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PSPN Fall Speaker Series – Part 2

PSPN Fall Speaker Series – Part 2

PSPN Fall Speaker Series – Part 2

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Our Fall Public Service Pride (PSP) Network speaker series continues!
Join us on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)

The second of a three-part series is a discussion with Camille Bérubé, a queer woman and 3 times Paralympian, to talk about her journey and lived experience.  

This discussion will be co-moderated by Jason Bett, Public Service Pride Champion, and Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility and Champion for Federal Employees with Disabilities.

Organized by: 
Public Service Pride Network, Office of Public Service Accessibility and ISED Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce   

Learning objectives or goals: 

  • Encourage greater understanding of the realities and experiences of LGBTQ2+ individuals with disabilities.
  • Promote dialogue among federal colleagues on ways to create a more accessible Public Service.

More Event Details: 

This event will be fully bilingual and accessible. 
Simultaneous interpretation in both official languages and in American Sign Language and Quebec Sign Language, as well as with communication access real-time translation (CART)* services will be offered.

Please contact the Public Service Pride Network to obtain the links and instructions on how to use these accessibility services.

*CART is the live, word-for-word transcription of speech to text so that individuals can read what is being said.


Yazmine Laroche (she, her, ella)  
Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Champion for Federal Employees with Disabilities

Yazmine Laroche is Canada’s first Deputy Minister of Public Service Accessibility. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the efforts of the Canadian public service to meet the requirements of the Accessible Canada Act.  A career public servant with extensive experience, she has served in a variety of leadership roles in many different federal departments and agencies.  She most recently served as the Associate Deputy Minister, Transport and Infrastructure.   

Yazmine is proud to be the Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Employees with Disabilities and the Deputy Minister Champion for her alma mater, Carleton University, from whom she received an honorary doctorate in 2019.  She is a board member and the past chair of Muscular Dystrophy Canada. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her charitable work and her efforts on behalf of people with disabilities.


Camille Bérubé (she, her)

Camille Bérubé is a disability advocate and a three-time Paralympian in swimming. She holds a B.A. with a specialization in Organizational Communications with a minor in Women and Disability studies from the University of Ottawa. She has been actively involved in numerous projects that aim to raise awareness about diversity and equity as well as to enhance the voice of marginalized folks in the sport realm and beyond. She also has multiple years of experience in public speaking and has hosted multiple workshops in the field of diversity and inclusion. She loves to carry her leadership skills everywhere she goes. 

Her perspective and knowledge as a queer woman living with a disability make her particularly aware and sensitive to the challenges that the disability and LGBTQI2S+ communities may face. Thanks to her knowledge of the communications world, Camille values the importance of the proper use of language as a place to start on a path to reducing the negative effects of various interlocking systems of oppression.

Camille is currently studying business management at Université Laval and hopes to tackle issues in the business world with regards to access to resources for entrepreneurs with disabilities.


Date And Time

2021-11-17 | 12:30 PM to
01:30 PM


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