Dream Makers: Christine Rendell & Brian Carnahan
Inclusion Alberta Dream Makers Christine Rendell and her husband Brian Carnahan were first introduced to Inclusion Alberta through the Rotary Employment Partnership. The Calgary residents have been part of their Rotary Club for many years (with Christine having served as Rotary District 5360 Governor for 2019-2020, and most recently stepping into the role of District Chair of Youth Services), and saw first-hand the life changing benefits the Partnership had on the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities while attending a Changing Lives, Changing Communities Fundraising Breakfast.
They were invited to the event by a fellow club member who was an inclusive employer through the Partnership, having hired two individuals with developmental disabilities in his dental practice. Christine and Brian witnessed the value of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities through employment.
“I was touched by the stories of the families who were impacted [by the Rotary Employment Partnership and Inclusion Alberta],” says Brian, an oil and gas industry consultant.
Christine and Brian made the decision to become members of the Dream Maker Society, joining over 200 other individuals and organizations that have made a commitment to donate $1,000 or more per year for five years to Inclusion Alberta. They recently renewed their commitment for another five years.
“I’ve been speaking during my leadership role with Rotary in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion for years,” Christine says in explaining why she chooses to support Inclusion Alberta. “Everyone should have the opportunity for employment and dignity.”
“Inclusion Alberta has shown that individuals with developmental disabilities can be valued and participating members of the community, and I share their desire to support this part of our community,” adds Brian.
To learn more about investing in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by becoming a Dream Maker, please click here.