Boyle McCauley News

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Ian Young: Example of Ability

Ian Young. Paula E. Kirman

Ian Young is someone who knows how to smile in the face of adversity. Despite a major health setback, he is a productive and inspirational part of the community. A busy volunteer, Ian is involved with Boyle McCauley News as a columnist, board member, and carrier.

Ian has been with the paper for just over five years. He began with his column, “Ability and Community.” “I enjoy writing and see the vast amount of different culture and abilities in this community, and love to share motivating quotes, wisdoms, and insights,” he says.

He says that he most enjoys “being involved, meeting members of our community, and hearing people say they enjoyed my column.”

In addition to the paper, Ian volunteers with a variety of organizations that deal with persons with disabilities.
He is presently on the Alberta Committee of Citizens with Disabilities ( and is the Alberta representative for the Canadian Council of Disabilities. He is also on a steering committee for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

When he isn’t volunteering, Ian loves to read and listen to music. He also likes to travel to different cities “but loves coming home,” is an avid trivia buff, enjoys cooking, and spending time with his “pride and joy” Maggie, a rescue dog.

“As a disabled gentleman of the community I do not let my disability define me,” he adds. “I was honoured to address the House of Commons in Ottawa (my birthplace) on an injury prevention strategy for the Brain Injury Association of Canada. I completed a Human Rights Facilitator Training program for the John Humphrey Centre For Peace and Human Rights. I attended Concordia University in Montreal, University of Calgary, and University of Alberta. I enjoy public/motivational speaking, some of my speeches can be found at my website: And, I love, love, love the Italian Centre!”

Thanks Ian – we love your passion and dedication!

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