Grace is now in Manitoba. She is expected to arrive in Winnipeg on Friday, the 21st of July.

So far, she has raised $5300. Please continue to encourage Grace and the Independent Living Nova Scotia Association (ILNSA) mission by donating:

After leaving Manitoba she has so far indicated that she will be visiting Thunder Bay and Sudbury and the Independent Living Centres there.


Diane Kruger, IL Canada Board Chair, with Grace McNee.

Grace McNee is raising funds in loving memory of her friend Sarah Dubé, to benefit the Independent Living Nova Scotia Centre (ILNS), where Sarah had been chair of the Board.

Grace arrived in Calgary Thursday afternoon from Canmore. She had a chance to meet Matthew, the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Centre of Calgary and the staff.

Grace will stay in Calgary Friday to take in the Calgary Stampede and parade. On Saturday, she will then head east and onwards to Regina.

Please encourage Grace and the Independent Living Nova Scotia Centre mission by donating:



We are hiring

National Manager job description 2017

Title: National Manager

Reports to: Board of Directors

Position Type: OPEN

Location: Ottawa

Application Deadline: July 14, 2017

Salary: $55,000 – 62,000 depending on experience.

Send resume to:

IL Canada is a non-profit, National organization run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.
We operate on the philosophy of the Independent Living Movement which affirms the right of persons with disabilities to control their own lives and live independently. 25 Independent Living Centres deliver services that contribute to the empowerment of individuals. These services include Information and Networking, Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Development, and Research & Community Development.

Purpose of Position
The National Manager is the Board of Directors’ authorized representative for all aspects of the organization’s operations.
General Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of the National Manager is to achieve the objectives set out by the IL Canada Board of Directors. The responsibilities may change from time-to-time. However, the following will serve as a summary of expected duties:

  • Provide leadership in extending the IL Canada strategy and Mission while creating new opportunities.
  • Ensure the continued development, implementation and execution of a national revenue development strategic plan.
  • Implement the communication plan ensuring clear and consistent communication with member agencies.

The National Manager provides advice to the Board on strategic and policy issues, acts as a spokesperson to all internal and external stakeholders to promote the organization, its programs and most of all the Independent Living Philosophy.

Demonstrable Qualifications

  • Fluent in both English and French
  • Graduate degree in a relevant field or the demonstration of equivalent skills and abilities, plus relevant professional development in leadership and management
  • 5 years senior management level experience with well developed judgment and leadership skills in a team environment.
  • Successful track record in fundraising, financial and budgetary management, marketing, technology and public relations
  • Significant experience with not-for-profit organizations, including direct involvement with boards, funders (both government and public), and partners.
  • Experience and knowledge of disability issues
  • Leadership ability with multiple stakeholders and demonstrated ability to foster positive, collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, sponsors, volunteers and staff and with various parts of a multi-level organization
  • Strategic planning ability
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Effective public speaking and group facilitation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office and use of the internet, and various databases.

Grace on her bikewith a beaming smile!Grace McNee is raising funds in loving memory of her friend Sarah Dubé, to benefit the Independent Living Nova Scotia Centre (ILNS), where Sarah had been chair of the Board. She has decided to bike across Canada.

Grace is staying in Canmore for a few days and rides to Calgary on Thursday. There, she will visit the Calgary Independent Living Centre, before heading East again, towards Saskatoon.

To date, she has raised $1000  since leaving Vancouver for a total of $3,500 so far. You can contribute and read more about her and her friendship with Sarah here:




National Council on Independent Living. 35 years of advocacy.

Diane Kreuger, National Chair of Independent Living Canada, and Paula Saunders, secretary, will be attending the first Global Independent Living Summit being held in Washington DC from July 23 – 28. The National Council on Independent Living are working with their colleagues in Japan and are very excited about the potential it has to replicate what they have done in the US through the Independent Living Centers. What started as a simple friendship between a small number of Independent Living Centres in the US and Japan in 1985 has begun to expand into a global network.

NCIL is very proud of the leadership to help expand this growing network of organizations committed to social change and personal empowerment of people with disabilities all around the world. Most of the progress for people with disabilities in the United States over the last two decades has been driven by the CIL movement. Their “nothing about us without us” philosophy has brought the voice of disabled people into public policy, legislation and stigma reduction, breaking down barriers all along the way. This Summit provides the opportunity to leverage and propagate their philosophy and tactics, which has the potential to truly change the world.
Find out more about the conference here:


Sarah Dubé, former Board Member at the Nova Scotia Independent Living Centre.

