of the Coalition on Human Rights for the Handicapped, which secured the first human rights coverage for persons with disabilities in Ontario.
Following four and a half years as President of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians (AEBC), he was elected its 1st Vice-President in 2007 where he received AEBC’s annual CCD Award. John was re-elected to this position in 2008 and 2010.
John is AEBC’s rep to the Council of Canadians With Disabilities where he serves as its 1st Vice Chair. He is also Co Chair of its Technology Committee, and a member of its International and Social Policy Committees.
In 2009, he was elected to the Board of ARCH Disability Law Centre.
In John’s various roles, he has participated in many national consultations and meetings on a wide range of issues from disability supports to transportation to human rights and fighting poverty.
John is also interested in history, world travel, live theatre, visiting museums and art galleries, music and he writes and speaks frequently on a broad range of disability and other human rights issues.