The Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Marcel Mérette, and the entire uOttawa community were pleased to welcome a distinguished alumna, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Mrs. Qualtrough holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Faculty of Social Sciences. She was this year’s key note speaker for the launch of Career Week.
Mrs. Qualtrough spoke about her career and her achievements, as well the challenges she has faced along the way and the obstacles she has had to overcome, since she has been visually impaired since birth. Read her speech.
Committed to equity and inclusion, Carla Qualtrough has practiced human rights law at the federal and provincial levels. She chaired the Minister’s Council on Employment and Accessibility in British Columbia, and was an adjudicator with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal.
Carla Qualtrough has volunteered locally, nationally, and internationally, including with the International Paralympic Committee and for the Toronto 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games. She has been President of the Canadian Paralympic Committee and Chair of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada. She was on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, and was Vice-Chair of the Delta Gymnastics Society. As an athlete, Carla Qualtrough won three Paralympic and four World Championship medals.
Among many awards for her work, she has been named one of Canada’s Most Influential Women in Sport six times, and received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Read the article Carla Qualtrough: Dream big, published this month in Tabaret.