Meet Our Speaker

Karen Shlemkevich
Karen Shlemkevich

Landscape Architect OALA, CSLA

Designing Safe, Accessible and Enjoyable Residential Landscapes

Safe and accessible residential landscapes are a must for people planning to ‘age in place’ and for people living with a disability or other limitations.
In my talk,  I will discuss three key areas that should be thoughtfully considered when designing safe and accessible outdoor spaces.  These three areas are pathways and patios, plants and plant beds,  and furniture.
Karen worked as a Recreation Therapy Assistant and Life-Enrichment Assistant for ten years within the hospital and Long-Term Care system helping people with brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and seniors with various stages of dementia.   She changed gears and attended the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Guelph with the goal of designing client-centred and truly accessible landscapes for health care settings. Since graduating, Karen has become a licensed Landscape Architect and is living out her dream of Health-Care design!  Additionally, she volunteers as a member of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architect’s Committee on Health and Well-Being. 


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