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The Board of Directors of
The Steadward Centre
for Personal & Physical Achievement

Gary McPherson, LLD (Hons)
President and Chairman, Board of Directors

Gary McPhersonDr. Gary McPherson contracted polio when he was nine years old, the result of which was a permanent disability and over 30 years of institutionalized care. These challenges did not hold him back and in 2001 he authored and published "With Every Breath I Take", a book of humour, anecdotes and "practical suggestions on how we can care for ourselves". The non-fiction hit found an instant place on the Edmonton Bestseller charts and remained there for many weeks.

With his drive, wisdom and vision of the endless possibilities available for people with disability, Gary manifests the very nature of the philosophy behind The Steadward Centre, and is an inspiration for everyone, with or without disability. His experience and background in all areas pertaining to disability issues are without parallel in Canada, and likely most of the world.

In 1998, Dr. McPherson joined the staff at the University of Alberta as the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, in the School of Business. He is also an Adjunct Professor, as well as a Special Lecturer and Advisor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. Prior to joining the University, Dr. McPherson served for ten years as Chairman of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, providing advice to the Government of the Province of Alberta.

Gary is the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, an advisory group that provides guidance and direction for The Steadward Centre, located at the University of Alberta and at two satellite locations. The Steadward Centre is a health, fitness, lifestyle and research facility, serving people with disability since 1978.

Dr. McPherson is a Founding investor and Vice Chair of Wisevillage, Inc., an innovative lifestyle, entertainment and shopping site on the Internet that is designed to provide a comprehensive environment with a user-friendly interface.

Gary McPherson has extensive expertise in the voluntary sector, having spent more than 20 years in wheelchair sports administration. For eight of those years, he served a President of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA). In acknowledgment of his extraordinary work, Dr. McPherson has earned considerable recognition and several awards, including being an inductee in both the Edmonton and Alberta Sports Halls of Fame. In 1995, the University of Alberta conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Gary is married to Valerie Kamitomo and they have a daughter and son, Keiko and Jamie.

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