A Fort McMurray resident is being appointed to the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.
Regional Program Coordinator for Spinal Cord Injury Alberta Stephanie Myrick will be serving her first term – looking to find new ways to help the people she’s worked with over the past five years in the RMWB.
The council started back in 1988 with a goal of providing information and advice to the provincial government regarding ways to improve the lives for people living with disabilities.
“I will be talking to people in the community and asking them what they feel needs to be changed and what they feel needs to happen in order for that change to take place,” said Myrick.
She notes after receiving the information, the council will prepare a report to be presented to the appropriate people within the government.
Meanwhile, Myrick tells Mix News the biggest change that needs to happen is putting different policies in place that look to help people with disabilities.
“Policies regarding accessibility and a guideline on disabilities and how to approach them and how to fix the problems. That’s the first thing that needs to happen because without policies there is nothing to enforce.”
As for the RMWB, she says she’s looking for council to help recommend improving the amenities for people living in the rural communities.
“Access to better healthcare, access to better transportation, access to recreation and leisure for people with disabilities are all very important and need to be put in place.”
Myrick is one of 13 members of the council who will all serve terms until June 30, 2020.