Randy Dickinson was the Executive Director of the Premier's Council on the Status of Disabled Persons in New Brunswick. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Political Science from Acadia University.
Mr. Dickinson was employed by the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled (now known as Easter Seals N.B.) from 1977-1983 when he left as Executive Director to accept another position. He became the first Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons in January, 1983 and retired in November, 2009. In 1990, he was asked to act as the Executive Director of the Premier’s Council on Health Strategy. He then served as the Executive Director of the provincial branch of the Canadian Paraplegic Association before returning to the Premier’s Council on the Status of Disabled Persons in 1992.
Mr. Dickinson was instrumental in the establishment of the first community residence for brain injury survivors in New Brunswick. He also served as a member of the Prime Minister's National Forum on Health and on many other disability related projects including the National Neurotrauma Rehabilitation Panels organized by the Rick Hansen Institute.
As part of his job, Mr. Dickinson sat on several committees related to employment, education, housing and various public policy issues connected to the disability community. In 1999, he was named a member of the Order of Canada and has received two Rotary Paul Harris Fellows.
Mr. Dickinson served on a broad range of councils and committees, including the NB Housing Renewal Stakeholders’ Committee; the Minister’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health Services; the Ministerial Committee on Inclusive Education; N.B. Disability Executives’ Network; Co-Chair of N.B. Disability Awareness Week; the UNB Accessibility Committee; the Interdepartmental Committee on the Disability Action Plan Strategy for Persons with Disabilities in New Brunswick; the Advisory Committee for the Father J. Angus MacDonald Centre for Independent Living; etc.