Staff

    ABILITY ONLINE & ABILITY GIVES PROGRAM

    Executive Director

        

    Michelle McClure

    michelle@abilityonline.org 

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Exceptional understanding of children with disabilities (physical, cognitive, intellectual and developmental)
    • Advocate for Inclusion and Accessibility
    • Volunteer Management/Youth Mentoring
    • Executive Management of a not-for-profit
    • Program Development/Content Management
    • Community Partnerships 
    • Fiscal Responsibility

    Michelle McClure has been involved with Ability Online since 1990 first as a Director, then Vice-President and President of the Board. As a Recreation Therapist at Bloorview MacMillan Centre, she introduced the therapeutic value of Ability Online in the rehabilitation of children with disabilities. Michelle took on the Executive Director position in 1999 to take the charity to a national level. Michelle successfully completed The Executive Program at York in 2001. Her business acumen is complemented by her exceptional understanding of children with disabilities through her Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Waterloo. 

    Since 2012, Michelle has also been responsible for all aspects of the equipment grant program known as Ability Gives, to date completing 200 grants at a value of $500,000. Now working with Brock University, Guelph Humber University and University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, providing experiential learning opportunities/mentoring for students in Therapeutic Recreation, Justice Program and Disability Studies.

    Professional Achievements & Affiliations:

    • Recipient of the Community Action Award (Ontario Government), 
    • Nominated for the Women on the Move award 
    • Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Waterloo.
    • Moving to Inclusioncertified trainer
    • Social Thinkingcertified mentor
    • July 2018-Present: Partner, Parasport Ontario 
    • April 2018-Present: Partner, Federal Accessibility Legislation Alliance (FALA)
    • January 2017-April 2018: Partner, Canadian Access and Inclusion Project (CAIP)
    • October 2014-April 2018: Member, Sandbox Mental Health Working Group
    • August 2006-present: Member, Therapeutic Recreation Ontario