President, Canadian Blind Hockey
Gary Steeves lives in New Westminster and enjoys a rewarding career working as a social worker in a residential care home for seniors with dementia and complex medical needs. Gary is the President of Canadian Blind Hockey, a registered charity which changes lives by creating opportunities for people who are blind or partially sighted to get on the ice and play Canada’s favourite sport. Canadian Blind Hockey also seeks to develop the parasport of blind hockey around the world and have it included in the Paralympics.
Gary is committed to advocating for seniors and people with disabilities. He served on the City of New Westminster’s Seniors Advisory Committee. He is currently on the national board of the CNIB Foundation. From 2010-15 Gary was a TV presenter for Accessible Media (AMI). He hosted AMI this Week which shared community and human interest stories from across Canada and also had the privilege of covering the 2012 London Paralympic Summer Games. He is currently a co-host of AppTV, a program which airs on AMI and reviews the accessibility of apps for the blind or partially sighted. In his free time, Gary enjoys playing blind hockey as goalie, playing drums in his classic rock cover band Rainshadow, cycling with friends on a tandem bike, hiking and travelling.
Gary has been visually impaired since childhood. After navigating the world using a white cane, he now is working with his second guide dog, Gonzo, a black standard poodle. He has decades of lived experience of the accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities in transportation and getting safely around the community. Gary is passionate about transportation and sees it as a key pillar to inclusion and a livable community.
Thursday, March 7 2019
9:00 aM – 4:30 PM PDT
777 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC