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Brenda Belhomme-Giesbrecht: Why she kicks ass
She runs The Aboriginal Development Network Enhancement Recruitment Business, (ADNERB) which brings the Aboriginal and the non-Aboriginal communities together by involving disabled Aboriginal people. 
She is also working on a program that incorporates creative expression through art and dance for disabled people in wheelchairs. The dance group will be called Brave Flight.
She is the role model poster woman for EmployAbilities, a public education campaign that promotes ability rather than disability. Last fall her photograph was plastered on billboards around Edmonton. The caption on the billboard read ‘Hired for my ability - not disability.’ This campaign fought against tokenism, and discrimination in the workplace.
She was inspired after she graduated from Grant MacEwan Community College in 1998 with a diploma in Management of Volunteers. While she attended the program, Geisbrecht said she had to deal with stereotypes and racism. She was the only disabled Aboriginal woman in the program that year.
In 2002, she journeyed on a 22,000 kilometre awareness campaign through Alberta in her motorized wheelchair to create awareness for the disabled homeless. During her provincial trek, called the Homeless Awareness Infinity Route, she visited several aboriginal communities. She ventured from High Prairie to the far eastern corner of the province, creating the double loop “Infinity Sign” on the map - the recognized symbol of Canada’s Metis people.

Brenda Belhomme-Giesbrecht: Why she kicks ass

  • She runs The Aboriginal Development Network Enhancement Recruitment Business, (ADNERB) which brings the Aboriginal and the non-Aboriginal communities together by involving disabled Aboriginal people. 
  • She is also working on a program that incorporates creative expression through art and dance for disabled people in wheelchairs. The dance group will be called Brave Flight.
  • She is the role model poster woman for EmployAbilities, a public education campaign that promotes ability rather than disability. Last fall her photograph was plastered on billboards around Edmonton. The caption on the billboard read ‘Hired for my ability - not disability.’ This campaign fought against tokenism, and discrimination in the workplace.
  • She was inspired after she graduated from Grant MacEwan Community College in 1998 with a diploma in Management of Volunteers. While she attended the program, Geisbrecht said she had to deal with stereotypes and racism. She was the only disabled Aboriginal woman in the program that year.
  • In 2002, she journeyed on a 22,000 kilometre awareness campaign through Alberta in her motorized wheelchair to create awareness for the disabled homeless. During her provincial trek, called the Homeless Awareness Infinity Route, she visited several aboriginal communities. She ventured from High Prairie to the far eastern corner of the province, creating the double loop “Infinity Sign” on the map - the recognized symbol of Canada’s Metis people.
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