Louisa Cotton B.Sc. O.T., MPH
Louisa is excited to be a CAN Director. Louisa looks forward to transferring her international public health and research skills, and 23 years experience in Occupational therapy to her local community of Fernie. Louisa has conducted qualitative and quantitative research internationally and has provided consultation regarding country strategy responses of inclusion and rehabilitation in 3 different countries and states. Louisa has worked with several international non-governmental organizations and WHO. She is passionate about advocating for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities and functional limitations and understands the importance of evidence-based, well-informed project development to ensure the optimal use of resources.
Mary arrived in Fernie in May of 1953 and has lived here ever since, by choice, because she loves the Elk Valley and everything it stands for. Good water, clean air, amazing mountains, wonderful vegetation and a great quality of life. “On a clear sunny day, Fernie is as close as one can get to being in heaven”, says Mary. She has always been very community minded and was a Councillor for two terms and then Mayor for another two. She believes that as long as she is communicating with honesty, transparency and with genuine representation for all the people of Fernie, then she is doing the best she can for this great little town.
Mike and wife Jo-Ann have been frequenting Fernie since the early 1990’s and are now permanently located in BC in the beautiful Elk Valley. Mike has been involved with the adaptive skiing community for over 20 years having volunteered as an instructor for 15 years and participating on both the Calgary and Alberta boards. Currently Mike is helping out with the local FIRE adaptive program. Mike also volunteers with the Fernie Highline 100 charity bike ride, the Calgary Stampede, and the Calgary Grey Cup committee. When not volunteering Mike and Jo-Ann are biking, skiing and hiking during their retirement.
Stella is a CAN Director and a Fernie resident. Stella is an environmental consultant who will bring her 38 years of experience in data gathering, analysis and reporting to the project. Stella will also assist with communication of the project results to area officials and residents. As a senior citizen, Stella will contribute her growing understanding of the accessibility challenges faced by people as they age.