Grace McNee will be biking across Canada in memory of her friend and past board member at Nova Scotia Independent Living Centre. She has launched a Fundraiser on CanadaHelps in benefit of the charity named Cross-Canada Bicycle Tour/Tournée en vélo du Canada. You can visit this fundraising page at:

Grace has left Vancouver June 17th and will be keeping a blog. we will keep you updated as information is received.

Link to bike itinerary:

Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation AgencyIndependent Living Canada’s Diane Kreuger, Chair of the Board, in attendance, while Scott Streiner, Chair and CEO of the Canadian Transportation Agency, speaks about his vision of a national transportation system that is the most accessible in the world at the Accessibility Advisory Committee meeting, in Gatineau, Quebec on June 19th, 2017.








Celebrating 150 Stories to commemorate Independent Living Across Canada Day, June 5th, 2017

Please view the stories online here, or through the accompanying accessible PDF here.

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) Begins Promoting it’s Annual Awareness Campaign leading up to Independent Living across Canada Day June 5th, by Launching a Digital Campaign Celebrating 150 Stories of Canadians Living with Disabilities.

OTTAWA, MAY 15th, 2017 – IL Canada and its network community of 25 Independent Living Centres across Canada are pleased to fully support Minister Qualtroughs’ recent announcement of celebrating National AccessAbility Week from May 28th to June 3rd, 2017.

“An inclusive Canada is one where all Canadians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed. We’ve made great strides in promoting inclusion for Canadians with disabilities, but there is still much work to do”, says Minister Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

“We must work together to continue our march towards an Accessible Canada. This announcement encourages all of us, and certainly adds momentum to our June 5th celebrations across Canada”, says Diane Kreuger, IL Canada Board Chair. “IL Canada is ready, willing and able to help make the Minister’s dream a reality, as we launch our Celebrating 150 Stories Digital Campaign leading up to our annual Independent Living across Canada Day June 5th, 2017, and Canadas’ 150th”.

“There is no better time than now for us to share with everyone who we are as Canadians”, says Roger Albert, IL Canada National Director. “We want to be and are part of this amazing country’s celebration.  In this spirit, Canadians with disabilities offer Canada 150 Stories of empowerment, advocacy, employment and personal challenges. We believe that by reading our personal stories, you will find much in common with us and continue to include all of us a bit more each and every day, at all fronts”.

The Board, the National Director and the Executive Directors of our 25 Centres across the country are pleased and thrilled to announce that they will be opening their doors very wide on Monday, June 5th, 2017. We are ready to show Canadians diversity is our strength, with a special day planned for all. So we invite all public, media and government representatives to take time on June 5th and visit a local IL Centre in your area and help us spread these stories to all Canadians so they can take advantage of the support and services our IL Centres offer.

Please contact your local IL Centre for specifics and availability.

Founded 30 years ago, Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) is a national umbrella organization, representing and coordinating a network of 25 Independent Living Centres at the national level. With our mission, we envision an inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully.


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Le français suit

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Vic Willi.

Vic was the Executive Director at the Centre for Independent Living Toronto for 17 years (1989 – 2006), and his ground-breaking accomplishments made a positive and empowering impact in the lives of many.

Inspiring independence, control and options in adults with a physical disability, Vic pioneered the Direct Funding Self Managed Attendant Services Program, which has now become a model program in Canada and abroad.

Other career highlights include the broadcasting of the first weekly television show in Canadian history promoting quality living with a disability. It was known as: “The Disability Network” and was later called: “Moving On”, and aired on CBC. He also spearheaded key academic studies on disabilities, and insisted on the importance of participative research and quality data.

Vic used to say: “The term ‘Independent Living’ actually refers to a flourishing but little known social movement!”. He was a remarkable trail blazer, continually promoting the principles and concrete application of Independent Living. Without a doubt, he largely contributed to the development of the IL social movement we know today.

Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) would like to recognize the actions and accomplishment that Vic brought to the Independent Living Movement throughout Canada and the World.

Rest in peace dear friend.

C’est avec une grande tristesse que nous annonçons le décès de Vic Willi.

