Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is an author, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative solutions to social challenges. He is president and co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), assisting families across Canada and globally to address the financial and social well-being of their relatives with disabilities, particularly after their parents die. He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan (Registered Disability Savings Plan) for people with disabilities.

Al is the author of two best-selling books: A Good Life - For You and Your Relative with a Disability and Safe and Secure. He admits to having played air guitar with Randy Bachman of Bachman Turner Overdrive in a rock video. He recently completed a two-year exploration on sustainability and social innovation and is a founding member of the J W McConnell Family Foundation’s, Social Innovation Generation (SIG) collaboration, dedicated to scaling up solutions to deeply rooted social problems. He is currently assisting 2010 Legacies Now advance accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities in association with the 2010 Vancouver Paralympic/Olympic Games.

Al was one of the first two Canadians accepted into Ashoka’s prestigious global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. He has been a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset-Based Community Development Institute since 1995. He has received the Queen’s Jubilee medal; Simon Fraser University’s Distinguished Leadership Award; the Civic Merit award from the City of Vancouver and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Web sites reflecting Al’s involvement include the following: – mother organization – global resource for families – exploring concepts of citizenship and disability – PLAN is the first Canadian nonprofit to conduct independent social audits – companion web site for the Ties That Bind documentary on PLAN’s work – initiative to address isolation and loneliness and promote belonging – promoting full inclusion and accessibility in association with 2010 Vancouver/Whistler Paralympic and Olympic Games - Social Innovation Generation

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