About Us

  • Provincial Access Awareness

  • Disability Scholarships

  • Provincial Disability Partnership

  • Poverty Reduction Strategy 

  • Women with Disabilities

  • Wheelchair for children and adults

  • Disability information sharing sessions

  • Disabled and Seniors Community-based transit

  • Public and Member Disability Education

  • Preparing Emergency Preparedness

  • United Nations Disability Education

  • Information and Referrals

  • Provincial Disability Tourism Improvements

Welcome to the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities

The League, NSLEO)  The League is a catalyst in building social, community, and political leadership of persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia. We achieve this at a national level through our national affiliate, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and through provincial affiliates around the province and across the country.  We envision a future where the abilities of persons with disabilities are fully recognized, developed and living as equals in society. 

In response to a growing awareness by disabled persons in Nova Scotia, the League was organized in 1979 and chartered in March 1980. NSLEO is a cross-disability consumer and public education organization whose members include individuals with all types of disabilities: mobility, sensory and invisible (e.g., diabetes, emphysema, arthritis, epilepsy, etc.).

NSLEO offers municipal consumer groups an umbrella organization through which to represent their concerns at the provincial level. The uniqueness of the League rests in the fact that it consists of organizations and individuals whose control is in the hands of persons with disabilities, first voice.


About Paans...

In 1987, Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour brought issues of ability and access into the national spotlight. In response, National Access Awareness Week was born. Although the national scope of the week diminished the spirit of Hansen's quest lives on through Nova Scotia’s provincial Access Awareness Week. Held at the end of May, the week celebrates achievements made both by and for people with disabilities in the areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communication.

PAANS is a committee of the Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities and was created to oversee the planning of the week's events ensuring the week continued to be both vibrant and relevant to the needs of the province's citizens.  

Encouraging accessibility options for Nova Scotians with disabilities in:

  • Families

  • Housing

  • Recreation

  • Education

  • Employment

  • Transportation

  • Communication

The Partnership for Access Awareness Nova Scotia (PAANS) in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Disabled Persons Commission organizes events to recognize the achievements of people with disabilities in areas of accessibility, transportation, housing, employment, recreation, education and communications.

"Building an accessible Nova Scotia is not just an issue for a single community — this is about redefining how we use architecture and technology in new ways to benefit all our citizens," said Kim Cicchino, PAANS Coordinator.


A proclamation was read at Province House to begin the celebrations on Monday, May 30. Following this, the Mel Hebb Action Awards was presented to Nova Scotians from around the province who are making a meaningful contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.


A scholarship luncheon was held on Friday, June 3 at the World Trade and Convention Centre. Scholarships were awarded to 17 students from across the province who are pursuing their post-secondary education or training.

Other events planned this week include a Team Possibles’ Art Collective, a Defeat Depression Walk-a-Thon, a Technology on a Budget workshop from the Canadian Council for the Blind, an accessible choir concert given by the Club Inclusion and an open house by the Cape Breton Employability Associations.


PAANS promotes the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as full citizens within our communities. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

Our Structure

Our Mission

Our Future

The League's members come from both urban and rural parts of Nova Scotia. They share common goals and concerns which are represented through NSLEO at the provincial level. 90% of Board Members are persons with disabilities.

To promote the inclusion of all Nova Scotians with disabilities as equals. Through public awareness, community partnerships and education, we aim to foster an environment of equal participation for persons with disabilities within Nova Scotia, Canada and around the world.

The League is always ready and prepared to face new challenges and take on new programs in the disability community as these arise. Our future plans include playing a catalyst in building social, political and community leadership within the disability community of our province. We continue with the issues of Poverty as well as the issues surrounding aging in place throughout rural Nova Scotia where the numbers of seniors over 65 is expected to double by the mid 2020s with the increases in disability that will accompany that shift in the age demographic.

Board of Directors


Melissa Myers, Co-chair

Craig Aucoin, Co-chair

Kim Aker, Treasurer/Secretary

Sherry Costa-Lorenz, Ex Officio

Pearl Kelly, Director

Ian Lawless, Director

Shaun Clark, Director

Alex LeBlanc, Director

Annual Reports

  • Canadian Survey on Disability Nov 2018

  • Report on employment and PWD CHRC 2019

  • Canadian Human Rights Commission report BIO

  • Caucus Reports

  • The Final Report 

Position Papers

  • Building Momentum for the Canadian Disability Benefit

  • Watch all 6 webinar's

  • Prime Minister BIO