Category Archives: advocacy

On The Road, And Then?


I made a good move starting up my new blog Keenan Speaks. It’s a new professional goal to get out more and purposefully spread a positive message about including people with disabilities in the community in neighbourhoods, workplaces, and community … Continue reading

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Investing In People’s Lives: A Beautiful Mess


As I sat listening to this year’s United Way Ottawa Community Investment announcement, I was prepared for a few smiles, camaraderie with familiar faces, and the opportunity to contribute some applause for deserving people. I’ve been in the charitable sector … Continue reading

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Hey Keenan, Did You See THAT LETTER?


By now just about everyone on the planet has seen “the letter” – the hateful letter allegedly delivered by one mother to another, suggesting among other things, the euthanizing of her son, who has autism. Although I did attempt a … Continue reading

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Oh, What A Night!


Stressful as it was at times, if you are the co-founder and co-leader of a local charity (that’s part of who I am, in case you are wondering) it really doesn’t get any better than the evening of June 6, … Continue reading

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Testimony to HUMA (Parliament of Canada) Generates Controversy


April 16, 2013 I testified to The Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities where “Pursuant to Standing Order 108(3)d) and the motion adopted by the Committee on Thursday, January 31, … Continue reading

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Transcript of Nonprofit Spark audio broadcast: “A nonprofit reinvents itself: LiveWorkPlay takes on social change”


 This is an unofficial transcript. A big thanks to Jennifer Harris for transcription. Nonprofit Spark:  April 16, 2012 A nonprofit reinvents itself: LiveWorkPlay takes on social change Interview with Keenan Wellar, Co-Leader, LiveWorkPlay.ca (Transcript of Audio Broadcast) Welcome to Nonprofit … Continue reading

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On Target: T-Shirt Model Generates Hope for a World that Includes People with Intellectual Disabilities


You likely needed to have some prior understanding of the second-class status of people with intellectual disabilities in the community in order to get excited about this development. When I first heard about it, my reaction was “Touchdown!” and I’ve … Continue reading

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