OUR TEAM

Executive Team

“The moment there is the slightest barrier, my independence is gone.”

Darby’s ultimate goal has been to combine her lived experience with her professional life as an Accessibility Consultant. As a person born with mild cerebral palsy, Darby has been able to utilize this unique experience to her advantage, and her previous political appointments and competitive career as a para-alpine skier have provided her with an impactful perspective when approaching projects.

Darby’s previous political appointments and achievements include serving on the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) from 2011-2015, serving as the co-chair for two years. Darby also represented the City of Calgary at the International Summit on Accessibility in 2014. From June 2017 to June 2020, Darby was a member of the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Over the last five years, Darby has been honored with numerous awards and achievements.  In 2018 Darby was selected as one of Canada’s top 40 under 40. In February 2020, John Fluevog Shoes released the “Darby” Shoes. They are now available in multiple colors.  In 2021 Darby was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence 2021. Darby continues to breakdown barriers for persons with disabilities not only professionally but also personally in hopes that one day it truly makes a difference.   

LPF has allowed Darby to offer her expertise to a wider range of clients. By incorporating universal design features in new builds and conducting accessibility reviews on proposed and existing facilities, Darby’s work continues to make a significant difference for many people living with disabilities and puts her team at the forefront of accessibility consulting. Through this work LPF has successfully contributed to the removal of barriers at the municipal, provincial and national levels, ultimately establishing inclusive environments.

Kristin Westlake

Lead Accessibility Strategist

Designated Rick Hansen Foundation (RHFAC) Professional

Kristin has been working in the commercial and residential design industry for the past 7 years. She has been on the project team for many centres related to Healthcare, Seniors care, Recovery and Community Health, among others. One of the most rewarding projects she was able to work on was Inclusio; a fully accessible, supportive living home for adults with limited mobility in Calgary, Ab.

Kristin received her Bachelor of Applied Interior Design from Mount Royal University in 2013 as well as her registration through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).  She is also a designated Rick Hansen Foundation (RHFAC) professional.

Kristin’s passion for accessibility stems from a young age with her mom working as a nurse with Alzheimer’s patients. She has had many experiences working in senior’s homes and has always been an advocate for universal, inclusive design. Whether a person has a physical disability, cognitive or visual impairment, are aging, or a parent struggling to get a stroller through snow at an intersection, it is imperative that everyone has the same opportunity.

In her personal time, she enjoys many outdoor activities such as biking and playing sports. She loves sculpting, photography, and digital art as well as building old cars. She is also a master train set builder for her 2-year-old son Jax.

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Oliver Prcic

Accessibility Strategist

 

Oliver is a planning professional with experience in urban and regional planning, community engagement, and policy research. He has over 5 years of policy exploration, report writing, and project management experience. Oliver blends his educational and firsthand construction experience to create a practical and sincere approach to design.

Oliver graduated with a Master of Planning (’21) and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies (’18) both from the University of Calgary. Some of his more notable student projects include a comprehensive community plan for Crowsnest Pass and a regional water strategy for the Calgary metropolitan area. Oliver has a passion for functional design, transportation technology, and stormwater management.

In his spare time, Oliver enjoys building wooden furniture, cooking, traveling, and gardening. He also loves to explore the nearby mountains whenever he gets the chance.

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Clara De Paoli

Accessibility Strategist

 

Clara demonstrates a well-rounded and worldly background in Interior Design. Following her achievement of a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design degree in several additional Arts and Design courses at Mount Royal University, as well as her NCIDQ designation, Clara completed the Introduction to Interior and Spatial Design program at Nuova Accademia di Belle Art (NABA) in Milan, Italy.

Clara’s unique educational and professional background has provided her with over 10 years of extensive experience in the industry; project management in both high-end residential and corporate office design; contract administration, including site reviews and deficiency reports; furniture procurement, specifications, and space planning; and material and finish selections are some of the skills she has obtained in her repertoire. Her passion lies in being a part of creating inclusive spaces where the built environment can be fully experienced by all.

In her spare time, Clara enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and teaching the LPF Team different languages!  

Yangyang Fang

Accessibility Strategist

 

Yangyang has 10+ years of qualitative research experience (MSc ’11, London School of Economics and Political Science; MA ’13, New York University; PhD ’20, University of Calgary) in the areas of social and cultural psychology, art therapy, and community health sciences. Her doctoral work focused on the experiences of immigrant families raising children with disabilities through which she investigated structural exclusion and provided recommendations for service and policy improvement.

In the past, Yangyang worked in television broadcasting and education across Beijing, Milan, London and the Netherlands. Next to English, she speaks fluent Mandarin, Dutch, and Italian. In Calgary, Yangyang has served on over 30 committees, advocacy councils, and non-profit boards, including for TEDxCalgary, the University of Calgary Senate, and LOUD Art Society. She is passionate about finding accessible and inclusive solutions centered on the voices and needs of people with lived experience and is excited to join the LPF team in her role as a strategist.

 
In her spare time, Yangyang enjoys traveling, painting, and reading books with her toddler. She also loves musicals, science fiction, and taking her dog to agility class.

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Nick Sommerville

Communications Strategist

Nick has over 6 years of building management experience related to education and over 2 years of communications experience developing content and initiatives in industries related to agriculture, social work and publishing. He uses his combined experience to write creative and authentic material for a collaborative approach to communications and development.

Nick received his Bachelor of Communications from Mount Royal University in 2021. One of his more notable accomplishments has been the establishment of a corporate identity guide for the Western Communications Report. While Nick’s passion for accessibility has only just begun to bud, every project he is a part of builds upon his drive to help construct an increasingly inclusive world for all.

In his personal time, Nick can be found immersing himself in books, shows, and games or illustrating worlds of his own through writing and sketching. He also loves exploring new places and searching for the ultimate ice cream shop with his wife.

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Kristen Lipscombe

Communications Director

Kristen Lipscombe, Communications Director

For media inquiries please contact Kristen  at: media@levelplayingfield.ca

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Daisy

Office Supervisor

Daisy enjoys greeting clients and overseeing the day to day operations of the LPF Team. Born May 2009!

 

 

 

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