The Board of Directors for IL Canada are comprised of a majority of people who themselves live with a disability and include Members at Large as well as a representative from each Province where an Independent Living Centre is located.

IL Canada’s aim has been about empowering the individual to self-identify positive changes. IL Centres are designed to facilitate greater independence through the active and meaningful involvement of persons living with any form of disability in all aspects of their lives.

Independent Living Canada (IL Canada) commits to promoting and building awareness of its mission by undertaking the following activities:

  1. Policy articulation and development
  2. Guidance and support to IL Centres in operations, programs and services delivery
  3. Resources, training development and providing networking opportunities
  4. Liaison and education with the government, general public, community agencies, media, nonprofit and private sector

Tom Pugliese

Chairperson, Member at Large – Ontario ON

Jennifer Marchand

1st Vice-Chair, Provincial Representative – Ontario ON

Cathy LaFrance

2nd Vice-Chair, Provincial Representative – British Columbia BC

Sue Larocque

Treasurer, Member at Large – Ontario ON

Jimmy Tessier Royer

Secretary, Provincial Representative – Quebec QB

Kathy Hawkins

Provincial Representative – Newfoundland and Labrador NL

Jen Powley

Provincial Representative – Nova Scotia NS

Sebastien Duguay-Nardini

Provincial Representative – New Brunswick NB

Robin East

Provincial Representatives – Saskatchewan SK

Teresa Bullegas

Member at Large – Alberta AB

Diane Kreuger

Provincial Representative – Alberta AB

Marie Rose Rowland

Member at Large – British Columbia BC


Independent Living Canada and the Independent Living Centres across Canada have produced quality resources over the last 30 years. You’ll find a few here and you can contact your local IL Centre for more information on the other resources available and a representative will assist you.

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Independent Living Canada is a national non-profit association of Independent Living Centres run by and for people with disabilities who promote the Independent Living Philosophy.

Independent Living Canada supports the development of Independent Living Centres, and provides education and leadership for its member organizations, partners and communities.

  1.  Be consumer-controlled: More than 51% of people directly involved in the organization’s management and decision-making are people with disabilities.
  2. Serve cross disability: Offer programs and services to all persons, regardless of the type and number of their disabilities.
  3. Be community-based and not-for-profit: More People with disabilities can identify issues in their own communities which affect their lives.
  4. Promote full participation & integration: Supporting people with disabilities and encouraging individuals to participate in all aspects of economic, cultural and social life in Canada.