About Changemakers

Most of us wish we lived in a more just and equitable world, and many have given careful thought to what constructive change might look like. But those who both think about and then actively devote their lives to effecting meaningful and sustainable change in the interests of justice and equity are sadly few and far between.

Join Hart House Conversations for a series of fireside-style chats between Hart House Warden John Monahan and inspiring folks whose discontent with the status quo propels them to be the change they want to see in the world.  The series is named after them: we call it “Changemakers.”

About the Event

The past two years of the global pandemic have amplified and revealed some uncomfortable truths and deep inequities in our society. People with a personal relationship to disability have been particularly affected.

In 2025, Ontario will mark the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Back in 2005, the introduction of that ground-breaking legislation promised the imminent creation of a barrier-free Province by 2025. Unfortunately, the law’s promises have gone largely unfulfilled. As former Lieutenant-Governor David Onley recently noted, "It's … astounding to me that … so little progress has been made, especially when one considers that some 23 per cent of the Ontario population are people with disabilities."

That is not to say that no progress has been made, and the realities of COVID have demonstrated how quickly we can adapt to challenging circumstances when we need to. For instance, new communication tools and new ways of working and connecting have created some net benefits for some of those who face challenges with access.

Now, as we contemplate the post-pandemic world, will it be a more inclusive one, and how will we understand disability in that context? How are legislative frameworks like the AODA supporting change? And how can we move towards a more seamless integration of universal design principles that benefit everyone?

Join us on March 9 at 6pm when Hart House Warden John Monahan sits down with human rights lawyer and true “Changemaker” Lorin MacDonald, one of Canada’s most respected voices on accessibility and disability issues. Lorin’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion is informed by her own lived experience as a woman born with profound hearing loss. In 2021, Lorin received two prestigious national honours: Canadian Lawyer magazine named her one of its Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers (in the Human Rights category), and she was included in Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list by the Women’s Executive Network, which also honoured her with its prestigious Inclusion Vanguard Award.

Join us for what is sure to be a lively and engaging discussion.





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  • Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2022
  • Time & Duration: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (EST) (1h)
  • Cost:
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  • Venue: Virtual - Zoom
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