Sinéad Zalitach is a disability rights advocate and activist who lives with Parkes Weber Syndrome, a condition that affects fewer than 700 people worldwide. Her service dog, Paddington, has helped her attain independence that has enabled her to study thanatology at Tyndale University, travel independently across the country as well as internationally, become an effective public speaker and advocate for people with disabilities as well as an advocate for service animals.
In the last year, she has spoken at Queen’s Park Legislature and at Parliament Hill. She is on the Board of Directors of Citizens With Disabilities Ontario and is also an ambassador for the Rick Hansen Foundation. In 2017, Sinéad co-founded the Parkes Weber Syndrome Support Group which is an international support network for those living with the rare disease.
After receiving some bad news about Paddington last year, in November 2018, Sinead began the process of getting a new service dog to become Paddington's successor.
Sinéad looks forward to continuing her work to improve service animal laws, not only on a provincial level, but on a national level as well. She also is committed to garnering greater public awareness and education about rare diseases, accessibility, inclusion and service dogs and the life-saving duties they perform. And last, but definitely not least, sharing what it is like to live with such a rare condition as well as relying on a service animal.
"I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being." ― Abraham Lincoln
Our mission is to help inform people about service animals and the vital roles they play in the lives of those who need them through education, advocacy and promoting awareness.
Organizations: Board Member of Citizens with Disabilities Ontario(CWD-O), Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador, Youth Accessibility Leader with Government of Canada, Member of the Holland Bloorview Youth Advisory Council