Announcing Chloée Godin-Jacques the new Ontario Director of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

(Ottawa, October 11, 2019)

The board and staff of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students are thrilled to welcome Chloée C. Godin-Jacques to the NEADS’ Board of Directors as our new Ontario Director! 

Chloée is a Master of Cultural Studies Candidate at Queen's University who brings a wealth of relevant community engagement to NEADS. She is a fluently bilingual Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant at Queen’s and has served as the Executive Editor at King’s University College Undergraduate Research Journal. Chloée C. Godin-Jacques was also a mentor in the Academic Mentoring Program at King’s and the Accessibility Representative on the King’s University College Students’ Council.

Chloée says of her experience and approach to advocacy work: “I recently graduated from King’s University College and hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice and Peace Studies as well as Disability Studies. I am currently pursuing a master’s degree at Queen’s University. My work is intersectional and lies in the realms of academic ableism in the institution, inclusive employment opportunities, as well as the implementation of disability policies. I have a vast array of experience in community work aimed in enhancing engagement opportunities for persons with disabilities. I have collaborated alongside corporations and nonprofit organizations to develop and implement policies and programming pertaining to disability rights. Most recently, I helped to shift engraved ideologies and structural practiced in existing lenses of diversity and inclusion to include struggles faced by persons with disabilities. I have also created workshop content and facilitated crucial discussions pertaining to accessibility and disability.”

Margaret Lyons-MacFarlane, NEADS Acting Chair welcomes Chloée: “I am so excited that Chloée has joined the NEADS team. She is a very impressive disability advocate and an outstanding individual who has excellent background in our issues and a clear commitment to the mandate of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students.”

Chloée adds: “As a student with disabilities myself, I am delighted for this new opportunity to work alongside others who may also experience various types of barriers within higher education institutions in Ontario. I am incredibly motivated for the projects that are in sight as this new journey unfolds.”

We look forward to engaging with Chloée as NEADS Ontario Director going forward in our project work, research and collaborations with other non-governmental organizations and governments in the province and across Canada. Chloée’s contact information is now available on the NEADS Board and Staff page on our website. Roxana Jahani Aval, the previous Ontario Director, will continue to serve the association in a Director at Large role. For further information please contact our national office.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201