FREDERICTON (GNB) – Randy Dickinson has been appointed the new chair of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities.

“Ensuring all New Brunswickers, regardless of age, region or ability, are able to participate fully in our communities is at the heart of council’s mandate,” said Dickinson. “I am honoured by this appointment and I look forward to working together with my fellow council members to support citizens living with disabilities.”

Dickinson has been an advocate for persons with disabilities for more than 40 years. His experience includes serving as the founding executive director of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities in 1982 and as the chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission from 2010-2015.

This appointment is for a four-year term.

“The Premier’s Council on Disabilities plays an important role in improving the lives of persons with a disability,” said executive director Christyne Allain. “Randy Dickinson has been a strong advocate for persons with disabilities for more than 40 years. He is a wonderful choice for this role.”

The council thanked outgoing chair Andrew Daley for his many contributions made during his time leading the council.

The council was created in 1982 to provide advice to government on matters relating to the status of persons with a disability. It 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.