James Roots has been a leader in national disability rights for over 30 years. He is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada, author of The Politics of Visual Language: Deafness, Language Choice, and Political Socialization, co-author of The Employment and Employability of Deaf Canadians, and writer-producer-director of the Sign language version of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a similar version of the Canadian Human Rights Commission complaints procedure, for which he won a Special Recognition Award.
As a private educational advocate, he has assisted several families in obtaining appropriate educational placement and support services. He was plaintiff in three law cases affirming the accessibility rights of Deaf Canadians. His academic achievements include a Master’s degree in Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Diploma in Book Editing and Design, and certificates in Project Management, Fundraising Management, and Dispute Resolution.
Born and raised in Ottawa, Samantha is a graduate from Carleton University in the field of Political Science. She has a background in research, policy, administration and education. She has been working as the Administrative Assistant since 2013 and enjoys using her skills to help the Association provide services to the Deaf community.
Pavel Chernousov has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Moscow State University of International Affairs (MGIMO) and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa. His work history includes climate change assignments with the United Nations, the Moscow Carnegie Centre, and research and teaching positions at the University of Ottawa. Pavel has a strong academic background in government programs and international development.
While in the United States on his exchange program, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and letters of recognition from the US Ministry of Defence, the state of Tennessee, and the commonwealth of Kentucky. He was a volunteer at Saint-Vincent Hospital and Elizabeth Bruyère Hospital in Ottawa working with senior and disabled patients.
During his teen years, Pavel was a volunteer at the orphanage house in Russia working with orphan children.