Vic a été directeur général du Centre Vie autonome de Toronto pendant 17 ans (1989-2006), et ses réalisations révolutionnaires ont eu un impact positif et stimulant sur la vie de nombreuses personnes.

Il sut inspirer l’indépendance, le contrôle de sa vie et créa des options et les mettant au service des adultes ayant un handicap physique. Son programme inédit : « Direct Funding Self Managed Attendant Services Program » est devenu un modèle imité partout au Canada et à l’international.

Vic créa aussi la première émission télévisée avec de la programmation hebdomadaire canadienne destinée à la qualité de vie malgré les handicaps s’intitulant : « The Disability Network » et renommé : « Moving On » plus tard, sur CBC. Il a amorcé les premières recherches académiques sur les handicaps et a insisté sur l’importance de la création de données de qualité et la recherche participative.

Vic disait souvent : « le terme Vie autonome fait référence à un mouvement social florissant, mais peu connu ! ». Vic fut un pionnier d’exception et un chef de file du mouvement VA. Toute sa vie, il a promulgué les principes et l’application de la vie autonome. Son apport au mouvement social Vie autonome est sans conteste.

Vie autonome Canada (VA Canada) reconnaît les accomplissements de Vic au mouvement VA à travers le Canada et à l’international.

Soit en paix, cher ami.

Independent Living Canada (ILC), a national organization supporting people living with disabilities has rallied people over the past week to let both the Minister and Prime Minister know that Canadians are counting on them to deliver meaningful improvements for Canadians with disabilities.

“Saturday, around the world, millions of people celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to recognize challenges but also focus on solutions, together, and move our targets and objectives forward’’ says Diane Kreuger, Board Chair for Independent Living Canada, an organization supporting people living with disabilities.

Continue reading “Canadians urging government to make Canada more accessible”

Independent Living Canada invites Canadians to join their voices for a more inclusive Canada

Nov 28th (Ottawa, Ontario) — In preparation for the 2016 International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD) Independent Living Canada has an ambitious goal: Get thousands of Canadians from across the country to add their voice by signing their Declaration on their campaign page:

We believe that everyone has the right to aspire to the philosophy of Independent Living. While people with disabilities have made great strides in our country, too many still face barriers in daily living. Persistent gaps remain in areas such as employment, income, social inclusion, transportation and accessibility. Because we aspire to an all-inclusive and accessible society where people with disabilities are valued equally and participate fully, we believe these are issues that should be addressed now, to make Canada a better place.

Continue reading “International Day of Persons with Disability 2016”


On behalf of Independent Living Canada we wish to express our deepest sympathies at the loss of Mauril Bélanger.

Throughout his life Mauril was a defender of the rights of others, whether the person is Francophone, a person with a disability or afflicted with a mental health and/or drug abuse issue. It did not matter as he was there to listen to them and help them.

Continue reading “Farewell, Mauril Bélanger”

We have taken the time to introduce inspiring people during the month of June. Today, we are coming back to our board members profiles.  Our hope is that you will discover the team representing your interests at the board level.  Our profile this week: Mark Green!

Continue reading “Profile – Mark Green”

We will be sharing profiles of the Independent Living Canada Board members in the coming week! This week – we start with Diane Kreuger – National Chairperson

For the past 15 years, Diane’s passion has been with the overall well being of persons with disabilities and their communication needs. She has been particularly involved with the deaf community. Through her involvement with them and work as a community and employment facilitator, she has become acutely aware of the need to enhance the quality of life for deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing individuals within their community and at home.

Continue reading “Profile – Diane Kreuger”

Truth is, we spent many hours trying to find the perfect image to depict the work IL Canada does. An inclusive image which would represent our reality: a cross-disability organization, supporting women, men, children, seniors, anyone who comes knocking at our door with a disability. We tried to define what a disability could be: a physical or emotional barrier, and intellectual challenge, or a mental health condition, perhaps a sensory barrier…

Continue reading “No Image Available”

We are proud to launch the new IL Canada’s website, which will serve as a centre for information, referrals and updates. Independent Living Canada is proud of all Independent Living Centres making the network alive and powerful. While we face hard times and budget cuts together, let’s not forget that everyday, our members are making the difference in the lives of many. Millions of people have been touched by our philosophy over the years, and it is an honour to witness the accomplishment of 30 years of dedicated work and passion.

Continue reading “A new website for Independent Living Canada!”