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Pat Cashin

Pat Cashin credits much of his professional success, along with his lifelong commitment to volunteerism in the Human Services field, to his own early experiences growing up with one ‘bum leg’. As he moved in and out of medical treatment and physiotherapy he developed friendships with many of the people with disabilities, the ‘regulars’, he met there.  Long after he had maximized his own physical capability he still had that natural instinct to connect and relate to others over their common struggle which led to his first teen job as an aide in a Community Rehab Centre and later to other opportunities as a manager of a youth centre and then program coordinator for a residential services agency.

Since moving to Whitehorse 15 years ago, Pat has continued to reinforce those strong connections to the ACL world. He has worked with not only the agencies but also with many individuals in our community. Ranging from camping and fishing trips in the wild Yukon to trips to national conferences and an unforgettable vacation to Disneyland, Pat has been an advocate for individuals to stretch their interests and capabilities and to truly experience the greatest quality of life they can reach.

Here at YACL we have been lucky to have Pat serving both on our Board and as a volunteer continuously from 2002 to 2013. He provided technical guidance to CACL as part of the team working on the development of the first national inclusion website many years ago, along with generous hours of technical expertise to YACL as we continue to improve our own computer literacy. Most of all, he is known for the genuine friendships, the laughter and appreciation he shares with many of the self advocates in our community.