Board Member Since 2023
After experiencing single-sided deafness due to a tumour at age 19, Alita Fabiano struggled readjusting to her severe hearing impairment whether it be during university, the workplace, or in everyday life. Growing up in South Porcupine, Ontario before moving to Ottawa, she saw first hand how the lack of resources in Northern Ontario create even less equitable opportunities for individuals with hearing loss or a disability. These experiences are why she joined the Canadian Hard of Hearing Association, as well as have used her voice to advocate for inclusive growth to ensure people with disabilities are able to contribute meaningfully to society and have equal opportunity. As such, she has been a guest on the Kind Community Show podcast
to discuss inclusive change-making, has been interviewed by the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as recently begun doing speaking engagements about the importance of accessibility.
Professionally, she has taken the same passion to help the business community become more inclusive in both their hiring practices, as well as in the workplace itself. Alita currently works at LRO Staffing leading their marketing department. As such, she has advised their clients and created resources on how to make their hiring process more accessible. Prior to this position, she worked for many years at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce helping to advance their inclusive growth policy efforts. In that capacity, she worked closely with the Rick Hansen Foundation to promote workplaces adopting their accessibility certification program, as well as ensuring their own offices were certified. Alita also had several articles published during her time at the Chamber on the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the workplace, such as in Canadian SME Magazine.
Alita looks forwarding to joining CHHA’s Board of Directors. The issue of individuals with disabilities, their right to fully participate in society, and accessibility are ones that are close to her heart and she feels honoured to work with CHHA to help create positive change towards that.