Inclusion Alberta Announces New Incoming CEO Trish Bowman
April 24, 2018
For Immediate Release 04/24/2018
Inclusion Alberta Announces
New Incoming CEO Trish Bowman
Edmonton, AB – After an extensive succession planning process, Inclusion Alberta is thrilled to announce the incoming CEO as of July 1, 2018 will be Trish Bowman, current Deputy CEO. She will replace outgoing 26-year CEO Bruce Uditsky. Trish has been with Inclusion Alberta for 14 years and brings over 30 years of experience, knowledge and leadership in the field of developmental disabilities. She completed her college diploma as a student of Bruce’s and in seeing her leadership potential Bruce recruited her to be part of the team that developed the world’s first university inclusion of students with developmental disabilities.
Trish is responsible for overseeing Inclusion Alberta’s inclusive post-secondary initiatives, individual and family advocacy and inclusive education consultants plus the development of its Youth Employment Partnership and Youth for Inclusion initiative. As a member of Inclusion Alberta’s Leadership Team Trish played an instrumental role in the development and expansion of inclusive post-secondary education across Alberta and today Alberta has more fully inclusive post-secondary initiatives than any other jurisdiction in the world.
Barb MacIntrye, President, stated, “Through the entirety of her career Trish has exemplified in her work and personal engagement with families, individuals and communities, the values Inclusion Alberta most wanted to ensure continue long into the future. Trish is the first woman to lead Inclusion Alberta and no one is more deserving and prepared to lead this amazing organization in changing lives and changing communities.
Bruce has been associated with Inclusion Alberta for close to 40 years, first as a volunteer and later as CEO. He will continue to be engaged with Inclusion Alberta as a Senior Advisor. His accomplishments, provincially, nationally and internationally and most importantly with the thousands of individuals and families he has personally and directly impacted, defy description.”
Bruce’s theory of embedding individuals with developmental disabilities in normative pathways across the life-span has enabled hundreds to lead lives never imagined. He conceived the world’s first initiative to fully include individuals with developmental disabilities in a university, including those with severe and multiple disabilities. Inclusion Alberta’s approach to post-secondary inclusion has been formally recognized as a world leading innovation. Bruce also co-developed Inclusion Alberta’s Rotary Employment Partnership, which has also received international recognition as a global innovation.
Bruce’s other accomplishments include, but are not limited to, co-founding the Alberta Disabilities Forum, co-founding Canada’s only provincial FASD Family Advisory Council, co-founding Inclusion Alberta’s Family Leadership Series and Family Conference, and leadership contributions to provincial disability-related legislation, regulations and policies.
Robin Acton, Immediate Past-President, said, “While Bruce has received provincial, national and international recognition for his work, for myself and I know thousands of others, his greatest contribution is carried in our hearts. Bruce’s gift to families has been in having the world see our sons and daughters for the wonder they bring to all our lives and communities.”
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About Inclusion Alberta: Inclusion Alberta is a family based, non-profit federation that advocates on behalf of children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families. Together, we share a dream of meaningful family life and community inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities. As an advocacy organization we support families and individuals in their desire to be fully included in community life. To learn more, visit www.inclusionalberta.org