meet our team

Michael Dawthorne, President

Michael Dawthorne, President

Michael Dawthorne, President

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Polices, governance and adaptive program development

Michael Dawthorne currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for AIM.  He has a son with multiple disabilities and as such has a strong commitment to accessibility and the disability community.  He serves on numerous other boards and committees at regional, provincial and national levels.  He has provided outdoor education and programming to youth for over a dozen years, including running introductory canoeing and stand-up paddleboarding sessions.  He is also a PADI certified Rescue SCUBA diver.  He currently works as a member of Senior Management at a national accessibility not-for-profit organization.  He lives in London with his partner, son, dog and bunny.

Gwen Willmott, Treasurer

Michael Dawthorne, President

Michael Dawthorne, President

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With over 30 years of finance experience with charitable and not-for-profit organizations, Gwen joined AIM in 2019 as Treasurer.

“I joined AIM, because I think everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy kayaking in a fun safe environment” 

Responsible for creating and maintaining AIM’s financial records.   Also advises for grant budgets and expenditure. 

Arvn Gupta

Michael Dawthorne, President

Sharon O'Leary

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Born and raised in Edmonton, Arvin moved to Toronto to pursue a career in law. He loves nothing more than curling up on his sofa with a good book. Unfortunately, his wife keeps dragging him out the door to engage in this eldritch activity known as kayaking. In 2008, he joined AIM where he now tries to pay it forward by luring others into the same fate.

Sharon O'Leary

Michelle Tierney

Sharon O'Leary

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Fundraiser and adaptive program development

Sharon O'Leary has been a passionate volunteer and worker within the not for profit sector with a passion to get individuals with a disability access to recreational opportunities including kayaking, canoeing and scuba diving. Background working with Special Olympics UK and Ontario, Hutton House and Peacekeeper Park.  Experienced fundraiser and grant reviewer for Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Michelle Tierney

Michelle Tierney

Michelle Tierney

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Human resources advisor, governance and policies

I am eager to take action and help the community by making a difference to the lives of others. My goal is to assist in providing opportunities to improve the quality of life for all individuals. I currently volunteer my time to Abilities in Motion by providing administrative support to the organization. Volunteering allows me to share my passion of caring for others. Through volunteering, I am able to learn lessons and values that are different from those I learn in my corporate life. While volunteering my time to Abilities in Motion, I am able to submerge myself into the lives of others and learn from them. No matter the differences in each one of us, we all come together to help one another.  

Colette Brown

Michelle Tierney

Michelle Tierney

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Records our instructors and volunteers’ vulnerable persons checks

Jaqueline Kinahan

Diyin Deng, Secretary

Diyin Deng, Secretary

  

  

Disability advocate

Quadriplegic due to spinal cord injury but don’t be fooled by that word. I love to paddle. Prior to my injury I was employed by Hydro One and BC Hydro as an electrical operator, operating both high voltage power grids and large hydroelectric generating stations.

Since 2014 I volunteer as a member of the Condominium Board of a self managed high rise. I have held various positions in communications, finance and policy & procedures.  My other volunteer work includes peer counseling for Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and in previous years on Hudson’s Hope Ski Hill development committee.

I have always enjoyed the outdoors but sometimes find myself to be a spectator more often than a participant.  AIM has changed that for me. I am hooked on kayaking and am motivating everyone I know to either try it and/or become a volunteer.  Nature has an uplifting way of healing your spirit and spending time on and by the water, seeing new people embrace the experience has been wonderful for me. I want to be involved with AIM.

Diyin Deng, Secretary

Diyin Deng, Secretary

Diyin Deng, Secretary

  

  

  

Board meetings, minutes, agendas,  governance and policies