Ms Samantha Pace Gasan was appointed as the second Commissioner for the Rights of Persons with Disability last January. In her role as Commissioner she emphasises the importance of unity in the sector in order to strengthen the voice of people with disability, as well as the role played by the different sectors in ensuring that people with disability are included in Maltese society.
She has a degree in Social Policy and Creativity and Innovation. In the latter, Samantha focused her studies on social innovation in small and medium enterprises in Malta.
She experienced the disability sector from different perspectives through her sister who was born with Down Syndrome, and when she also developed an invisible disability.
Despite the challenges of the transition, Ms Pace Gasan looks at life in a positive way, accepts disability as part of her identity and chooses to explore ways that allow her to continue living a good quality of life.