About Us

Sue Crawford

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Sue is a registered nurse specialized in child development and mental health. She works at the Alberta Children's Hospital with the Psychiatric Emergency Services team, at Bow Valley College as a clinical instructor, and is on the Board of Directors at Calgary Quest School. A Master of Nursing student at the University of Calgary, Sue is studying how disability impacts families. She has over a decade of experience working with young people with disabilities, most notably with Between Friends as the Camp Director of Camp Fun'zAmust at Easter Seals Camp Horizon for five summers and as a support worker for two young adults with disabilities. Her and her husband are also the supportive roommates for a young man with a developmental disability.

Michael Purdy

Co-Founder

Michael holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary. His passion for social good drives his desire to find tech-based solutions that work for people. Since co-founding ENABLE, Michael is thriving in his role with another local enterprise, Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc., improving the lives of people living with chronic illness.

David Tanhelson

Executive Administrator

David has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. David brings with him a passion for entrepreneurship, experience in startups himself, and the drive to empower and help people. He was attracted to ENABLE to assist in growing its positive impact on the Calgary community. He brings financial administration experience to our team.

Kate Carney

Design Lead

Kate is a Calgary-based graphic designer who has in-depth experience in building and maintaining brand standards. An Alumni of the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, she built an immense branding knowledge while working for LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and the University of Calgary in their design departments. She has experience working with the social enterprise, Vecova and understands the importance of designs and communication that is accessible and clear. Designing from the ENABLE perspective is refreshing and rewarding for her on a personal and social level.
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Simon Barrick

Events Coordinator

Simon is a PhD Candidate in the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Kinesiology. Simon’s research interests involve making sport and leisure activities accessible to all members of the community. Currently, Simon is working with WinSport in introducing newcomers to Canada to winter sports like skating, skiing, and snowboarding. He has six years of experience working with the Inclusion Services Department with the City of Kitchener in Ontario. In Calgary, he is a volunteer at the Rotary Flames House and is a support worker for a teenage client through ENABLE.

Melina Várguez

Events Coordinator

Melina is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Calgary. She holds a Master’s degree in Mechatronics from Instituto Tecnologico de Merida in Mexico. She is passionate about promoting an inclusive community for people of all abilities and different backgrounds. Melina uses her organizational skills to arrange different events for ENABLE, giving their members an opportunity to have fun, socialize and create long-lasting memories.

Hailee Crawford

Community Ambassador

As a third-year undergraduate nursing student at the University of Calgary, Hailee has a passion for health equity and accessibility. She has eight years of experience as a support worker and is an avid volunteer in the disabilities community. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class and is recently took a position with the Undergraduate Nurses Society at the University of Calgary.

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