Doug Nutting has been working with people with disabilities since 1977. For the first 4 years of his career, he co-directed a therapeutic group home in Ontario. In 1980, Doug relocated with his family to Victoria.
Doug worked for Community Living Victoria for 7 years, the last three of which he spent as their Director of Vocational Services. Highlights of this period were the development of the Provincial Museum Tearoom as a wage paying, training and employment opportunity for people with developmental disabilities, as well as other wage paying, training opportunities with the BC Buildings Corporation, the Provincial Ministry of Finance, and Supply and Services Canada.
In 1988, Doug accepted the position of Coordinator of Integrated Recreation Services with the Municipalities of Greater Victoria. Utilizing the same vision and skills he had demonstrated earlier in his career, Doug has guided the development of Integrated Recreation Services into the partnership of services known as Recreation Integration Victoria (RIV). RIV is recognized across Canada as a premier inclusive service delivery and funding model. RIV was cited by Recreation Canada (July 1992) as an innovative and leading example of inclusive municipal recreation services. This was reinforced in 2001 when Recreation Integration Victoria was featured as an exemplar of Inclusive and Special Recreation Services in an American university text book, Inclusive and Special Recreation: Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, authored by Smith, Austin and Kennedy and published by McGraw Hill.
Doug has volunteered for a number of organizations over the years including: President and Chair of the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability; Co-founder and President of the Victoria Career Development Society; advising the Vancouver Island Head Injury Society; President of the Greater Victoria Alternative Communications Society; Chair of Sports for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 1988 and a member of the Sports Committee in 2000 with B.C. Summer Games; the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association; a member of the Vocational Services Committee, British Columbia Association for Community Living; Co-founder and Director of Operations for the Disabled Sailing Association of BC, Victoria Branch; Co-founder and Director of the national Able Sail Network; member of the University of Victoria’s Cooperative Education Council; and a founding Director of the World Disability Union.
Doug has presented at many conferences on the topics of effective partnerships, active living, and inclusion. In 1995 and 2001 he co-chaired Mobility Cup, Canada’s international regatta for sailors with disabilities. In 1998, he chaired Forum ’98, the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability’s national conference. From 2005-08 Doug sat as a member of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee for standard Z614 Playspaces and Equipment, and was a member of the Annex H subcommittee Accessible Playspaces and Equipment, which was added to the standard in 2007.
In 1991, Doug’s volunteer efforts were recognized with the presentation of an Award of Merit in the Community Leader of the Year division of the CFAX Community Awards. Doug received the University of Victoria’s Co-operative Education Program’s Twentieth Anniversary Award and in 2011 received their Employer of the Year Award.
Doug is married, has three adult children, and two grandchildren. Among his interests are travel, sailing, cycling, sea kayaking, flying, cooking, and gardening.