FREDERICTON (GNB) – Patrick Losier has been appointed chair of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities.

“My previous term with the council was a wonderful and rewarding experience,” said Losier. “I look forward to the opportunity to use my lived experience and knowledge of accessibility issues to advance the council’s mandate. I am honoured by this appointment, and I am eager to work with my fellow council members to ensure all New Brunswickers, regardless of age, region or ability, are able to participate fully in our communities.”

Losier was appointed to the council in 2019. He has also served on the senate committees on students with disabilities at Mount Allison University and the University of New Brunswick (UNB), where he assisted in drafting an updated accommodations policy. He has also worked in the assistive technology office at UNB to provide accessible format materials for students.

His appointment as chair is for four years.

“The Premier’s Council on Disabilities plays an important role in improving the lives of persons with a disability,” said executive director Christyne Allain. “Patrick Losier has been a strong advocate and has demonstrated a commitment to advancing the rights of persons with a disability. He is a wonderful choice for this role.”

The council thanked outgoing chair Randy Dickinson for the 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.

More information about the council is available online.