Meet   The   Team



Shelley Petit

Vice Chair

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Secretary &

Roger Lewis
Murielle Pitre

Roger was born & raised in Nova Scotia and relocated

to Saint John to work for Xerox.  He is very passionate

about outdoor  photography & loves to do small woodwork

projects and making vintage furniture beautiful again. 

Roger is married and has an adorable grand daughter and

loves animals. 

Murielle has spent most of her career at ExxonMobil,

but started her work life at Canadian Paraplegic

Association and Canadian Rehabilitation Council for

The Disabled. She has studied Communications,

dabbles in graphic arts & photography, and enjoys

writing and liaising with the media.  Murielle has

Spina Bifida.




Cass Maz

Born in Fredericton, Cass grew up in the village

of Gagetown with her hard-working dad and

independent mother, along with her twin sister

and a younger sister. She has a niece and nephew

who she loves very much. Cass experienced a

stroke at the age of 22 and became an artist at 26. 

Cass is attending New Brunswick

College of Craft & Design.

Kaitlyn Layden, Responsible of Social Media Content

Social Media

Kaitlyn Layden

Kaitlyn lives with Cerebral Palsy, but she does

not let that stop her!  She recently completed

the Business Abilities Program offered by

Ability NB, and started her own little keepsake

business.  She is a strong self advocate and

has been fighting to change Policy 6.1 from

Social Development.  This policy impacts a

person with a disability's right to marry and keep

their services.

April Levesque, Responsible of Fundraising
April Levesque

April is a proud mother of 3 girls and works

part time at the Edmundston public library

since 2013. She is also Provincial Coordinator

for People First of New Brunswick, a non-profit

organization for people with intellectual disabilities.

She believes in NBCPD because she shares

their values and feels they will make of New

Brunswick a place of equity/fairness.

Dr. Mario Levesque, PhD; Associate Professor
Mount Allison

Advisor, NBCPD

Mario Levesque is a professor at Mount Allison University, who does research into changes in public policy and administration related to disability policy (e.g., political participation, labor market agreements, accessible transit) and environmental policy. His interests lie in the areas of political dynamics, namely, intergovernmental relations, institutional analysis, community-based governance, citizen engagement, federalism and power dynamics.
He teaches various related courses in Canadian politics, public policy and administration such as Environmental Conflicts in Canada, Canadian Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations and Canadian Public Policy.



Mario has graciously and enthusiastically decided to be part of the NBCPD team as an Advisor and has lead a team of students into doing some very valuable research for the organization.  

Jakki Petricca, Responsable of Parents and Youth with Disabilities

Parents & Children with

disabilities Liaison



Jakki Petricca
Gerry Harris
Kathleen Leger

Mother of two special needs kids, Jakki is a

graduate from Human Services Foundation

& Social Services (2004 & 2007 respectively). 

Worked in mental health residential and

community programs, mental health education

and suicide prevention.  She has been a resident

of NB since 2014 and has been advocating

for her child.  She is also a member of Cannabis

for Sick Children Canada and TS Canada. 

Our members come from all over NB, and are not necessarily disabled themselves.  We welcome families, allies, businesses, etc. We consider our members to be an important part of our team!


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