Carol Blaind is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities as evidenced in her work at Queen’s Park in the 1990s and her work with a provincial advocacy group promoting community inclusion.
As a Legislative Assistant in the Ministry of Citizenship with responsibility for Disability and Seniors Rights portfolios, Carol brought her special experience, knowledge and concerns regarding health and social issues to this very demanding and complex work.
In her current role of Executive Director at Access Community Services, a Ministry of Community and Social Services funded agency providing services to adults with Developmental Disabilities, Carol continues to promote full rights of citizenship and participation for the individuals in her agency and the broader community.
In her role as Chair of the Board of Beyond the Blue Box, she enjoys the uniqueness of this environmentally conscientious and successful social enterprise that provides employment and volunteer opportunities to individuals with disabilities and those who may be otherwise disadvantaged in community.
Beyond the Blue Box, having been founded on the premise of “it takes a village”, began as a volunteer organization supported by the Association for Community Living in Cobourg where people could go to learn, work, connect and develop skills. As Beyond the Blue Box is celebrates its 25th year, it has grown to welcome in many new employees and volunteers. Beyond the Blue Box is recognized for the significant reduction in waste to landfills and is a shining example of social enterprise, being financially sustainable without reliance on external sources of funding.