Accessibility champion David Onley appointed to CHS Board of Directors
Dec 01, 2017, 10:28 ET
TORONTO, Dec. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Hearing Society (CHS) is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable David C. Onley as the newest member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Onley was selected after a rigorous review of many exceptional candidates from across Canada.
"I am delighted to announce that Mr. Onley will be joining our Board of Directors," said CHS Board Chair Timothy Andrade. "It's exciting to have someone with such a deep understanding of citizens living with disabilities, the challenges and needs for accessibility, and what it takes to eliminate barriers to participation added to our team. Mr. Onley's experience and leadership will complement our competency-based board and help inform CHS's strategic direction."
Mr. Onley's career in politics and journalism is well-known across Ontario. Mr. Onley was appointed Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor in 2007, serving until 2014, and was the first person with a physical disability to hold the position. He championed accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate, defining accessibility as "that which enables people to achieve their full potential."
Prior to his appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Onley had a 22-year career as a television journalist and news anchor for Citytv and CP24 in Toronto. Mr. Onley has received many awards in recognition for his advocacy, service and commitment to accessibility. He is a member of the Order of Ontario and was recently named to the Order of Canada. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Toronto.
"Mr. Onley's exceptional passion and commitment to accessibility will strengthen the Canadian Hearing Society's ability to provide services to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals by advancing a barrier-free society," said Mark Wafer, Executive Member of the CHS Board of Directors. "Mr. Onley has had an incredible impact on Ontario residents with disabilities throughout his career; I look forward to his contributions as CHS continues to expand services to clients right across Canada."
About the Canadian Hearing Society
Trusted since 1940, the Canadian Hearing Society provides industry-leading services and products that enable Deaf and hard of hearing Canadians to overcome barriers to participation. It is an independent, registered non-profit organization that reinvests proceeds from product and program sales back into community services, the focus of the organization. For more information about CHS services, visit https://www.chs.ca/.
SOURCE The Canadian Hearing Society
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