Hal Newman excels at creating meaningful networks of ideas, people and organizations.
In his career as an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) leader, Hal developed a number of special needs advocacy projects including expanded scope of practice for community geriatric care; primary medical support for homeless outreach care; and highrise evacuation protocols for people with disabilities, the medically fragile, and the vulnerable-at-the-moment.
Harold led a team on behalf of the National Organization on Disability into Mississippi immediately post-Hurricane Katrina to assess the catastrophic impacts on people with special needs. That experience led to a series of profound opportunities to provide assistance which eventually resulted in his being presented the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award for Humanitarian Service and the honour of meeting Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.
Harold lives in the Eastern Townships of Quebec with his wife Dianne and their twin almost-fifteen-year-old daughters. They keep laying hens, three cats, and a big black dog named Mateo.
“Hal is a multi-faceted emergency management consultant with in-depth knowledge of many disciplines and a gift for identifying creative solutions. He has outstanding interpersonal and networking skills which he uses to achieve organizational goals. Hal is comfortable working in any environment, has a gift for learning about the people he meets, a wonderful sense of humor and a zest for life,which makes working with him a pleasure. Hal and I have worked on many unique projects and I would be honored to work with Hal again, anytime.” – Dave Hunt, National Capital Region Information Collection & Coordination Center, Washington DC