Meet the Enable team

Sue Crawford – Co-Founder, Executive Director

Sue is an innovator, advocate and ally to countless clients and families affected by chronic illness and disability. She is a three-time graduate from the University of Calgary, with Baccalaureate degrees in science (2010) and nursing (2013) and a Master’s degree in nursing (2020). Employing over a decade of experience as a support worker and supportive roommate to clients with disabilities, Sue’s thesis entitled, To Have a Paddle and Rudder: A Postmodern Narrative Study of the Lives of Families with Disability, investigated the ways that people and families experience disability in their daily lives. When she is not building Enable, Sue works as a faculty nursing instructor at Bow Valley College and as a registered nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. You might recognize Sue as one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, class of 2020. In addition to her over 30 awards and success across incubator programs and pitch competitions, Sue was also recognized by Startup Canada as the Social Innovation Award winner for the Prairies.

Melina – Events Coordinator

Melina is passionate about promoting an inclusive community for people of all abilities and different backgrounds. She is a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Calgary. She also holds a Master’s degree in Mechatronics from Instituto Tecnologico de Merida in Mexico. Melina joined the ENABLE team early, employing her organizational skills to arrange various group events for ENABLE matches. Also a support worker herself, Melina hopes to create opportunities to have fun, socialize and make long-lasting memories.

Hailee – Community Ambassador

Hailee has a passion for health equity and accessibility. As a registered nurse, Hailee thrives supporting and working alongside vulnerable populations. She brings into her nursing career her experience as a support worker and volunteer in the disabilities community; roles which she LOVED! She has been involved in Enable since its inception, from ideation to expansion of the enterprise. Leveraging her leadership, positivity, and creativity, Hailee is second-to-none!

Michael Purdy – Co-Founder

Michael’s passion for social good drives his desire to find tech-based solutions that work for people. He has a moustache and holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Calgary. In 2017, after co-founding ENABLE, Michael transitioned from his role with ENABLE to Orpyx Medical Technologies Inc., improving the lives of people living with chronic illness. Although he is no longer active in the executive team at ENABLE, his insights, positive energy, and drive for innovation and technology are still palpable in the daily happenings at ENABLE.

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