Call for Nominations 2021–2022

Who we are

The Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (CCDS) Incorporated operating as Eviance is a not-for-profit knowledge hub on disability issues in Canada. As a change-driven organization, Eviance seeks to help build more inclusive, equitable and accessible societies that are sustainable for all. We facilitate strategic partnerships, collaborations and capacity building to co-create effective approaches to address the social, political and economic issues that reflect the needs and interests of diverse people with disabilities. Our work explicitly responds to the expressed needs and interests of diverse disability communities with a particular interest in the needs of grassroots organizations.

Our work is guided by and furthers the social justice intent of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and other international social justice frameworks. Our mission is realized through the following actions:

  • We use community-based research, education and development.
  • We seek strategic partnerships and collaborations with institutions, governments, organizations, businesses, and the public to the benefit of all.
  • We are dedicated to the use of high-quality evidence in disability, and inclusive broader sector, policies, programs, and practices.
  • We include persons with disabilities in constructive and meaningful ways in all our activities; and,
  • We use methods that include intersectionality, reflexivity, innovation, and excellence.

We offer a unique focus on intersectionality and human rights in research and practice with consideration of diverse marginalized groups of people with disabilities. We understand that people with disabilities represent a complex, heterogeneous, multilayered social position that is shaped by geographic location, culture, and experiences of race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, class and ability. Thus, we employ methods that identify, and address, the intersecting and systemic experiences of diverse people with various disabilities. Our work recognizes that people with disabilities may hold positions of power and privilege, as well as face challenges and barriers in access to information and communications technology, other basic needs and human rights.

Who we are seeking

Eviance is seeking individuals from across Canada, with a broad range of backgrounds and social locations, who are interested in serving on our Board of Directors. The primary functions of the Board include strategic planning; financial monitoring; and, fundraising. Prospective board members must be committed to our vision, mission and values, and will be aware of historic, current and emerging issues related to disability inclusive but not limited to mental health.

We are seeking Board Directors who will be responsible for:

  • Providing stewardship of the organization and direction in alignment with the board’s strategic plan;
  • Helping promote the organization’s overall goals, values, and core knowledge, inclusive but not limited to global themes in disability issues;
  • Participating in board meetings (four times per year) and at least one Board Committee; and,
  • Contributing a minimum of 30 hours per year to serve as a board member.

Board Positions Available (1)

  • One three-year term.

A slate of candidates will be compiled, and ballots, distributed to all Eviance members in good standing in August 2021. The 2021 Board of Directors will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Friday, September 10, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

If a potential nominee wishes to learn more about Eviance, please contact the Chairperson, Brooke Sillaby, at or leave a message for the Chairperson with Kate Grisim at (204) 809-5954 or

Download the Nominations Form as a fillable PDF or as a Microsoft Word document.

All nomination packages, including completed Nomination Form and Nominees resume or CV, must be returned to the CCDS Inc. o/a Eviance Staff, specifically Kate Grisim at, by no later than Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 4pm CST.

Downloadable documents provided in English only.