Nicole McDonald is a graduate of Nova Scotia Community College with a Diploma in Social Services with Honours. Her goal is to advocate for persons with disabilities.
As a child she was the Easter Seals Ambassador for 5 years which paved her way to becoming a Disability and Social Justice Advocate. She was the first student in the Axcess Acadia program in 2012. She was also a Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador for 3 years, speaking to school aged children about inclusion and accessibility for all. She has done other public speaking for Inverlie Consulting, Ability Starts Here Symposiums and the NSSSA.
She is currently employed with Souls Harbour Rescue Mission and her employment history includes Mayor Councillor Assistant with HRM, QEII Foundation Donor Calling Representative and is a “Humans of Teamworks” recipient. She was the Accessibility Coordinator for the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery in 2017 and was the Art of Disability Coordinator for Independent Living Nova Scotia in 2015 and 2016.
In 2015 she won a Human Rights Case against NSCC fighting for the right to access Post-secondary Education with a support attendant. She sits on the HRM Accessibility Advisory Committee and is a public speaker sharing her stories. She believes in inclusion in all aspects of living, but has a special interest in disability related challenges around education, employment and housing.