Suzanna is the co-founder of Enable, a social enterprise that matches people with disabilities to support workers. This innovative online platform creates partnerships based on shared interests and scheduling needs. Enable employs post-secondary students who are interested in building their resumes and practical experience in the area of disability. The mission of Enable is to promote a sense of community for people of all abilities.
Suzanna is a second year Master of Nursing student at the University of Calgary. Her thesis research looks to Calgary families to share their experience of disability and how disability impacts their access to care services. Suzanna hopes to apply her thesis work to strengthen current healthcare practices around disability.
As a Registered Nurse with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emergency Services team in the Emergency Department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, a Nursing Instructor with Bow Valley College, and a Graduate Assistant Teacher at the University of Calgary, Suzanna's repertiore of experiences are vast.
Working and volunteering in the disabilities community over the past eight years has expanded Suzanna’s understanding of the experience of disability. This year marked the fourth summer that Suzanna was the Camp Director of Camp Fun’zAmust, a fully accessible weeklong overnight camp for people with disabilities through the Calgary-based non-profit organization Between Friends. She also provides respite to three families; two of which stay in her home one weekend per month.
In addition to her 13 scholarships and awards recognizing her community work, leadership, and academic excellence, Suzanna was recently awarded the Faculty of Graduate Studies Scholarship for Entrepreneurship and Innovation for her work with Enable. Her rising success as an entrepreneur is no surprise to her mentors; one of which stated, “Suzanna builds a community wherever she goes.” Learn more about Enable at ennablecommunity.ca. You can find Suzanna's blog there too!