Meenu Sikand joined Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital as executive lead, equity, diversity and inclusion in January 2019.
Meenu brings with her a true passion to create accessible, inclusive and welcoming communities that embrace everyone. As our first ever executive lead for equity, diversity and inclusion, she will lead and advance our efforts in EDI across multiple dimensions including team culture and wellness, program design and delivery, employment, research, teaching and learning, community engagement and anti-stigma initiatives. Meenu will be integral in advancing our No Boundaries strategy including our commitments to lead and model social change and be a model employer of people with disabilities.
Meenu is the founder of Accessibility for All, a non-profit organization that works to identify, address and meet the needs of marginalized communities. For the past 14 years, she has worked for the Region of Peel leading efforts to anchor accessibility in its priorities and programming, including implementing legislative requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
Meenu is an award-winning disability rights advocate, an educator and a sought-after speaker. She has travelled the world speaking on a wide variety of disability topics including mental health, cultural competencies, parenting, social exclusion, accommodation and race.
Her many volunteer roles underscore her commitment to diversity and creating environments where everyone can participate fully. She has served as a board director for Punjabi Community Health Services, the Center for Independent Living and ARCH, among others.