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In Memory of a Dear Friend, Colleague and Advocate -- Ewen Robert Nelson -- Student Fellowship

NELSON, Ewen Robert

(April 11, 1954 – January 5, 2006)

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of Ewen Nelson passing on January 5, 2006 at the age of 48 years.  Ewen Nelson was the Manager of Information Systems for The Steadward Centre, where he worked for over fifteen years.

Edmonton born and raised, Ewen graduated from the University of Alberta with a BSc (General) in 1978 and started an apprenticeship, embarking on a career as a chef. Following a disabling injury, he returned to the University of Alberta and completed a Specialization Certificate in Computing Science in 1987.

Ewen has always taken great pride in being a positive catalyst for change towards increased accessibility for those with disabilities. Ewen was the Vice-President of both the Boyle Street Community League and the Inner City Youth Development Association and helped deliver the Boyle-McCauley News.  He was also the former Chair of the City of Edmonton’s Advisory Board on Services for Persons with Disabilities and a member of the Reasonable Accommodation Fund and Employment Equity Discretionary Fund Committees.  Ewen was a valuable resource at the University of Alberta providing consulting services to the Specialized Support and Disability Services (formerly Office of Services to Students with Disabilities) and Planning & Infrastructure.  At home, he was the Chair of the Emergency Procedures Committee for Artspace Housing Co-operative, and the President of Supports for Artspace Independent Living, Inc.

In 2003, the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities announced that Ewen was the co-winner of the 2002 Council of Canadians with Disabilities Award for Alberta. This award recognizes individuals for their “dedication and integrity in the continuing pursuit of full participation in society by people with disabilities.”

In his spare time, Ewen always enjoyed good food and wine, farmer's markets, the company of friends, live music and Edmonton's many festivals.  He was an active supporter of the CKUA Radio Network and loved spending time exploring Edmonton's river valley and other attractions.  A Celebration of His Life will be held in the first week of March, 2006 in Edmonton. 

Ewen is survived by his brother, Andrew Nelson; sister-in-law, Christine Nelson; his nephew, Jason Parkinson and many special friends. He was predeceased by his father, Thomas Robert Nelson; his mother, Jean Clyne Nelson and his sister, Jane Clyne Nelson. 

In lieu of flowers, The Steadward Centre in collaboration with the University of Alberta and the Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation has set up a student fellowship in Ewen’s name.  Inquiries and donations can be forwarded to Jean Weeks, c/o The Steadward Centre:

Jean Weeks

W1-67 Van Vliet Centre

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB

T6G 2H9,

(tel) 780-492-7298




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