Profile

First Name

Keenan

Last Name

Wellar

Organization Name (If applicable)

LiveWorkPlay

Location

2197 Riverside Dr, Ottawa, ON K1H 7X3, Canada

Email Address keenan.wellar@liveworkplay.ca
Work Number

613-702-0332

Website

http://liveworkplay.ca

FOCUS AREAS

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities/Learning Difficulties

Biography

I co-founded LiveWorkPlay.ca in 1995. After ten years of living and learning about supporting people with intellectual disabilities, their families, and the community, our entire organization embarked on a person-centred thinking journey. Ten years later we continue to support more than 100 individuals with homes of their own, jobs, relationships, and community engagement, but we are increasingly serving as a support to the community for adopting welcoming and inclusive practices. I’ve never heard Helen Sanderson utter a single sentence that didn’t make sense to me.

I have a shared leadership role as an executive staff, but my focus is communications and marketing, and I was an early adopter of social media, which is a particular passion of mine as a means of raising awareness, challenging exclusion and reinforcing inclusion, and establishing interdependent linkages with individuals and organizations. I try to look at my personal and professional actions though a social capital lens as championed by the likes of Al Condeluci.

Most of what I’ve learned that is if greatest importance has come from people with intellectual disabilities, but to honour the tradition of professional biographies, my formal training includes: BA in History, BEd with Ontario Teacher Certification, MA in Applied Linguistics, and various professional certificates including Non-Profit Marketing and Certified Governance Trainer.

My wife Julie Kingstone is the brilliant co-leader of LiveWorkPlay and we have a great life in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in a small condo that overlooks TD Place, home of our beloved Ottawa RedBlacks, 2016 Grey Cup football champions.