This committee provides input and advice on how to maintain and improve our transportation services offered to people with disabilities. The committee reports to the director of Calgary Transit and is made up of 10 members. These members are Calgary Transit Access service users, representatives from various agencies, stakeholders and Calgary Transit staff. They meet on the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Calgary Transit’s Spring Gardens Garage.
Here are the members of the committee
Dianne Radu has a degree in Business Administration and worked many years in senior administrative and management positions in the manufacturing environment, both at home and overseas. She became involved with the Calgary Transit Access Advisory Committee six years ago because she wanted to enhance the system for the disabled community by providing her insight. Dianne is a Calgary Transit Access customer and said specialized travel assistance gives her a sense of independence by enabling her to go places and do things that she wouldn’t otherwise be able to do.
Barry Lindemann holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is an untiring advocate for persons with disabilities. Barry particularly enjoys educating the community about spinal cord injury and breaking down stereotypes associated with people with disabilities. Barry is a Calgary Transit Access customer and says to him Calgary Transit Access means freedom. He says it gives him the ability to get to every corner of the city for a small cost.
Karim Rayani is currently the Manager of Calgary Transit Access. Karim has worked many years in the transportation field in various roles and has a strong interest in the field of public transportation for persons with disabilities.
Stewart Midwinter joined the Calgary Transit Access Advisory Committee in 2014. He is a former engineer and was one of the founding members of Bike Calgary — a local cycling advocacy group. He said he decided to serve on the committee after facing mobility issues himself. He would like to see better integration between Calgary Transit Access and Calgary Transit buses and CTrains.
Jim Brown is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for Calgary HandiBus. He has served on the Calgary Transit Access Advisory Committee since its inception and said he continues to serve on the board to contribute the experience he has working with Calgary HandiBus and be a vocal advocate for the special needs community.
Pat Pellegrino has been with Calgary HandiBus as CEO since 1991, after a brief retirement in 2008, and remains on their Board of Directors. He was actively involved in transportation for persons with disabilities on the local, provincial and national scene, and now he continues to serve on the committee as a community representative.
Mario Henriques is the Chief Livery Inspector for The City of Calgary who oversees the regulatory framework, licensing and enforcement for Taxi, Limousine and Transportation Network Companies, vehicles and drivers. Mario has a background in criminology and has been engaged as a Peace Officer for the last 27 years. Prior entering into his current role as Chief Livery Inspector, Mario was a Business and Policy Analyst at the City of Calgary for 11 years, engaged in the development of process, policy and legislation in all areas of business, livery licensing and enforcement.
Teri Baylis has a Master’s of Social Work and, throughout her career, has held a variety of positions from front line work to management. Teri has always worked with disenfranchised populations and spent many years working with the homeless in our city. She joined the Alberta government 7 years ago working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD). She sees how transportation, in particular Calgary Transit Access, affects the ability of many of the people we serve to access their community, such as, getting to programs, doctors, to see their families and loved ones, to have a quality of life.
Ed McCulloch has spent his working life in banking and insurance. In Calgary, Ed ran his own insurance brokerage specializing in disability income insurance. In 2001, he served a term on the City of Calgary Advisory Committee on Accessibility. For the last 15 years, Ed served on the Accessible Transportation Sub-committee until it was wound up. Ed trekked in India and Nepal where he enjoyed views of Mt. Everest and Annapurna. In Nepal, he was on the way to Royal Chitwan National Park when he rode as the sole passenger on a wagon drawn by the team of 4 oxen. It was slow, but when he came to a river as wide as the Bow River, he enjoyed a safe, dry crossing. For recreation, he enjoys cycling on our pedestrian/bike path system, cross country skiing and observing the golden eagle migrations in March and October.
Cal Schuler is a man of vision, commitment and connection over the span of three decades; Cal has forged powerful inroads for those with disabilities and contributed wholeheartedly to numerous community initiatives. Cal has been an active leader and participant on numerous boards and committees on local and provincial levels. Over the years he has coordinated and guided numerous projects and owns and operates, Spectra Alternative Solutions, geared to facilitate disability awareness and sensitivity training, promote barrier-free activity, develop corporate policy, provide support and actively change conditions that negatively impact upon full participation for persons with disabilities. Cal has been recognized for his efforts in working for and on behalf of people with disabilities, as a recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, the Access Recognition Award through the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility, the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities award for Excellence in the category of Public Awareness, and with the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities Dr. Gary McPherson Leadership award. Cal has also been employed as the Community Development Coordinator with Spinal Cord Injury Alberta for the past 10 years.