FREDERICTON (GNB) – Michèle Ouellette of Edmundston will join the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons.

“Michèle will bring significant value to the council,” said council chair Jeff Sparks. “She is a strong voice for those in the northwest, and an advocate for healthy living and community inclusion.”

Ouellette joins current council members:

  • Jeff Sparks, Quispamsis, chair;
  • Andrew Daley, Green Mountain, vice-president;
  • Linda Ferrier, Fredericton, treasurer;
  • Noëlla Hébert, Saint-Louis-de-Kent, secretary;
  • Sheila Rogers, Bathurst;
  • Christine Evans, Saint John;
  • Michael George, Saint John;
  • Cheryl LeBlanc, Shediac;
  • Dawn Stevens, Fredericton;
  • Amelia Barry, Rothesay;
  • Marc LeBlanc, Beresford;
  • Brent MacPherson, Fredericton; and
  • John Wood, Oromocto.

The council meets four times a year in addition to other public meetings. It advises on matters relating to the status of persons with a disability; brings before the provincial government and the public matters of interest and concern to persons with a disability; promotes employment opportunities of persons with a disability; and supports access by persons with a disability to all services offered to New Brunswickers.

Other areas of focus for the council include employment, transportation, education, barrier-free design and home care, among many others.

More information about the council is available online.

Biography

Originally from the Edmundston area, Michèle Ouellette has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Edmundston campus of the Université de Moncton. Her nursing career was spent mainly in the area of community nursing. She worked for Health Canada at a reserve in Quebec; in public health in the Edmundston area; and for the past 28 years with special-needs children and their families as an employee of the Department of Social Development in the province’s northwest. She has been retired since December 2014, and continues to volunteer with several organizations. She is a member of the board of directors of the Mouvement Acadien des communautés en Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick as past president. She is president of the Madawaska Centre team of the Réseau Mieux-Être du Nord-Ouest. She is a member of the Collectif hôte de l’inclusion communautaire of the Réseau mieux-être. She was president of the Network Inclusion Community North-West from 2012 to 2015, and a member of the board of directors of the Association pour l’intégration communautaire Edmundston-Madawaska from 2009 to 2015.